Guest Post | Understanding the Writerly Muse of exploring the ‘Jinn’ with Matt Dallmann

Posted Thursday, 26 October, 2017 by jorielov , , , 0 Comments

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As you know, I have an active interest in seeking out new stories within the realms of ‘Magical Realism’ and specifically the stories of the ‘Jinn’. I sometimes wonder what inspires the writers who seek out this train of thought to explore through their stories – how do they establish the world-building and stretch our imaginations to endeavour to take the journey with them as they build this ‘experience’ outside our regular wanderings and insight into what is plausible just beyond our conceptional understanding of the perimeters of our world?

The Jinn themselves are shrouded in Mythology and Lore – where the memories of who they are and were past and present are fragmented to where this absence of recollection has strengthened their ‘mysterious’ allure by keeping them a bit ‘out of reach’ of the audiences of recent generations – thereby, it’s writers who seek to bring them ‘forward’ into our time-line of curiosity. We start to see new stories emerge out of this new awakening of both insight and thought-provoking thesis’s on who the ‘Jinn are’ and how we can explore their lives from a close perspective wherein we gain more insight into their lives.

My appreciation of the Jinn began when I first read Helene Wecker’s “The Golem and the Jinni” – a novel which ended on an auspiciously curious ‘cliffhanger‘ – a sequel, I long to see published (it’s nearly time!) but it’s the conceptional glimpse of how the Jinn behave, feel and emote themselves into our human dimension – of how muddling things can turn quite mad when a Jinn is present and how complicated a life can become when love intercedes on everything else… the stories themselves offer a further glimpse into our own motivations and of the winding path of how humans and Jinn are continuously placed on each others’ paths.

Today, I am featuring an author who dares to ask another ‘question’ of the Jinn – of how can they purport a life near humans or with humans whilst establishing his ‘world’ through a lens not every reader might be familiar.

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Guest Post | Understanding the Writerly Muse of exploring the ‘Jinn’ with Matt DallmannTribal Affairs
by Matt Dallmann

Dahlia, a centuries old genie, lies hopelessly trapped in a damaged golden locket charm attached to an ankle bracelet. Its owner, sixteen-year-old Liana, wears it for the first time during her father Jamison’s opening night illusion spectacular. Not only does its presence cause Jamison to folly his performance, but it also starts a chain of bizarre events that lead to a showdown with Dahlia’s mortal enemy, Stefan, and an unsuspecting romance between Liana and his son.

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Genres: Magical Realism


on 31st July, 2017

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Formats Available: Paperback and Ebook

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To better understand this author’s muse regarding the Jinn and his interest in writing a story about them, I asked a topic of interest for Mr Dallmann:

“What first drew you into the mythology and legacy of the Jinn? Was it a specific story or author’s approach to highlighting the lives of the Jinn which inspired you to write your own story or was it something else? What was your favourite aspect of writing about the Jinn and the love story which unfolds?

Access Granted (an essay) by Matt Dallmann

It is hard these days to find something original to write about. I was recently told that about 3,000 new books are published or self-published every day. I was immediately depressed. How could anything I write possibly penetrate through this sea of books? Luckily, I started writing years before I heard this news, when I was still full of vim, vigor and vodka. Back then, when I was sporting a Y2K doomsday shirt and an analog Nokia cell phone, I, and everyone else apparently, racked my brain to come up with something original, or at least a different take on an old story.

Due to the success of Harry Potter, Star Wars, vampires, etc., etc., I started my search in the world of fantasy. Of course, there are a lot of these stories, but what was it about the Harry Potter’s and the Luke Skywalker’s that made people so willing to follow them? What drew people into their foreign worlds? How did they provide access to something most knew nothing about and/or had no interest in learning? More often that not, when I looked at the similarities in all of these characters, it was the fact that they were all half-in and half-out that made them intriguing. They kept one foot in reality, or the familiar, and let the other take a step into the unknown. We gained access to foreign lands and foreign concepts as they did.

I picked the genie or djinn/jinn mythology mostly because I felt that it was never really welcome in the western mainstream beyond a wacky cartoon or a two-dimensional sitcom character. As I researched the djinn and learned about the different tribes, I started to draw a correlation in my mind to the different regions/countries/tribes of the Middle East. “Humans,” then, became “western civilization,” which is why the essential romantic conflict is between a djinn and one of the original American colonists.

All of this, of course, exists only in my mind as an allegory, and is not spelled out in the book. But my hope is that this story, like the half-human half-genie in it, gives people access to a foreign culture that they might not otherwise even look for. And, like the romance that unfolds in the book, I hope that through that access, people will discover something new and worthy of breaking boundaries.

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About Matt Dallmann

Matt Dallmann

Matt Dallmann has a background in acting and holds a BFA from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. His films and screenplays have been featured at film festivals across the United States including Cinequest, Big Apple Film Festival, Seattle’s True Independent Film Festival, DragonCon and Zero Independent Film Festival. His piano compositions have been published for commercial use and he is a member of ASCAP. Matt is also the Co-Founder and Vice President of the boutique medical billing firm VGA Billing Services, Inc. in New York City. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two daughters. ​

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I am self-educated through local libraries and alternative education opportunities. I am a writer by trade and I cured a ten-year writer’s block by the discovery of Nanowrimo in November 2008. The event changed my life by re-establishing my muse and solidifying my path. Five years later whilst exploring the bookish blogosphere I decided to become a book blogger. I am a champion of wordsmiths who evoke a visceral experience in narrative. I write comprehensive book showcases electing to get into the heart of my reading observations. I dance through genres seeking literary enlightenment and enchantment. Starting in Autumn 2013 I became a blog book tour hostess featuring books and authors. I joined The Classics Club in January 2014 to seek out appreciators of the timeless works of literature whose breadth of scope and voice resonate with us all.

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