I’ve recently joined the Visionary Fiction Alliance which provides great resources on their website for writers like me, such as blog posts giving hints and useful information, and a ‘Bookstore’ section where you can browse and order books in the visionary fiction genre. I’ve always preferred books that are positive in outlook and have an uplifting spiritual theme, and they don’t have to be unrealistic, they can still be about real conflicts and problems.
I once went to some marketing meetings run by the most successful writer I know, a girl who writes paranormal romance, and I asked her how she thought I should classify my books. She read the samples of some of them, and then she got back to me and said, “they’re like Paulo Coelho’s.”
Well, I’m sure I’m not as talented as Paulo Coelho, but it was very nice of her to mention him and to give me an idea where the books fit in. In the Visionary Fiction Alliance there are lots of writers who could also be classed as a bit like Paulo Coelho and I’m sure they are delighted to have a proper genre to belong to. He is in the Visionary Fiction Bookstore, along with Richard Bach, and it’s lovely to share a genre with them. I still remember how inspiring it was to read ‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull’ when I was younger. Eventually I acquired a copy of the film, but the book was still better.
Visionary fiction overlaps with fantasy, and with portal fiction too. I love both reading and writing about someone popping through a portal into another realm. Personally I prefer it to be a realm that really exists, like the astral plane, but parallel worlds and other planets are exciting as well. Some stories with portals are for children, like ‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe’ which was my favourite when I was a child; however, it doesn’t have to be limited to children’s’ fiction. We can all squeeze through a window into a more exotic place and learn some useful lessons there. I wish!