To compliment my daily blog interviews I recently started a series of weekly Author Spotlights and today’s, the fourth, is of Jodine Turner. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate the author further. You can read the others here.
Jodine is an author of YA/Adult fantasy, magical realism, visionary fiction, and paranormal romance. She is also a therapist, a consecrated priestess and a deacon in the Gnostic Church of Mary Magdalene. A mystic at heart, Jodine is fascinated with the world of the unseen. After reading Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon, she became enchanted with Glastonbury, England. That’s what led her to move there (here :)) for a year and to eventually train to become a priestess. That land and its sacred sites captivated her heart and imagination. She experienced inspiring dreams and waking visions about Glastonbury, studied its folklore, sacro-magical traditions, and legends. Using all those experiences, she began to write my Goddess of the Stars and the Sea series about priestesses who had lived in Glastonbury, the ancient isle of Avalon, throughout the ages to today.
Her newest novel, Carry on the Flame: Destiny’s Call is her third. The Awakening: Rebirth of Atlantis and The Keys to Remember are the first and second novels in her Goddess of the Stars and the Sea series, although she says she wrote her novels to be stand-alone reads. The series is an edgy saga of a young priestess who’s reborn during three different critical junctions in history in order to help humankind move through fearful and dark times – the demise of Atlantis, the Dark Age’s suppression of the feminine, and today’s turbulent world.
And now from the author herself:
My novels are adventure-filled journeys that carry keys to embodying the ultimate magic – love, both human and divine. The stories focus on exploring the wisdom of the divine feminine, providing an experience for the main character and reader alike. They are a portal to discovering how to unite the divine feminine and divine masculine in your heart to be able to receive and give love more fully. My hope is that readers will find a thoroughly entertaining read as well as ways to navigate through the chaos and turbulence of our modern times.
I like tapping into the realms of legend and magic, especially Celtic lore. In Carry on the Flame, I liked writing the scene where Sharay meets the elder, eccentric wizard, Dillon. Dillon offers to take her on a journey of initiation, a vision quest called the Celtic “Imram,” in order to set her on her rightful path. I loved playing with the archetypal themes of an Imram, and bringing that into contemporary times.
I want readers to get the flavor of the unseen worlds. What the ancient Celts call the Otherworld. I wanted them to see and get a feel for what’s inside Sharay’s mind. She sees things in visions and dreams that the average person might call crazy because they don’t see or hear the same thing. In the Scottish tradition that’s called the ‘Second Sight’. In other words, psychic.
The romance in Carry on the Flame was inspired in part by my personal story. I met my husband Chris while I was living in Glastonbury. He is English / Welsh / Irish, and the Welsh name his mother originally wanted for him, Guethyn, became the name of my main male character in Carry on the Flame. Guethyn is the wizard Dillon’s grandson, a rebellious college student. When he falls in love with Sharay, he finds himself, despite his rejection of all things magic, drawn into an adventure that requires him to awaken to the truth of who he really is.
I have visited the locations readers will find in Carry on the Flame – 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. I hope readers will feel that magic, too!
Carry on the Flame: Book Two Ultimate Magic will be released October 31, 2011. You can find more about Jodine and her writing via…
Her website: http://www.jodineturner.com, blog: http://.www.visionaryfiction.blogspot.com, Facebook author page: http://www.facebook.com/JodineTurner.Author, on Goodreads: http://bit.ly/k1PPbJ, Jacketflap: http://www.jacketflap.com/drjodine / http://bit.ly/l1lVVs, Amazon’s author page: http://amzn.to/kzfNA7 and Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/JodineTurner.
Morgen: What a list. Thank you Jodine (again). 🙂
The blog interviews will return as normal tomorrow with historical and suspense western author Carol Crigger – the one hundred and thirteenth of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, directors, bloggers, autobiographers and more. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found at https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/blog-interviews – Jodine was numbers 30 and 30b. The https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/schedule page shows you what else goes out on this blog. 🙂
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