Fantasy made a reality for doc
A FICTIONAL planet invented by Emerald doctor Michael Oehley when he was just seven-years-old has become the focus of his first children’s fantasy novel, launched in Australia this week.
Dr Oehley, who has been working at the Emerald Hospital since March, wrote The 4 Powers of Daren Saner when he was studying medicine.
The book has been released in New Zealand since September, with Scholastic launching it in Australia on Monday.
Dr Oehley said it was aimed at children aged from eight to 13 years.
It tells the story of a boy, Daren Saner, who lives on the Starship Superia as it drifts aimlessly in space, having lost the coordinates of its home planet.
He accidentally triggers an energy pulse that changes his life forever and he is flung into the ancient city of Periapoli, where he discovers he is the Forbidden Child – a peasant boy with four strange powers.
Dr Oehley has been writing stories since he was five-years-old and living in South Africa and it continued when his family moved to New Zealand when he was 10.
He wrote his first novel at the age of 15 and when he was 19, at the end of his first year at medical school, Dr Oehley came up with the idea for the Starship Superia series.
He wrote 13 different drafts of The 4 Powers of Daren Saner over a six-year period.
“Writing this book was a learning experience, working out plots and character development,” Dr Oehley said.
“After I graduated, it was entered in the 2009 Tom Fitzgibbon Award, where it was short listed.”
To learn more about the book, visit www.michaeloehley.com.