Interview with Novelists Jan Porter (Soul Skin)

Jan Porter finds the magic of the past and cosmos within every day unsung heroes and the human condition to share with you. She is a philosophical ponderer of human nature, quantum physics, spirit world, nature and of the cosmos, hence she does not hold to any one particular tradition as a one higher truth or one size fits all. Viva la diversity! Jan aims to share thought provoking human conditions, touch on that bigger picture of spirituality, mystical, ancient traditions or quantum physics through the ancient art of storytelling; real people, unsung unlikely heroes and a touch of the magical. For more information on Jan Porter’s work or to Connect via

Soul Skin” Amazon link

soul_skinInterview with Jan Porter:

Matthew Toffolo: What is the general theme and tone of your novels?

Jan Porter: I share the soul wisdom, magic and insights of our Ancestors through the ancient art of storytelling and self-counsel works. With the wisdom of everyday unsung heroes and the human condition, we carve a new path.

As a philosophical muse of human nature, quantum physics, spirit world and nature, I do not hold to any one particular tradition as one higher truth or one size fits all.

Viva la diversity!

MT: Why should people buy your novels?

JP: Many people have lost their connection to whatever their sense of what is bigger than us, whether you call it quantum physics or spirit world and as such, their sense of wonder and magic.

I love the process of writing, it feels like living inside of a movie, so I aim to share those inspiring and empowering tales of unsung (s)hereos who stumble and navigate those raw human challenges. I strive to take readers on deeply moving and socially relevant journey’s with poignant wit and a bit of humour, offering higher and new perspectives.

My novels often include historical events, a variety of characters and the art of overcoming life’s adversities.

MT: How would you describe your novels in just two words?

JP: inspiring, empowering

MT: What movie have you seen the most in your life?

JP: “Always ” with John Goodman and Richard Dreyfuss

MT: Was being a novel writer something you’ve always dreamed of doing?

JP: No, (I chuckle) I have always been a spirit world journeyer and avid reader though. Most of my vocation until now has been in human services – which now offers much food for story lines and character development. In retrospect it makes perfect sense, I have always loved those spirit world journeys and getting lost in a good story. I dislike like watching television, getting inside a characters life, is wildly more fascinating to me and I get to share this with readers.

MT: Do you have an all-time favorite novel? Have you read a novel more than once?

JP: I recall as a young child being held captivated while listening to an elder family friend orally recount the other-worldly magic of Robert Services tales of the Yukon wilderness.

As a young woman, I would read over sixty books a year and at times, several at once.

MT: What motivates you to write?

JP: When a story is unfolding, I happily live it, breath it, journey inside of it and aspects of it occupies my day thoughts until written. I enjoy the process and the sharing of the stories.

MT: What artist would you love to have dinner with?

JP: No one famous comes to mind. When I worked in a northern Ontario social services satellite office, I had a number of clients who had left lucrative jobs and lifestyles behind and who were homesteading off the grid, in the bush. These people have profound contagious smiles and the light in their eyes can literally, light up a football stadium. Despite whatever of life’s hardships had brought them to the bush, it seems as though they are intimately at one with something magically profound. All of them, were simple yet profound philosophers and would give you the last of their deer meat or the worn shirt off of their backs, if you were in need.

Without doubt, I would love to have dinner with one of these fine folks or with my mother who passed into spirit world four years ago.

MT: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

JP: Leaving the world a little better of a place form my adult children and grandchildren’s generation, happier and more fulfilled. It also includes lightening oppressive and outdated archaic social issues.

I chuckle here again, I am post menopause which brings a different mindset, different priorities and as such, I would love to see social change evolve a little faster in my life time, for example; sexual abuse statistics have not lessened in the past thirty years; 1 in 4.

It is crazy that we have come so far in so many ways from what our ancestors endured, yet this one issue remains a constant and often, remains a hidden epidemic.

I am convinced that one primary solution is in giving our education system a complete over haul and in particular, teaching social emotional intelligence, intuition and empowerment.

Think outside of the box!

MT: Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

JP: If you sincerely love writing, don’t ever give up.


Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 10-20 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto on the last Thursday of every single month. Go to for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

By writingfest

Monthly Festival showcasing the best of new novels from around the world. Novel transcripts get performed by professional actors. OR, we also turn novels into movies and seen by 1000s online and at various film festivals.

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