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.
Where do you get support from, do you have friends in the industry? My book has been favorably reviewed by the two leading periodicals in the field of Astrology, so I have met writers and reviewers that way. They have helped me raise my profile in general in the industry. I was very fortunate when I finally decided, or I should say was motivated, to write my book, “An Astrologer’s Journey,” in that I had the support of good friends. For example, my yoga instructor, who is a very good writer herself, volunteered to edit and proof my work as I was writing. She was also instrumental in helping me find a professional editor and publisher, with whom I became good friends. He turned out to be a very inspirational and a motivating factor during my laborious, intense writing days. I don’t know that I would have stuck with it had it not been him. There is something about have another person being involved or interested in your work that is motivating.
How much sleep do you need to be your best? Fortunately, I learned a long time ago to accept that I am a person who requires at least 8 to 9 hours sleep a night. Many years ago when I had my first astrology reading, I learned that my Mars was in the sign of Pisces which was indication of a person who needed a lot of sleep. I had always known that about myself; the astrology reading just validated it and helped to accept it.
I don’t beat myself up for it, nor do I try to keep up with people who don’t require as much sleep as I do. I just accept that everyone has their own requirements. What was really tuff when my son was born. He was a child who required and still does require very little sleep.
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.
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