I invited around 70 writers/bloggers to write a piece about how typical they are of their sign, and how its traits affect their writing life ~ if at all...
Now, let us meet them individually ~
First, the Pisces lady with her heart in the Highlands, Lizzie Lamb. She's the author of lighthearted romcoms, the latest of which is Scotch on the Rocks. You can read more of what she gets up to on her blog, and follow her on Twitter.
Now, please swim out of that loch and tell us about your Pisces self, Lizzie!
"When I'm a #good fish I am artistic, idealistic, imaginative, a dreamer, romantic (definitely!), and at times visionary. As an indie author and self-publisher, I have learned to be adapatable and multi-talented - proofreading, editing, promoting of my novels on social media and always thinking of the next novel. I hope I am popular; but when I want to pursue a course of action to its conclusion I can be as my grandmother described - a 'persistent little bugger', chipping away at peoples' resistance until I get what I want. Or, as I see it, charming them into submission. The heroine most like me in these circumstances is Charlee Montague in Boot Camp Bride.
When I'm a #bad fish I can appear remote, spaced out, living in my characters' world and holding imaginary conversations with them. This leaves me feeling vague, other worldly, as if I've just woken up from a beautiful dream. I hate being dragged out of my writing to complete mundane tasks like cooking and cleaning. However, conversely, I can't work if I'm surrounded by chaos and disorder - those two fish swimming in opposite directions, remember? Although I am pretty goal orientated, I find it hard to make decisions. In this mode, the heroine most like me is Ishabel Stuart in Scotch on the Rocks."
Luckily for me, the perfect match for a Pisces woman is a Virgo man - rooted, practical and loyal. Pisces is Virgo's opposite sign and, like moth to flame, Virgo men can't help but feel fascinated by the seemingly elusive fish. My Virgo husband and I have been married for forty-four years, so it must be true that opposites do attract."
A more typical fish you couldn't find! Who else could I choose for Lizzie's Piscean writing partner than wonderful Jilly Cooper, to whose work Lizzie's is sometimes likened? For me, Jilly was the person who started the whole modern light romance/chick lit genre, in the 1970s. My favourite was 'Prudence', and I know Lizzie's was 'Emily' ~ set in the Highlands!
Next, a big hello to June Kearns, born under the sign of Cancer. June writes light historical romance, and is currently working on a book set in 1960s London and California. Her first publication was described as 'Jane Austen meets Zane Grey': The English Woman's Guide to the Cowboy; for the second she celebrated the flapper era in The 20s Girl, the Ghost, and all that Jazz. All June's book news can be found HERE, and she scuttles out of her shell on a regular basis to appear on Twitter!
Family orientated? Well, I married into a big Irish family and now have quite a sizeable one myself. My Pisces husband (Terry's note: both water signs, great match!) calls the above picture of me, taken last month staring out over East bay, 'I left my heart in San Francisco'. When our eldest son when there to work 10 years ago, that Tony Bennett record kept me boohooing for weeks. I've a bit of a penchant for aunts and odd family eccentrics (fraught-in-plus-fours) in my stories, too.
Teacher: I taught for a while BC (before children) and did supply AD (after subsequent financial dip). Telling other people what to do, though, was knocked out of me a long time ago!"
"Self-obsessed? Oh dear. P'raps a bit. It can be a nasty trait in an only child. All those years spent contemplating your navel and thinking how to fulfil yourself in life. Thankfully, marrying into a large family knocked that out of me. It's pointless going away somewhere to sulk, if it takes hours before people realise you're missing and can be bothered to try and find you.
Need too much reassurance? Yes, yes, yes. But this is not good! Smacks of self-obsession again. I've been using horoscopes in my current WIP, and other bits of my own profile have seemed eerily accurate.
Ruled by an emotional, ever changing moon. Yes!
My issues: cliquishness, cheapness, cattiness. Oh, I say!
Female friends are my life blood: Ooh, they certainly are! Adrienne and Lizzie for starters."
A famous writing partner for June? I've chosen one of my all time favourites, Cancerian historical and theological novelist, Susan Howatch.
....bringing up the New Romantic rear with oodles of fire sign glamour, here's Adrienne Vaughan, who welcomes you to her world of romance and adventure HERE, and on Twitter HERE. She's the author of contemporary romances The Heartfelt Series, and is an adventurous Sagittarius! But that's not all....
Sagittarians are - allegedly - frank, courageous and generous, enjoy intellectual pursuits, and love travel. I can identify with these traits; I love to travel and totally infazed if a plane I'm to catch is delayed, thoroughly enjoying the experience of sitting in an airport writing for hours on end.
I once had to write the Horoscople column for a magazine I worked on, or the space would have been empty with many disgruntled readers. I quickly invested in Linda Goodman's Sun Signs and linked traits to family and friends. Some still say they were the most accurate horoscopes they ever read! Resourceful? Another trait, methinks!"
I saved a lady from the Top Table of light romance authors for Adrienne - super Sagittarius, Sophie Kinsella!
Previous posts (click on the name for the article)
Leo and Aries: Terry Tyler and Julia Proofreader
Leo: Rose Edmunds, Alex Johnson, Anne Goodwin
Aries: Trisha Ashley, Cynthia Harrison
Gemini: Norah Colvin, Haydn Lee, John Privilege, Jerome Dumont,
Aquarius: Cathy Ryan, Lynda Renham
Capricorn: Annie Lyons, Wendy Janes, Steffany R
Aquarius and Capricorn: Nicky Black
Sagittarius: Rachel Amphlett, Wendy Lennox, Katrina Mountfort
Cancer: Sarah Boucher, Katie Oliver, Mark Barry,
Virgo: Elizabeth Ducie, Louise Marley, Barb Taub
Pisces: Julie Haiselden, Maria Savva, Sacha Black
Taurus: Valerie-Anne Baglietto Val Poore
Scorpio: Stacey Garrity, Catherine Hokin, Robert Leigh, Gemma Lawrence, Jenny Twist,
Libra: Joanne B, Jen Ammoscato