I have been quite a prolific writer with five MBS titles published in 3 years! I do enjoy non-fiction and some of my books do quite well especially Tarot: Novice to Pro in One Book and my natural menopause book. Yet I really enjoyed the aspect of fictionalising the Major Arcana archetypes in Weegie Tarot Life of a Foolish Man. It felt safe: fiction within a non-fiction frame work!
However I yearned to try my hand at fiction and see what I could come up with. I had never gone beyond short stories before. I decided to stick with the advice of "write what you know". So what did I know enough about to have a solid base for a novel?
Past Lives and Spirit Guides: check.
So that’s where I would start.
But what genre? Again I wanted to test myself. I have never really read much crime fiction –hate the red herrings and suspense-so that was what I would attempt! (Crazy, stubborn Taurus!). The only premise I allowed myself was that the serial killer would be known to us right from the start. Also since most of my short stories had the main character as male, I would make the new one female. And that is how Fortune Killer came about.
The main character, Faith Hope, is a middle aged jaded media clairvoyant and guru who kills her husband Steven, allowing him to narrate part of the book. Life hasn’t been kind to Faith apart from maybe financially but even that aspect is in danger due to new younger clairvoyants coming up plus her own stubborn pledge not to engage with technology. Once she has killed her husband she continues to kill people who have slighted her or have committed atrocities against her family. These characters are archetypal! ;) Her final target is Sandy D’Arcy the First Minister of Scotland! Will she manage to have her revenge? Or will her spirit guides (celebrities: read it and see!) manage to divert her from the threat of Judgement?
Faith uses magick as well as "normal" (!) methods to kill. She also has a brilliant sense of humour and her spirit guides are hilarious. I laughed out loud at some of the things they got up to. Faith isn’t based on anyone in particular but as I have worked in the media for many years I came across a few media clairvoyants/mediums who were so far up their own backsides they could almost see their tonsils.
Spiritual? I don’t think so! Faith is a mixture of these people, who would try to undermine you if you were on the same TV show as them or try to boost their egos by name dropping. Yet I still felt she had many redeeming qualities like having the courage to murder a paedophile.
So, once again in a book, my interests took on a life of their own and once again we have a book with tarot and spirituality in it! Only this time it isn’t non-fiction and it is much more sinister and fun. I hope that you might consider reading it at some point.