1. What’s your favorite breakfast food? Does coffee count? :o) My favorite thing for breakfast would be a simple breakfast taco – scrambled egg and salsa on a corn tortilla. I’m from Texas, land of yummy breakfast tacos.
2. Book you’d like to give everyone (or wish they would read)? As a novelist and book lover, I found this question just impossible to answer. I can’t choose one for everyone. But I can share a book that had a profound effect on me at a young age, and that is Helen Keller’s autobiography The Story of My Life. To read her words, knowing she grew up deaf and blind and barely able to communicate at first and then went on to become a profound writer is truly awe inspiring. “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched—they must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller.
3. What makes you laugh? So many things, I have a real silly bone. I wrote some comedies in the past when I was working on screenplays before novels and I’m also a big fan of watching stand-up comedy to unwind. I think laughing at one’s self and some of the absurdities of life in general can be a great tonic.
4. Song that never gets old: Can I go with an album instead? I have been listening to Dead Can Dance for twenty years. I just love them. My favorite albums are Toward the Within and A Passage in Time.
5. Drink of choice:Water. I really love water but maybe that’s a given. Otherwise it’d be coffee in the morning, dark French Roast, freshly ground and just brewed. (I’m crazy picky about coffee.)
6. Would you rather be hot or cold? Cold. I love to bundle up in sweaters and scarves. A cold, sunny day is my favorite kind of weather.
7. Mountain, beach, desert, or forest? This is a tough choice, but I’d have to go with the beach, even though I’m not a big fan of sand. I can sit and watch the ocean for hours and feel rejuvenated.
8. Favorite color? My favorite color changes. Lately, I’ve found it’s purple, but for years it’s been red.
9. Best movie line: From Field of Dreams: “If you build it, they will come.” The whole story (which is fantastic) revolves around this one single line that they keep saying throughout the film.
10. Last thing you splurged on? A trip to New Orleans to research my next book I’m currently writing.
Bonus Q for Gwen: How did you “find” Tarot—and what does it mean to you? I discovered Tarot at an early age. I had my first encounter when I was eleven during a summer trip to France and the experience was memorable. When I was sixteen I started going to psychic fairs and I became good friends with a professional reader and she taught me how she read the cards. I bought a Rider-Waite-Smith deck and read some Tarot books and took a workshop. Tarot became a tool to connect with my intuition. I’m fascinated with many systems of divination, but Tarot has always been close to my heart. My novel, The Fortune Teller, which is coming out June 6th, 2017, is in many ways a love letter to Tarot, wrapped up within a romantic thriller that travels time. It’s been a story I’ve wanted to write for years and it was fascinating to spend time researching the history of Tarot and the myth surrounding the cards. I’m excited to share the book with fellow Tarot enthusiasts and also readers who have never been exposed to Tarot before but are interested in reading a mystery that delves into the cards.
Gwendolyn Womack writes romantic thrillers that explore a spectrum of metaphysical subjects including divination, reincarnation, magic, and ancient explorers. Her debut novel, The Memory Painter, was an RWA Prism Award winner and two-time Indie Next Pick. Her second novel, The Fortune Teller, will be coming out 6/6/17. She lives in LA and paints as a hobby. Visit her website to find out more about Gwen and her work. You can order Gwen’s book The Fortune Teller at Amazon, Barnes&Noble and iBooks
Below, view the book trailer for her exciting new book.