I’m a country boy who grew up in a little village in the South West of England. It was a rather special place, in a magical sense, because it was the setting for Dion Fortune’s novel ‘The Sea Priestess’. She is also associated with Glastonbury, and I could see the Tor from the garden of my parent’s house. Perhaps all that shaped my later interests and my published writing. I also loved being near the sea, and wherever I am in the world I’m always content pottering about on some beach.
Music has always been part of my life and I practice every day on the guitar, it exercises a different part of the brain. I’m fascinated by the world, the way it works and my part in it. Every day is a delight in some way or another, and I create to celebrate that belief. I also find a lot of things funny, and I’m always laughing and writing about stuff that amuses me. I travel to America a lot, and have many friends all over the world, but basically I’m a private person. I don’t believe you can be a writer unless you are comfortable with your own company.
Tell me about your journey as a writer – how you started and how you have developed?
I can’t remember a time when I couldn’t read, and I was writing stories when I was around eight years old. I did an English degree at Bristol and that was my first encounter with the big city. I learned a lot about literature and life, and, as it was the Sixties, had a lot of fun too. We had some marvellous tutors and, although I embraced scholarship, I still had a long way to go before my writing was anywhere near fluid. When I started to write articles for magazines I had a lot of help from old established journalists. I wrote a novel in 1978 which remains unpublished, and probably just as well! What I learned from writing non-fiction I applied to fiction when I got around to writing novels again. There’s the same amount of research, organising and collating of material required. Although I always experiment with different approaches to how a scene is depicted, I still believe that the story must be there strongly in your narrative. You have to give the reader something to identify with, and keep their interest. I’m a visual person so that helps a lot with depicting the way things look.
How would you describe your work – its themes and the important things about it?
I’m fascinated by the notion of consciousness, how any individual experiences the world, and the way we interact with the visible and the invisible. That acknowledging of two planes is the essence of magic, along with entering different planes by using the imagination. Thoth is the god of magic and writing so I hold him in high regard.
I’m a champion of the feminine too, so Isis figures just as much. Using the brain to create ‘reality’ is what the artist does, and there are a zillion ways to approach manifesting any idea. The movie director Robert Rodriguez talks about being ‘a pipe’ – letting things flow in, and not allowing the ego to hinder that process. When I write about metaphysics I’m bringing in quantum, neurology, cosmology and philosophy simply because they are part of the picture. I’m a believer in balancing reason and the intuition so as to get the best out of both qualities. In my fiction I’m upholding the traditional virtues of nobility and respect and above all, love. I champion the individual against the corporate mindless monster, very much a theme of our times. I’m not a cynic, but I’m not so much of a romantic either that I drift off into Fluffyland. I’m funny too, humour is part of awareness.
Tell me about your current book – what is it about and what makes it a great read?
I have two books that have come out almost at the same moment, so I hope it’s okay to talk about them both! A novel, ‘Doorway into Darkness’, and ‘The Qabalah – Beyond the Veil’ which is, in some ways, an occult primer.
The novel features a stone circle – a portal to other dimensions, a villain who wants to control the soul of England, and a modern quest for love and enlightenment.
The non-fiction book is my investigation into an ancient magical system, providing a guide to a complex and profound subject.
Where can I buy a copy of your book?
‘Doorway into Darkness’ is published by http://dioscuripress.com
‘The Qabalah – Beyond The Veil’ is published by http://kerubimpress.com
Both are available at www.amazon.com
My website www.gordonstrong