Davies Lynch notes that his novel, Preternatural Sagacity, was inspired by two human qualities; Courage to Journey to the frontiers of knowledge and Freedom to Imagine what lies beyond. They are connected, acknowledging that in life there are strong forces that can work against journeying and imagining; the external constraints imposed by societal expectations, peer group pressures and family dynamics, and the internal ones we are born with or create to deal with the externals and to survive amidst the uncertainties of life.
Davies thinks that these forces give birth to our personal redeemer and persecutor, twins within, who struggle with each other for the upper hand, moment by moment, day by day. They draw on our experience and shape our thoughts and actions, weaving pathways for us to follow, bridges to cross and obstacles to stumble on. Recognising these inner children, and how they operate, can help us learn to smile at the imposters of success and failure, though not always protect us against their misbehaviour.
In Preternatural Sagacity, both Bran and his great-grandfather Henry conjure up courage and express freedom because they are loved; and when you are loved, you can more easily practice love, as Bran is acutely aware. Without love, it must be very difficult to fully enjoy and express these human qualities. But love can repair dislocated parts of our character, so the wonderful thing is that it’s never too late to love.
To relax, Davies plays in a band, except that it isn’t always relaxing, and sometimes he can be found solving tricky aeronautical problems, except that he doesn’t always solve them. And, in both his musical and scientific endeavours, looking out beyond the horizon to see the frontier expanding excites his imagination.
Growing up in the Welsh mining valleys has shaped Davies’s courage and given him a (hard) working man’s perspective on life, while his Irish ‘half’, may have forged his creative imagination; who knows? But he’s pretty sure he’s inherited a strong Celtic sense of humour.
So, Davies Lynch invites the reader to journey with him through dark heat, into the foggy ruins of time, along the rising curve, and the pathway to the stars, where memory and fate explode. Oh, and on the journey, you will get a taste of the magic of Bob Dylan and you may learn a thing or two about ravens.