|Author Kathryne Arnold|
Thrilled to begin college in New England, I jumped in with both feet and managed to excel in biological and psychological studies upon which I secured my very first "real" job as a Senior Psychiatric Counselor at a group home for adults with mental illness. Wanting to further my learning, I attended Suffolk University in Beacon Hill in Boston, and graduated two years later, obtaining a Masters degree in Counseling and Human Relations. Over the next twenty years I concentrated further on my work in counseling and social services and became a licensed practitioner.
Several years ago, due to a deep longing to express my feelings in an alternative manner, I literally sat down one day and began writing my first novel. The resultant book, The Resurrection of Hannah, had been born out of a series of powerful dreams, along with compelling and coexisting experiences that inspired me to create a story that would capture the strength of my emotions. I had a yearning to shape a tale based around individuals in my life that I believed would make engaging characters. I had a strong desire to experience a higher level of creativity, to literally produce something out of nothing- a fascinating and challenging endeavor I could not ignore. It was during this time that I became a clinical hypnotherapist and a nationally certified counselor, as well as starting a private practice as a psychotherapist. I also decided to move back to friends and family in Florida and worked again at the local Hospice, then more recently in community mental health. Once bitten by the writing bug, I could not help but pen my second work of fiction, The Fear of Things to Come. I am now in the process of writing another novel in what I consider a unique collection of adventure stories, the third in the Samantha Clark Mystery Series.
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The story begins with the building up of the main character, Samantha Clark, her friends, her loves and her emotions at almost reaching 40 and being a private Psychotherapist for so long she now wants more from her life. Samantha also attends monthly group meetings which delve into spirituality, dreams, outer body experiences, meditations and the like which end up helping her more than she could think.
One night Samantha has a dream, not just any dream, but a dream that is so overwhelmingly physically and mentally vivid, reuniting her spiritually to a male presence that she knows isn't a stranger yet cannot recall him. The dreams continue, yet become stronger, more intense and full of pure love for this man as he starts to send her messages and she finds out the full tragic story of how their lives are entwined and starts her journey in the real world to find the dreadful truth to unlock their spiritual bond so they can be both freed. This for me is when the book became alive and I found myself wanting to read more and more as the mystery and suspense continued.
For someone who is fascinated with the dream world and the 'other side' I thoroughly enjoyed the read. There were parts of the book that I was actually imagining myself in Samatha's place, how eerie it must have felt for her at times and would I have had the strength to continue as Samantha did to find out the truth. The story is easy to follow and as the book progresses the author does a great job getting you hooked. A great suspenseful read that I'm sure you will enjoy.