Interview with Taylor Col

What's the story behind your latest book?
Metal Skeleton started out as a book about dinosaurs, then turned into a book about lost Incan treasure, then it finally became a commentary on criminal punishment and social structures. The theme of the book is people with good intentions trying to improve a situation but in the end making it worse.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Gainesville, Florida. It is a college town and so I was influenced growing up by many people involved with the University of Florida and Santa Fe college. Many of my classmates also had family ties to academia, so through them I was exposed to many different authors. One year the local newspaper, The Gainesville Sun, had a short story contest. I entered and won, and people at the newspaper encouraged me to pursue a career in writing. While my love of scientific research is my primary focus, I am motivated by the support of my community to continue writing.
When did you first start writing?
As a kid, I always loved dinosaurs. I don't remember how young I was when I decided to write an alphabet book about dinosaurs. My passion drove me to start writing Metal Skeleton around age nine, which was originally a dinosaur-filled homage to Jurassic Park and The Lost World. Over the years it evolved into something I never originally expected. While none of the original characters or the dinosaurs remain, my youthful desire for adventure still fuels the narrative.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing has been a great coping mechanism for me. Whenever I am going through tough times, working on stories or coming up with new ideas helps me keep my mind in a good place.
What do your fans mean to you?
I hope that everyone who enjoys my work will take the time to reach out and connect with me. My writing means a lot to me, and if it has a positive impact on someone I would like to get to know them. I would like to think that every fan of my work is a friend as well.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My friend Kelly Napoli and her drive to become an indie author inspired me to follow suit. With her advice and guidance, I hope to emulate her and reach people with my work. I hope to one day inspire other authors to self-publish as well.
What are you working on next?
There is a sequel to Metal Skeleton in the works, but my next book is going to be a military adventure.
Published 2017-12-22.
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Books by This Author

Price: Free! Words: 14,670. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
Nothing in Quinton Thompson’s traumatic life prepared him for this. On his first deployment, he is behind enemy lines with a combat unit he doesn’t trust. They already killed one of their own during this mission and he might be next. But they are vastly outnumbered by the enemy and cut off from any support, so Thompson must fight alongside them to survive.
Metal Skeleton
Price: Free! Words: 15,400. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Adventure » Action
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
An oil tanker lost at sea. An entire village in the Amazon gone without a trace. A single body washes ashore in Lima, Peru. An unlikely team of an anthropologist, a police officer and an FBI agent search for answers, and find themselves on a mysterious artificial island. What they discover appears to be a social experiment gone wrong. Or maybe it is going exactly as planned…