What advice would you give someone who might be thinking of writing a book?
No book ever wrote itself. If anyone wants to write a book they have to be highly dedicated to the process. Sit down, and write. It’s the sitting that helps it happen. Once you’ve written a section, let’s say a chapter, leave it for a few days, then come back and read it with fresh eyes. Make changes, adjust, improve. Many people are fearful of changing their work once they’ve written a first draft. Never think of change as destruction, view it as fine tuning. When making changes always keep a back-up of previous drafts, it will help you see what progress you’ve made, and make it possible to go back in and pull out a phrase or two from an earlier version if you’ve cut them but consequently changed your mind.
Most of all; never be afraid to experiment, push yourself to the limits, and write in a genre that you’re truly passionate about.
Who are your favorite authors?
Dick Francis – you can’t beat him for thrills and spills!
I’m currently getting into Mark Lawrence, and although his work has a few irritating plot holes, his turn of phrase is superb.
Have you authored any other books?
Two books on Tarot.
The System of Symbols, a new way to look at tarot, which is a comprehensive study book on how to read Tarot. This is now also available in Italian and published by Spazio Interiore.
Sex & Tarot
What is your favorite thing about your main character in your most recent book?
I don’t think I have one specific favourite thing about him. I love Detective Inspector Jake Talbot’s dry sense of humour, but I also love his tenacity.
What are you working on right now?
I’m mulling over a second book involving Talbot. I have the beginning and the end of the book worked out, now all I have to do is successfully join the dots in the middle.
About the Author
I’ve been a professional tarot reader for about 30 years, and an astrologer for about 25. Now, thanks to the internet, I have an International client database. My main website is creaking because I haven’t updated it for so long, but it’s still fully functional and full of lots of interesting information. www.toniallen.co.uk . A new build is underway, with lots of modern bits and pieces so that you can connect with me via Facebook and easily keep up to date with events that I’m offering readings at.