Hello everyone, today I had the great opportunity to speak with Diane Schulman, the spouse of the late Martin Schulman. Martin wrote a few books, one being The Conscience, which I will get to read in the coming months. I’ve never gotten the chance to interview a spouse of a writer so this will be different but I think enlightening all the same.
Why don’t we start off by you telling us a little about yourself and your husband?
I am originally from New York and grew up in Long Island and always loved to read, often staying up way too late just to finish a book. I was a legal secretary for some years and was looking for a change. After I met my husband, Martin, I quite happily started helping him with his career. Martin also was originally from New York and grew up in Long Island. He graduated from college and received a B.A. in psychology. In his early career, Martin was an accomplished musician and eventually he became an astrology teacher and the author of several astrology books and became known as the Founder of Karmic Astrology.
What did the two of you like to do for fun?
We loved spending time with family, going to festivals, movies, concerts and comedy clubs.
When did Martin realize he wanted to be a writer?
One day when Martin was teaching an astrology class, several of his students suggested that he write a book on the topic. He took their advice and wrote his first book on Karmic Astrology and the rest is history, writing 11 astrology books and one mystery novel, The Conscience.
What does your family think of his writing?
They love his writing and have always encouraged and supported him to pursue this dream.
What is it like to be the spouse of a writer?
In a word, wonderful. I felt happy and privileged to share in Martin’s magical, creative journey.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors, like myself?
I guess I would have to say (and I believe Martin would agree) pick a story or theme you are passionate about and that you would enjoy reading.
What genre is Martin’s book(s)? What do you think drew him to that genre?
The Conscience is a mystery, thriller novel. He loved mysteries and trying to figure out “whodunit”. He mentioned to me many times that he wanted to write a mystery. Martin was analytical and loved to figure things out so writing this book just made perfect sense.
Did Martin write more in the morning, afternoon or at night?
Martin wrote in the morning, afternoon and night. Basically, he only stopped when he was hungry or tired.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Thank you so much Diane for chatting with me. It was nice to get to know Martin through you and to hear what it’s like for the spouse of a writer.