About PJ Swanwick

PJ SwanwickQuick take
: I review spiritual/metaphysical novels on this site. I also research and write about the connection between neuroscience, psychology,  spirituality and enlightenment. I’m a writer, dancer, and yoga addict.

Me: I read every novel I can get my hands on, with a slight list toward science fiction, mysteries, and literature. However, the books that really excite me, the ones that keep me awake until 3 a.m., are novels  with strong spiritual/metaphysical themes. And give me a book that also features a great story and engaging characters, I’ll read until the book falls from my numb, cramped hands.

But great spiritual/metaphysical/visionary novels—or even mediocre ones—are so hard to find! Most spiritual readers have heard of classic novels such as:

  • Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman
  • Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Illusions, and other books by Richard Bach
  • The Star Rover by Jack London (bet you never heard of this one, but it’s a great read)
  • The Alchemist and other books by Paulo Coelho
  • The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield

Surely there are more great spiritual/metaphysical novels out there, just waiting to be discovered and shared with seekers like you and me. I want a book that grips my emotions as it awakens my spirit. Is that too much to ask for? I think not.

PJ Swanwick, Fiction for a New Age, metaphysical fiction, spiritual fiction

Not actually me, but I can hold Firefly for 30 seconds

My mission: Find spiritual/metaphysical novels, write reviews of the good ones, and share those books as widely as possible. I hope others will recommend bookswrite reviews, and submit books for review, and together we can create a network to share fiction that feeds the spirit.

Oh, you still wonder who I am? Pick your favorite label: technical writer, fiction writer, happily married parent of three, dancer, yoga enthusiast, capoierista. If you need more labels, figure them out for yourself – email me at NewAgeFiction AT gmail DOT com.


9 thoughts on “About PJ Swanwick

  1. Guess what? I’ve nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award! If you’re interested, follow the award rules I have posted on my page. If you aren’t into the whole awards thing, then that’s ok, too!

  2. Hi PJ!

    I came across your blog and I must say I LOVE it! I really enjoyed reading it and felt a ton of synergy with our project. I love what you’re doing to promote this genre!

    Have you heard about the new documentary inspired by the teachings of Joseph Campbell: FINDING JOE. We are starting to reach out on a very grassroots level to influential bloggers, like you, who share our vision and would be supportive of the message.

    I’d love to send you a copy for your review. We have over 9000 fans on Facebook and we could definitely help promote your work, especially since I know our community would really benefit from your writing.

    Please let me know if you would like me to send you a DVD and I’ll rush one out.

    Check out the trailer here: http://www.findingjoethemovie.com


    Priscilla Marinero
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    In the early 20th century, while studying world mythology, Joseph Campbell discovered a pattern hidden in every story ever told and he called it “The Hero’s Journey.” A truly inspirational film, FINDING JOE takes us on the ultimate hero’s journey: the journey of self discovery. Using the mythological teachings of Joseph Campbell, and interviews with visionaries, the film inspires us all to discover our passions and purpose. As you slay dragons and uncover treasures, you just may find that the holy grail you seek is closer than you think. This life changing film is now available on DVD and iTunes.

    Featuring: Deepak Chopra, Mick Fleetwood, Tony Hawk, Rashida Jones, Laird Hamilton, Robert Walter, Robin Sharma, Catherine Hardwicke, Sir Ken Robinson, Akiva Goldsman and many more.

    • Thanks, Pricilla. I look forward to seeing “Finding Joe” – Campbell’s always been one of my favorites. He may very well be one of the first visionaries to that led to the development of Visionary fiction.

  3. Hi PJ, I found your site by searching for metaphysical publishers. I’ve got a middle-grade manuscript and I’m looking for an agent or publisher, but I keep getting very polite rejections. I think the metaphysical stuff may be off-putting??? My 12-year-old protagonist learns how to time-travel to his own past lifetimes and thus gathers clues to rescue his kidnapped little sister. I am so happy to have found your blog!

    • Aimee, isn’t it frustrating that publishers don’t know what to do with our metaphysical books! I think a good market exists, but because bookstores and publishers don’t have a genre for metaphysical/spiritual/visionary fiction, they don’t want to deal with the hassle.

      Many writers in our field are choosing to self-publish. If that’s not the right route for you, I suggest finding some good spiritual/metaphysical fiction that has been published recently and see who actually published them–that’s your target publisher. You can do that research on Amazon or scan my book reviews – the publisher is listed at the bottom of each review.

      Please let us know how you fare in your journey to get published! And the best of luck to you.

  4. PJ,
    just finished your book for our book club. got it from sue megna. enjoyed your story & loved reading about tarot cards since i’ve never actually seen them read. i was astonished to read about “all That There Is” (sorry about my typing, i have a broken arm so i’m typing 1 handed.) i have a good childhood friend in colorado who does channelling for “all that there is”. Her name is anne salisbury. her website is: go intuition so look her up. i think you’d find her interesting. i am sending your book on to her. i am a baby in terms of spiritual growth so more power to you!
    carol webster

    • Thank you so much, Carol! I’m glad you enjoyed the book and are passing it along (although it’s still in draft with too many typos). I will look up Anne for sure. Hope your arm is healing well.

  5. So happy to see you! I couldn’t find your site for several months, and wondered if you were alright. I find such great books to read here. You are doing a great job!

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