Interview with Allen Taylor

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I would have to say, living vicariously through my characters. After a while, they become part of my daily life. I try to think like them, and see what their reaction would be. Play various scenarios in my mind and see what pans out.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything!

On a the more sensible side, they provide me with a means to make a living. On the more emotional side, to know that they are eagerly anticipating my next work, their enthusiasm and the fact that it recharges me! There's something about someone loving what you do that makes you want to create more!
What are you working on next?
At this time, I've just finished Paradox Gifted. I'll be working on a companion book, while I'm working on the continuation of the Paradox Gifted story. I want to publish something in the interim, relating to the background story. This way my fans can enjoy my work and feel more engaged with the story I'm trying to weave. Hopefully I'll be able to pull it off, ha!
Who are your favorite authors?
David Eddings and Eloise J. Knapp!

David Eddings, is the reason I started to read books! I was in middle school, dabbled in writing, but never cared to read. Then by chance I picked up his second book, The Ruby Knight, at my school library. That was all she wrote! He's what I strive to be, as a writer and hope to have fans that addicted to my writings.

Eloise J. Knapp, is a zombie/thriller/infected writer, cosplayer, graphic design artist and creative force extraordinaire! She's one the reasons I push through completing Paradox Gifted. Did I mention I love her work? Ha!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
If you don't work, you don't eat! Plus, I'm too inclined to becoming a mountain hermit, so it forces me to interact with other hu-mans.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working, watching anime or reading manga, Netflix. I sometimes throw in yard work, yoga and visiting with friends and family. I'm rather boring, come to think of it.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Pure chance, talking to other people. Mostly pure chance, and a need to do something other than my previous question.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes.

It's an epic fantasy, well. Let me rephrase that, it will be an epic fantasy. It's evolved in storyline so many times, the original looks nothing like what its current incarnation is.

And yes, I'll be writing that and publishing it, as well. So stay tuned!
What is your writing process?
For Paradox Gifted, it was the write as many words as you can, when you can, shotgun approach.

I don't recommend it, you'll see what I mean when you read my story! I'm going to try something more old school. A large roll of corkboard, a sheet of plywood and a wall. Then top it off with some index cards, thumb tacks and string. That will keep me more organized... I think.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The Ruby Knight, by David Eddings. One of the major reasons I'm writing today!
How do you approach cover design?
Let someone else do it.

Delegation is a beautiful thing.
Published 2015-05-23.
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Books by This Author

Paradox Gifted
Series: The Paradox Gifted. Price: Free! Words: 56,190. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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Miranda had precious few options. Until a singular event thrusts her back into a half forgotten past. Miranda must fight against time and a power that nearly destroyed her. Within the Void, nothing is ever forgotten. For nothing ever goes according to plan.