Interview with Valeria Black

What's the story behind your latest book?
The story is about Tarot, and my journey with it.

Tarot has been an exceptional friend to me. It had my back when I was down, and helped me grow into a better person. It also has a wicked sense of humor. You won't believe how awesome a deck can be once you connect with it deeply!

My books tap into that place. I want to show others how to connect with their cards the way I connect with mine. It is my gift to the Tarot community for all the exceptional life experiences Tarot has brought me so far.
Why did you pick up Tarot?
Tarot happened to me in the creepiest way imaginable. It came to me in a dream. Yes, seriously!

At that time I was dating someone and I have a tendency to obsess when I am infatuated (I mean, all of us do that!). So in this weird dream, the boy I was dating gave me a Tarot card. I had never dreamt of Tarot before that and did not know anything about them. Not even the names on the cards. But I still knew that card was the King of Swords.

Later when I found out that my dream coincided with reality, I was intrigued. It was only when I got another dream of this kind that I realized that it was time to buy a deck of cards. The rest is history.

I am really glad Tarot came to me the way it did. It was the Universe's gift.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have a strong will and a vision for my life. I want to touch people's lives in a positive way so that on my deathbed I would know that the world is in a slightly better place because I was in it to make a difference. That's what drives me to get up each day. It's tough work.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a routine, which starts quite early. Since I spend most of my time working on my books and blog, I have to put these in place so that I don't forget about the other important things in life. So mainly, I work out, meditate, journal my thoughts, listen to one educational podcast, and learn Spanish every single day.

I like this routine. It's narrow enough to keep me focused, but still allows me to expand my mind and keep learning new things when I am not passionately throwing around words. :)
What do you read for pleasure?
Paranormal fiction. I love it. I love the thrill, the romance, the crazy world, the drama. I love everything about that genre...if it is done well. Unfortunately, a lot of recent books read like formulaic writing to me. They don't have a heart. They are just cashing in on the trend. But the good ones are absolutely worth every all-nighter I pull out to read them.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have quite a few. But my all-time favorite is J. K. Rowling.

Harry Potter is, and will always be, my most revered book series. Other than that, I love Jonathan Stroud a lot.

I love authors who can make me guffaw with their wit, but who still have the ability to keep it real. That's what I love to read, and what I love to write.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I listen to a lot of podcasts, and attend a lot of free webinars and online summits. So most of the non-fiction books I read are recommended by speakers I find exceptionally fascinating in these places. As for fiction, I have my preferences and go hunting on Goodreads.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. Vividly. I was just 12 years old when I wrote it. Seems like a lifetime away right now, although I am still in my 20s, but it was an extraordinary experience.

Extraordinary because I was really bad and I thought I was good. It was hilarious how wrong I was! But one thing led to another, and now more than a decade later I can safely say that I am glad it happened the way it did.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is knowing that I can share my vision with the rest of the world. That I can teach them something they probably didn't know before, or didn't see through a certain lens. Writing makes me feel alive, and I write to make others feel the same way, not about me, but about themselves.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am an unconventional person. I love technology and I love advances. That's why when I see people still fretting over paper books and traditional publishing, I am reminded of those people who held onto their horse-drawn carriages even as the world shifted to combustion engine cars. The world is changing, and indie is the new way. The better way. :)
What are you working on next?
I am writing the next installment of the Major Arcana series. And I am also working on my paranormal fiction masterpiece. The latter will take a lot longer, but the former should be done in a few more months. I am excited about my projects.
Published 2017-05-12.
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Books by This Author

The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Reversals
Price: Free! Words: 9,610. Language: American English. Published: May 12, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » Tarot, Nonfiction » New Age » Fortune telling
Reversals are a controversial topic in the Tarot community. But what most don't realize is that if you look beneath the surface there is nothing scary about reversed cards at all. You just need to think a little unconventionally to read them! This book busts a lot of myths, and gives you the exact tools and tricks needed to accurately read reversals each time.