Written by Amanda Moloney
Amanda from Ghosts of Oz was lucky enough to have a quick chat with author Josh Langley to learn a little about him and hear about his new book “Turning Inside Out”. Grab yourself a cuppa and have a read about one of Australia’s premiere paranormal authors.
What writers out there, current or past, inspire you with your writing?
I guess I don’t have any favourites, except maybe Henry Miller who wrote the Colossus of Maroussi, it’s more about what they write about that’s important to me. I’m well known for reading non-fiction, yet of late I’ve started to get into the spiritual fiction genre.
How do you find your inspiration to write, particularly about the paranormal?
I’m always compelled to look for the meaning of life, to dig below the surface of our stressed out busy, crazy lives, so I write about my explorations to find out what it all means. I am completely curious life and what lies beyond it. I’m far more interested in what happens when I pop my clogs than any episode of Game of Thrones or any other TV show. All that is just a distraction! The whole afterlife thing is just so big it would be almost criminal not to want to investigate it or at least be curious about it. And considering that the afterlife is the key to understanding our lives right here, right now, it make sense to want to know what the fuck is going on!
Describe your writing desk, what are must haves that need to be there for the creative juices to flow? Wine, favourite CD, a special talisman??
I have an amazing sculpture on my work desk of a little man in a feather boat made from clay and ceramics that I picked up in Denmark. It was part of a ‘flotilla’ of similar ones that represented the soldiers who were given white feathers of cowardice during WW1. However for me it represents complete and utter trust and surrender to the universe and the mental peace that can provide.
The other place I like to write is the kitchen table. Not very sexy, but it works. Most of my books have been written at the kitchen table.
Me personally I have to have a hands on physical book that I can touch and read, do you prefer that or e-books?
Most of the books I read (spiritual, afterlife, near death experience, mindfulness etc) I can’t find at the local bookshop and I’m impatient and don’t want to wait for it to come from half way around the world. So to have Kindle app on my tablet and I have the book in one click. However there’s nothing better than going to a second hand bookshop and taking home a stack of goodies.
You've done a couple of books about the paranormal now, what's been your most amazing experience during this?
During the entire journey I’ve had this sense that I’m not alone and that I’ve been guided in some way. However I feel that is just the tip of the iceberg and there’s all this non physical knowledge that is becoming more accessible the more I get out of my own way. Life is not the opposite of death, life is life and is here and now and watching that manifest in my life right now is incredible. Earlier this year I quit my day job with nothing to go to and that was scary. However I feel I am living a more authentic life as opposed to the anxiety riddled, and mind numbing monotony of it was previously. I did however have the support of my Partner Andy (who you’ll read about in my books) as we both quit our jobs at the same time. I’m trying to be the living embodiment of what I write about.
I remember saying to myself last year that all I wanted to do was work for myself write books and travel around meeting people and talking at events and now I find that I’m doing that. It wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t have gone on this journey. I’m pretty blessed.
What do you do to unwind and relax, to shut the mind off? Or is it always ticking over thinking of the next story?
I keep writing and creating, I can’t seem stop. Even if I’m on holidays, I just want to write! I’m in the middle of writing 3 new books, including one on creativity and a novel based on the insights from Turning Inside Out. Otherwise the way I relax is with a beer or wine on the verandah with my partner or eating a big bowl of Tortellini. Wine and pasta have a big influence in my life.
Tell us briefly about your other books?
Frog and the Well: Unconventional Happiness was my first book that I wrote and illustrated and then followed up with
Follow Your Heart: everyday wisdom for an extraordinary life.
Being You is Enough (as I mentioned earlier) came out in March this year and I now take the Being You is Enough Presentation to primary schools across WA.
Dying to Know: Is there life after death? “ I’ve ruined perfectly good dinner parties by asking that question.”
You have been touring around WA promoting your new book Turning Inside Out, have you got any events coming up where people can come and chat to you and get your books signed?
I’ve got a road trip planned to Geraldton and the Midwest in October for Being You is Enough and I’ll be talking at Margaret River Library early December. I’ll be organising some other events shortly. But people can check my website for event details: www.joshlangley.com.au