Deanna Anderson “is a published author of both fiction and non-fiction titles, but she is most known for her titles “Magick for the Kitchen Witch” and “Magick for the Elemental Witch.” She has written a variety of key-word articles on the internet, and currently contributes regularly to “Circle Sanctuary” Magazine and has a column about wildflowers in “Lakeside” Magazine.
Married and the mom of two daughters, when she is not writing she enjoys hiking and camping.
For more information on any of Deanna’s titles visit her site at http://andersondeanna.weebly.com” https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3087113.Deanna_L_Anderson.
GL: So great to be ‘e-viewing’ you, Deanna! I have been a fan of you and your work for quite some time now. So, I feel free to begin with a couple of ‘easy’ questions. What do you consider the basic ingredients in creating a compelling short story? And, please give specific examples from some of your work in “Unputdownable Tales of Terror.”
DA: The best basic ingredients for short stories is really only one ingredient, IMO: grab the reader’s attention! You have limited space and words to really grab their attention whereas a novel can slowly build up to the climax and conclusion. I guess also “keep the reader guessing” is another ingredient. As you know, I am a fan of Poe and O’Henry and both writers keep you wondering and guessing until the end. In fact, O’Henry is the “king” of twisting a story at the very end and totally changing the reader’s perspective. I do that in “Fate is a Funny Thing.” It seems to be going one way, and then twists drastically at the end. The same with “Kidnapped!” Reader’s will think they know what is going on but will be surprised at the end.
GL: We had the good fortune of having numerous book signing events together at Waldenbooks before it closed shop. There are some, especially those catering to a more genre-specific market it seems, brick and mortar bookstores still doing well in this day and age. So, what do you think the future holds for brick and mortar bookstores? Where have you signed in 2013 and 2014 (so far)?
DA: I hope brick and mortar stores stick around, I think there will always be some who prefer to shop that way and I’d like to see them make a come-back and have a balance between the two (online and physical stores). In 2013 I didn’t sign at very many places…did the Author Fair at my local library as well as signed at a Pagan Unity Day in Charleston SC but that was all. In 2014 so far I have signed at the Author Fair at the library, a Gypsy Fest sponsored by Shimmy Mob of Sumter, and have scheduled a Wine and Sign in Folly Beach which will showcase almost 20 authors and there will be wine and cheese tastings. I am also scheduled to sign at Spiritual Unity Day in Anderson, and plan to sign up for Pagan Pride Day in Greenville and Pagan Unity Day in Charleston. Really, it’s just events and festivals I am signing at now.
GL: I have enjoyed reading your book entitled “365 Tarot Activities.” How do you define cartomancy?
DA: Cartomancy is any divination system using cards of any type and this includes regular decks (sometimes referred to as standard or poker decks), Oracle cards, and Tarot cards.
GL: In “365 Tarot Activities,” you offer readers multiple ways to use the tarot—in fact, for more than just readings. So, that makes your book different from many out there. What are some of the other ways it differs?
DA: I offer prompts, activities, and such to help reader’s work and connect with the cards. Instead of telling readers what the Two of Cups means, I show them how to develop their own meaning for it through writing key words, phrases or interpretations. I also show how the cards can be used in so many ways other than the basic readings we all come to think of as being associated with Tarot. It also differs in that there are ways to use the book in groups or classroom-style instruction.
GL: Many readers are familiar with the Rider-Waite deck, but you have incorporated other types. How did you go about incorporating them as well?
DA: I tried to keep the prompts and activities generic so that they’d fit all styles of Tarot cards but also to incorporate how to use this book for oracle decks.
GL: Which cards make up the Minor Arcana in the RWS deck?
DA: A typical RWS deck or RWS based deck has four suits: pentacles, wands, swords, cups (although the names may differ) and these go from numbers 1-10 (known as the Pip cards). Then there are four court cards in each suit: Page, Knight, Queen, King. All of the Minor Arcana represent psychical realms, tangible things, and the courts might be the people in our lives.
GL: Which cards make up the Major Arcana in the RWS deck?
DA: Made up of twenty-two card starting with number 0 up to twenty-one these cards are: 0 the Fool; 1 The Magician; 2 High Priestess; 3 Empress; 4 Emperor; 5 Heirophant; 6 Lovers; 7 Chariot; 8 Justice; 9 Hermit; 10 Wheel of Fortune; 11 Strength; 12 Hanged Man; 13 Death; 14 Temperance’ 15 Devil; 16 Tower; 17 Star; 18 Moon; 19 Sun’ 20 Judgment; 21 The World. They have esoteric or allegorical meaning and indicate the spiritual realm.
GL: How do Oracle cards differ from the RWS deck and/or RWS-influenced decks?
DA: Tarot decks are made up of suits made up of elements and typically have a Major and Minor Arcana whereas Oracle have no suits and may not be based on the elements at all.
GL: How do decks based on the Tarot de Marseilles differ from decks based on RWS?
DA: Basically, the Tarot de Marseilles is simply from a different country of origin (France) and some of the Major Arcana are different. For example, the Fool has no number and comes at the end of the series. The death card is often unnamed, and the Tower card is sometimes called The House of God. The imagery is also different in style. You can see what I mean on Wikipedia.
GL: I loved your “Top 20 Tarot Myths” section. LOL! What are some of your personal ‘favorites’?
DA: Sleeping with a deck under your pillow helps you connect with it. As I said in the book, sleeping with a math book under my pillow doesn’t help me learn math…I need to open the book, read it, study it, and practice it.
Of course always the “evil” myths about how Tarot is evil, causes death, opens portals, the usual gamut of silliness. If Tarot cards–which are pretty pictures on pieces of paper–can cause these events then what would happen if we walked into an art gallery?! lol
GL: What’s on the horizon (signings-wise, et cetera)?
DA: Well, I already listed my signings earlier and fans can always keep up with everything on my author website http://andersondeanna.weebly.com. As for writing, I want to re-release my other two Pagan books “Magick for the Kitchen Witch” and “Magick for the Elemental Witch” this year as well as work on “Magick for the Homesteading Witch.”
GL: Where can readers go to connect with you and your truly stellar work?
DA: In addition to my website I can be found at:
Reader’s can go to my website andersondeanna.weebly.com and purchase autographed copies of “365 Tarot Activities” via Paypal, and they are on sale right now for $10.00. After April 30th, 2014 the price goes up to $15.00. Or non-autographed copies can be bought at Amazon.
Thanks! It has been great being e-viewed by you again and I hope we get to work or sign together in the very near future!
GL: Me, too, Deanna! xoxo