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KWL – 196 – Expanding Your Written Universe with Anthony Dobranski

#196 – Expanding Your Written Universe with Anthony Dobranski

Science fiction and fantasy author Anthony Dobranski is on the podcast this week to talk about the tarot deck he created as a tie-in to his book, The Demon is Business Class.

Science fiction and fantasy author Anthony Dobranski is on the podcast this week to discuss the tarot deck he created as a tie-in to his book, The Demon in Business Class. Anthony takes us through the creative process behind the deck, from inception to production to marketing and sales, and he gives Steph a Business Class Tarot reading (which you can also watch on our Youtube channel)! 


In collaboration with author Anthony Dobranski, Kobo Writing Life is giving away one Business Class Tarot Deck to one lucky follower! To be eligible for the giveaway you must:

  1. Follow @kobo.writing.life or our YouTube channel, Kobo Writing Life 
  2. Leave a comment of what your favourite tarot card is on our Instagram post (https://www.instagram.com/p/CAIttm3AB8H/) or our YouTube video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7u0otO7eVKU&t=4s). Follow and comment on both for twice the entries!

Good luck!!


  • Anthony discusses his writing journey, and how a career in business inspired his first novel and gave him the necessary background to create his tarot deck
  • He tells us how the Business Class Tarot Deck evolved from a plot device in his novel, The Demon in Business Class, to a real-life working tarot deck
  • Anthony breaks down the eight month process behind creating the deck, from finding an artistic team to writing the guidebook to creating a marketing plan and cross-promoting with his book. He also explains how this multi-media creative process differed from his writing process
  • Anthony tells us about his tarot research process, he gives us a brief history lesson on the origin and evolution of tarot cards, and he breaks down the different ways a tarot card reading can be interpreted 
  • He discusses how the tarot deck has affected his books sales, and how they influenced the new edition of The Demon in Business Class
  • Anthony tells us what he’s learned from this process, including how to better collaborate creatively with others, and how this experience has helped him to gain more confidence in himself and his abilities

Useful Links
Anthony’s Website
The Business Class Tarot Deck
The Demon in Business Class
Andrew Reads Steph’s Cards!
Jamen Hoyle (Artist)
78 Degrees of Wisdom by Rachel Pollack (this is only available as a paperback, but the followup book is available as an ebook!)
Star Trek Picard
The Southern Reach Trilogy


Anthony Dobranski is a native of the Washington DC area. He has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Yale University. His first career was at America Online, working in the US, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. He lives in Washington now with his family. When not writing, he supports local arts, and skis.

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