Check out this author spotlight for J. E. Taylor!
You can find all her links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out her books!
1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!
I am a USA Today bestselling author, a publisher, an editor, a mother, a grandmother, a wife, a business analyst and a geeky Supernatural fangirl among other things.
I started seriously writing in February of 2007 after my daughter asked me if I could do anything what would it be. So, I attribute this crazy vocation to her. Without that question and my response of write and publish a book, I wouldn’t have done that at least fifty times over since then.
In addition to being a co-owner of a small indie press – Novel Concept Publishing, LLC, I also moonlight as a senior editor for Allegory E-zine, an online venue for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror as well as co-host on the popular YouTube talk show Spilling Ink.
I live at the base of the White Mountains in New Hampshire with my husband, and spend my summers on the shore in southern Maine
2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!
Winter, spring, summer or autumn?
Summer because the shoreline in Maine is fantastic for crafting stories on my three-mile summertime walks. I also love the fall foliage, but it still does not beat the ocean in the summer.
Cat or dog?
Dog. I am a dog person through and through. I’m also allergic to cats, so there’s that.
Tea or coffee?
Neither – V8 Energy Blueberry Pomegranate.
Mountains or beaches?
Both – I live in the mountains and have a place at the beach. You can’t get any better than that – except if the mountain home was lakeside. We aren’t but we do have the New Hampshire lakes region within twenty minutes of us – so it’s all good.
Plotter or pantser?
Panster – always and forever a punster. I have done plotting and outlines, but it takes the joy of creating right out of me.
Pen and paper or computer/phone?
Computer – because if I hand wrote a book, I wouldn’t know what the hell it would say come transcribing. My writing is worse than a doctor’s or an angry child’s.
Book or ebook?
Ebook because I can carry so many more books on vacation with me than a physical book. And with the right e-reader, you CAN read on the beach. (Kindle paperwhite anyone?)
3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?
I like dark tension. Life or death situations peppered with a bit of traditional romance. Enemies to lovers is a good trope for me. I also like where the MC has a secret that will change things if its revealed and the messiness that comes with that when it slips.
4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!
My core is paranormal/supernatural suspense, and this is throughout the different genres I write.
Paranormal romance, urban fantasy, horror, thriller, in both adult stories and young adult stories. I have only written one book that does not fall into these categories and that was based on my high school years and surviving a bully.
Good versus Evil is a common trope of mine as well.
My latest book, Dragon Dawn, is scheduled to be released just in time for Christmas and it’s the last book in my Season of the Dragon trilogy. A post-apocalyptic urban fantasy novel.
5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!
My most recent releases were in September (Dragon Storm the second book in the Season of the Dragon trilogy) and October (The Devil’s Offer – a stand-alone Young Adult paranormal romance short story).
Dragon Storm Universal Link: https://storyoriginapp.com/universalbooklinks/38483fac-b67c-11eb-ad4b-1f3987777cdc
The Devil’s Offer Universal Link: https://storyoriginapp.com/universalbooklinks/cff0d05a-fed7-11eb-9a47-13408a4a636e
6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!
Stephen King was my all time favorite until just recently. Now, at this very moment, it is Laura Thalassa who just released Death – the 4th book in her Four Horsemen series. On my twitter account I have a list of rotating My favorite things items. Supernatural is an all time favorite show as well and that has spawned a few books.
7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!
Finish the day job, eat dinner and then settle in for the evening to write. Sometimes, I do get into the time suck of social media and have to scramble later in the evening to get my daily word count.
8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to becoming an author, what would it be?
Figure out how to write a real query letter, which is actually a teaser for your book to get the agent to want to read pages. It is not a business letter. That was my biggest error. And on the heels of that, learn the craft of storytelling. Take courses to make your work stand out from others, like Margie Lawson’ courses and get a critique partner that will fillet everything you write so you can learn to have thick skin. That helped me a great deal.
9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!
FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/JETaylor
Amazon Page: https://www.amazon.com/J-E-Taylor/e/B003FER8M6