Visionary fiction is not magical realism.
Visionary fiction is not religious fiction or sci-fi or fantasy.
What will it take for traditional publishers to make room on the shelf for fiction that “speaks the language of the soul and offers a vision of humanity as we dream it could be?”
In other words, what will it take for visionary fiction to be recognized as a genre?
Mystic Tea Finds a Genre
Though I don’t have a cup of mystic tea to help me see through time, I can come up with a simple – if not easy to accomplish – answer to the above question.
For visionary fiction to be recognized as a genre, it will take:
- Visionary writers, such as Rea Nolan Martin, with the talent, perseverance, and willingness to write stories from the heart rather than cave to the dictates of what is currently selling.
- Contests, such as the Independent Publisher Book Awards, that recognize visionary fiction as a category and award talented VF authors like Rea Nolan Martin awards for their superior work.
- Reviewers, such as the impressive number that gave Rea Nolan Martin’s visionary novel Mystic Tea a five-star review.
Mystic Tea on Goodreads
I was first drawn to Rea Nolan Martin’s novel by the following blurb at Goodreads:
A community of quirky, mismatched, and endearing women struggle to find meaning and purpose on a ramshackle monastery in upstate New York. Having spent their lives in service to a church that seems to no longer serve them, they are confused about their own futures and … Continue reading