Interview with L Taylor

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm black and female, which automatically puts me at a huge disadvantage when it comes to getting an agent and a publisher. On top of that, my novel, Epic, is lead by two LGBT+ women who are also people of color. It was either spend years finding a publisher who would work with me, only for them to try and change everything about my book to make it more acceptable to a mass audience, or keep control of everything and self publish. I chose the route I felt was best for me and the story.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote weird little things as a child but I didn't start taking writing seriously as a career until I was about seventeen or eighteen. From then on, I knew that being a writer was what I wanted out of life.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a large city of almost a million people. I spent my time in the suburbs of the city but also venturing downtown sometimes. The people I met over the years were diverse and interesting, from many different social, economic, and cultural backgrounds. I think this way of growing up helps me remember that I don't have to just write from the perspective of someone who looks and acts like me. There are many different types of people in the world who deserve to have stories written about themselves.
What's the story behind your latest book?
With Epic (available now), I wanted to share a rich and imaginative story. At the time, I was getting fed up with YA literature, where every story seemed to copy the last, where the creativity had been completely sucked dry. I matched this with my desire to center an adventure around a diverse, young cast of characters, and the next thing I knew, I was well on my way to finishing my first novel.
What are you working on next?
Currently, I'm working on a collaborative project between myself and Amy H. Lynn. It's a new adult romantic comedy novel titled "93% Chance I Don't Hate You." It follows Ashton and Carter, two characters who have a mutual dislike for one another, and couldn't be any more different, as they are set up on a blind date together thanks to an app and one too many drinks.
Who are your favorite authors?
Marie Lu. The entire list is Marie Lu. She's such a gifted author, her plots and world building are fantastic. Her characters leap off the page and I can never put her books down. Also, I thought I would faint the first (well, only) time I met her.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Catching Pokemon
Published 2016-07-11.
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Books by This Author

The Dead Kids Club
Pre-release—available December 25, 2018. You set the price! Words: 65,750. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective
When her friend Scotia turns up missing, Dani Donovan finds herself as the prime suspect in the disappearance. The Dead Kids Club is a roller coaster of twists with the intensity of Gone Girl and the comedic edge of Heathers that will keep readers guessing until the very last page.
Epic
Price: Free! Words: 61,560. Language: American English. Published: July 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
A vividly imaginative space opera that follows a group of unlikely young heroes as they travel from the clouds of Heaven to the gates of Hell on a search for ancient, mystical power.