Interview with Taila Cantrell

What do you read for pleasure?
Most of what I read is for pleasure, but some of my favorite books to read are paranormal romances or reverse harems.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Describe your desk
I actually have two. The first sits in between two of my bookshelves. It holds all of my writing books, some mementos, and my typewriter (I'm a vintage lover.). My second desk is an antique secertary type, it's adorable with clawed feet and drawers. Both are fairly messy when I'm busy working.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Until I was eight, I lived in a small town in Tennessee, after that my family moved to Germany for two years. I learned a lot, but I missed home. After returning home, I haven't moved. I love it here, and I don't know that I would ever leave. If you've never been to the Smoky Mountains, I suggest you make the trip. It's beautiful and serene, I hope someday I will capture it perfectly in words.
When did you first start writing?
I was fourteen! I think most writers will say they've always been story tellers, and I think the same was true of me, but I didn't have any story ideas. Once I jumped into the first one, they started coming like crazy.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Oh man, this isn't very interesting. My debut novel is an Alice in Wonderland retelling and a reverse harem. I've fallen in love with the genre over the last year or so, and started writing an entirely different story (you'll see it sometime, don't worry), but I re watched one of my favorite movies (simply called, Alice.), and knew I had to write a retelling. I've always loved the Alice in Wonderland story, in high school I was in the play (I played the Griffin), it's one of my favorite memories. Appropriate that my first book will connect so much to my younger self.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted creative control, and I wanted to share my work. A little research and I knew I had found the path for me.
What are you working on next?
Hmm. This is a good question, I think either my succubus story or my sorceress story. Of course that could change at any time.
Who are your favorite authors?
Sherrilyn Kenyon, Shakespeare (he counts right?), Rick Riordan, K.B Ladneir, Sarah J Maas, Auryn Hadley, honestly I could go on like this for hours.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family, my passions (writing, dogs, etc.), and a whole lot of spite.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, taking care of my two year old sister, playing with my dogs, hanging out with my friends, the little things in life.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon: This book had a huge impact on my young mind, and left me feeling like I wasn't alone in the world, at a time I desperately needed hope.
Bloodlust by Auryn Hadley- This entire series evokes so much emotion in me.
Harry Potter by JK Rowling- Come on do I even have to explain.
Whisper by Phoebe Kitandis- I have no idea why, but there's something about this book that even as an adult I love.
The Percy Jackson Series- I've always loved mythology, and this series really made it mainstream.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do. It's a story that is still very close to my heart, and I hope day I will share it with everyone.
Published 2017-09-29.
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