Psychic since childhood, Alyson Mead been reading people since the age of 19, and developing her natural abilities with certifications at the highest levels in astrology, tarot, Reiki, Matrix Energetics, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, dream interpretation, and sound healing. She is the bestselling author of Wake Up to Your Stories, Wake Up to Your Weight Loss, and Searching for Sassy: An L.A. Phone Psychic’s Tales of Life, Lust & Love. Her fiction, essays and articles have appeared in over thirty publications, and she has also received the Columbine Award for Screenwriting, the Roy W. Dean Filmmaking Grant, and awards from Writer’s Digest and USA Book News. She’s widely known as the Sassy Psychic (http://www.sassypsychic.com), and loves helping people all over the world. Her new book is Astrology Made Simple: A Beginner’s Guide to Interpreting Your Birth Chart and Revealing Your Horoscope, published by Zephyros Press.
What inspires you to write?
Life, love, injustice and imbalance. The big questions of the world, which keep me up at night.
Tell us about your writing process.
I make a very loose outline, and then let the story take me where it will. I’m always surprised by the results.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
They mostly talk, and I listen.
Who are your favorite authors?
Caron McCullers (A Member of the Wedding) and Flannery O’Connor (short stories and Wise Blood).
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Zephyros Press is one of the leaders in the type of book I wanted to write — a straight up and simple yet informative book for beginning astrologers.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it will be more and more “on the go,” consumed in bites (perhaps bytes is a better word), on phones, laptops and Kindles. I also see that people themselves will become more important in how stories are constructed, perhaps choosing a version (or more than one) of a book that allows them to choose their favorite ending, or to enjoy the book with enhanced content.
What genres do you write?
fiction, non-fiction, TV, film & theatre
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Audiobook