Indie Author Interview – Arwen Lynch

When Arwen Lynch, author of Mapping Your Hero’s Journey with Tarot, surprised us with her visit to our blog I decided to interview her and discovered she’s as fascinating as her book.

Morgan: Thanks for joining us today, Arwen, we appreciate you taking the time to answer some of our questions and of course the first being, how would you describe your book in 20 words or less?

Arwen: I smash writer’s block with 78 cards and your imagination. Skip the woo as you dive into storyboarding with divination.
Morgan: Hah! You even made it rhyme! “Skip the woo…” I love it! I’ve read your book and it really is a block breaker. I’m looking forward to actually sitting down with my cards and creating a story from scratch using your book, Mapping Your Hero’s Journey with Tarot.
Morgan: After your first answer my curiosity grew and I want to know what random fact about yourself would surprise your readers.
Arwen: I participated in a wagon train that went across North Dakota in 1976. It was my second Wider Op via the Girl Scouts of America.
Morgan: Now that sounds like an adventure! I was in the Girl Scouts as well and we didn’t do anything like that!
Morgan: Writer’s are asked this question at some point in their careers and I wanted to know if you weren’t a writer, what would you be?
Arwen: A stage comedienne or a teacher–or maybe that’s really the same thing! I actually did a comedy act for my college’s talent show and the college president chimed in from the front row. I had a blast.
Morgan: You most likely would have been a successful comedian! Sure sounds like you’ve had an interesting life, when did you begin writing?
Arwen: I was about eight or nine when I wrote my first story. It was about a horse. It included the line “so his mother went to sleep under a bush. When she woke up, Thunder was curled up beside her.” LOL I’ve since learned why my mother thought it was such a funny story.
Morgan: You started out young.  I can only imagine her response, children see things so differently than adults.
Morgan: Writing from such a young age, you’ve been writing a long time. What is it you love most about writing, and what’s the hardest part of writing for you?
Arwen: I love telling stories. My family teases me about never telling the right version of a family event. I respond with, “I made it better.” I love setting a scene then painting in the sense and sights and sounds. It’s a love affair for me. The hardest thing about writing is starting…and stopping. I will put it off but then get cranky when I have to stop.
Morgan: You know, I never thought about it like that but it makes perfect sense, I procrastinate starting but once I start I don’t ever want to stop either.
Morgan: Putting a book together isn’t easy, what were the challenges in bringing this book to life?
Arwen: Taking the plunge into self-publishing. I pitched it and got good rejections based on the fact that they didn’t have the channels to market it. Because it serves two audiences, writers and tarot enthusiasts, my publishing choices couldn’t figure out where to shelve it.
Morgan: Well that’s a shame for them, I imagine a lot of writers would love the creative way you handle breaking through writer’s block.
Morgan: We, at StoryDam, have talked a lot about plotting and pantsing over the years. We have a little of both on our team and in our online community, which are you a plotter or a pantser?
Arwen: In fiction and in non-fic, I am a plotter. My fiction teammate is a pantser so we have all the bases covered when we write as Marilu Mann.
Morgan: I didn’t realize you wrote books under another name, I’ll have to check them out.
Morgan: I’m wondering if I know the answer to this one but I have to ask anyway, where do you get your inspiration?
Arwen: I use Tarot (and astrology) for my fiction. I plot out the Hero’s Journey for the hero, the heroine, and even the villain. They all have arcs that need to be watched as the book progresses. I will pull a card at random when I get stuck.
Morgan: It’s nice to know this system is something you use as well, it wasn’t something you just wrote about. I can’t wait to play with the cards with a new story, I think I’ll write a post about how it turns out at a later date.
Morgan: Reading is an important part of being a writer, which genres do you prefer to read?
Arwen: I am mad for Urban Fantasy, Paranormal and Historicals. And I love YA as well.
Morgan: Sounds like you would fit right in with our StoryDam team, those are all genres we love as well!
Morgan: There are so many new authors out there now, are there any that have grasped your interest?
Arwen: Currently I’m doing a lot of audiobooks. I just listened to one that was amazing. It’s a YA called The Sparks by Kyle Prue (who is on Twitter too.) It’s got some of the best worldbuilding I’ve read in a long time.
Morgan: Audiobooks are gaining in popularity and The Sparks sounds like one I’d like to check out.
Morgan: Now for something fun! If I give you a time machine, what time period and in what place would you travel to?
Arwen: The Victorian age. I am fascinated by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. I’d want to make it a steampunk version if possible. But I love the shrouded sexuality of that time. The overlay of prudish mores with the underlying sensuality fascinates me.
Morgan: You make it sound fascinating, I’ve never been much of a history fan but I love time travel stories!
Morgan: Are you working on any other projects except writing?
Arwen: I’ve just donned a new hat as the editor of the Cartomancer magazine. This is a full-color, print & digital magazine that comes out on a quarterly basis. It’s been in existence for two and a half years. I stepped into my role on the first of September. Wish me luck.
Morgan: Most certainly! Congratulations and good luck in your new endeavor!
Morgan: Is there anything else you’d like to share with your followers and readers?
Arwen: I write fiction as Marilu Mann. Currently my writing partner, @rcaismith, and I are in the process of re-working those books for self-publishing. Thanks for the chance to chat!
Morgan: Absolutely, thank you for stopping by and sharing with us, it was great getting to know more about you!
StoryDam Peeps make sure you check her out on social media, she’d love it if you popped in and said hi!


3122013_ArwenArwen Lynch, the Professional Joy Seeker, works with those looking to find joy and hang on to it. Using affirmations, Tarot cards, and a compassionate boot-to-the-butt, she focuses on showing others how to seek joy in small but steady ways. She is the editor of The Cartomancer magazine ( well as the author of several decks and a book on how to use Tarot to write your own novel. She launched her Tarot consulting business online in 2002 and never looked back. After a seven year stint as the president of the American Tarot Association (2007-2014), she learned how interconnected the online Tarot community is. Her love of networking led her to launch the Tarot Blog Hop which is an interlinked blog series that happens six times a year. You can join Arwenon her joy-seeking journey here:
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Morgan Dragonwillow: Poet , author of Wild Woman Waking & Dancing within Shadow, massage therapist and facilitator of magical journeys who (mostly) doesn't let her fears get in the way of her passion for writing and creating. When she isn't working with clients, writing or dancing you can find her encouraging and supporting her writing community at #StoryDam#OctPoWriMo, & #PoetsonthePage You can also find her on Google+

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