Interview with Michelle Falis

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had books in me that I needed to write and I wanted an audience to read them.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Reader feedback is the greatest joy. I write with the intention of showing readers new ways to think about known concepts in astrology. When they tell me that I have done that, it feels really good.
What do your fans mean to you?
Every writer, artist, and musician needs a fan base. Without our fans we don't really exist. It takes other people to recognize your gifts and talents and then give you the applause and encouragement to create more.
What are you working on next?
I am finishing up the Sun in Houses series. So far I've written Gemini Sun in Houses, Cancer Sun in Houses, Leo Sun in Houses, and Virgo Sun in Houses. Capicorn Sun in Houses is finished and I'm in the stage of turning it into an eBook. I'm partway through Libra Sun in Houses too. I hope to have all 12 books finished by the end of the year and available as a set.
Who are your favorite authors?
Some of my favorite astrology authors are Sue Tompkins, Laurence Hillman, Erin Sullivan, Liz Greene, Howard Sasportas, Steven Forrest, and Demetra George.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Creating my life is what gets me out of bed. I want an integrated lifestyle where my personal and professional lives have a seamless flow.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I wrote was in 3rd grade. It was called The Glitterbug. I illustrated the book as well. I won the Young Author's award for that book. For whatever reason, I felt compelled to write!
What is your writing process?
Basically I straddle a line between focus and un-focus. My writing style is what I call a brainstorm-style. Sometimes sentence fragments or even single words do more to convey an idea that prose can. I let myself write without censoring too much, and at the same time I maintain a meditative state of mind to ensure that I don't miss core concepts when I'm writing about different topics in astrology.
How do you approach cover design?
For my covers I created several still life arrangements with astrological props and then photographed those still lifes. I take the photographs and manipulate them in various ways to design my covers.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read primarily non-fiction on topics I'm interested in. So, right now I'm reading a lot of books on astrology (of course!) I finally read Erin Sullivan's Midlife Transits. I'm also interested in flower essences and studying for Practitioner Certification, so I'm reading books on flower essences too. I've been through the Desert Alchemy Flower Essences book several times now.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use my Samsung Galaxy Note.
Published 2017-07-14.
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Books by This Author

Capricorn Sun in Houses
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,960. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » Astrology, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Astrology
Capricorn Sun in Houses is meant to spark your imagination and make you think about your Sun sign in a new way. It takes the approach that your Sun is a part of you to explore and develop rather than a set of traits set in stone. It covers the Capricorn Sun through all 12 of the astrological houses of the birth chart.
Virgo Sun in Houses
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,670. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » Astrology, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Astrology
Virgo Sun in Houses is meant to spark your imagination and make you think about your Sun sign in a new way. It takes the approach that your Sun is a part of you to explore and develop rather than a set of traits set in stone. It covers the Virgo Sun through all 12 of the astrological houses of the birth chart.
Leo Sun in Houses
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,750. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » Astrology, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Astrology
Leo Sun in Houses is meant to spark your imagination and make you think about your Sun sign in a new way. It takes the approach that your Sun is a part of you to explore and develop rather than a set of traits set in stone. It covers the Leo Sun through all 12 of the astrological houses of the birth chart.
Chiron + Planets: Interpretations of Astrological Pairings Between Chiron and the 10 Major Planets
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 7,680. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » Astrology, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Astrology
Interpretations of astrological pairings between Chiron & the 10 major planets 10 interpretations, including planet pairings with Chiron from the Sun through Pluto. Written in short, fragmented sentences, this eBook embraces a loose, brainstorm-style of writing.
Angles: Ascendant, Descendant, Midheaven, and IC Paired with the 10 Major Planets
Series: AstroFix eBook Collection. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 27,870. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » Astrology, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Astrology
40 interpretations, including the 10 major planets paired with the Ascendant, Descendant, Midheaven, and IC. Written in short, fragmented sentences, this eBook embraces a loose, brainstorm-style of writing. Entertaining read for newbies and experienced astrologers alike.
Cancer Sun in Houses
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,660. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » Astrology, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Astrology
Cancer Sun in Houses is meant to spark your imagination and make you think about your Sun sign in a new way. It takes the approach that your Sun is a part of you to explore and develop rather than a set of traits set in stone. It covers the Cancer Sun through all 12 of the astrological houses of the birth chart.
Planet Combinations: Astrological Brainstorms
Series: AstroFix eBook Collection. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 21,520. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » Astrology, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Astrology
45 interpretations, including every planet pairing from the Sun through Pluto. Written in short, fragmented sentences, this eBook embraces a loose, brainstorm-style of writing.
Gemini Sun in Houses
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,190. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » Astrology, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
Gemini Sun in Houses is meant to spark your imagination and make you think about your Sun sign in a new way. It takes the approach that your Sun is a part of you to explore and develop rather than a set of traits set in stone. It covers the Gemini Sun through all 12 of the astrological houses of the birth chart.
The Nodes by Sign and House
Series: AstroFix eBook Collection. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 33,200. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » Astrology, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Astrology
Combined interpretations of the north node and south node through every sign and house. This eBook emphasizes releasing old habit patterns as shown by the south node position while encouraging growth through heading toward your north node position.
Signs Through The Houses
Series: AstroFix eBook Collection. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 29,410. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » Astrology, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Astrology
The zodiac signs show how you express different areas of your life. The Signs through the Houses eBook explores each zodiac sign through all 12 of the astrological houses. Quickly gain insight into what your empty houses mean. A humorous and unique read for newbies and experienced astrologers.
Rulers of Houses in Houses
Series: AstroFix eBook Collection. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 31,980. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » Astrology, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Astrology
Astrological rulers help you connect the houses in your natal chart. What do they mean? This eBook explores each house ruler through all 12 of the astrological houses. Quickly learn new information about yourself and make connections you never made before. A compelling read for newbies and experienced astrologers.