Interview with Jeffrey Charles Archer

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I suppose my favorite part of writing is living the extraordinary experiences that I share in the accounts I have recorded in my writings. Sharing tellings of the amazing experiences I have had, mostly on the road, and passing on those insights I have been thus granted about the nature of reality and life is among those fruits I most appreciate. Many people who experience "supernatural" occurrences and other anomalous happenings are at a loss as to how to interpret, and are often prone to feel isolated and unable to be honest about things they've seen which don't fit "official version" of reality.

My paternal grandfather once spotted a very large black cat crossing the road north of Ada, Oklahoma when hauling a load of scrap metal to Oklahoma City. He stopped the truck and shone a spotlight on the phantom cat, which he touted to be the size of a cougar or larger. After the big cat disappeared out of sight, he looked to his partner and said, "We didn't just see that." His partner replied with something like, "What do ya mean?! We sure as hell did see that cat!" To which Pop replied rather sternly, "We did NOT see that." Many people are indeed kept from admitting and honestly exploring experiences which they don't understand or ought not believe in according to "common sense" reality. I believe that in boldly telling of those unusual if not "supernatural" occurrences I've seen and heard told, and by offering intelligent and fairly learned insight on the subject I might encourage others to be bold enough to acknowledge and integrate the magic they've seen and the inexplicable they've experienced into their personal reality. I also much enjoy sharing exciting true tales from my life and travels for the interest and excitement those extraordinary experiences told do elicit in the reader (or listener, if by a live telling), not to mention the fulfillment proffered when the reader finds a general pleasure in the literary merit of those words I write.
What are you working on next?
After penning Memories and Musings of a Post-Postmodern Nomadic Mystic Madman I thought I was done with off-the-cuff journeys and misadventures. Apparently I was wrong. Upon departing my hometown Laramie, Wyoming to endeavor a short trip to Colorado for the Denver Gem and Mineral Show, I ended up traveling from coast to coast, and then living aboard a sailboat on the Hudson River for two years. Seemingly, someone/Someone wanted to offer me fodder for a sequel, as the absurd and so-called supernatural happenings experienced and lived on that most recent trip were abundant, if not so tastefully presented this experiencer. Though I am still processing the meanings and purport of that mostly misadventure, I have begun to write an account of that journey, which will be sequel to Memories and Musings of a Post-Postmodern Nomadic Mystic Madman.

I am also constantly gathering information for a project I have been envisioning which would attempt to tell in a historical fiction form some of so many secrets of history, ancient and modern, which I have discovered in my studies and wanderings and wonderings. Clues such as that Abraham, Sarah and Haggar of Judeo-Christian-Islamic lore are obviously if oddly etymologically connected to Brahma, Saraswati and Ghaggar (a tributary river to the Saraswati River) have led me to conclude that much of the official story is a façade, hiding true tales which often prove stranger than fiction and are sometimes far from the official version of "what happened." This work will certainly take years to fully research and write, and will almost as certainly prove controversial if not paradigm-shattering upon release to the public.
Who are your favorite authors?
Tom Robbins is perhaps my favorite writer of fiction. His playful and bawdy tales have delighted me since I first came upon Skinny Legs and All and Jitterbug Perfume, and his use of language has proven very much an inspiration to the development of my own style. Carlos Castaneda is a writer whose (purportedly) non-fictional accounts of the extraordinary have certainly encouraged me to publish my own true tales of the unusual and esoteric. Ram Dass is another of my favorite writers. His book The Only Dance There Is was the first book I read after experiencing the transformation proffered me at Maha Shivaratri observances at the Hanuman Tample in Taos, NM in 1997, and certainly helped me much in formulating my faith and practice since, as has the iconic Be Here Now. Kurt Vonnegut and Jack Kerouac (Dharma Bums, but not so much On The Road) are other examples of my favorite authors.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Laramie, Wyoming, and attended the University Prep School on the University of Wyoming campus. I found that the intelligent and unique peers and decidedly unconventional approaches to education that characterized my experiences from nursery through junior high certainly created an environment for learning and a standard of free thinking that a public school education would likely not have provided. My high school experiences in Indiana and Oklahoma, though perhaps not so formative to my intellect and style, did certainly provide me an alternative perspective on life and this land, as living in the rural south provides rather a very different view of life than does life in a university town in the Rockies.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Practice. Even when there is no compelling motivation to carry on, when at the lowest depths I have known, the intention and knowledge of practice, sadhana, gives me the means to rise and endeavor the day.

Devotion. Regardless of my status, girlfriend or none, devotion to the Feminine Divine, Durga Ma and Her other forms, gives me cause to get out of bed and live this life, knowing that Shakti, the Mother of the Universe in Her bounty and blessings is enough motive for my life lived on.
Published 2015-01-03.
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Books by This Author

Memories and Musings of a Post-Postmodern Nomadic Mystic Madman
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 95,110. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Specialties & interests, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Body, mind, & spirit
Disillusioned with the official religion and institution, artifice and constructs offered as "reality," author Jeffrey Charles Archer hit the road and discovered things are indeed not what they say. Shapeshifters, skinwalkers, sasquatch, fairies and other fantastic creatures and extraordinary experiences make up the true tellings of Memories and Musings of a Post-Postmodern Nomadic Mystic Madman.