Interview with John C. A. Manley
Interview with John C. A. Manley

Confessions Of A Metaphysical Fiction Author

John C. A. Manley

Drawing from 14 years of yoga meditation and three years living in a monastery, John C. A. Manley writes metaphysical science fiction and fantasy stories. His conscious chronicles take a probing look at existence beyond the physical plane yet bring us back to what is real... here and now.

In this 73-minute interview between Chris Cade and John Manley, you'll hear:

  • Manley's experience growing up Catholic and ending up Hindu.
  • How reading the actual stories of Jesus, versus listening to church doctrines, changed Manley's life.
  • How one book full of spiritual stories led to Manley spending three years in a yoga ashram (monastery) in the mountains of Southern California.
  • Why spiritual beliefs originally led Manley to avoid story writing.
  • The transcendent nature of the writings of Charles Dickens.
  • Why Manley feels every story should have a spiritual (or at least moral) backbone to it.
  • How the movie Groundhog Day contains many spiritual truths expertly hidden so that the story could be embraced by a mainstream audience.
  • Why if you get the spiritual aspect of your story writing correct, the right audience will forgive an shortcoming in the writing department.
  • The pros and cons of being an introvert when it comes to writing.
  • How Manley overcome came his doubts about his ability to represent human nature and human emotions.
  • How to use real people as a model for creating believable fictional characters.
  • How creating fictional characters can help liberate you from your own ego.
  • How to make writing your first draft a very ecstatic process that helps you evolve spiritually.
  • How John finds "seed ideas" which, once watered with the story writing process, produce amazing tales.
  • Ray Bradbury's method for writing four stories at the same time.
  • Ray Bradbury's simple yet somewhat daring method for coming up with story ideas.
  • Manley's clever method for drafting without editing.
  • How Manley has become immune to writer's blocks.
  • Why you shouldn't "just write your stories out of your head."
  • Why Manley always works from printed drafts and not the computer screen.
  • Why you can't trust criticism from your relatives unless you know this trick for getting them to provide invaluable feedback (without them knowing).
  • The two best people to get critiques from.
  • The #1 way Manley draws people into his stories and why this is commonly left out of many spiritual stories.
  • Why you really need to avoid giving too much information/details at one time to the reader.
  • How Manley plants "Easter Eggs" in his stories.
  • How story writing helps you stand back from the story of your own life – with all it's trials and tribulations – and start to enjoy life like you enjoy a novel.
  • Why Manley feels many spiritual stories are really just on the "fringe of spirituality" and should be classified as something else.
  • Two of Manley's favorite examples of spiritual story writing (one book written over 4,000 years ago – the other written in German).
  • One piece of advice John would give to someone who has not written a story before.
  • What you should do if you don't feel like writing.

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About Chris Cade: Chris Cade considers himself a voracious seeker of Truth. He is a second-degree black belt and martial arts Champion who has swum with wild dolphins and tested software to find the bugs. His journey – leaving a six-figure income and corporate life with Hitachi and Adobe for a spiritual one – has rewarded this visionary with a network of spirituality and personal development websites. A graduate of The Monroe Institute's Gateway Voyage program, and a student of the Diamond Approach, Chris is a spiritual teacher, lecturer, and grateful father.

Chris' work is community-supported. Click here to learn more and read a short message from him.


About Chris Cade: Chris Cade considers himself a voracious seeker of Truth. He is a second-degree black belt and martial arts Champion who has swum with wild dolphins and tested software to find the bugs. His journey – leaving a six-figure income and corporate life with Hitachi and Adobe for a spiritual one – has rewarded this visionary with a network of spirituality and personal development websites. A graduate of The Monroe Institute's Gateway Voyage program, and a student of the Diamond Approach, Chris is a spiritual teacher, lecturer, and grateful father.

Chris' work is community-supported. Click here to learn more and read a short message from him.
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