READERS are already calling The Angelic Debt “emotionally charged”, “thought provoking”, “gripping and fast moving”, and “romantic and tragic”.
The novel tells the story of Thomas Allerton, a 27-year-old who dies in a horrific car accident on a country road while travelling to see his fiancée on a bright summer day.
Waking in Heaven, Thomas discovers he must earn his time in Paradise by creating and living through the lives of those bound for Hell.
Overseeing Heaven are the Angels, terrifying creatures which despise humankind’s gift of free will, and will seize any chance to punish Thomas for questioning his new existence. Thomas’ death hangs over him as a punishment, one he can repeat over and over at the hands of the Angels in unbearable, agonising reality, should he displease them.
The Angelic Debt also tells the story of Louise, Thomas’ bride-to-be, and her battle with grief and struggle to deal with her loss, in a parallel storyline to Thomas’ experiences in Heaven.
Dan Bean is a reporter from Leeds, working in York and Selby, and said writing The Angelic Debt was a challenge in more ways than one.
Dan, said: “I’ve always loved writing and felt I had a book in me, but despite a couple of false starts, never quite got around to it. In 2012, I read about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which takes place every November, and challenges participants to write a 50,000 word original novel in just 30 days. Figuring it was worth a try, I signed up, and that’s how The Angelic Debt got started.