Name: Whiskey Stevens
What you Write: Non-fiction
Agent: Jessica Faust
What book do you wish you had written, and why?
Tarot and Psychology: Spectrums of Possibility by Arthur Rosengarten is a book that I believe deserves more attention. The therapeutic applications of tarot are often overlooked because of the idea that the tarot can only be used for divination purposes. In reality the tarot displays many aspects of everyday life while being able to simultaneously touch on many of the larger more monumental moments as well. The symbolism, structure, and meanings of the cards are perfect for the exploration of the psyche. I believe in the future we will actually see a more clinical application of the cards being used by counselling professionals.
If you’re not reading or writing, what would we catch you doing?
I am what you would call a workaholic and so you would find me creating content, working on my website, creating freebies for my audience, and drinking pots and pots of orange pekoe tea. If I’m not writing and building a platform, I’m thinking about writing and building a platform and how best I can serve the kind souls that connect with my work.
Where can readers find you on the web and social media?
I try as best I can to be active across most of the major social platforms. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Tik Tok are where I spend my time. If you want long form chats about tarot, witchcraft, and writing then YouTube is the best place to find me. I also try to give back as much as possible so my website has a “freebies” tab where you can get some goodies as well.
What’s the last book you read?
The last book I read was The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to explore not only the relationships in their lives but their relationship with themselves.
If money were no object, what would be your dream writing location?
I can’t say I have an exact location but I do know it would involve lots of books and an unlimited supply of tea.
What’s your favorite quote about reading or writing?
“If you’re going to try, go all the way.
Otherwise, don’t even start.
This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind.
It could mean not eating for three or four days.
It could mean freezing on a park bench.
It could mean jail.
It could mean derision.
It could mean mockery — isolation.
Isolation is the gift.
All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it.
And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds.
And it will be better than anything else you can imagine.
If you’re going to try, go all the way.
There is no other feeling like that.
You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire.
You will ride life straight to perfect laughter.
It’s the only good fight there is.”
- Charles Bukowski
What’s your favorite piece of writing advice you’ve received?
Get to the point and keep your reader interested. It’s simple advice but as a reader I have to agree.
What excites you most about joining the BookEnds family?
Honestly I feel like it allows me to have a firm starting point on which to build a career. I enjoy writing non-fiction but feel as though I have an adult fiction book hiding inside of me somewhere. Joining BookEnds means that I have just acquired a fantastic business partner (Jessica Faust) who has my back, and I am optimistic about what the future will bring.
What advice would you give to other authors in the query trenches?
Keep trying and don’t give up. Every mistake is just an opportunity for growth. Save all of your rejection letters, after a while even they become trophies.