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Erin Healy

Erin Healy

Erin Healy is the best-selling co-author of Burn and Kiss (with Ted Dekker) and an award-winning editor for numerous best-selling authors. She received wide acclaim for her debut solo novel, Never Let You Go. She and her family live in Colorado.
Erin Healy: Find the Light

Erin Healy: Find the Light

(May 2013)
C.J. Darlington
Erin Healy is a firm believer in the supernatural.

All her novels to date have explored the juxtaposition of the physical realm and the spiritual. Also, the books she co-wrote with Ted Dekker (Kiss and Burn) flirted with the paranormal.

“Supernatural stories provide a way of exploring these two sides of life symbolically,” Erin Healy says, “which is something I like to do in my novels, because our capacity to describe or explain the spiritual side of things seems limited.”

Unlike her secular counterparts in the genre, Healy’s focus is entirely different. “The secular paranormal genre is preoccupied with darkness,” she says. “Even when good triumphs, the attention given to evil seems designed to titillate readers. As honestly as I can, I try to be preoccupied with light.”

In her new novel Afloat (Thomas Nelson), a small band of people find themselves stranded and cut off from the world in a huge, floating house in what was supposed to be an elite community of architectural wonders. “It’s a supernatural disaster-survival story,” Healy says. “It’s also the first novel I’ve written in which the men get the lion’s share of the spotlight.

“I started Afloat with a love triangle in mind, but in the setting—a group of people isolated under threat—the story quickly became about human love in broader terms. Can we love well when our survival instincts have kicked into high gear? Each of my characters has to grapple with that question in a different way. The challenge arose from the circumstances without me forcing it—and isn’t that how life works in the physical world, too?

“I hope this novel gives readers a renewed conviction that for believers, death is nothing to fear; our survival is guaranteed. How we love each other, however, is entirely up to us."

This article originally appeared in the April/May 2013 issue of FamilyFiction Edge digital magazine. Subscribe for free today!


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