LUCY’S TOP TIP FOR ASPIRING AUTHORS: To read and to write! So many aspiring authors don’t write! And they don’t read books!
Lucy Cavendish is a natural born witch. She works magic every single day of her life, embracing it as a creed for personal fulfilment and happiness, and as a belief system that sees us as part of nature, thus giving us all the motivation to respect and revere and delight in our unique experience here on Planet Earth.
Lucy is the author of The Faery Forest: An Oracle of the Wild Green World, Witches and Wizards, Spellbound: the Secret Grimoire of Lucy Cavendish, The Lost Lands, Oracle of Shadows and Light, Oracle of the Mermaids, Oracle of the Shapeshifters, Les Vampires, Wild Wisdom of the Faery Oracle, Oracle of the Dragonfae, As Above, So Below, The Oracle Tarot, Magical Spell Cards and White Magic. Her work is published in seven different languages and has been enjoyed and recommended by Deepak Chopra and Louise L Hay, but it’s the connection with readers that she values most of all. Lucy created Witchcraft magazine in 1992, the first magazine of its kind in the world, and currently she writes features for magickal and mainstream magazines around the world. She appears regularly on mainstream and alternative television and radio offering insights into the Craft. She is a classic book witch and adores writing and reading, listening to and playing music, connecting with the wild, surfing and creating enchanted workshop experiences. She leads journeys, called Imrammas, to the sacred sites of Ancient Briton, and teaches internationally. She moves between Sydney, the Sapphire Coast and far northern NSW.
Visit Lucy’s website at: www.lucycavendish.com.au or visit her on her social media sites, which offer everyday ways to connect with her, and with the magick and wisdom within you.
Why do you write? I don’t know the answer to that – but I think when I was little, all I did was trail about after my mother and beg her to read to me… so she taught me to read, early, so I could just read for myself. Then, when I was about 10, I had a very serious car accident and books got me through that time… when my heart was broken, books helped heal me… and when I couldn’t go anywhere, or have certain experiences, books can give you freedom, movement, and all the experiences you could dream of. So I write, maybe, because I love books, and storytelling, and discovery, and I couldn’t think of anything else I would rather be. It’s a compulsion, for writers, like a dancer must dance, and a singer must sing… we just have to tell stories, investigate, write…as a Witch, I write too because I want to share this very real path with people all over the world, and kind of connect us all in this magickal way.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a writer? I would still be a working Witch, no doubt, but as a “profession” I truly don’t know – it’s hard to even conceive…I would hope that I would have found another way to share and share stories with people. Maybe a historian. Or a therapist. Or a performer. It’s actually almost unthinkable as I’ve been writing since I was so little…I imagine I would have just kept writing anyway. I think if I wasn’t a writer, I might actually not be myself.
What was your toughest obstacle to becoming published? I was so scared to show anyone my work – I was terrified of being laughed at, or disbelieved. That was the hardest barrier to break. Rejection is not as bad as being too scared to be rejected!
What’s the best aspect of your writing life? When the words come so freely and when they’re beautiful and it’s all just flowing, dancing, and you read something back and it all works and it’s got some song and poetry to it, along with the truth… when the way you tell it works with what you’re sharing… I love that when it happens. It gives me so much joy. And the other best bit – can I have two – is when someone reads it and it touches them or changes them or helps them. That’s just sublime.
—the worst? That those moments of wordwitchery and magick are so rare. When it is just sheer hard work, you know, Bryce Courtenay called it bumglue – when you just have to sit and work and it isn’t flowing. I think you just have to be tenacious. And when someone doesn’t get what you’ve written, or it didn’t connect. Or they say something like, “there’s too many words.” Or when people think writing is just something everyone can do. It’s a craft and an art and it is hard work to live within the mind – and weirdly visceral too sometimes. I get sweaty and type really hard and it feels like I’ve just done a really tough workout when it’s working… but it can be so emotional! People think it’s all languid and genteel and sort of weak – bahahah!
What would you do differently if you were starting out now as a writer? Nothing, because I was a little girl with a notebook when I started out. She was so cool! I’m grateful to my little self! But when I was approaching publishers? I would have encouraged myself to have a little more confidence in myself, and not wait so long.
What do you wish you’d been told before you set out to become an author? That time is short. Get going, missy!
What’s the best advice you were ever given? To realise that life can be short, and you might as well face your fears early on, get rejected, deal with that, and keep going.
The Supernatural Series Book One
by Lucy Cavendish
Witches and Wizards reveals the real-life stories of the most notorious and powerful occult personalities of all time. From Merlin – the legend, the reality – to the infamous Aleister Crowley, right through to the modern icons of Witchcraft, Cavendish reveals the true stories behind the legends of the Occult. Shining light on the Salem witch hunts, the Burning Times and the Witch Wars, Witches and Wizards is a thrilling read for anyone who loves the mysterious and the strange.
The book is available here.