Zoe Brooks from Magic Realism Books is hosting this thought provoking blog hop. “Magical Realism is a literary genre that incorporates fantastic or mythical elements into otherwise realistic fiction.”
That’s a mouthful, and you may still be confused about how a book might be placed into the genre. No doubt everyone may have a slightly different take on this.
For me, it’s not that complicated. I’ve been living in a state of magical realism since my youth. It’s a gift passed down from my mother. We have had bizarre experiences, unexplainable events – all without the use of drugs or other mind altering substances.
And, furthermore, I believe everyone has these ‘gifts’ but either ignore the experience, or account for the bizarre event through scientific jargon or religious beliefs. Maybe even superstition comes into play for dealing with the event.
My first novel, The Guardian’s Wildchild, is a fiction novel that includes some of my mystical and magical experiences. Though I’ve never taken the time to control my gift (well, I managed to stop it when it began to interfere with my busy life), I have become acutely aware of the power of intention. Our mind has power that we have yet to understand fully. Perhaps when we (human race) mature into our mystical abilities, we will be able to move mountains – literally.
I met my spirit guide. I was walking home from school. I saw the stranger walking ahead of me. When I caught up to him, he began to talk with me. Surprise! He knew my name and stuff about my life. At the time I wasn’t sure what had just happened. As I matured, it became blissfully clear – particularly when I was drowning in a lake.
I had thrashed until completely exhausted. I sunk to the bottom of the lake. I accepted death. Then his voice came, saying, “If you stand, you can breathe.” I did as he beckoned.
In The Guardian’s Wildchild, the heroine has a close relationship with Seamus, her spirit guide. Her mentor, Greystone, teaches her how to do space/time travel. Telepathy and telekinesis is her play time. Easy peasy for Sidney Davenport. In every other way, she is a human as you and I. No warts on her nose, no magic wand, no vampire teeth to suck blood from a victim.
She does have an enemy, actually several. Her most lethal enemy is a gifted Guardian who has ‘fallen’ from the sacred truths and is in cahoots with Madame, an insane and evil woman.
I’m curious. Have you had any magical experiences that you enjoyed, wanted to do again but didn’t know if you should? I’d love to hear about your experiences and what you thought about it. Be sure to pop on over to other bloggers talking about this fascinating subject. Be sure to enter your name in my rafflecopter for a chance to win an ecopy of The Guardian’s Wildchild.
MAGIC REALISM BLOGHOP 2014
This post is part of the Magic Realism Blog Hop. Twenty blogs are taking part in the hop. Over three days (6th – 8th August) these blogs will be posting about magic realism. Please take the time to click on the link below to find out about the other posts and remember that links to the new posts will be added over the three days, so do come back to read more.
Click on the Rafflecopter link below for a chance to win an ecopy of The Guardian’s Wildchild.