Interview with Bonnie Taylor

What do your fans mean to you?
I find that my fans are very passionate about the genres that they read and have discriminating taste. I enjoy interacting with them and have found that many of them have had some kind of personal paranormal experience of their own. They aren't looking for jump scares or gore. They want substance and even though their reading fiction, they want to come away thinking about the possibilities. This works out wonderfully for me, because I'm a lot like them. I want to write things that aren't outside the realm of realism. My readers are my kind of people and I learn as much, or more from them, than they learn from me.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on a piece called "Servants of the Legacy". It will be my first work outside the Not Forgotten Universe, with new characters and a more global setting. It's an alien contact piece that will, hopefully, cause the reader to consider the idea that life on this and other planets was given a jump start through alien intervention and that we, as a species, will one day be tasked with continuing that legacy and moving our DNA to another world to evolve and continue the development of the species.
Who are your favorite authors?
I'm a long time Stephen King fan. I also enjoy James Patterson, William Peter Blatty, and Dean Koontz. I have a fond affinity to Neil Gaiman and American Gods has always been a favorite of mine. I also like some new independent authors including S.J. Morris, Andy Weir, and Lindsey Buroker. But who doesn't love J.K. Rowling, too?
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My children and pets inspire me to get out of bed because I love them and they want to be fed! I am also inspired by nature and the outdoors but really and truly, I love to write. If I won a trillion dollars tomorrow and never had to work a day again, I would still write.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work and volunteer with a local animal rescue group. I read, spend time with my kids, and work my little hobby farm. I love to watch horror movies and I am an avid The Walking Dead and X Files fan. I host a local writers group and participate in ghost hunts as frequently as I can.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I like to search the genres that I write in because I write what I like. I look for subjects that I find interesting and read the descriptions and "back of the book" copy. I try not to rely on reviews or sales numbers. I've found some fantastic reads from unknown authors.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
When I was in the third grade I wrote a story about a brother and sister who found two orphaned baby eagles. These were not ordinary eagles. They were enormous. When the eagles grew up, Tammy and Charlie taught them how to pull a basket that they would ride in and fly around the world.
What is your writing process?
I usually get an idea and spend time taking notes, plotting out a general story line. If necessary, I'll then research subject matter and locations and work on character development. Then, I write! A tend to stop along the way to outline certain events and work on character development. I go back and read every five or six chapters and look for plot holes or missed opportunities. I think of all writing as a three act play and try to make sure each act is complete and contains content that enriches the story.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My older brother and I read The Hobbit together. It transported me to another time and place and left me wanting more!
How do you approach cover design?
Sometimes I design my own covers, other times I purchase covers. It depends on what I'm looking for and if I am comfortable with my own ability to bring it to life. I like covers that are eye catching but still a bit obscure. They should match the tone of the book but not necessarily give away the story. I hate book covers with characters on them, unless its a graphic novel. I believe they reader should be allowed to imagine the characters in their own way.
Published 2018-03-17.
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Books by This Author

Servants of the Legacy
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 53,990. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
In Servants of the Legacy, Bonnie Taylor uses ancient astronaut theory to weave a compelling tale about our place in the universe and the concept of the plurality of worlds. In the year 2030, when man is facing his own likely extinction, he looks up at the stars and wonders, is there a place for us out there?
The Wisdom of Coyotes
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,630. Language: American English. Published: July 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Left on the side of the road by a lone coyote, the orphaned Jimmy Blackfeather was raised as a member of the Navajo Nation. There's something different about Jimmy. When he moves to a new school, he meets Jessie McIntyre and the attraction is undeniable. When another mysterious boy arrives and death and danger follow. Join Jimmy on his quest to learn his identity and protect the one he loves,
The Travelers
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,540. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
David Dean is a paranormal researcher looking for a way to prove that ghosts are real. He is told that this proof exists in a laboratory in Arizona, but once there, he realizes that he is a pawn in a government conspiracy to capture an alien energy.
Red Door
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,400. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Detective Jack Bronson is a no nonsense lawman who just solved a high profile case. He never believed in anything that he could see until this case brought him face to face with a creature that was no so easily categorized. jack wants nothing more than to go home and spend the rest of his career in obscurity but an evil presence has other plans for him.
Zac's Guitar - Not Forgotten Book 3
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 55,930. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Zac’s Guitar combines paranormal and fantasy elements in an epic tale of a young boy whose life is changed when he gains ownership of an enchanted guitar. When Zac discovers the “magic melody” he and others are transported to another dimension where the sick can be cured and the lost can fin
At Second Sight - Not Forgotten Book 2
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,060. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
At Second Sight brings paranormal romance, mystery, and folklore together in a unique and compelling tale. In keeping with the first book in the Not Forgotten series, this story delves impressively in to the emotional struggles faced by young psychics as they become familiar with their unique gifts and their desire to find beneficial uses for them.
Not Forgotten Book One - Lilly's Story
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 61,060. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Lilly was a seemingly normal teenager until the tragic death of her older brother Tony. When Tony's ghost begins sending Lilly messages her psychic abilities are exposed to other, more menacing entities. Follow Lilly on her journey to find peace in a world filled with things she never knew existed.