When people hear that I write historical romances with an astrological hook,
they often assume they must be paranormals. But in fact, they aren't. Why?
Because the characters in paranormals no matter how appealing, are creatures of
fantasy. You will never meet real live vampire anywhere but in the pages of a
book or on the screen. But trained astrologers are very real. When you’re done
reading my debut novel, Lord
Lightning, if you are curious what Eliza, my astrologer heroine might have
come up with had she been able to read your chart, you can find out. Simply
contact any certified astrologer (I recommend those with NCGR certification) and
make an appointment for a reading.
Any astrologer who is trained in traditional techniques will be able to extract
the same kind of information from your chart that Eliza does when she reads the
chart of an unnamed libertine lord and sees his hidden but very strong need to
give love—even though the world sees only the outrageous behavior he uses
to keep people at a distance. And because astrology isn’t magic, but a
scholarly tradition based on study, a trained modern astrologer would uncover
the same issues in Lord Lightning’s chart that Eliza does if they were to study
his chart,—which they can easily do, as I provide his and Eliza’s chart
information in the book’s Afterward.
Using real charts to create imaginary characters involves a lot of work, but it
pays off, because of the richness it adds to these characters. For example,
Edward Neville, the hero of Lord Lightning was born
with his Sun in Leo which makes him &mquot;half actor and half spoiled
child&mquot; as my astrologer heroine, Eliza Farrell, observes. But the Sun in
only one astrological planet—there are nine more—and each planet
plays its part in the personality. Besides having his Sun in Leo, Edward Neville
also has Uranus, the planet of surprises, at his Midheaven. The Midheaven
describes what it is that we become famous for, and in Edward Neville’s case it
is his eccentricity.
But as much a person with a Leo Sun might need to give and receive love, Edward
Neville also has the planet Mars—which can indicate where we express our
anger—conjunct his Moon, which describes his mother. This is a classic
"afflicted Moon" and tells us that Edward has a lot of anger towards his mother.
Indeed, it is the lifelong, painful conflict with his mother that fuels Edward’s
need to behave in ways that keep women from ever getting close enough to hurt
him, and it was after I considered this aspect very carefully that I was able to
come up with a plot that put him—and Eliza—on a collision course
with a mother who is as strong as her wayward son, providing the strong conflict
that pulls readers through the pages of Lord Lightning.
That said, you don’t need to know or care about astrology to enjoy my novels.
Because they aren’t stories about astrology, they’re stories about
people—people with complex personalities and painful conflicts, who must
confront the fears that keep them from being able to get what their heart
desires. Astrology may point the way, but they still have to do the work to get
there, and the only magic you’ll find in my stories lies in the way that
something as simple as an casual bit of banter or the sparkle in a sea green eye
can motivate a person to fight against the bad habits of a lifetime and master
the hard lessons that will teach them how to love.
10 comments posted.
I've been fascinated with astrology for a long time, and I love the way you described it!! Your book should do well. Putting astrology together with romance is an interesting combination, but they do go hand in hand. I can't wait to read it!!
(Peggy Roberson 10:24pm October 7, 2010)
Astrology has a lot of clues as to the tendencies of people born under a certain sign. I'm fascinated by when different planets cross paths influencing behavior and the tides with the moon.
(Alyson Widen 5:46pm October 8, 2010)
I heard so many raving about your book Jenny! I saw it too on some authors newsletters. huge congrats! I don't know much on Astrology and nothing from historically, so looking forward to this one! Its on my wishlist!
(Cathie Morton 10:59pm October 8, 2010)