The Author’s Oracle- Questionnaire by Tarot

Here are my answers to The Author’s Oracle Questionnaire from Angela D’Onofrio. It was a lot of fun to do 🙂

the fool 0.  The Fool:Which of your characters is the most intuitive?  The worst decision-maker?

The intuitive one is incredibly easy, given the fact that the novel is called The Foretelling Spark, that would be Aisling Hunter. Even aside from her gift, she is very much driven by what feels right to her; a lesson her mother taught her well.

As to worst decision maker, that might be Tindra. While she’s smart and logical, her creative side often takes over and she can be very impulsive, making some of her decisions more questionable and less thoughtful than others on occasion.


TheMagicianI.  The Magician:What character, location, or object has the most positive influence in your story?

Mona is probably the most positive influence; she is Aisling’s mom, and though she is not actually in the book alive, her influence is apparent. She believed in family, friends, kindness, believing in people, and giving her daughter every possible positive opportunity she could. It’s through Mona’s friendship with Sable (friends since childhood), that the Grants are in Aisling’s life, even when Mona no longer is.


high_priestess__tarot_by_mari_na-d3e1b7yII.  The High Priestess:  Do any of your characters have very strong beliefs?

Sable Grant, that’s Tindra’s mom, has an incredibly strong belief that everything can be made better and eventually all problems solved with a home cooked meal.

Aisling has a strong belief in doing what is right; she has a big heart like her mom and has trouble resisting the urge to help in whatever way she can, even if it puts her at risk as well.


the empressIII.  The Empress:  Who is your biggest supporter?  Give them a little love, here.

My mother and stepdad, as well as my friend Grim are probably my biggest supporters. My mom, who is not a big reader (let alone a fan of the genre I wrote my first novel in), and yet she read (and I dare say even enjoyed) it. It’s also with her support and generosity that I was able to attend my first writing conference, and so much more. My stepdad has been wonderful; he’s one of my biggest fans and truly believes I have a talent, which I cannot thank him enough for believing and for telling me so, repeatedly.

Grim has been a great cheerleader. Sometimes I get a random “you can do it” picture message or text that will make me smile and it’s nice to have someone believe in you that doesn’t mince words and is known to tell you the truth.

I have to add that I have an amazing writing community made up of supporters that I love, and together, they are some of my biggest supporters. It’s wonderful to feel so encouraged and loved, especially on the tough days.

Thank you all!!

tarot__the_emperor_by_azurylipfe IV.  The Emperor:Do you outline or plan?  (You know … plotter or pantser…)

A little of both. The pantser thing didn’t work very well for me. There was even more staring at a screen without progress than with some idea of what I was doing. I take a middle of the road approach. I like knowing the base I’m starting with, but allow for room to grow and the story/characters to change as the story requires.


hp_tarot____5_the_hierophant_by_ellygatorV.  The Hierophant: What do you feel is your most valuable piece of writing advice?

I would say two things: write, and find how to work with fear if you can’t work past it. Not doing either of those will suffocate your writing quicker than a contained trashcan fire….oh and reading, lots and lots of reading.


the loversVI.   The Lovers
:Which of your characters follow their heart?  Is it for the right reasons?

Aisling and Tindra both follow their hearts, but in different ways. Of the two, Tindra is much more comfortable following her heart, acting on her impulses and desires, whatever the reason. Aisling believes in following her heart as in trusting her instincts about people and situations, listening to what her heart tells her is true.

the chariotVII.  The Chariot:  Tell us about the first “darling” you ever “killed”.

If you mean “darling” in the way that Faulkner meant it….maybe I’m weird (okay, I am, but it may or may not include this scenario), but I have yet to recognize something as “darling” and killed it. Either that or I honestly cannot put it into context to remember a certain scenario (my mental Rolodex doesn’t seem to have that particular connotation marked for use). I’m sure there have been…I have plenty of idea jot lists, but can’t bring to mind a particular “darling” that met its end….

As far as character “darlings” that I’ve killed, even though her death doesn’t happen within the book itself, my first is Mona and she is dead before The Foretelling Spark begins, but her absence is felt and is important in the book…it was difficult to write because she is Aisling’s mother and there are few things more heart breaking than writing about the death of a beloved mom, dealing with the emotions afterwards. I got choked up writing a couple of scenes in particular…so many feels Lie-Down
legacyStrengthVIII.  Strength:   What do you feel your greatest creative strength is?

I would say my curiosity and ability to empathize; I ask a lot of questions out of curiosity and do my best to connect with and understand each of my characters so that their thoughts, actions, and reactions reflect who they are as individuals instead of creating puppets that enact a plot.



the hermitIX.  The Hermit:Can you write in coffee shops or other busy places, or do you need quiet?

Depends on my mood and how I’m feeling physically…I usually write in my lair alone, mainly because I’m an introvert and there are people out there, plus it can be difficult for me to go out some days depending on how I’m feeling (chronic illnesses and a compromised immune system can be such a joy…) But occasionally it can be nice to write somewhere else; it’s good to shake up your routine on occasion. I don’t do well with things being too busy and there being too many people I don’t know around me when I’m trying to focus on writing something.


wheeloffortuneX.  The Wheel of Fortune:Do you have a set routine or schedule?

Hahahahahaha…here is a post about my adventures into that attempt,  but no, I have no “set” routine or schedule…every day becomes a writing day, any moment could become a working moment




justiceXI.   Justice:What’s the biggest consequence that your main character will have to face?  (If it spoils the plot, feel free to be vague.)

Well, I can’t say too much, but Aisling has to deal with the aftermath and repercussions of the truths she learns, including dealing with a genuinely dangerous man that wants something from her.


the hanged manXII.   The Hanged Man:  What sacrifices do you make for writing time?  Or, what must your main character be willing to choose between?

Honestly, the biggest issue I have with writing is that I can’t be reading a book at the same time….there’s nothing like fighting the war between wanting to read as a bookworm, and the urge to write as an author…talk about sacrifices….

deathXIII.  Death:  What do you do after you’ve finished a project?

It looks a little something like this….

belle just finished wonderful story

high five a million angels tina fey

..then it’s time for a well deserved reading breakyomiko22

before turning to edits…


…and then my mind switches to plotting the next one…
Plotting Morticia gif


temperanceXIV. Temperance:  Please share your best tested & proven tip for balancing writing and “the rest”:

….when I figure that out, I will be sure to let you know…I guess I could add that, when it’s important to you to write, you will find the time, even jotting quick notes in a notebook (keep one with you!!), or your phone, you will make the time. For the other side of the spectrum, speaking to myself here too, it’s important to stop yourself and play, in whatever form that takes for you, it’s the only way to refuel, and it’s better to do that before you run out of gas, not after.


devilXV.   The Devil:Everyone has a nasty habit they can’t shake.  What’s your main character’s?

She can be timid. She is incredibly strong and has no problem fighting for those she loves, but when it comes to some aspects of her life, she can be nervous and hesitant about the relationships she pursues in her life. She also is sensitive to making people upset or uncomfortable; if it’s justified she has no problem, but otherwise, she often relies on Tindra to spur her on or take the reins in uncomfortable situations.


the towerXVI.  The Tower:  Have you ever had to scrap an entire project and start over?  How did it feel?  Were you frustrated, sad … relieved?

Haha, it’s funny you mentioned that. I started writing a very different novel that I ended up scrapping entirely, but I eventually reworked the original idea and it became The Foretelling Spark. I’ve also actually deleted 30,000 words of a story, saving only the first 12, 000 but knowing I will most likely scrap it and start over completely, with the same core idea, but I assume what I come out with will become a different story as well in much the same way.

tarot_card_17__the_star_by_rannsama-d4y2q3zXVII.  The Star:  What is your favorite part of starting a new project?  New notebook smell?  Getting to know the characters? Building the plot?

I love the moment when you’re plotting, working things out for a new project, getting to know your characters to see what happens,  and everything just clicks…it’s a ZING! moment. When I have this moment, it’s like my entire body is vibrating, skin sizzling, and I then I cannot wait to get started and see what it will become.

the moonXVIII.   The Moon:  What’s the biggest lie that your main character is telling themselves?

That would probably be Aisling telling herself that it didn’t make her heart ache for a real father to love her like Tindra’s had when seeing them together when Donovan Grant was alive; or that the truths Aisling uncovers about her own father don’t scare her into wondering want kind of darkness she would be capable of if she didn’t care about the consequences.

the sunXIX.  The Sun:  Do you have any themes, symbols or objects which come full circle in your work?

Morality, truth, trust, dreams and visions…there may be a theme or symbol or two. I’d rather others read and decide what they see as themes or symbols though; that’s far more interesting to me, and  I get to know the person that read it a little better.



judgementXX.   Judgement:Do your characters get what they deserve?  Why or why not?

I’m not really sure how to answer this one….a couple do in some ways, but not so much in others. As in life, the good and bad often come hand in hand, leaving many with not quite what they deserve.


the world
XXI.   The World: At what point did you know that you had to write this project?

It wouldn’t leave me alone, and as happens with many of my ideas, they marinate as I process and thinking about them usually without even realizing it; then one day ZING!, and there was nothing else to do but hold on.



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4 thoughts on “The Author’s Oracle- Questionnaire by Tarot

    1. Thank you SK! It was a lot of fun to do. Thank you so much 😀 I have a real love for names so I’m thrilled that others enjoy. Thank you for reading and commenting!


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