This week I interviewed Visionary Author Jodine Turner. Jodine Turner is a best-selling, multiple award winning author of YA/Adult visionary fiction, magical realism, and fantasy. She is also an Adorata Practitioner in the spiritual path of embodying divine love and balancing the feminine and masculine within; as well as a therapist, consecrated priestess, and deacon in the Gnostic Church of Mary Magdalene. Jodine is also a fellow founder of the Visionary Fiction Alliance.
Do you believe in Angels or Faeries?
Both of them. I’ve been influenced by the Western Mystery Tradition teacher with regards to this, the Scottish/Welsh born R.J. Stewart. I see Faeries as spiritual beings from an archetypal regenerative realm that is closely associated to the natural world; a realm close to ours but different; one suppressed by our culture’s dismissal and ‘progress’. I see Angels as spiritual entities and emissaries of God/Goddess.
What is your favourite spiritual quote?
“Carry on the Flame to a new dawn. I am with you” ~ the Goddess of the Stars and the Sea.
Have you ever had a spiritual experience, involving synchronicity, angels or Spirit etc?
I would definitely say yes – many. A significant one for me was when I visited Chalice Well, the holy well in Glastonbury, England. I had several surprising and spontaneous visions while seated beside the well. A sort of spiritual emergency or spiritual deepening. From that initiation, I came to discover the Goddess of the Stars and the Sea, who inspired my writing, as well as my life. I feel a kinship and affinity for Glastonbury that I have not felt for any other place I have traveled to. Most of my novels take place there. I eagerly grabbed the opportunity to move there for 13 months. What an exquisite experience that was!
Do you believe in life after death? Why?
Yes. Because of past life soul remembrances I’ve had, and…just because it makes sense and feels right to me. My Goddess of the Stars and the Sea series are stories based on the reincarnation of a young priestess during three crucial periods in human history – the time leading up to the demise of Atlantis, the suppression of the Dark Ages, and the turbulence of today’s world. Who knows but that I called upon deep unconscious (and sometimes conscious!) past memories to flesh out my stories!
Do you believe in God?
Yes. And in God’s expression in our world as the Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine and in their sacred union. I have a particular affinity for the Goddess of the Stars and the Sea, as I have mentioned. She is an ancient Goddess who is the evolutionary force of embodied Love. She is very often called ‘Mary’, and one of her ancient names, Stella Maris (Star of the Sea), gave rise to such deities as Isis and Mother Mary. Whatever the name, it is the essence of that ‘Mary’ that I align closely with.
Do you believe you came from a different realm in a past existence? That maybe you were an Angel, a Faerie or a Starperson?
Perhaps an ancient star lineage? Who knows?! I say this because of the story that came to me for my first book, The Awakening: Rebirth of Atlantis. I had the inspiration that those who lived in Atlantis came from six different Star Tribes. My main character, Geodran, had ancestry from one of these original six Star Tribes. Perhaps I pulled upon a personal ancient memory for the Star Tribe piece in the story.
If you won several million pounds in the lottery, what would be the first thing you would do?
Buy a home on the ocean (no surprise as my Visionary Fiction series is based on the Goddess of the Stars and the Sea!). Then tithe 10%, mostly to animal rescue charities.
Have you ever experienced the ‘dark night of the soul? If you did, how did you get through it?
Oh, yes. I made it through by keeping my heart open amidst, (and despite), my pain, fear, and anger.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
To Glastonbury, England. Surprised?
Do you believe in love at first sight?
Yes. It happened to me. I met my husband when I lived in Glastonbury, England. I knew there was something special between us from the start, when I met him in a boutique in Glastonbury, owned by a mutual friend.
Do you believe in magic?
Yes. And the ultimate, most powerful magic – love, both divine and human.
Are you an early bird or a night owl?
Actually, I love the in-between times, like twilight, and dawn, and midnight. These are the potent times in the day’s cycle, the time when the veil between the worlds is thinnest. I do especially love the peace and quiet of the night time.
What inspires you to write?
I can honestly say my series of novels chose me. But what initially inspired me was when I first read The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. I became enthralled with Glastonbury, England through Marion’s story. That land and its sacred sites captivated my heart, my soul, and my imagination. That’s what led me to move there for a year. I experienced inspiring dreams and waking visions about Glastonbury. I studied its folklore and legend, and sacro-magical knowledge. I built upon my natural writing ability by studying the craft of writing. And using all those experiences, I began to write my Goddess of the Stars and the Sea series. My very first novel was published by Glastonbury Press.
I have visited the locations and ancient sacred sites that readers will find in The Awakening, The Keys to Remember, and both Carry on the Flame books – the coast of Wales and some of its quaint villages like Betws-y-coed, the Orkney Isles of Scotland, and of course Glastonbury. Each locale I visited informed my scene descriptions with firsthand knowledge. And each location imbued my story with its own brand of magic.
Do you believe that your work is divinely inspired? That the words come from a higher source?
Yes, divinely inspired. Not channeled, however. My work comes from more of a deeper source, because I believe my creativity originates from my infinite ‘within’…from the depths of my body, my cells, and the spaces that go even deeper, where the Divine Feminine resides as the divinity within matter. I reach my muse and passion for writing from that deep well.
My goal is to embed my stories with meditations, techniques, and sacro-magical workings so that those who are interested may find and use them. I try to provide a transmission of energies, and a direct initiatory experience for readers to undergo as the characters undergo them. That is one of the hallmarks of Visionary Fiction. I hope to help others learn how to embody love through the stories I write.
Are any of your characters based on yourself?
When I began writing I didn’t give that much conscious thought. But after publishing three novels, a woman from my writing group pointed out to me that “…of course you and your main characters are the same. I see them in you. They are your soul incarnations.” I have to admit that while I believe characters are a part of an author’s unconscious as well as their creativity, I have begun to think mine are a part of my soul’s history, too! That intrigues me. Whatever their source, they become ‘alive’ to me, and I become obsessed with them during the time I am writing my manuscripts!
Where is your favourite place to write? What’s the view like from there?
I’d love to have a home with an ocean view as my place to write…someday! So, for right now, I write from my office. I see trees, in particular an apple tree I planted in front of my window. The apple tree is a tree symbolic of Glastonbury, which is also known as the ‘Isle of Apples’ for its many apple orchards.
Do you schedule time to write or just when the inspiration takes you?
Both. I keep a notebook where I can write down inspirations for my story, plot, characters, even specific dialogue to be used in my novels. I used to write these down on little pieces of paper…what a chaotic mess! Little pieces of paper strewn all over. But somehow I made it work. Under the influence of my writing group, with my current novel, I have a special notebook to write down my inspirations and keep them all in one place. I even make collages of my novels, to tap into my creative side without words.
What motivates you to be an Indie Author? Is it the control? The possibility of making more money? Or just because you want to get your books out there as soon as possible?
Getting my books out sooner and the control appeal to me. I have had a very positive publishing experience with my small press publisher, TAG Publishers.
If you could give another Indie Author some advice, what would it be?
Keep true to your heart. And polish your writing craft, always. Writer’s groups are so important. Don’t write without feedback. It may be beautiful in your mind, it may make sense, but your readers are the important people here. And then once given feedback, filter it through your heart.
Also, I would tell Indie authors to attend Writer’s conferences. I didn’t attend a writing conference until my third book, and I wish I had done so sooner. The networking and the camaraderie is invaluable. It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet and pitch your novel to agents and editors. I won many of my awards through major writer’s conference contests.
Believe in your work. And definitely get professional help for the editing and copy editing.
Where can we find you and your books online?
Amazon.com Author and purchase page http://www.amazon.com/author/jodineturner
Facebook Author page http://www.facebook.com/JodineTurner.Author
Book trailer link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_G3Jst5VHQo
Thank you, Michelle for having me here. Your intreview questions were so insightful and evocative!
It was my pleasure, I loved your answers 🙂
Dear Jodine, thanks for sharing with us. We’re definitely on the same wavelength! I like what you say about learning one’s craft. I was in two writers’ groups a total of 11 years and now work with an editor. Those skills matter so much, and if you don’t have them, you don’t know that you don’t have them. I look forward to reading your books.
I love your comment on writing craft when you say “if you don’t have them, you don’t know that you don’t have them”!
Thanks for sharing your insights both into writing and spirituality, Jodine. What you also say about feeling your characters are almost alive really appealed to me. :)I’ve said before that creating characters is almost like ‘remembering’ them – at least, that was my experience. So I really hear what you are saying.
Yes, it’s like characters emerge with a a wave and a shout when the spotlight of my imagination turns to them. They must always be there waiting I think!