Interview with Taylor Lavati

Describe your desk
I have several desks, but never use them! I write on my lap watching TV most of the time. But I'm a major neat freak so my desk is very clean and I have a pretty candle on top because I'm obsessed with certain smells. Inside my desk I have a plethora of pens and markers and pencils. I have a bunch of random books, too, like dictionaries, a greek mythology book, a thesaurus, the MLA format book, and other books about writing. It's jam packed!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a very small town in Fairfield County, Connecticut. I actually hated english class growing up and never even got into writing until I was a junior in high school, about 17. I definitely use where I grew up as setting often times. I really liked the seasons and the hills and brand names, for sure. So it influences my writing. Also, the town I grew up has a lot to do with who I am as a person, so I'm sure on a subconscious level it affected me there, too.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in 2012. I had a dream that I thought would make a killer movie so I wrote down everything I could remember about the dream. Then I sat back and continued to write. Once I had about a 50k manuscript, I realized I loved doing this and wanted to see if I could write another. So I did.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I do a ton of takeovers and in author events. I love doing that because anyone can come, you don't need to buy tickets, so it's a great way to meet new people. My favorite marketing technique is attending signings! They're so fun and the in person communication is great for chatting with fans.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The main character, Sam, is a recovering drug addict who just lost what he thought was the love of his life. The book begins with him running from his past and trying to alienate himself so he doesn't hurt anyone else. He's a very broken man who at any moment can snap and relapse. He gets stuck in a town called Sterling and discovers who he really is with the help of an extremely supportive cast.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When I finished my first book, I fell in love with the characters. I didn't know anything about the publishing world, self-publishing, or marketing so I queried some agents and publishing houses since that was the only thing I knew how to do. I got some bites, but they wanted to change my story. And I didn't want them to since I knew it was the right way to go. So instead, I did my research and tried to learn everything I possibly could about publishing and how to do it myself. What ultimately led me to taking the indie route was the complete creative control in my work.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Personally the best joy of writing is having a paperback in my hands and knowing that I created this piece of work and it's the best I could possible make it. Business wise getting reviews is the most rewarding. When I get a good one, I know I've done something right and impacted someone's life. It really happened with my novel For The Love of Ash. I had countless emails regarding it and it just affirmed to me that this is what I need to be doing in my life.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. Without supporters, indie authors are nothing. I rely on so many fans to write about my work, tweet me, review me, get me noticed, and come to my signings. There aren't enough hours in the day for me to do all of this. Without help, I'd be way less successful. If you're a fan and reading this, I love you!
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on a sequel to my novel, For The Love of Ash. Due to popular demand, I'm turning it into a series called For The Love series. This one revolves around Lindsay and Finn and is titled For The Love of Hockey.
Who are your favorite authors?
My all-time favorite is Jodi Picoult. Her books are fantastic and I love how she tackles tough subjects in an appropriate manner. Her writing style resides with me and I love it. I'm a huge paranormal fan and Addison Moore and Jessica Sorensen are two of my favorites. I also love Colleen Hoover when I'm in a romantic feel-good mood.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Well, I have a full time job. No, but really, anything. I know that every day is full of possibilities and it seriously helps that I make up my own worlds. Today I woke up excited to get back into a story I didn't finish writing yet. When I'm really passionate about an idea, it can take me over and control me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I play a ton of video games. My husband and I play ranked League of Legends. I know, nerd alert. We also love to be outside with out dog, hiking or picnicking or just relaxing at the park. We visit our families a lot and love spending time with everyone. Sometimes we just stay at home with a good tv show or book, too.
Published 2015-09-18.
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Books by This Author

For The Love of Ash
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 107,880. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Maggie is left to raise her brother after their parents die in a crash. Juggling family life makes her focus on what's important. Luke moves back home to save his siblings from abuse and meets Maggie. Neither want a relationship, but sometimes life has other plans. While looking out for those they love, Maggie and Luke come together in this contemporary romance novel.
A Reliant Love
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 116,180. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Fate brings Nathalie, a naive small town girl, and Samuel, a pot-smoking senior, together, and chance takes them on a roller coaster ride that neither would dare hop off. Within destiny’s grasp, they realize there are two things impossible to fight—addiction and attraction. But can their love last when other factors threaten to tear them apart?