Interview with Stuart Taylor

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I've had my Kindle for a while and love it.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
So far word of mouth / social media has done the best.
Describe your desk
Tokyo after a visit from Godzilla
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Northeast OH, Amish country. Reading was the only thing to do on rainy days or during the winter after a long day of sledding. This was where my love of the fantasy genre started.
When did you first start writing?
To look back I would say when I was a kid. We would write our own modules for D&D because we couldn't afford the store bought ones and we would write these elaborate backstories for all of our characters. I've written pieces of the Sasha saga on and off for roughly 5 years.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I didn't see the need to go the traditional route for publishing. With so many others avenues available to authors the only real benefit to going through a full blown publishing house is to have their marketing machine behind you.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My favorite part of writing is watching the story unfold in front of me. I rarely have more than a basic idea of where I want the books to go so I get to enjoy the writing and the reading at the same time.
What do your fans mean to you?
For indie authors fans are everything. They are 100% of the push behind my books. They spread the word to other readers, they post links and comments about the books on social media, they are the ones that get other folks excited about the series.
Who are your favorite authors?
Terry Brooks and the Shanara series drew me into the fantasy world first, after that came the Thieves world series by Aspirin. Now I like the Drizzt series by Salvatore and of course the Wheel of Time by Jordan.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Each day is a new chance to create something or experience something. If I'm not writing I'm doing woodwork or lapidary or painting. I take my boys out to state parks so they can get the same sort of exposure to nature that I had as a kid.
What is your writing process?
I usually have a very vague idea of what I want to have happen in each book but that can change with the blink of an eye. I just let the story flow as I'm writing. Several of the books in the Sasha series are nothing like what I had planned because they just evolved into something unexpected.
What are you working on next?
I'll continue the Sasha series for now, after that I'm not sure. I can see writing more stories using the same world as the Sasha books, there are plenty of potential characters there.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to do woodworking, lapidary and jewelry making, painting and target shooting. I spend a lot of time with my boys out in nature, we go to all the local creeks to look for rocks and crayfish, sometimes we just drive the back roads to see what there is to see.
Published 2015-08-10.
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