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Dion Fortune: Spiritual Teacher and Visionary Fiction Writer – by Theresa Crater | Visionary Fiction Alliance
OK I’ve been tagged by fellow author Maria Savva to take part in this blog-tour, about the main-character from one of my novels.
The character I have chosen is Miranda T Warren, from Taromancer.
1. Tell us a little about this main character. Is she fictional or a historic person?
Miranda is a forty-something single woman who lives alone with only her cat Nixie for company. To supplement her income from her not particularly well-paid job she works as a Tarot reader – a profession with which she is becoming increasingly disenchanted. Miranda is a strictly fictional character, although I do put a lot of my own words into her mouth.
2. When and where is the story set?
Modern day England, mostly in Miranda’s home-town which I left unspecified but for the fact that it is relatively near London.
3. What should we know about her?
Miranda was raised a Christian but lost her faith roundabout the same-time her mum died, when she was a child. In her teens she turned to paganism. Now however she is at a spiritual cross-roads – seeking idealism, but not sure how or where to find it.
4. What is the main conflict? What messes up her life?
Her long-time frustrations about how her life has been diverging from what it ought to be come to a crisis point one fateful evening, when she finds herself staring over the edge of a bridge into the river beneath… As it happens, a crazy old man saves her from herself, and persuades her that to solve her problems she ought to go on a Spiritual Quest, which turns out to be even more radical than she ever expected.
5. What is her personal goal?
Her quest to re-kindle her interest in the Tarot comes to represent her quest for spiritual wholeness, and closure on all the negative issues in her life.
6. What are the titles of your novels, and where can we read more about them?
(The Demon Detective and other stories)
A Fairy Story By Any Other Name
and Taromancer, which is a stand-alone novel in its own right. I also have written several short-stories and a novella in the “Demon Detective” series.
Full details can be found on my website: http://solascendans.com
The books themselves are all available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/alexsumner
7. When can we expect your next book to be published?
I have several WIPs – probably later this year.
OK, Tag time!
I may be taking a liberty in catching them unprepared, but nevertheless I’d like to shout out some authors I admire:
I am participating in a blog hop of Visionary Fiction Authors. For more details, please see Sandy Nathan’s YOUR SHELF LIFE.
Anyway, here are my answers to some questions she’s posed:
1. What is the working title of your book or project?
“How To Cast A Love Spell” – a novella, in the series “The Demon Detective, and other stories.”
2. Where did the idea come from for the book or project?
A friend of mine said to me “Alex, why don’t you write a post on your website about how to cast a love spell?” After giving this some thought I decided to make it the theme of a new fictional story, instead of a blog post per se. I thought that discussing the issues involved – both how to cast a love spell, and why it is not necessarily a clever idea to do so – would sound a lot more fun and interesting if cast in the form of an adventure story, than if I were to just write something sententious and preachy about it.
3. What genre does it fall under, if any?
Dark fantasy, with a large dash of (cough) “Romance.”
4. If applicable, who would you choose to play your characters in a movie?
Guy Shepardson, the lead-male character, would have to be someone with suave, dark, good-looks, perhaps like Johnny Depp. The lead-female character would have to be someone very beautiful and with a commanding screen presence – like Angelina Jolie.
Basically, my story is the one they should have adapted to film, instead of that god-awful mess “The Tourist.”
5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your manuscript or project?
“Fifty Shades Of Satan.”
6. Will your book or story be self-published or represented by an agency?
Probably the former, unless something drastic happens in the next couple of months.
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It’s still a WIP! I do find, though, that it’s going very quickly – probably because I myself enjoy the story so much.
8. What other book or stories would you compare this story to within the genre?
The nearest analogue I suppose would be the paranormal romance stories of Christine Feehan. This book will be nothing like Feehan’s though. I deliberately go in a different direction and follow my own path.
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book or story?
Apart from my friend coming up with the original idea (see my answer to question 2), it is generally inspired by a demonic grimoire known as The Goetia. I should hasten to point out that demonic-magick is a complex matter. The issues raised are akin to Jungian notions of integrating the Shadow into the Self, rather than a straightforward Manichean good-vs-evil duality.
10. What else about the book or story might pique the reader’s interest?
Apart from a large number of scenes of extremely lusty wish-fulfillment on the part of the lead-female character, it does actually contain details of real magick in it!
Stone the crows! I read this, What Is Visionary Fiction? and apparently I’ve just discovered that I’ve been writing in the Visionary Fiction genre all along! Actually, from the description of Visionary Fiction, I believe it is a new name for something which has antecedents going back at least a hundred years or more. Visionary Fiction is here defined as:
Characteristic Features of Visionary Fiction:
- Growth of consciousness is the central theme of the story and drives the protagonist, and/or other important characters.
- Oftentimes uses reincarnation, dreams, visions, paranormal, psychic abilities, and other metaphysical plot devices.
- Is universal in its worldview and scope.
This pretty much describes all of the occult literature of Dion Fortune (e.g. The Winged Bull, The Sea Priestess, Moon Magic, etc) and arguably works like Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist. It also describes my own humble efforts with The Magus and its sequels (particularly in the character development of Nichola, the central character). Now it appears that there are an increasing number of emerging authors who specifically identify themselves under the “Visionary Fiction” banner. Let us hope that it is not too long before one of them (us) achieves major cross-over success!