She was Resident Astrologer for the bi-monthly green parenting magazine ‘The Green Parent’ for 5 years and appeared for 2.5 years to ‘Do the Stars’ on the Emma Britton Morning Show on BBC Radio Somerset.
She now Resident Astrologer on the Hannah Murray Show on Talk Radio Europe, Spain’s largest English language radio network, broadcasting on the Costa del Sol/Axarquia and Costa Blanca/Costa Calida and reaching 1,000,000 English speaking consumers and on BBC Radio Bristol on the Livvy & Chrissie 12 o’clock show. She writes a Sun sign column for the local publication Pukka Bath.
Mary lives in Bath UK with her small family and her black cat. She sees clients face-to-face and writes personal Birth Charts for visitors to her website. It was these consultations that inspired her to write about the Sun Signs to help her clients understand their motivations and learn about their Astrology profiles. In 2001 Mary gained a Diploma in Homeopathy and as well as helping clients with their spiritual development, she is also qualified to help them with certain health issues. It is with this background ‘on-the-front-line’ with real people that her series of How to Survive the Zodiac is based.
Mary has been writing since she was 13 when her sister Lucy (a published author of fiction) gave her a diary for her birthday.
Mary is a member of the Society of Authors, The Astrological Association of Great Britain and The Association for Astrological Networking. She is a reformed Pisces.
What inspires you to write?
I write a journal everyday, so I have already got into the writing habit. I’d feel strange if I didn’t write everyday.
I was inspired to write this series of 12 Sun sign ‘How to Survive the Zodiac’ books due to the clients I saw in my private practice as an Astrologer.
I thought I’d write a ‘How to’ Manual for each sign, so then they would have at their finger-tips all the suggestions I might give them face-to-face.
My sister is a published author of fiction and my mother wrote our Family History, her Family History and poems right until the last week of her life, so I have always been surrounded by writers. Even my older brother is an antique book dealer!
I read Julia Cameron’s The Artists Way a long time ago and that helped me with the nuts and bolts of the creative process…..I also found out she’s the same Sun sign as me=Pisces!
I love Astrology and I love helping people make sense of their lives, so writing about what I love seems natural:)
Tell us about your writing process.
I write everyday. I keep a word-count in the kitchen on a small white board if I’m writing a book. I write best in the afternoon. I’m not really a morning person. If I have to finish a writing project, I love to go to a retreat near me called Ammerdown, so I don’t have to worry about eating or any domestic tasks. If I’m short of money, I just write in my office, in-between client visits.
I don’t write fiction, so I don’t need to be ‘inspired’ to write. I just write about what I know.
I love interviewing people for my books and getting their perspective on things but ultimately, my books and writing are my opinions.
I do make an outline with chapter headings for my writing but I tend to write in batches and skip here or there in the book. Eventually when I hit my writing words target, I start the editing process.
I keep a word count at the top of the page, with the time I logged-on and logged-off.
Some of the books were quicker than others and the first book took two years! Book twelve took 4 months of deep attention…
My Newsletter subscribers are SO helpful, I love them to bits. They’ve helped me with research, re-throughs, ideas to change bits and suggestions. I feel as if I’m supported by their input. It’s hard enough writing on your own but knowing there is someone I can ask for feedback is invaluable. I cherish their help:)
What advice would you give other writers?
Give yourself some sort of target, then reward yourself when you reach it. Don’t beat yourself up if you have a bad day, just promise yourself to get better as you go along.
Don’t be influenced by other’s ‘opinions’, people can say some cruel things if you write. Make sure you have a good editor if you want to publish your books
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I am a Pisces Astrologer and I write a monthly Astro column for various radio shows. I was interviewed on BBC Radio Somerset. The presenter is a Pisces and we chatted about Astrology.
The other guest, who is also a Pisces, had just had a book published and I asked her who her publisher was and she told me off air who they are. I made a note of the name.
I’d written an Astrology book called ‘How to Survive a Pisces’ and submitted it to this publisher: O-Books, part of the John Hunt Publishing Company.
I kept visualizing how I would feel, and what I would do, if my book was accepted. I knew I would be excited and imagined myself running to tell my husband….
After a few weeks I got an email saying my book had been accepted. I was so excited I dashed out of the house to my husband’s art studio to tell him and as I was running, I realized that what I’d visualized was now coming true!!
I then discovered, much later, that my published is ALSO a Pisces….
Now I have finished this series, I am writing another book about The Astrology of Indigos and will self-publish that, when it’s finished as I now have a fair idea of the processes involved. I love my publishing company as they make things really easy and you’re included every step of the way with the whole process. It’s all done on-line, and as I’m very computer literate, that’s fine with me. I don’t even have to leave the house to make it all happen! ( I work from home)
It’s much easier now to self-publish, and there are PLENTY of books with details on how to do it, so I’d advise any new author to self-publish to start with, then they might get taken on by a publisher.
My mother self-published but didn’t have enough clear information on how to market or submit her books after they were written : ISBN’s, distribution, promotion, marketing, etc etc
My sister has had a 3 book deal with a major publisher and lectures in creative writing at our local university, so she’s experienced with having an agent.
I don’t want an agent or representation, so you have to think about what sort of writer you want to be, not so much that you want to BE a writer…
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Book publishing will never go out of fashion.
Ask my brother! He deals in Antique books! There will always be publishers and books. Just the format and types will change.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Mind-Body-Spirit, Spirituality, Astrology
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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