An inspiring tale of hardship, wisdom and discovery, Soul Skin is a celebration of those of us who do not fit into ‘normal’.
Deeply moving, Soul Skin is an odyssey of many lifetimes, that summons our own personal journeys.
Life overflows with problems as middle aged Navi is caught in between two worlds, of loss and destiny. She unwittingly embarks on a shamanic path while striving to cope with; a child’s cancer, marital heartbreak, a stifling rural church community, a scandalous love affair, job loss, menopause and a haunting dark shadow nemesis. Slammed into impossible challenges, insights come through ancient sisterhood spirit visitations and sacred dream journeying to historic events in; a Nazi death camp, a pre-civil war deep south, indigenous North America, as Joan of Arc, audience with Lord Byron, as a wolf mate and more. Navi is left heart broken, lost, shamed and alone with her daughter, she is comforted by her dead Grandmother and a mysterious soul skin man. Throughout, Navi candidly explores life with wit, yet it is the love bond of her daughter, Gran and soul skin man that carries her through.
Following the power of fate and finding the freeing truth of who you truly are, can be a magical journey of remembering your; innate heart wisdom, connection with the spirit world of possibilities and bring forth your life mission.
If you don’t fit in, maybe, you came to change the course of history!
May 7, 2016 writingfest interview, matthew toffolo,
Jan Porter finds the magic of the past and cosmos within every day unsung heroes and the human condition to share with you. She is a philosophical ponderer of human nature, quantum physics, spirit world, nature and of the cosmos, hence she does not hold to any one particular tradition as a one higher truth or one size fits all. Viva la diversity! Jan aims to share thought provoking human conditions, touch on that bigger picture of spirituality, mystical, ancient traditions or quantum physics through the ancient art of storytelling; real people, unsung unlikely heroes and a touch of the magical. For more information on Jan Porter’s work or to Connect via http://www.inspiredsoulworks.com
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Interview with Jan Porter:
Matthew Toffolo: What is the general theme and tone of your novels?
Jan Porter: I share the soul wisdom, magic and insights of our Ancestors through the ancient art of storytelling and self-counsel works. With the wisdom of everyday unsung heroes and the human condition, we carve a new path. As a philosophical muse of human nature, quantum physics, spirit world and nature, I do not hold to any one particular tradition as one higher truth or one size fits all. Viva la diversity!
MT: Why should people buy your novels?
JP: Many people have lost their connection to whatever their sense of what is bigger than us, whether you call it quantum physics or spirit world and as such, their sense of wonder and magic. I love the process of writing, it feels like living inside of a movie, so I aim to share those inspiring and empowering tales of unsung (s)hereos who stumble and navigate those raw human challenges. I strive to take readers on deeply moving and socially relevant journey’s with poignant wit and a bit of humour, offering higher and new perspectives. My novels often include historical events, a variety of characters and the art of overcoming life’s adversities.
MT: How would you describe your novels in just two words?
JP: inspiring, empowering
MT: What movie have you seen the most in your life?
JP: “Always ” with John Goodman and Richard Dreyfuss
MT: Was being a novel writer something you’ve always dreamed of doing?
JP: No, (I chuckle) I have always been a spirit world journeyer and avid reader though. Most of my vocation until now has been in human services – which now offers much food for story lines and character development. In retrospect it makes perfect sense, I have always loved those spirit world journeys and getting lost in a good story. I dislike like watching television, getting inside a characters life, is wildly more fascinating to me and I get to share this with readers.
MT: Do you have an all-time favorite novel? Have you read a novel more than once?
JP: I recall as a young child being held captivated while listening to an elder family friend orally recount the other-worldly magic of Robert Services tales of the Yukon wilderness. As a young woman, I would read over sixty books a year and at times, several at once.
MT: What motivates you to write?
JP: When a story is unfolding, I happily live it, breath it, journey inside of it and aspects of it occupies my day thoughts until written. I enjoy the process and the sharing of the stories.
MT: What artist would you love to have dinner with?
JP: No one famous comes to mind. When I worked in a northern Ontario social services satellite office, I had a number of clients who had left lucrative jobs and lifestyles behind and who were homesteading off the grid, in the bush. These people have profound contagious smiles and the light in their eyes can literally, light up a football stadium. Despite whatever of life’s hardships had brought them to the bush, it seems as though they are intimately at one with something magically profound. All of them, were simple yet profound philosophers and would give you the last of their deer meat or the worn shirt off of their backs, if you were in need. Without doubt, I would love to have dinner with one of these fine folks or with my mother who passed into spirit world four years ago.
MT: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
JP: Leaving the world a little better of a place form my adult children and grandchildren’s generation, happier and more fulfilled. It also includes lightening oppressive and outdated archaic social issues. I chuckle here again, I am post menopause which brings a different mindset, different priorities and as such, I would love to see social change evolve a little faster in my life time, for example; sexual abuse statistics have not lessened in the past thirty years; 1 in 4. It is crazy that we have come so far in so many ways from what our ancestors endured, yet this one issue remains a constant and often, remains a hidden epidemic. I am convinced that one primary solution is in giving our education system a complete over haul and in particular, teaching social emotional intelligence, intuition and empowerment. Think outside of the box!
MT: Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
JP: If you sincerely love writing, don’t ever give up.
Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 10-20 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto on the last Thursday of every single month. Go to http://www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.
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