John Reyer Afamasaga, Metafiction Author Interview by Michelle M. Pillow (Originally published in Paranormal Underground Magazine)
John Reyer Afamasaga, Metafiction Author
By Michelle M. Pillow, www.michellepillow.com
Most of us in these technological times have heard the term GUI (Graphical User Interface, often pronounced “gooey”) and even more of us are familiar with a little social phenomenon called Facebook. It is these two elements that create the forum to author John Reyer Afamasaga’s postmodern intertextual style. An ongoing story told via Facebook (and later in eBook and other formats), the GUIOPERA is an end-to-end saga that, well, is probably a concept best explained by the author himself.
And this wouldn’t be an exclusive Paranormal Underground interview if there wasn’t a little bit of the otherworldly thrown into the mix. The ongoing, online story deals with the idea of multiple planes of existence and the concept of possession. The possessions are not inherently good or evil, but more of a fundamental concept of the world building.
Q: Who are you and what do you do?
John: I’m an online writer. I write Emotional Techno Fiction (etfiction) namely the GUIOPERA.
Q: In your work, etfiction and the GUIOPERA, you delve into the world of Possession. What inspired you to write about this?
John: I write in the genre called Metafiction, and to quote wiki it “…self-consciously addresses the devices of fiction, exposing the fictional illusion…” So with that said, I use external devices, such as the interview taking place to reinstate some of that intrigue that traditional fiction has. From wiki again, “It is the literary term describing fictional writing that self-consciously and systematically draws attention to its status as an artifact in posing questions about the relationship between fiction and reality…” In the story or the End-to-End Saga, Lazoo, Metofeaz, Le Mac & Afamasaga (LMLA-ink) the lead characters are linked by events that go back to sometime in the nineteenth century. The modern day story is twisted so it may be used as a cloaking device to distribute Intel amongst LMLA-ink and other Network operatives who fight corruption.
Possession is a device that was used by the author who also appears in the story under various guises to sell to the new operatives under his care, who were mostly gifted ex-cons, thieves, hit men and the like their new identities or covers. He instilled in each of the untrained operatives their new personas and therefore personalities which had to account for their natural tendencies with such conviction that it was likened to being possessed by an entity. In GUIOPERA 1 John Reyer even created a site in the Nevada desert, like a mecca where the new and young recruits would visit after their training he designed based on psychosynthesis technique “Transmutation,” to find their Entity with Entitlement, a spirit worthy of possessing their shell or body and mind.
Q: What is GUIOPERA?
John: GUIOPERA stands for Graphical Interface Opera. I like to think of it as an app. It’s the brand name for the online serial I write, incorporating its facets, it’s delivered in a browser (GUI) and it’s an opera in how the story has links to music on YouTube. A glorified story if you’d like.
Q: What is Trillion Cool? I see you post this word a lot on your Facebook page.
John: *TrillionCool* is a phrase, but also a tour that I’m currently on. The Halcyon Days following an apocalyptic first decade to the 21st century. The tour ends in 2020, during which I hope to write the GUIOPERA in as many countries around the planet possible. Hopefully I’ll be able to talk about topics like “Sustainability” and “Economic Development” for developing countries, in and amongst writing the GUIOPERA.
Q: In the story you refer to the SFD, MMD and AMD? What do the acronyms stand for?
John: They’re dimensions, where the entities roam looking for a Shell to inhabit. MMD or the MindMorph dimension is earth or the physical realm where Shells exist. The name derived from how our minds are morphed in consumerism by marketers making it; life on earth quite a freaky reality when we consider everything we do is planned for us. The SFD is the SenFenide Dimension or the dream dimension likened to our subconscious mind. The SFD is the negative of or inverted image of reality. The AMD is the AmalgaMension dimension, or the realm where everything is congruent. For the sake of self-development the apparatus is two step paradigm —the new recruit works in MMD and SFD sorting out their mind and finding out how they work, and progress onto the AMD. In the End-to-End Saga the apparatus; three universes in which the battle of good against evil is waged by entities inhabiting or possessing humans.
Q: When world building, did you base your story off of known myths throughout history?
John: Mostly based on the mind, influenced by Psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud and Roberto Agasiolli. But that is only the rules or the constructs of each dimension. What goes on in the dimensions has a lot to do with my upbringing, a strict Christian one till I broke free in my teens.
Q: What myths or legends inspired you?
John: The Bible of course, I had little or no say in that. But then there was King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and Robin Hood. And Dracula. Add to that my penchant for making stuff up, and I ended up with a cauldron of misfits cruelly cut up by some real life experiences of demonic possession of people around me.
Q: Why do you think readers, and society in general, are fascinated by the paranormal?
John: Logically speaking it’s a reaction to the rigidness of life we lead, another form of escapism that is safe from an inquisitive mind’s length away. On the other hand it’s an all immersed alternative to religion’s “sit in a pew, fold your arms, face the front” search for the truth to satisfy the soul.
Q: What are your favorite paranormal shows, movies and books?
John: I’m out of touch to be honest, have had my head buried in my writing for the past decade. Meeting you was the first time I really got to know about this.
Q: Do you believe in the supernatural? Or are you a skeptic?
John: Definitely witnessed supernatural up close and personal if Demonic Possession is counted.
Q: Have you ever had a paranormal experience?
John: I witnessed three cases of Demonic Possession and all of them happened to deeply religious people. A few interesting facts prevailed in all three cases. 1, the chilling air, ice cold no matter the insulation of the room or the weather outside. 2, the fear in the person’s eyes, but the strength and will in their bodies. And 3, the fluency in the tongues they were speaking in was also chilling. Two of the people are still alive and still remained in their faith after the experience. The other died from an epileptic seizure which couldn’t be dealt with due to the ferociousness of the occupation. The first two I witnessed growing up. The later, I witnessed in my late teens. I didn’t know the person, but was only there as a friend of a friend who knew I was a Christian and thought that I could be of help as the possessed person, also a Christian, was a runaway.
Q: What kind of paranormal creatures do you wish you could meet?
John: A vampire Rom writer who believes in the supernatural? Is that an admissible answer in this forum? :)
Q: I see someone finally got their season of True Blood. *laughing* So, if given the chance, which of your dimensions/worlds would you want to live in?
John: It would be the AMD or the AmalgaMension dimension where all lessons learned have amalgamated resulting in congruency or in find the Authentic Self, you!
Q: How would you react if you came face to face with a ghost or vampire?
John: Ghost, I would question the reason why they’re here. Vampire, I’d be on the phone straight away to King Bill –“Dude, I think I have Sookie and Eric’s love child here, he wants to know if I have any True Blood …” lol.
Q: What does the future hold for your writing?
John: As I pointed out earlier, the *TrillionCool* is a phase and a tour I’m on till 2020. I hope to write thirteen GUIOPERA by the end of 2020. I’m on number four right now, starting on September 5th 2011.
Q: Have you ever been to a psychic?
John: I’ve had out of body experiences, seen a lot of stuff, and I still believe that only destiny knows the future, and fate waits for you tempt it. Indecision and doubt are angels of fate.
Q: Have you ever been abducted by aliens?
John: Not yet, not today anyways…
Thank you, John, for joining us.
GUIOPERA 4 began September 5, 2011. (UPDATE: GUIOPERA 5 started Sept 2012). It’s a free online read and can be found at either http://www.etfiction.com or by friending John’s Facebook page at www.NewGlobalRealm.com Interview by Michelle M. Pillow, www.michellepillow.com