Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support? I would say my mother was my biggest fan and supporter. It wasn’t too long after my book was published that she passed away. Fortunately, she was able to come to my first book signing. Although she was never really into my astrology, she was completely supportive of me writing my book, “An Astrologer’s Journey.” It didn’t really matter what I was writing about. She was just so proud of the fact that I doing it.
She was actually very supportive of anything that I choose to do and in many cases she was right there helping me. Although she was never a professional writer, I can always remember her journaling and keeping notes as we traveled when I was growing up. Perhaps that is where I first became interesting writing.
How has your book benefited your career? I got some good advice early on to make the book a part of my entire package as an astrologer. I suppose the good reviews in big magazines helped but since my book came out I’ve become better known in my field, have done my workshops for bigger groups, and have been invited to places to speak, like San Francisco, where they had never even heard of me before the book came out. The book helps sell me as an astrological counselor and speaker, which in turn helps sell the book.
What motivated me to write my book? Although I have never considered myself to be a writer per se, I had always felt that I had something inside me that I wanted to share. I knew that I wanted to write a book to share my story some day. I just didn’t know when that day would be.
When my husband and I moved to the beach in 2002 I thought life would slow down and it would be the perfect location to start my book. But, life continued to be busy and there never seemed to be enough time or the right time to start writing it.
Then in 2010 my husband was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive form of cancer. After a very invasive surgery he faced the onset of lengthy chemotherapy treatment. I knew that this would definitely slow our lives down. So I decided to take this time to throw myself into my writing.
As I began the process, I realized that I had actually been writing all of my life. As a child I kept a diary and as I grew up I continued writing, only now it was called journaling. I wrote about my loves and heartbreaks and my travels, and when I started studying astrology I wrote about my observations of how the movement of planets impacted my life. After years of observing life in action and journaling about it, I knew what course the direction of my book was going to take.
How did you come to find an editor and publisher for your book? As luck or the “stars” would have it, after I starting writing a friend of mine who knew that I was looking for help sent me an email about a “writers workshop” that was taking place the next day. So I cleared my schedule and went to the workshop, which changed my life.
This is where I met Gary Broughman, with CHB Media. Since I am an astrologer by profession I went up to him after the workshop and privately asked him if he would mind sharing his birth date with me. I wanted to see if we would be compatible to work together. Fortunately, we were and we enjoyed a very productive working relationship through out the laborious process.
What else do you do to make money, other than write? Although I have come to really enjoy writing, it has always been a means to an end for me. I am a professional astrological counselor and find writing to be a great tool to teach and share information. I write a monthly/bi-monthly newsletter/blog and teach astrology workshops.
I work with individuals to help them plan and prepare for the future, learn more about their relationships, career, the best place or places to live, education, finances, children, parents, travel and their health .
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