My new book is Tarot Diva. A journey into the world of Tarot cards. Essentially the book teaches you how to read cards for yourself and others. It teaches the reader to embody, to become each card. This way you really understand what each card means. You have felt it rather than merely read about it.
I do this by offering delicious Tarot recipes, exercises, spells and dreamy meditations.
Tell us something about yourself.
I grew up moving all around the country. Living in 27 different homes and 7 different states before I fled to NYC at age 18, was challenging. The writer’s gift of all this moving around was I was able to really feel the different places I lived in. For instance, sleeping and waking on the plains of Iowa is a different sensation than playing and living on the side of a mountain in Vermont.
I believe moving around cultivated a specific sensitivity inside. I apply this sensitivity to my written narrative. Hopefully, when I write, I am conveying sensory feelings to the reader. I want my reader to literally hold my hand and stand next to me in my imagination.
What inspired you to write this book?
I wrote the book I wished had existed when I was learning how to read Tarot. I felt a need for a modern, visceral, exciting book on Tarot.
How did you choose the title?
Honestly, I wanted to brand myself as the Tarot Diva. I wanted to reinvent the antiquated image of what a fortuneteller is. Redefine what fortuneteller could be. The title expresses that the book is full of power the reader can access for themselves.
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
The only obstacle was myself. I was the only obstacle standing in my way. “Tarot Diva” is a result of my first book proposal.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
Starting in 6th grade, I’d write out fantasies/scenarios of what I wanted to happen in my life. So, I wrote about a romantic night where the boy of my dreams would kiss me. I wrote about moving to NYC and becoming famous and rich. I wrote about what I wanted to happen. I was writing my future.
My teen years were loaded with angst poetry.
As an adult, my writing began to be the process of explaining the unexplainable to myself. At the time, I didn’t even realize that is what I was doing. I now know I write to answer those unanswerable questions.
Do you have any writing rituals?
I write Julia Cameron’s morning pages every morning. Three pages of stream of conscious writing. Worth its weight in gold.
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
“Tarot Diva” is my first published book. It taught me that I was a good enough writer to be published. It has given me a confidence I can barely even describe.
Publication proved to me that my desire to create a book was based in truth. That we need to follow up on those ideas that captivate us. They are in us for a reason. The idea of writing a book has been a life long dream.
“Tarot Diva” was contracted over a proposal. Writing under a deadline and not only when I was in the “mood” to write taught me a valuable lesson. You can write through any emotion. Circumstances need not be “perfect” to begin writing. Writing is book is not as glamorous as it may seem. Writing can be lonely, exhilarating and exasperating. Above all, it is a very emotional process.
If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?
I would have taken writing very seriously from a very young age. I’d have dedicated much more time to it. I would have written much, much more.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?
You can track my life and know where I was by who I was reading. Nancy Drew in grade school for her adventures. Sidney Sheldon and Jackie Collins wove my fantasies as a young teen. Stephen King and Anne Rice gave form and face to the later teenage monsters with which I grappled. The beats and exstistencialists helped me to unravel my early twenties. The classics and Victorian authors offered structure in my late 20’s. Loads of Oprah book club and popular fiction in my 30’s. I adore Alice Hoffman’s magical realism.
I worship Jeanette Winterson (so much so, I bawled when she signed my copy of The Passion). I cower beneath her words, her poetry. Truly believe Hemingway saved my life with “The Garden of Eden.” It was the first book I read after my daughter’s birth. His clear, concise language was poetic lifeline in my post pardem haze.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
I am bouncing between three books. Two tarot and one fiction. I know tarot is where my audience lies but am convinced I can weave a fictional tarot tale as well . . .
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
See your book in its finished form. Make a commitment to yourself the book will be published. Don’t worry about the how or the when. Commit to the idea your book will become a reality.
Then start writing it!
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
“Tarot Diva’s” perfect reader is a soul who has always been interested in the art of Tarot but scared or shy of it. I will bring you in and help you fall in love with Tarot. Falling in love with Tarot will help you to fall in love with yourself.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
Visit me at www.sashagraham.com, my blog at http://tarotdiva.wordpress.com/ or friend me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/sasha.graham1.