Interview with Taylor Schroeder

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love to hear people ask me "what happens next?" It's like applause for an actor or purrs from a cat. Please, ask me!
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are my friends. They bolster and validate my writing. They are highly motivating. Thank you.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a collaboration with another author. He came up with a marvelous plot concept but he's stuck. I love his ideas! It will give us the ability to get to play off each other in a new way.
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh heavens. Asimov was an early favorite. Zelazny. Jack London. Edgar Allen Poe, although his work scares the living daylights out of me! I love the way words tumble and bumble, bounce and roll against each other, creating new patterns and alliterations.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Meeting new people, a bright and sunny day. Although, sometimes, its a cat's whiskers and the need to peeeeeeeee!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Scripting, house painting and repairs (I live in an old Victorian that is in constant need of work), teaching, and talking with friends.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mostly by world of mouth recommendations.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was called "Squirrel". I was up late at night texting with a friend, and she couldn't sleep, so she asked me to tell her a bed time story. I made it up on the spot, then saved the text in my journal. It is an adorable piece. The best part was, she laughed and laughed. It was a nice start.
What is your writing process?
I find something that touches me. A picture, an event. I sit an think about it, then let the words flow. That usually becomes a short story or is adapted for a chapter. Once I have several of these, I aim the story to hit those "markers".
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first novel I ever read was Call of the Wild by Jack London. I remember feeling so close to Buck. I admired his devotion and strength of character.
What do you read for pleasure?
High and Low Fantasy, Science Fiction, Mysteries (Agatha Christie is awesome!) Jane Austen.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Nook. I like the fact that it can read PDF files.
Describe your desk
Oh my goodness. Don't come here, it's a mess! I have a scattering of different eye glasses, a glass of water, pens and scratch pads of different sizes. I go everywhere with a scratch pad. Oh, and several cat toys to keep the animals at bay.
What's the story behind your latest book?
A dear friend of mine, Stephen, is an artist. He created a picture of a man in the forest, one who looked like he had gone to the end of his rope, and then gone even further than that. I felt that this man was willing to die for whatever had caused him to be in that picture. Stephen asked me to write a paragraph or two about the picture. He felt it would "sell" better if there was a bit of a story behind it. I wrote those paragraphs and he asked "what happens next?" So I wrote the next bit, and Stephen asked "what happened next?" After three or four weeks of this, he said "you should write a book!" I realized I had seven chapters of a book, so I just kept on writing!
Published 2015-03-23.
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