Author Quotes

 BORN WITH WINGS – Book Extract

“If you watch closely,” he said, “you will notice that they are looking for seeds that have little fleshy parts attached to them, the elaiosomes. These they carry into their nests to feed their babies. This is how seeds are dispersed underground. At some point in the future, when they know their time has come, they will germinate and grow.”

There was an appraising look in his eyes when he added: “As with many things of value in life, first they have to go through fire.”

She absorbed his words for a while, then asked: “Do plants know that their time is limited? I mean . . . that they die?”

Bending down to her, he gave her an enigmatic glance: “You have to become the plant if you want to uncover its soul.”

“How on earth would I do that,” she thought to herself, her eyelids fluttering under his stare.

What you are the vibration of, appears. What you are not the vibration of remains invisible to you. That’s the secret,” he said.

Born With Wings - Visionary Fiction Novel by Bianca Gubalke (2017)

Photo by Bianca Gubalke in May 2018: ‘Green Praying mantis’

Quoted from “Born with Wings – The Immortal Life of Piu Piu”
Visionary fiction novel by Bianca Gubalke

BORN WITH WINGS by Visionary Fiction Author Bianca Gubalke


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




Bianca Gubalke is a Member of the Visionary Fiction Alliance


The Life of Honey Bees

ARTEBY Author Interviews

ARTEBY:  In your magical realism novel, ‘The Immortal Life of Piu Piu’, you also write about bees – ‘The Voice of the Infinite in the Small’. Tell us a little bit about it.

BG: Yes, well, that’s what the bushmen of the Kalahari say, when they listen to a mantis. A profound way of expressing the ‘unexplainable’, isn’t it? I read that many, many years ago in The Lost World of the Kalahari” by Sir Laurens van der Post. As we’re living very close to Nature, honey bees are part of our lives, our mundane reality, whatever you may want to call it. In any case, I did not invent the bees for my story. Everything in my book – as magical as it may seem – is deeply rooted in reality and my personal experience thereof. When we planned our magical garden, we paid close attention to what attracted honey bees. The purpose was not to get honey, but to help provide these beautiful and ecologically significant beings with what they needed to live a happy life. Today, after about 20 years, they can choose between fields of lavender, flowering gums, lots of fynbos, wild pear, buddlejas and many acacias – just to name a few. Being from Namibia, I love the sweet fragrance of acacias when they’re in bloom, and as bees love the colour yellow, they’re in heaven when these trees are exploding with soft yellow mimosas . . .

ARTEBY: I love acacia honey! But your story is hardly about honey . . .

My Life with Wild Honey Bees by Bianca Gubalke

The Mantis and the Bee

BG: No, it’s rather about our perceptions and our human conditioning. I assume you refer to the encounter between the praying mantis – the predator, the so-called ‘killer machine’ – and the little innocent honey bee, who spends her life serving others. I posted a 5-minute clip on  The Mantis and the Bee  on exactly that part of the story on YouTube in 2010!  I wasn’t prepared for what I saw when it actually happened – all I had was my Coolpix P90 and I used it. I’m still thrilled that I was part of this scene and could document some of those incredible moments! Very quiet moments . . . very different from the world of instant gratification and noise we live in . . . I called it a meditation. But we know that . . . “What you are the vibration of, appears!”

ARTEBY: What did you expect to happen when you pressed the video button?

BG: Like everyone else, I assumed the predator would catch the bee and devour it . . . It’s something we’ve come to almost expect as that’s the kick most audiences want to see on TV: the kill. . .  Just go and insert ‘mantis vs bee’ on YouTube and you see what I mean. But it taught me a lesson!

Life is so different! Yes, it also includes the inevitable moment of death at some stage, but that is just one moment amongst so many within an otherwise magnificent circle of life, the dance between worlds, filled with beauty and labour and creation – and, as in the case of the honey bee, the production of honey and the pollination of plants that provide us human beings with a passport for life: our daily food!

Remember, we pray “And give us our daily bread…”? Impossible without the honey bee! In fact, the holy honey bee!!!

“If honey bees become extinct, human society will follow in four years.” Albert Einstein said – or rather warned us.

ARTEBY: So are these bees living somewhere in your garden or do you keep them in a commercial hive?

How to provide wild bees with a home

BG: Let’s look at a recent example. We’ve been cutting out dead wood and branches and stapled it to be chipped, when I noticed that a swarm of bees had started to build a nest at the bottom of a huge pile of wood. While bees are deaf – they have no ears – they are very sensitive to vibrations, they sense through their hair and their antennae. So when the wood was removed above their nest and chipped in a major machine, they weren’t too happy. However, we left all the major branches they had used for their nest, and I covered it with the upper part of my boxer’s travel box, for protection against storm, possible overdoses of heat and rain, predators from the air – like eagles and bussards – and from the ground, like the wicked mongoose.

Then we met two knowledgable and dedicated bee conservationists – Jenny Cullinan and Karin Sternberg – who are working on a scientific project in the area, which includes recording existing bee colonies, as well as raising awareness about bees and the importance of keeping wild bees within their natural environment with a minimum of human interference. As our nest was rather large, it was difficult to find a suitable natural home – like the tree stump we thought would be ideal, but it was far too small to hold a swarm of that size. Finding nothing really ideal, we settled for the travel box! A sheltered place close-by was chosen, where we dug a hole big enough for the bottom part of the large box, which was then laid out with pieces of wood and branches – inside and along the edges outside – to keep the environment as natural as possible. The next task was to cut the bee hive free without disturbing them too much, to carry the bulk of the swarm over to their new home, place them as well as possible, and then remove the overhanging branches for a perfect fit – and, finally, to close the lid of the box on top and attach it. It actually worked perfectly, with a safe entrance and even some ventilation inside!

As the place where the bees had been was full of pheromones, many bees stuck around, forming new clusters. These had to be gently collected and carried into the new home to join the swarm. While there was a wild buzz around us all the time, there was no haste – it was a wonderfully peaceful, caring and almost meditative process. No one was stung – and I did not wear any protective clothing apart from simple gardening gloves to handle the logs.

Discovery of the Pseudoscorpion

The Pseudoscorpion

While we were collecting the remaining bees in the blazing midday sun, always trying to provide them with some shadow, Jenny made an amazing discovery, which Karin immediately banned on her camera (see photo above): There were a number of tiiiiny and very speedy little guys running around in the debris left from the original nest, which play a significant role in a healthy honey bee’s nest, the Ellingsenius fulleri!  Called a ‘Pseudo-scorpion’ as it really resembles a microscopic scorpion (2 to 4 mm long!) but lacks the typical stinging tail, it is believed to feed on small mites and other arthropods in the honey bee’s nest, hence playing a vital role in the nest microfauna and the health of the bee colony. WOW!

(See their article on Facebook on “The Microfauna of a Honey Bee Nest“.)

Although they are extremely difficult to spot, we could capture a few and added them to the new home for the bees. The little lattice gate was closed – very practical, too, as while the bees could easily fly in and out, it protected the nest from predators from the air and the ground. Who would ever think of their dog’s travel box as a home for bees?

Just before we met for this interview, I went to give them some water . . . it’s been such a boiling hot day. As they weren’t expecting me, some of the buzzing homecomers promptly bumped into me and one fell into the water bowl. I reached out with my finger . . . the furry being climbed up, whirred its wings, and buzzed off into the nest, just as the sun was setting behind Chapman’s Peak.

ARTEBY: Clearly, you trust them! No fear?

BG: No fear, no, that would change my vibration and attract the same within them. This whole procedure just showed the perfection of Nature, how everything is connected and interdependent. Whole and yet very fragile, too, if we interfere. I’m happy that in our part of the woods the bees are happy and – thanks to the ‘pseudoscorpions – healthy, too. It’s all a matter of vibration. It truly is.

ARTEBY: Another example of a wonderful human-animal bond. Will you be posting a video on YouTube?

BG: If and when I get time, I will put a short video together – we’ll see!

ARTEBY: As a tribute to the bee?

BG: Absolutely! That’s exactly what motivated Pippa to record her video in my story, ‘The Immortal Life of Piu Piu’ – it was to be a tribute to the honey bee!

ARTEBY: For anyone who loves metaphysical fiction – this book is for YOU! Thank you!

New Audiobook on Audible

Recording your first Audiobook

Once my visionary fiction novel “The Immortal Life of Piu Piu” was published, both in print as a paperback version and as an ebook on Kindle,  the next step was to add the audiobook version.

Why an audiobook?

Obviously, people who are blind benefit greatly from audiobooks, but there are more and more individuals who like to listen not only to music when they drive or commute, go for walks, cook or just want to close their eyes and relax – but also to audiobooks. It’s still a growing market – and an exciting one!

NEW RELEASE: Audiobook "The Immortal Life of Piu Piu"

How to record your first audiobook

Would you want a professional team to produce your audiobook start to finish – or do you consider narrating it yourself? What are the options?

As I have a background in filmmaking, I know what a good narrator, music and the whole technical setup and the production itself costs – and it still does today. There are many reasons for this. Think of your favourite movie. There is no separation between images and sound, meaning, both are equally important. That’s how crucial sound is, respectively, the music or the spoken word.

A very strong consideration for me was – and still is for the future – that the right choice of professional narrators adds another layer to my story through their personal interpretations. It becomes alive . . . it becomes fuller, bigger, grows beyond what it has already been. Yes, I’d LOVE to see that happening one day with “The Immortal Life of Piu Piu”!

That’s why I was very excited when reading about Audible on Amazon and the vast online audio production possibilities offered through ACX – from technical expertise to great narrators, including the option of a royalty split. All sounded great – until I understood that this option was not available for those of us who do not live in the US or the UK. Duhh . . . again! Big disappointment!

My journey into alternative ways started. Local productions with actors. Online possibilities. These were soon no option due to escalating exchange rates to the U$ of over 1:15. Various avenues promising to get one’s work onto Amazon that did not really convince me and seemed risky. Long story – and to make it short, I decided to narrate my story myself. Many readers prefer to listen to the author narrating their own work – it’s a way of bonding that I can resonate with. I enjoy listening to authors whose work I love and respect. After all, their voice, their emotions, their breathing is part of them. Frankly, who knows more about the content and finesse of a book than its creator?

Besides, I’ve done interviews and other recordings in the past and, while I’d love my favourite actors to narrate my book for the exact reasons I mentioned before, this beautiful dream won’t happen just yet. So I decided to learn how to record, edit and produce the audiobook myself!

Once that decision was taken, I flew off to the races, set up my little ‘audio studio’ as per instructions, learned how to use Audacity and recorded, edited and converted my Audiobook within about 6 weeks of hard and highly concentrated labour!

Fiction or Non-Fiction

There is a huge difference between recording non-fiction of say 180 pages, or fiction of 358 pages with different characters, suspense-driven moments and times where you just float.  As a narrator, you’re in that other world but you have to ensure that your reader follows you and enjoys the journey.  You want to give it your everything – right from your solar plexus . . .  where you have to carefully control your breathing.  Thank Heavens for my yoga and meditation practice! Then, you have to be energetic all the time – if you’re not, it means a break. You’ve got to stop and refuel. And you do get tired. And you do make mistakes. Everyone does. It means repeats . . . sometimes a whole number of them until it just sounds right. Have others listen into your recording and give you honest and constructive feedback – that really helps, builds courage and confidence . . .  to get through it all! It’s a BIG task!

Besides, to be eligible for Whispersynch on Amazon – meaning that brilliant way where you may read the book on your Kindle and then, later, continue via the audiobook, it will be pick up exactly where you stopped reading before . . . which means that each word has to be exactly as in the book. Utmost perfection, word per word. And no music . . .

NEW RELEASE: Audiobook "The Immortal Life of Piu Piu" Audiobook

Technical specifications of an Audiobook

As you may have gathered, I finally found an experienced and trustworthy audiobook publisher. This allows me to get onto Audible, iTunes and many other audiobook platforms legally while living outside the US and the UK – against a fair share of my royalties. I converted my audio files into mp3’s, which were then mastered – according to exact technical specifications – by a professional sound engineer. After that, all had to be uploaded following a specific protocol, together with the digital bookcover, a description and other details.

After careful quality checks, the book was – and still is – “Pending our review of your content” for various audiobook platforms.

I wondered how long that would take? I was told: “Up to six weeks.” Oh no, that’s almost Christmas then??

The Immortal Life of Piu Piu available on Audible

Imagine my joy when my Audiobook appeared on Amazon (Audible) after just a few days!!! I’m looking forward to seeing it on Whispersynch as well, which means that it would be eligible for Kindle readers at a discounted upgrade price! So exciting!

Pricing of audiobooks

Talking of prices for an audiobook. These differ from retailer to retailer, but the defining factor is the length of the book – in my case a whopping 10 hours and 49 minutes! You really get value for your money . . . including a magical journey into another world . . .

Here are a few pricing guidelines:

  • Less than one hour: U$7.00 and less
  • 1 to 3 hours: U$7 to U$10
  • 3 to 5 hours: U$10 to U$20
  • 5 to 10 hours: U$15 to U$25
  • 10 to 20 hours: U$20 to U$30
  • Over 20 hours: U$25 to U$35.

At the end of the day, a maximum of 25% of the retail price go to the rights holder (the author/narrator). That’s for non-exclusive distribution.

Need Help?

It takes courage to go on this journey alone – so it’s great to have advice from experienced authors or guidance from experts in the field. Yes, I know – it’s a jungle. I’ve been there. If you need that help or some orientation, do leave a note for me in the comments box. I gladly help!

And if you enjoy a special story, consider my debut audiobook and leave a review! That would be sooo special!






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.


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.

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 . . .


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‘.


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Fantasy Literature

Modern Fairy Tale for Baby Boomers

Thank you for joining us for part 4 of this exciting Author Interview on Magical Realism that was conducted by Arteby Publishing (AP) on 17th January, 2016, based on a series of 10 questions in relation to the magical realism novel “The Immortal Life of Piu Piu”. If you’ve just joined us for the first time now, 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. If you missed it, here is Author Interview 3.

Interview with Bianca Gubalke Bianca Gubalke

AP: A reviewer called your novel “A Modern Fairy Tale for Baby Boomers” – is this the audience you’d like to address?

BG: Yes – I’d specifically like to address baby boomers – I’m one of them – but not only! Thank you for asking.

First of all, I’d like to differentiate a little, if I may.

Probably, most readers assume that ‘magical realism’ and ‘fairy tales’ – in other words fantasy fiction or fantastic literature – are identical, but they’re not the same. It’s a matter of ‘belief’ or ‘believability’.

Fairy tales are part of the realm of the fantastical – new worlds are being created, supernatural events take place, making our imagination as readers spin. We are drawn into a fantastic world – ONE world – with fairies, trolls, monsters and witches and so forth. In a way, we actually escape into another – unreal – world . . . and while we get our lessons, and we recognize certain archetypes – the queen, the innocent girl, the courageous knight, the evil dragon or whoever they may be – the story itself remains ‘outside’, meaning it’s not part of our daily, normal life. It remains in the domain of our imagination. We’re always aware that it’s unreal and unbelievable. “It’s just a fairy tale…” people often say.

I don’t say that this is correct. I believe there’s much more to fairy tales, myths and legends than we as ‘grownups’ dare to admit as we are such masters at suppressing our subconscious . . .  while  little children definitely see this differently . . . but that’s just as it ‘normally’ is, as we’re conditioned to be.

As discussed previously, in magical realism we are also firmly rooted in one world, but this is the REAL world, as we know it from our everyday lives. Then, however, and through what most of us perceive as MAGIC or a fantastical element, something ‘unlogical’ happens as another reality – the so-called MAGICAL REALITY – becomes part of it. What we perceive as supernatural blends perfectly with our familiar, real, mundane world. So as a writer I don’t invent a new world; I just show the magical within the world we live in, the world we know. The way I see it, personally, however, is that magic IS part of our normal world – we just have to open ourselves up to it to see it. “What you are the vibration of, appears. The rest remains invisible to you.”

Magic redefined

I also believe that MAGIC – as a term – will have to be redefined as more and more people open themselves up to and understand their own spiritual dimension – something that’s possible for you, me, everyone. The difference between this, our physical world, and the non-physical world – the so-called ‘non-local’ domain as Dr. Deepak Chopra calls it – appears to be a matter of frequency and vibration. Gifted seers, psychics, and spiritual masters seem to have the ability to adapt to that frequency at will. Like changing a radio station. There’s fascinating and scientifically proven evidence of this out there. We’re living in very exciting times…

So are baby boomers my target audience? Also – but not only!

I often find that mothers pass on my book to their daughters – or best friends. I love that! We all know about the surge of interest in the survival of consciousness after death as over 100 million baby boomers begin to face their own mortality. That’s a lot! Baby boomers have always shaped the Western world quite significantly, and they will continue to do this as they decide on a dignified, peaceful, conscious transition mode. All this is reflected in popular movies and television shows such as Afterlife TV and Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sunday, as well as trailblazing programs on YouTube and TED that are watched all over the world.

This is where the magical realism love story ‘The Immortal Life of Piu Piu’ comes in: Set in a land of shifting realities – South Africa, between Nature’s paradise and a ruthless world – and based on true stories and human-animal bonds, this fascinating tale reveals how one powerful girl and the wild creatures who are her constant guides, join in the ultimate adventure: to unlock the mystery of life after death.

This was my logline – but I like to quote from my PRESS RELEASE:
“Each life is a leap of faith. You leave ‘home’ and you venture into the Unknown. And while you discover a world brimming with darkness and light that seems to toss you around, you realize who you are. This is your chance to realize your own true greatness and turn fear into faith . . . and freedom. Real freedom!”

This is – so-to-speak – the ‘solution’ I offer to my fellow baby boomers who rarely took time for themselves, time to come to terms with what’s lying ahead, to free themselves from fear – a fear that easily gives rise to physical and mental illness as I have witnessed so many times. As I’ve laid it out in my ‘NOTE TO THE READER’ in my book, all is rooted in my own search and experience, it’s not a fairy tale. But yes, I understand that one might call it ‘A Modern Fairy Tale’ due to its magical angle. Helping people to find peace and strength within themselves has always been a passion of mine, and the magical realism perspective in my novel allowed me to transport what may be perceived as extraordinary concepts in an ordinary way.

Here I’m just the storyteller . . .

AP: Thank you for your openness – it needs courage and we appreciate that.  Let’s move on to question 5.

Thank you for your interest and your time. Please stay tuned; the transcript of part 5 of our Interview with Bianca Gubalke on the literary genre called ‘Magical or Magic Realism’ will follow soon!

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?

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