Tuesday 17 November 2015

The Z Files: Sarah Boucher ~ Cancer

Astrology ~ a bit of fun, a load of rubbish, or something to take seriously?

I invited around 70 writers/bloggers to tell me how typical of their sign they are, and how their astrological traits affect their writing life ~ if at all...

Has your favourite writer been featured yet?  Links to all previous posts at the end of this one :) 

Now, here's a lady who often makes me laugh ~ Sarah Boucher, re-teller of fairy tales!  I read her very sharp and witty debut novel, Becoming Beauty (her take on Beauty and the Beast) last year; my review is HEREHer sign?  A Cancerian in slightly miffed denial ;)

I’ve always found it oddly appropriate (read: insulting) that my astrological sign is in fact a fatal disease. Cancer, really? Thanks for that, astrology. You’re brilliant.

Once in a while, I read through my daily horoscope just for kicks and giggles. I never put much stock in promises of ready cash and meeting tall dark someones. Everyone’s given a relatively positive horoscope, right? “You will lose all your money and die alone” won’t convince readers to return for the next day’s instalment. 

Personally, I think Ron Weasley had it right when he read Harry Potter’s fortune in the tea leaves: “Harry's got a sort of wonky cross... that's trials and suffering. And, uh, that there could be the sun, and that's happiness, so... you're gonna suffer... but you're gonna be happy about it...”

"That’s the type of honesty I can get behind. I’d put more stock in “invest in your cat lady starter pack now” than most of the nonsense they peddle. If I wasn’t allergic to cats, that is."

Given my scepticism, imagine my surprise on reading an online description of Cancers. It was all about Home. Homebodies and nurturers, those are the Cancers. Well, that can’t be me, says the woman who’s just spent the day teaching five-year-olds and then returned home to fill her condo will the homey aroma of peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. (From her mom’s recipe.) Nope, that doesn’t sound at all familiar. It can’t be the same woman who prefers tapping away on her laptop when she’s cozied up on her own couch. Upholding traditions and making a cozy place for people to land? Uh-uh. Not this girl. You’d never find home, family, and emotional journeys in my stories. (Unless you actually read them, that is.)"

"Ah well, I gave up the dream of being a true original long ago. I guess if that means I can spend my days with adorable little people and my nights bringing traditional fairytales back into the public eye, it can’t be all bad."

Yep, I think you sound pretty Cancerian, Sarah - all that childhood fairy tale stuff; straight back to Mother's knee!  You can read more from Sarah on her excellent website (she writes lots of amusing and straight talking articles!) and follow her on Twitter.

Now, some Cancerians for Sarah to entertain at home with those peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies....

chick lit writer Louise Bagshawe....

...and one of my all time favourites (you're honoured!), 
contemporary fiction writer Deborah Moggach

Up Next: A dreamy Pisces...

Previous Posts:
Leo and Aries: Terry Tyler and Julia Proofreader 
LeoRose Edmunds, Anne GoodwinAlex Johnson, 
AriesTrisha Ashley, Cynthia Harrison 
GeminiNorah Colvin, Jerome Dumont, John Privilege, Shelley Wilson 
Aquarius and Capricorn: Nicky Black
AquariusCathy Ryan, Lynda Renham 
Capricorn: Annie Lyons, Steffany R 
SagittariusRachel Amphlett, Wendy J Lennox, Katrina Mountfort, 
VirgoLouise Marley, Elizabeth Ducie, Barb Taub,
PiscesMaria Savva, Sacha Black 
ScorpioGemma Lawrence, Robert Leigh, Catherine Hokin, Jenny Twist, 
TaurusValerie-Anne Baglietto, Valerie Poore,
CancerKatie Oliver, Mark Barry
Libra : Tom Hocknell, Jen Ammoscato, Joanne B


  1. Lovely! Do all Cancerians love fairy tales? I know several and they all live in a fantasy world! I like your angle though, Sarah as you cater for little people. Nice one :)

  2. Your home loving fairy-tale world sounds lovely and comforting Sarah - great to find out more about you (although you can keep the peanut butter - Yuck!)