Predicting Events with Astrology is my latest book. It is a “how-to” manual for astrologers of all levels. This is a revised and expanded edition of this title that first came out in 1999. It was considered a classic reference for astrologers, enabling them to answer questions for their clients such as: Will I get married and when? Do I have what it takes to be successful? Do I have any special luck? There are complete chapters on virtually every category that most people have questions about, including physical and mental health indictors, indicators of children, indicators of accidents, death and bereavement. In this expanded edition I have added even more secrets to prediction for the serious astrologer.
Tell us something about yourself.
I now live in Arizona although I grew up in the Midwest. I began to study astrology in 1975. However, the first time I opened a book on the subject it was to discount astrology and prove to a new friend that it was nonsense. I was a complete skeptic and Shel and I argued constantly about it. Her mother was an astrologer so she’d grown up with it. We walked into a bookstore one day and the very first astrology book I opened happened to go a little beyond the Sun Sign descriptions that I was familiar with. This proved to be a turning point for me. I will be forever grateful to Shel for getting me all worked up about astrology, enough that I found my calling. It seems that was the reason we were brought together. She and I lost contact and she never knew I went on to get my credentials and to write books and articles on the subject. This is my fifth book and I’ve been writing for popular astrology magazines since 1986.
What inspired you to write this book?
When I first started studying astrology there really weren’t that many books on the subject of event forecasting, which is the most valuable use of astrology. Not that we don’t have free will. In fact, if one knows what the stars are inclining to at any given time, it enables us to use our free will to create conditions that we want and to steer clear of potholes. Anyway, I struggled with the astrology for years, trying to find this secret formula to prediction. Once I did, in the fall of 1992, I was in awe and amazement! I don’t think I did anything but run event charts to study for weeks. I made tons of notes for my own reference. Weeks turned into months and my notes grew into full notebooks. Eventually I decided that I would write the kind of book I wished I had come across early in my own studies. And that is what I did!
How did you publish this book? Why did you decide on that publisher?
Llewellyn Worldwide, one of the top publishers of astrology and new age books, has published all of my books. They have a good reputation and a great promotion and marketing team, which are among the reasons I chose to go with them.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
The story of how I decided to start writing is something I tell on my web site. I found out early on, doing astrology reports for friends, that I loved writing about astrology, so I drew up a horary chart to ask the stars if I could be a successful writer. Horary is a specific branch of astrology in which a chart is drawn up for a specific question at the time it is asked. The presumption behind this method is that a solution exists for all problems and that the answer is shown in the planetary configurations at the moment the question is formed in a person’s mind. Anyway, the charts for my question gave a very favorable and encouraging answer! It was a YES! I asked my question in April of ’86 and had my first submission to a magazine purchased in July ’86.
What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?
I don’t believe that it is hard to write if a person is really passionate and enthused about their topic. It is as if the topic or subject has to find you and not the other way around. I do think that a writer has to have a good measure of self-discipline and an enjoyment of quiet solitude to put in the time and effort required.
How do you do research for your books?
Gathering information is one part of what I do in order to research my topic. When I wrote my book, Eclipses, I was simultaneously doing 200 years of research on the history of the United States. So, I went to the library and brought home stacks of books to study. Since this was an astrology-based subject, I was also running charts for major event occurrences for the country. I was making graphs and timelines. That was a big project that took about four years to complete. At one time I had papers and references and files spread out over two rooms. Not to mention my desk and surrounding tables and shelves. It was a bit overwhelming for a while. Then, when I sent the first fat manuscript to my publisher, they suggested I remove 17,500 words! That is a lot of words! The funny thing is; I knew exactly what could come out to make the book affordable to more buyers without sacrificing important material.
Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?
I always learn a lot from writing my books. Once you compile everything you know on a subject with facts observed by others, it is a natural result to learn something new from it. It is one of those things where the effect of the whole becomes greater than the sum of the individual parts. A book can have a synergistic quality, where the effects are more dramatic when the different parts are blended together than when each part is observed separately. In my most recent book project, I learned a very common planetary aspect present in the charts of big moneymakers from researching and writing about several lottery winners and a self-made millionaire.
What are you reading now?
The books I am reading now are Aspects in Astrology by Sue Tompkins and Body Language for Dummies.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?
I still enjoy reading astrology books more than any others, although I am interested in various self-help or educational books. It has been years since I read fiction. I couldn’t possibly narrow down my favorite authors to one. I have lots of favorites who have unique strengths.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
I am not sure what my next book will be. There is a need for more books on Mundane astrology, which is a branch of astrology about world affairs; political and financial affairs affecting the larger population. However, I am not yet ready to tackle this project. I am in rest mode now, waiting for my topic to find me. In the meantime, I plan to write some shorter articles.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
The best advice I could give other writers besides finding the topic that really inspires you is to have a plan and get organized. Draw up an outline of your book, including the chapter contents and the titles of your chapters. Some of these details will change as your book progresses. If you can get hold of the proposal outline required from major book publishers before they will even look at your manuscript, this is a great exercise. Filling out the required information will expose the weaknesses in your book. A good idea even if you plan to self publish
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