Interview with Taylor Fenner

Published 2016-02-04.
What are you working on next?
Right now I'm working on the final book in the Eternals Trilogy, Through the Fog. It will be strange when I finish the trilogy, I've been caught up in this world and these characters for so long I'm afraid I'll feel empty once I'm done.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are so many... Meg Cabot, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Wendy Higgins, Kylie Scott, Jay Crownover, Rachel Caine, Gena Showalter, Jennifer L. Armentrout, and of course, Jane Austen.. to name a few.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I wouldn't say inspires, I'd say pressures, but weirdly enough my cat does. She comes into my room, hops onto the bed, and looks me in the eye as if telling me "get up NOW and feed me!" If that doesn't work she turns on the touch lamp beside my bed with her paw. She's a smart cookie, that cat.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend a major amount of time reading and shopping for books. I also am passionate about cooking and many other creative pursuits like photography and creating photomanipulations. I love to travel, watch horror movies, and listen to music, attending concerts here and there as I'm able.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
The best way I discover ebooks are through receiving Ripley's Booklist newsletters. They're filled with tons of free and discounted YA and NA ebooks, mostly by Indie Authors, which I absolutely love. Since getting my Kindle, I've only had to buy maybe one or two books since most that I've added have come from the newsletters.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Vaguely. I remember watching Moulin Rouge when I was in the third grade and decided I was going to type along with the guy as he told his story, but that doesn't count. The first short story I probably wrote was in the fourth grade, I think it had something to do with a summer camp. I loved doing short story assignments in school, it fed my love of writing.
How do you approach cover design?
Since I started doing photomanipulations a few years ago as a hobby I've learned to make my own covers. I initially get a loose idea in my head of what I want the cover to look like, usually before the book is even finished writing, and I write the idea down for future use. Most of the time that idea changes or grows by the time it's ready to start the publishing process. The most important part is finding the right stock images to get the look I want. Once I find the stand-out pieces I want to use for my cover it's all about piecing them together the right way and choosing the right font / colors for the title. If you have a creative streak in you (which I recommend if you're a writer) and you know how to use adobe photoshop or have experience with photomanipulations it's a fun, easy process.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I can only pick five?!?! Okay, let's see...

1. Strange Bedpersons by Jennifer Crusie because it was the first romance novel I ever read and the story pulls me back in over and over again.

2. Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore because who doesn't love stories involving ghosts, goat escape artists, and a sexy but grumpy cowboy?

3. Play by Kylie Scott, because Mal Ericson will forever be my favorite book boyfriend

4. The House by Christina Lauren because this book is so unlike anything I've read before.

and..

5. The Queen of Babble Gets Hitched by Meg Cabot because if you've ever read anything by Meg Cabot you'll know she's completely awesome, but this is my overall favorite‚Äč of all of her books.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I prefer to read ebooks on my Kindle. I also have a Nook, which is nice, but I use that mostly for online stuff.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It sort of chose me. I decided one day that I wasn't going to settle for "no" from traditional publishers and literary agents anymore, and small presses don't do much more than I can on my own so why not do it myself? It's amazing to have total control over every aspect of the process.
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Books by This Author

Monsters & Mist
Pre-release—available December 29, 2020. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 114,340. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Six lives. One world borne anew.
Headless
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 78,500. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Murder, mystery, and legend converge in Headless, a dark, sexy reimagining of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
CurseBreaker: An East O' The Sun and West O' The Moon Retelling
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,820. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
A Scorned Queen, A Cursed Prince, A Girl begging for love and adventure... Set in Viking Era Scandinavia, History Channel's Vikings meets Norse Folklore and Mythology in this High Fantasy retelling of the Norwegian Fairytale, East O' The Sun and West O' The Moon.
Through the Fog
Series: Eternals Trilogy. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 65,570. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Urban
Lizette and her friends must travel through war-torn countries and battle mythical creatures that guard the Garden of Eden and the mysteries trapped within to get the antidote that will save the life of the man she loves. Will they get to the antidote in time? Or have they come across the one curse strong enough to destroy an Eternal? Find out in the stunning conclusion to the Eternals Trilogy.
Into the Light
Series: Eternals Trilogy. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,260. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal
It's time for Lizette to make a choice. Luke or Thierry? Go public as an Eternal or stay in the shadows? How will her decision affect her life going forward and what will happen when the guy Lizette spurns won't accept her rejection?
Finding Elizabeth
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 57,080. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
How long would you wait for the one you loved? Prepare to fall into a love that is powerful enough to prevail over tragedy, death, and multiple lifetimes...
Out of Darkness
Series: Eternals Trilogy. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 55,450. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Enter the clearing and your life will change forever… A battle is brewing and Lizette will have to join together with the other Eternals to overpower their leader,Bryan in the first book in the all-new Eternals Trilogy!