Born with Wings Interview

Visionary Fiction

Ellis Nelson interviews Bianca Gubalke

Today I welcome Bianca Gubalke to talk about her book, Born With Wings: The Immortal Life of Piu Piu.

Bianca is an award-winning screenplay writer and artist, a passionate gardener, teacher and metaphysics student.

I recently finished her incredible work of visionary fiction. It’s one of those rare books that starts off immediately in the spiritual realm. From start to finish, this is visionary fiction at its finest and most bold. Swept up in the tale of incarnation, life, struggle, and purpose we follow the beautifully drawn characters as the author weaves a wonderful tale. An injured gosling and a little girl come together in lush and magical South Africa. There’s a call from ancestors and a drive for purpose, and danger’s never far away. It’s a captivating tale, a journey of emotions through life, death, and rebirth.

Thank you for joining me, Bianca!

BG: Thank you for having me! I’m delighted to be here!

EN: What were your first glimmers of this story? Was it of the characters, the setting, or the plot itself?

Please continue to read the original Interview HERE.

BORN WITH WINGS by Visionary Fiction Author Bianca Gubalke

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Bianca Gubalke is a Member of the Visionary Fiction Alliance

 

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Author Interview by Zoe Brooks

Zoe Brooks interviews Magic Realism Author Bianca Gubalke

Zoe Brooks is a British novelist, an award-winning poet and blogger, who reviews one magical realism book per week, since July 2012. Her list of magic realism books currently comprises a staggering 700+ books. Below is her Interview with Bianca Gubalke:

Author Interview with Bianca Gubalke 2016

 

  • Who are your favourite magic realist authors and why?

As far as I can think back, my main interests, besides my love for Nature, were always the Arts and Spiritual Healing. This lead to studies of Shamanism following teachers like Michael Harner, where we naturally worked with another ‘reality’ – which was something I knew from the San people in the Kalahari of South Africa.

At that time, I was also drawn to the fascinating work of Carlos Castaneda. Here, the ‘magic’ in form of a search for power came in. It stunned me as it was not in synch with what a true shaman – who is a healer – aspires to. It appears that real insights were drawn from other sources and traditions, but Castaneda knew how to write and package the message, and he did something else: He put himself into the story!

Much later, my film editor gave me a small book to read that was so special, that I went all the way to London to get the adaptation rights. The author was a Nigerian writer: Amos Tutuola. It may be my African heritage – although my cultural roots are also firmly grounded in Europe – but this vivid, extraordinary writing with its special rhythm immediately resonated with me, and I still enjoy it today!

Of course, I could not resist Joanne Harris’ strong and sensuous  ‘magical woman’ (‘magical mother’) and her culinary temptations, blown by the wind into a rigid little French town, where she opens – of all names – ‘La Céleste Praline’!  Played by my favourite actress, Juliette Binoche, this was an absolute treat. As a magical realism story, ‘Chocolat’  has much more depth than it seems.

 

  • What is your all-time favourite magic realist book?

Bearing in mind that there are many books I still want to read, so far, my all-time favourite magic realist book is: The Palm-Wine Drinkard by Amos Tutuola.

 

  • Why do you write magic realism?

I did not set out to write a magic realism novel. I see it rather as visionary fiction – but this category does not exist – yet – on Amazon.

I wrote my story for a special young girl who deeply cares about Nature and its survival, bearing in mind that everything is a reflection. And I wrote it for baby boomers, who are too busy on treadmills to stop and reflect on life’s most important questions, who now panic as their own transition draws closer. In the end, my mission is always to heal.

As a hypnotherapist, we work on different levels with each patient. While always aware of the ‘here’ and ‘now’, we work with the subconscious. We’re here and there – whereby ‘there’ is like a gap between thoughts. It’s a natural process; the patient is always in control. This can be taken much further during past life regression, where one moves beyond the death experience into other lives and even existences that are a far cry from what we consciously know. While this process takes place in our known world, our so-called ‘reality’, it has a perceived ‘magical’ component for some, that is exploited on stage in a misleading way.

Lastly, all my creative work as a screenplay writer or filmmaker included different ‘realities’ – and so does my debut novel. Life’s mundane fabric contains many strings of magic – not as a mere decoration, but as a part of it. So when my editor suggested ‘Magical Realism’ as the appropriate genre, it immediately made sense.

 

  • Can you give us your definition of magic realism?

I’ve read many definitions for magic realism, none of which I truly resonate with. Maybe it’s because I cannot imagine a reality without magic?

The following thought – based on a quote from the Bible, John 17:14-15 – is an attempt to express what I feel:

“In magical realism, as a literary genre, we play with the notion that ‘we are in the world, but not of it’. This awareness can lift or defeat us; it can be used to harm or to heal.”

 

Set in a land of shifting realities – the Western Cape coast of South Africa, between Nature’s paradise and a ruthless world – and based on the heartbreaking true story of a human-animal bond, this magical journey reveals how a young girl and the wild creatures who are her constant guides, join in the ultimate adventure: to reveal the mystery of life after death.

MAIN CHARACTERS

Pippa
A natural born leader who joins forces with wild creatures and natural scientists, long dead, to unlock the mystery of the invisible world.

She seeks KNOWLEDGE.

Piu Piu
An experiment, a catalyst – and the happiest Egyptian goose on earth until the Unthinkable happens and destroys her world.

She seeks FREEDOM.

Charlot
The shadow, hunter, killer – he’s always there, right behind you! So be warned: He’s ruthless in a ruthless world.

He wants . . . FOOD. At least, it seems so . . .

ABOUT THIS NOVEL

We all know about the surge of interest in the survival of consciousness after death as millions of baby boomers face their own mortality. All this is reflected in popular TV shows and movies, as well as trailblazing videos on the Web. The fact is that life’s fast pace and our personal fears often keep us from addressing the most important of existential questions, which can cost us our emotional wellbeing, happiness and health, and we may not pass on the right message to our children. This is where this enchanting tale – with its touching human-animal bonds, that awaken a sense of care and guardianship for the Earth – fills the gap.

As you follow the hero’s journey of self-discovery, spiritual awakening, personal transformation and healing, discover how your feelings are the key to your eternal soul:

“What you are not the vibration of remains invisible to you.”

 

‘The Immortal Life of Piu Piu’ is Part 1 of the Trilogy ‘Dance Between Worlds‘.

 

Please feel free to comment below!

 

 

Arteby Author Interview with Bianca Gubalke

Noordhoek Magic

This is Part 3 of the Author Interview on Magical Realism by Arteby Publishing (AP) on 17th January, 2016. We recommend you listen to the author’s response and thoughts on the video (if available) – alternatively, you may follow along on the transcript below. If you missed it, here is Arteby Author Interview 2.

Interview with Bianca Gubalke Bianca Gubalke

AP: Bianca Gubalke, let’s move to question three: You point out the importance of “…a sense of place” in your novel. So where does your magical realism story take place, and why?

BG: Here are the coordinates: 34.104 ° South, 18.360 ° East! If you want the short version!

Well yes, the choice of a location is always crucial and has a big impact. I think it’s even more important if you write Magical Realism than other genres. The big masters I’ve read a long time go were all firmly grounded in their home country, if I remember correctly . . . like  Gabriel Garcia Marquez . . . with ‘One hundred years of solitude’ in Colombia, Isabel Allende with her ‘House of Spirits’ in Chile, and an African author I really liked, Amos Tutuola, in Nigeria. I think it was essential for their success and, following the philosophy I pursue in my story about ‘The Immortal Life of Piu Piu’, the place where we are born has a significant impact on our lives, as we are shaped and conditioned by our environment. Grace, Pippa’s African mother in my story, explains this at some stage.

Did you ever ask yourself WHY you were born where you were born? WHY does that matter? What was specific to that – looking back?

In that sense, and with hindsight, I sometimes wonder why I chose a place in the middle of nowhere, between three portals to infinity: the Atlantic Ocean, the Namib Desert and the Milky Way? And – after spending almost 30 years in Europe and travelling all over the world – I’ve just returned to that same spot again!

Was I looking for a hidden meaning?

Well, besides growing up with an acute awareness . . . that of being enveloped by a subtle web of energies – the energy of water, of earth and of air – that place definitely determined three things I can think of immediately:

1. the notion of being a tiny spark of energy, a little piece of Consciousness that matters . .  that really matters! – within a limitless magnificent whole;
2. a sense of belonging and interconnection with all beings and dimensions; and
3. the absolute need for cooperation and communication between us all – as we’re all on a journey together.

So the place where I was born and grew up played a role in who I became, and so does the place where I live. It is what I know, it is where I belong, it is a small village called Noordhoek at the Western Cape coast of South Africa. The idyllic Noordhoek valley hugs the mountain ranges below Chapman’s Peak – mountains that stretch from Cape Town and its emblemic Table Mountain, all the way down to Cape Point, with the crystal seas of the Atlantic Ocean washing white beaches and crashing against steep shores. The region was declared a Natural World Heritage site in 2004 – ‘A unique setting in a unique place’, says the Elder in my book.

What else is so special about Noordhoek – in the context of this story?

Nature! Be it in terms of animal wildlife or the many endemic plants, Nature plays a significant role in my story. In fact, Pippa, the young female protagonist, is so obsessed with protecting . . . preserving . . . even eternalizing it . . . that in her attempts to get back to her own roots and find solutions, she frequently experiences two realistic scenarios simultaneously. Situations that are – according to our linear understanding of time – more than two-hundred years apart! She is highly aware at all times; she’s not in a dreamlike or trancelike state at all. Everything is REAL – but MAGIC is the golden bridge that connects those different planes of reality, and allows her to dance between worlds . . . which is the title of the series.

While I knew Chapman’s Peak as a kid, Noordhoek wasn’t even on the map. Over the past decade, it has become an ‘in-place’ where jet-setting homo sapiens of all cultures, colors and beliefs have replaced the wild antelope… and the occasional lynx… that came down every night to the local watering holes. But not everything has changed. Whales still get their babies in the bay, the fish eagle’s distinct cry echoes across the valley, and porcupines, mongoose, Cape cobras as well as the Western Leopard Toad – just to name a few – abound in the valley – and in my story – each adding their simple, natural flavor to the daily MAGIC that makes the REAL world so worth living here!

That’s why I chose Noordhoek! 

In its own mysterious way, Noordhoek is a magical place where different worlds co-exist as one reality.

And besides, this magical Noordhoek was home to a REAL wild Egyptian goose called Piu Piu, who lost her ability to fly . . . until she discovered the MAGIC within her . . . and her own REALITY changed.

I’m just the storyteller . . .

AP: Thank you for bringing this magical place – Noordhoek – closer to us!  Although you desribe it exquisitely in your book, it’s good to hear it directly from the storyteller! Which brings us to question 4 .

Please stay tuned; the transcript of part 4 of our Interview with Bianca Gubalke on her new magical realism novel ‘The Immortal Life of Piu Piu‘ will follow shortly.

Meanwhile, you may want to read the latest PRESS RELEASE.

What is Magical Realism

Is it Magical or Realistic?

Welcome to Author Interviews by Arteby Publishing (AP)! If you love good literature and fiction – and perhaps you have read… or are reading… the brand-new fiction novel ‘The Immortal Life of Piu Piu”, this series of short interviews – focusing on the literary genre ‘Magical Realism’ – is for you!

So what is magical in realism? Do you know?

The following is the first excerpt of ten of an Interview conducted on 17th January, 2016. Here’s question 1 – we recommend you listen to the author’s response and thoughts on the video, and, if you wish, you may follow along on the transcript below.

AP: Bianca Gubalke, you chose a specific genre for your book: Magical Realism. Let’s talk about that.  What exactly is Magical Realism?

BG: You have to classify your literary work in order to be found – be it in shops, libraries or On Amazon. Like many books, my novel falls into multiple categories. It has elements of Mystery, animals can talk like in a fable, and it is a true love story that connects this world – that we call the REAL world – and what lies behind this REAL world: which may appear fantastical or UNREAL or MAGICAL to others.

So, what makes this story stand out, also in terms of plotlines, are the multiple planes of Reality . . . realities we can access through altered states of consciousness  as we do quite naturally when we dream at night. . . or meditate. . . or when we are in a trance or hypnosis.

In Magical realism we are…

  • Firmly grounded in the world we know – we have a clear vision of the REAL world – we don’t invent it, it’s what we know, it’s what we are familiar with. It’s LOGICAL. It’s the REALISM part of Magical Realism.
  • But now something UNLOGICAL happens! To transport a certain idea… or concept… or message the storyteller integrates elements that – on the surface – appear UNREAL. Meaning, that in this normal REAL world, something FANTASTICAL . . . MAGICAL happens. And these MAGICAL events happen in such a normal way. . . that readers accept them with ease as part of their known, common, normal world.
    We’ve all been pre-conditioned by myths, legends and fairy tales! In this sense, the MAGICAL realm… some refer to it as SUPERNATURAL… blends perfectly with our so-called REAL world. Now there’s MAGIC in the MUNDANE… one flows seamlessly into the other. . .
  • There are two worlds – and through his writing… driven by his intention to tell his story, his message, his truth… the storyteller provides bridges, openings or gaps in whatever separates the here and the there, the REAL and the MAGICAL, the visible from the invisible world – to pass on his message in a different way. A path that the reader can easily follow from one into the other realm… sort of navigate between the two. Just as we naturally do when we dream, for instance. It’s nothing new. We’re doing it quite naturally every day. Magic IS part of our mundane… so-called REAL world that most of us are so fiercely attached to. Too attached to see. . . to REALIZE. . . that there is so much more! That we’re actually part of a magnificent MAGICAL realm!
  • “Be in the world but not of if.” That’s from the Bible, John 17:14-15. Over one billion search results on Google. That tells us something. We’re a world in motion.  We’re shifting. . .
  • In my magical realism story The Immortal Life of Piu Piu we just have to open ourselves to see it. “What you are the vibration of, appears. The rest remains invisible to you.”

AP: Thank you, Bianca, this was very enlightening. Let’s move to question two: Did you focus on writing a Magical Realism novel? And if so, who may have influenced you?

If you enjoyed this, please stay tuned; the transcript of the second part of our Interview with will follow soon! Meanwhile, you may want to read the latest PRESS RELEASE.