Interview with Taylor Grace

Can you tell us more about the Forest Races?
I have included a small glossary to clarify things. I created five Forest Races, each for a different aspect of life in the forest: life, death, movement, adaptability, communication. Each has that gift in exchange for helping out the forests. And each risks losing something if they abuse that gift.
What are you working on next?
-My next book is Klias’ story. I’m very excited about it because he’s scary and brilliant and thrilling to write. I hope I can do him justice. His heroine, Amy is auran, who is a new Forest Race to the readers. She’s learning about the race in the story, so hopefully it will be fun to discover that race for the reader as well. After that, I have an idea for the norns. Their connection with the Forest is Death, so they’re pretty scary but I think they’re also super interesting. I have an idea for them and that would be book three
Who are your favorite authors?
Soo many. I’ve read my entire life. I started reading with Enid Blyton and grew up with Jules Verne and Rudyard Klipling. I read Terry Brooks like an addict and loved every one of Tad Williams’ books. It was only recently that I ‘discovered’ romance. A friend suggested Twilight and I said no at first, then I read the first paragraph…and I was done. I got home, closed the door, kicked out the dog and turned off the phone. I read the entire first book in one afternoon, then went to the bookstore to buy the next ones in the series and stayed up all night. I’ve been a romance fanatic ever since. I have so many romance authors on automatic buy...so many. There's a lot of talent out there.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to read. Love, love to read. I only read romance though some times there are books I just can't resist. But I also love to draw and paint and enjoy my crazy, hyper doggie.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The things I love to do. I love to write, read most of all but I also really enjoy my job, laughing with my husband, walking my doggie.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I love those authors that give a 'sample'. After a chapter, I can tell if I like it or not. Most times, I'm hooked. I need to know what's going to happen. That's how I discovered Kristen Ashley. She's awesome!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember reading a book and not liking the way it was going. I remember thinking, I wish this hadn't happened and instead they had done this...and suddenly, it was more than a wish, I was writing it down. The rest is history.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The very first book I ever read was a story by Enid Blyton called First year at Mallory Towers. I loved it. A friend gave it to me and I read it in one go. I couldn't believe just how much I had liked it. I begged my parents to get the second book. Begged and begged. I've been hooked on reading ever since.
How do you approach cover design?
I have an idea but I also know that most authors who are traditionally published don't get a say on the covers. So I remind myself that I'm lucky to even have a say and go with it. Still, I gotta say I love the cover on Olivia's Choice.
Describe your desk
It's a mess right now. I have binders and books on a pile and a mess of papers. But normally, it's neater than that. Well, normally? Sometimes...
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I love romance. Inside, there are categories. I have favourites inside those categories. It's actually painful to narrow it down because there are aspects that I love about some books and I can't neglect others. For example, I love Mary Balogh for historical romance. She's absolutely amazing. But, in a completely different way, Elizabeth Hoyt is incredible in historical romance. Both are on the automatic-buy list, both are incredible reads but both are very different. I can not pick between them. Painful. I'm not kidding.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Europe. We moved to Canada when I was very young. I think that's why there's a strong theme of belonging in my books.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story is one of belonging and chemistry. Olivia believes she doesn't belong in the annax city and she'd like to give Baphrem a piece of her mind (and she does in the book). Baphrem has a different idea on that and they fight like cats and dogs. Then, fate steps in and things fall where they're supposed to fall.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
For me, it was the right answer to publishing. It suited where I was and what I was doing at the time. I really enjoy running my little blog and this goes hand in hand with self-publishing. I also like setting my own deadlines and making my own decisions about my books. It seemed to fit.
Published 2013-12-06.
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