Judith may have stopped being a healer, but she has a loving husband, two boys and a successful business as a perfume maker. She’s content. So why does she keep having nightmares about falling?
When an accident throws her life into turmoil, she is forced to leave her home and seek the help of strangers. She must face her darkest fears and learn how to fall. She meets two women she has long avoided and meets others she thought she had lost. But most importantly she finds herself.
This metaphysical novel is the third book in The Healer’s Shadow Magical Realism Series.
Interview with Zoe Brooks
How would you categorize the Healer’s Shadow series?
With difficulty. Obviously as the subtitle says it’s a magical realism series. But the books are equally women’s fiction, indeed it is feminist fiction. When I started writing the trilogy I was reading Women Who Run With The Wolves, which is a Jungian psychological book about the stages women go though in life. In a way the trilogy is doing that – following Judith through those stages.
And what is the stage that Judith has got to?
Motherhood. She has two boys to whom she is devoted and she is very much in love with her husband. But in order to protect her family she has had to stop being a healer and so deny a vital part of herself. The crisis that ensues is the trigger for the next stage in our heroine’s journey. The theme of the relationship of mother and child runs through the book, not just Judith’s relationship with her son, but that with the mother she lost when she was ten. Her mother was also a healer and a wise woman. Judith’s relationship with women is important – throughout her life she has been aided by a series of mostly older women.
Why create a fantasy setting?
I was inspired by women writers like Angela Carter, Alice Hoffman and Ursula Le Guin, who have shown that speculative or fantasy fiction novels can offer a great way to explore important themes in a way that is entertaining and imaginative. Magical realism is particularly good for this. This book is the most magic realist of the three books.
Do we get to find out the truth about Shadows in this book?
We sure do.
I notice that you are now calling these books a series – it was a trilogy. Does this change mean there are going to be more stories?
Yes, I hope so. If you want to know about the latest releases as they are published, please sign up for my newsletter here.