Interview with R M Taylor

When did you first start writing?
The earliest memory I have of writing is from year 7, I was about 12, and my English teacher loved my story that much she showed the English department head. I remember being so happy that she loved it, and I went on to continue to write fiction as a hobby for years. It's a creative outlet that I find relaxing and entertaining.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It is the first in a series and surrounds the lives of the members of a coven called The Hadley Caro Coven, it involves shifters, vampires, fae, witches, and all manner of supernatural folk. The series begins with Lucrezia Delarossa, a dragon shifter, and follows her story. It involves family legacies, betrayal, murder and kidnapping, several enemies, and a whole lot of dealing with the past. Lucy meets Aris, and the book is the story of their blossoming relationship as well as her discovering who her family were while trying to stay alive and in one piece. As their enemies close in, it's a race to find answers and the truth about what happened to her mother. It has many layers and backstories.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Mainly due to the freedom it allows, the fact that it is quicker and less stress than finding an agent and going through the traditional route of publishing work. I like the fact that I make most of the decisions, and that I control things that matter to me. I also like being in touch with people who read my work, having an agent can sometimes add distance to your audience, and formalise things. I would rather remain approachable.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Yes, absolutely!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The moment I get a new idea that brings the story on, that new boost of imagination that drives the book forward and clicks with other elements, making the story mesh.
What do your fans mean to you?
I just want to entertain people, and if I manage to do that I am so happy. If I am blessed to have fans then I have done my job. The fans are my purpose really, every story I write is for them.
What are you working on next?
I am in the middle of Landon, the second book of The Hadley Caro Series. Book 3 is in the planning stage, still unsure of the name yet, I cannot decide who it will follow most as it involves two characters, and since each book is named after the character it follows the most, I need to decide who is driving this one.
Who are your favorite authors?
Sooo many authors I love! I literally have dozens I love, and I don't think I can narrow them down to my favourites, but some names are- Anne Rice, Patricia Cornwell, Dan Brown, Ian Ranklin, TS Joyce, Charlene Hartnady, Lizzy Ford, Rick Gualtieri, LJ Ross, Trina M Lee, James Patterson, Harlan Coben, Kathy Reichs, Michael Crichton, Mario Puzo, good grief there is so many, I read about 2 or 3 books a week so I have so many authors I love. I am also a binge reader, if I like one book by an author, I will always buy another from them.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My kids won't stop the noise if I don't. They insist on being fed, they're so demanding! Also, I have writing of one form or another to do, either academic or creative, work or pleasure, it's always waiting....
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, painting abstract art occasionally, sleeping.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Kindle, Smashwords, ibooks, if I want to find a new author to try, I look at Goodreads.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was a horror story about a young girl who developed superpowers, I can't remember the full name of the story, but her name was Tracey and she was good at science. Her friend went missing and she found out she was kidnapped by the bad headmaster. The headmaster kidnapped kids to sell them to witches, who ate them. She broke into his house, rescued her best friend and reported him to the police. The witches were also arrested. Tracey saved the day and all her friends loved her. It was quite silly but fun to write, and I remember trying to describe scary scenes and failing badly. Horror is not my forte.
What is your writing process?
I start with an idea, the main character, or reason for the story to start. There is something happening, and I build on it by adding to the story bit by bit. Sometimes I go blank and am not sure what the next bit will be, so I skip forward some chapters and write further along the story. Then I go back and fill bits in and connect it all together. Problem is, sometimes it is disjointed and needs a lot of combing through, but I hate staring at a blank page, so whatever I do I write. It may be a separate story altogether, I have many that I start but don't finish, but it keeps the creative juices flowing.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle Fire, or on my Samsung Galaxy phone.
Published 2018-01-26.
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