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Awesome Indies: Alchemy by Jade Kennedy

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Awesome Indies: Alchemy by Jade KennedyAlchemy by Jade Kennedy
Published by epubli GmbH on July 7th 2015
Genres: Magical Realism, Fiction
Pages: 57
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'Alchemy' is a collection of flash fiction interspersed with poetry which explores a world of surrealism and magical realism. The name alchemy came from my desire to create stories about transformation and are other-worldly. The opening piece 'A Collection' tells of a woman who collects borrowed expressions; 'Eden' is about a woman who transforms into a lizard while struggling with isolation. The stories themselves range from dark to light.

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Awesome Indies: Alchemy by Jade KennedyAlchemy by Jade Kennedy
Published by epubli GmbH on July 7th 2015
Genres: Magical Realism, Fiction
Pages: 57
Buy on Amazon

'Alchemy' is a collection of flash fiction interspersed with poetry which explores a world of surrealism and magical realism. The name alchemy came from my desire to create stories about transformation and are other-worldly. The opening piece 'A Collection' tells of a woman who collects borrowed expressions; 'Eden' is about a woman who transforms into a lizard while struggling with isolation. The stories themselves range from dark to light.

Excerpt from ‘Alchemy’ – ‘Old Perfume’

‘My angel wears old shoes with thin laces that she ties loosely and a long skirt patched with multi-coloured fabric, rich in cotton. She has long curly hair and a hidden face. Draped in scarves and long sleeves, she is unashamedly and proudly gypsy as songs linger around her like old perfume.

Sitting at the edge of the bed, she watched me play games of reality and dreams. Like a game of chess, I dabbled in visions of black and white messages and spoke to the ghosts that still longed to be heard.

I decided she was real and watched her fasten her shoes, all the while fading in and out of life. I waved at her and as she waved back, she swore to me this was not my last day.’

Do you have any pets?

I have a writing buddy called Tomas ( he gets called Mr T and other pet names) HeÂ’s a rescue cat and is very small for an adult male due to stunted growth because of neglect but he makes up for that in attitude! HeÂ’s feisty and sometimes a bully when it comes to food. I love him though, he likes to make himself awkwardly comfy on my lap when I write.

mr t ffs

Tell us about your book.

Alchemy’ is a collection of flash fiction interspersed with poetry which explores a world of surrealism and magical realism.

I am fascinated by ‘what ifs’? I like to turn concepts on their heads and see them from another angle. I love the spiritual side of life and things that are mysterious and unknown, there’s always a hint of something magical with whatever I write

I always find myself writing about myths and other worldly ideas. I like to write about things that are not normally written about so you will find strange and mysterious concepts and thoughts within the book which will (I hope) make you stop for a while and contemplate the possibilities.

The name alchemy came from my desire to create stories about transformation and are other-worldly. The opening piece ‘A Collection’ tells of a woman who collects borrowed expressions; ‘Eden’ is about a woman who transforms into a lizard while struggling with isolation. The stories themselves range from dark to light.

Do you have a set writing schedule that you adhere to? / Tell us how you write

I know it might be a shock but I don’t believe in the motto ‘write everyday’, sometimes this is just not possible and some days are more creative then others. If I wrote everyday it would be total gibberish. I think not enough credit is given to letting ideas mull and develop in their own time. When I do sit down to write sometimes the writing comes out perfectly formed and at other times it’s more a stream of consciousness usually punctuated with far too many commas!

What was the hardest part of writing this book?

The writing for ‘Alchemy’ was already done as it’s a collection of my work. Some pieces have been published in ezine and writing websites. The hardest part was sorting through my work and deciding which pieces to include and which to leave out. Then working around my theme for the book and arranging them into some kind of order. Thankfully I had an editor who was a great help.

What writers influenced you the most?

For poetry is has to be Pablo Neruda, Dylan Thomas and Carol Ann Duffy. For novels there are so many but Eowyn Ivey (The Snow Child) is a beautiful writer and I love a good historical novel from Phillippa Gregory or Elizabeth Chadwick who both write about strong female historical figures, I love that escapism into the past and how women coped with an intensely male dominated world – they are inspiring.

When you read, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

I have tried all three and IÂ’m a definitely a paperback reader.

Was this book inspired by something in particular?

Since ‘Alchemy’ is a collection of my work the inspiration varies with each piece. I am inspired by the turn of the seasons and a lot of the pieces in ‘Alchemy’ have a seasonal touch. Also all writing is personal and some piece are inspired from my own life – ‘Old Perfume’ was inspired by my stay in hospital when I had Meningitis at 17. ‘The Storm’ was inspired by my husband telling me of an old Elizabethan myth.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

This from my blog, it was featured at the beginning of October. I post about twice a month with old and new pieces.

This is what I had to say about ‘Misplaced’

I hope you enjoy ‘Misplaced’ it is another personal piece because I do this when I light candles, especially when things seem so awful that you have no idea which way to turn or what to do for the best. There is something very calming about giving up your problems to something higher, whether I am talking to myself or not it makes me feel better. Does anyone else do this? Anything similar like a worry box or actual prayer?

‘She lit the candle carefully, her lips moving quickly and silently in a personal prayer. Cradling the fragile flame she finished with the words ‘so God knows where we areÂ’. The light was placed before the window so all who passed the house could see, be they of flesh and bone or an ethereal being that had lost its own way. The only candle in the darkness – the only light illuminating their own ghostly wishes. Would they come and stare?

She wanted so much to believe that God had just misplaced them, had lost track of them in the ebb and flow of life. Maybe God would see this one small flickering light and like a lighthouse would be guided towards them and her prayers. Although invisible to us yet maybe all too real in the other realms, they would see her prayers and wishes scattered around the house piled high, desperate and pleading.

God may find them again and they would be guided and protected once more – their dreams would be full of possibilities, and not of exile. She would never stop lighting the candles, even when her hands were aged and frail – she will light a candle so that ‘God knows where we areÂ’ so that they will never be forgotten or lost again.Â’

How do you relax?

IÂ’m a big reader and a bit of a history nerd so I love anything historical – books/films/tv. Writing is obviously very relaxing when you can just let your imagination flow and be creative – it doesnÂ’t have to be perfect.

What is your favorite movie?

ItÂ’s always hard to pick a single favourite but I have a few.

One of my all time favourites are the ‘Back to the Future’ films. They mesmerised me a kid and I think I had a crush on Marty McFly at five. ‘The Nightmare before Christmas’ is another favourite and also the classic cult film ‘The Princess Bride’

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