Hear Norfolk Christian author talk about new novel
Norfolk Christian author and psychologist Annie Try will be visiting Green Pastures bookshop in Dereham on Friday, June 2 to promote her recently published second novel, a detective story which explores issues of mental health.
Annie Try’s second novel ‘Trying to Fly: Haunting Memories Arouse a Dormant Mystery’ was published in February 2017 and has been described by fellow author, Jennifer Rees Larcombe, as a fascinating ‘multilayered and satisfying detective story’.
Annie, who lives in rural Norfolk, will be visiting Green Pastures Bookshop in Dereham on Friday, June 2, 9.30am - 4.30pm to promote the book and to give talks at 11am and 3pm about her writing and experience.
Annie is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and writes regularly in academic journals under her professional name, Angela Hobday.
Set in Devon, Trying to Fly is a mix of mystery, crime, psychology, redemption and romance, exploring themes of restoration and growth. In need of psychological freedom and an escape from the entrapment of destructive memories and agoraphobia, the central character embarks on a path which leads her into danger, jeopardising her desire to fly free from her past.
Annie Try is interested in the long-term psychological effects of early experiences, and we first meet the main character, Jenny, as an adult, when she is recovering from many years of agoraphobia. Her mental health struggle is the result of heightened anxiety caused by childhood trauma after witnessing a suicide.
Annie believes people with mental health problems need to be seen as more than their diagnosis. So her story takes Jenny into interesting and challenging situations as she seeks to be set free from her struggles.
Jenny has a lapsed Christian faith, but meets Jim, a local cafe owner, who has memories like her own but has a more vibrant relationship with God and lives out his faith. When she is overcome by fear and emotion, Jim comes to her aid. How Jim sees Jenny differs from her own negative view of herself.
Together they begin a journey to understand what happened all those years ago and why – a search that will soon put their own lives in danger. As the mystery deepens, the circle of interest quickly widens. Jenny begins to exercise her faith more as she overcomes her difficulties. She and Jim pray together when faced with danger.
Annie Try is on the leadership team of Vine Community Church in Littleport, Cambridgeshire and is Chair of the Association of Christian Writers, a national association which aims to encourage, equip and inspire Christians who write.
Annie said: “I enjoy writing in the first person. My experience as a psychologist has helped me to understand how people think from their point of view and history. As I was writing these sections I was thinking of how God sees us through the eyes of Love and how the knowledge of God’s love helps us to grow.”
Trying to Fly’ is the first in a series of stand-alone novels featuring the clients of clinical psychologist Dr Mike Lewis.
Green Pastures Manager Irene Humphrey said: “Annie will be available to sign her book, which will be available at a reduced price while stocks last, so please come and visit us early to ensure you don’t miss out on this opportunity. A signed book is always a wonderful gift for a special person in your life, or just a treat for yourself!”
Green Pastures Bookshop, 20 High Street, East Dereham, NR19 1DR