Interview from Smashwords
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had books in me that I needed to write and I wanted an audience to read them.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Reader feedback is the greatest joy. I write with the intention of showing readers new ways to think about known concepts in astrology. When they tell me that I have done that, it feels really good.
What do your fans mean to you?
Every writer, artist, and musician needs a fan base. Without our fans we don’t really exist. It takes other people to recognize your gifts and talents and then give you the applause and encouragement to create more.
What are you working on next?
I am finishing up the Sun in Houses series. So far I’ve written Gemini Sun in Houses, Cancer Sun in Houses, Leo Sun in Houses, and Virgo Sun in Houses. Capricorn Sun in Houses is finished and I’m in the stage of turning it into an eBook. I’m partway through Libra Sun in Houses too. I hope to have all 12 books finished by the end of the year and available as a set.
Who are your favorite authors?
Some of my favorite astrology authors are Sue Tompkins, Laurence Hillman, Erin Sullivan, Liz Greene, Howard Sasportas, Steven Forrest, and Demetra George.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Creating my life is what gets me out of bed. I want an integrated lifestyle where my personal and professional lives have a seamless flow.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I wrote was in 3rd grade. It was called The Glitterbug. I illustrated the book as well. I won the Young Author’s award for that book. For whatever reason, I felt compelled to write!
What is your writing process?
Basically I straddle a line between focus and un-focus. My writing style is what I call a brainstorm-style. Sometimes sentence fragments or even single words do more to convey an idea that prose can. I let myself write without censoring too much, and at the same time I maintain a meditative state of mind to ensure that I don’t miss core concepts when I’m writing about different topics in astrology.
How do you approach cover design?
For my covers I created several still life arrangements with astrological props and then photographed those still lifes. I take the photographs and manipulate them in various ways to design my covers.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read primarily non-fiction on topics I’m interested in. So, right now I’m reading a lot of books on astrology (of course!) I finally read Erin Sullivan’s Midlife Transits. I’m also interested in flower essences and studying for Practitioner Certification, so I’m reading books on flower essences too. I’ve been through the Desert Alchemy Flower Essences book several times now.
AstroFix has several birth charts but the one that makes most sense, when the blog actually felt real, was when I received my first comment from a reader: