Friday, September 10, 2021

Spotlight on Steve M. Gnatz, author of The Wisdom of the Flock: Franklin and Mesmer in Paris



1776: Benjamin Franklin sails to Paris, carrying a copy of the Declaration of Independence, freshly signed. His charge: gain the support of France for the unfolding American Revolution. Yet Paris is a city of distractions. Bens lover, Marianne Davies, will soon arrive, and he yearns to rekindle his affair with the beautiful musician.

Dr. Franz Mesmer has plans for Marianne too. He has taken Parisian nobility by storm with his discovery of magnétisme animale, a mysterious force claimed to heal the sick. Mariannes ability to channel Mesmers phenomena is key to his success.

A skeptical King Louis XVI appoints Ben to head a commission investigating the astonishing magnétisme animale. By nature, Ben requires proof. Can he scientifically prove that it does not exist? Mesmer will stop at nothing to protect his profitable claim.

The Wisdom of The Flock explores the conflict between science and mysticism in a time rife with revolution, love, spies, and passion.

Trigger Warnings:

Mild sexual content


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Steve M. Gnatz
Fun Facts
(Stuff you may or may not already know!)
I dropped out of high school, got a high school equivalency degree at age 19, worked my way through and finished college at age 26, and went on to graduate medical school at age 30 – not too many people have done that!
I love long-distance bicycling. I bicycled across America in 1993 (3,455 miles in about seven weeks) – finishing on my birthday.
I have bicycled L’Eroica in Gaiole Italy. It is a one-day bike race featuring vintage bicycles that I also love restoring. But I found out how hard they are to ride in the Tuscan hills that day.
I once contemplated an occupation as a professional photographer but was talked out of it by one of my mentors – who hated his job! I have happily been an amateur photographer ever since.
I am a jazz aficionado. My favorite jazz pianist is Gene Harris and I have almost every recording he ever made in my collection.

Steve Gnatz 

Steve Gnatz is a writer, physician, bicyclist, photographer, traveler, and aspiring ukulele player. The son of a history professor and a nurse, it seems that both medicine and history are in his blood. Writing historical fiction came naturally. An undergraduate degree in biology was complemented by a minor in classics. After completing medical school, he embarked on an academic medical career specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. There was little time for writing during those years, other than research papers and a technical primer on electromyography. Now retired from the practice of medicine, he devotes himself to the craft of fiction. The history of science is of particular interest, but also the dynamics of human relationships. People want to be good scientists, but sometimes human nature gets in the way. That makes for interesting stories. When not writing or traveling, he enjoys restoring Italian racing bicycles at home in Chicago with his wife and daughters.

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