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Author Interview: Deborah Jarvis

Check out this author spotlight for Deborah Jarvis!

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!

My name is Deborah Jarvis, and I am an English teacher and adjunct professor of literature and writing. I have been writing all of my life, but in 2020, I decided to get serious with the novels that I had been sitting on, and got to work editing my first novel over the course of the spring/summer of that year while teaching from home. My friend Sophia Kelley Shultz is another writer, and we have been editing for each other as we work our way through the novels we love.

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!

Cat or dog? Both. I have cats and greyhounds that I live with and adore.

Tea or coffee? Coffee, definitely. I never have really liked tea.

Library or museums? Museums. I like the sense of history that comes off of really old items.

Plotter or pantser? Pantser! The story finds me rather than the other way around, and I let it take the wheel with minimal guidance.

Standalone or series? Series. I never get finished with my characters in one fell swoop.

3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention? 

I like a number of types of stories, but the ones that have a little mystery in them always suck me in. I’m partial to odd ones too, so Jonathan Carroll or Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child are always favorites.

4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!

I write fantasy, and I tend to branch out among Urban, Isekai, and Paranormal (cough) romance. The later is blessedly subtle, but the romance vein is still present. My current projects include The Ivory Queen, set to go to IngramSpark later this week, and one paranormal romance set in Colorado, and an urban fantasy that I am very excited about!

5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!   

The Crystal Pawn is a portal fantasy where a woman from our world, Deirdre Hawes, meets her real father and is invited to go with him back to his world to help his people call on the dragons for assistance in an upcoming invasion, something only a female of his line can do. His legitimate daughter had been murdered, and he had recently been made aware of Deirdre’s existence. She agrees to go and things seem to be going well until she reaches the capital of the country, and discovers the breach between her father’s people who are shapechangers and the mostly human population of the kingdom. She is advised by the court magician that it might be better for her to find the dragons on her own rather than wait on the rather dubious methods the kingdom is employing. On her way to visit a member of the nobility, the caravan she is traveling with is attacked, and she finds herself in the position of having to make the choice to strike out on her own along with a few other trusted individuals.

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!

I love anything by Peter S. Beagle and Robert Holdstock, and Walter Wangerin Jr.’s Book of the Dun Cow. The Last Unicorn was an inspiration for being drawn into writing. Real-life inspirations include Assyrian art, Greyhounds, and LARPing. Films like Legend, Ladyhawke, and Labyrinth were my go-tos when I was a teenager, and as for music, I am partial to Snow Patrol, Elbow, Genesis/Peter Gabriel, and Keane among others.

7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!

When I get home from school, I will write. Grading is draining, and if I write first then grade, I get what I need and can give the kids what they need without stressing over it. In the summer, I tend to work in the afternoons and evenings more as my morning brain does not process as well.

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?

Do it earlier and trust yourself!

9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!

www.deborahjarvis.com

https://linktr.ee/the_rael_coyote

Author Interview: Claudia Blood

Check out this author spotlight for Claudia Blood!

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!

Claudia Blood’s love of Epic Fantasies led her from life as a research scientist right into that of an award-winning author. With works such as the Relic trilogy, Merged series, and the Supernatural Detective Agency. Claudia Blood’s works cover a wide range of genres and themes that have captivated many.

Juggling her roles as a wife, mom, and pet wrangler doesn’t leave much free time, but what Claudia has is filled to the brim with creating sci-fi and fantasy novels set in worlds that may be slightly familiar and some that are totally unique and new.

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!

Cat or dog?
Both! They each have their appeal. 

Tea or coffee? Tea! Mostly iced tea.  Coffee is way too bitter for me.

Standalone or series? I love series.  I love seeing the characters again in the next book. 

Book or ebook? For my favorite authors, I will buy both an ebook and a paper copy.  I love ebooks for the ease of buying the next in series.

Hero or anti-hero? HERO!!!!!  I love a justice is served, a little guy wins, and the person becomes the best version of themselves.

3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?

Chosen one, fish out of water, enemies to friends (or even lovers) are some of my favorite tropes.  I look for an interesting premise.  Then I read the sample to see if the writing catches me.  I want to be sucked into the world.

4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!

I write a combo of fantasy, sci fi, and mystery.  They usually have romantic elements, but are not romances.  I love adventure and surprises.

I am currently working on the Renegades Rising series.  This is a prequel series to the Relic Trilogy starring Ravenne and her friends.

5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!

You should check out the Relic Trilogy’s first book, Company Assassin.    Time is coming apart at the seams, and a tech-savvy teenage orphan is the only one who can save the past and the future…

Read now! 

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!

I play Dungeons & Dragons with hubby and kids.  There is just so much great world and story building involved with a campaign. 

There are a ton of romance authors who create outstanding characters. I love the Dresden Files and P.C. Hodgell. As well as old school Alan Dean Foster and  Anne Mccafferty.

I love, love the fantasy art out there.  I just got sent some pinterest pins that are amazing.

7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!

I had been an evening writer.  The kids would go to bed and I would stay up and write.  We moved and the school that the kids go to started an hour earlier.  I told my brain it was only an hour, but it seriously messed with my writing mojo.  I still tend to write at the end of the day.  I just can’t stay up as late.

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?

Just keep swimming.

9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!

https://linktr.ee/AuthorClaudiaBlood

www.claudiablood.com

https://dl.bookfunnel.com/u5nf3wa84m   for newsletter sign-up and free short story

https://books2read.com/CompanyAssassin

NEW RELEASE! The Power of Conviction is available on audio!

🔥 NEW RELEASE! 🔥

The audiobook version of The Power of Conviction is now live, and it is going WIDE!! 🥳🎉

It will be popping up on the various sites in the next few days, but I will try to have my books2read link updated! So far, the book is available on Chirp, Kobo & Barnes and Noble ❤️

Link: https://buff.ly/3OV7gcW

Description:

As humans wage war against demonkind, a Priestess of the Light must choose between heart and duty. Fate, prophecies, and an impossible love blur the line between good and evil.

The series is perfect for readers who enjoy visceral, gripping Epic Romantic Fantasy with dark undertones and steam!

Author Interview: Alison Post

Check out this author spotlight for Alison Post!

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!

Alison Post is 25 years old, showcasing her debut novel, My Unexpected Love. She has always dreamed of being a writer and now she wants to show her son to always chase after your dreams.

2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 (or more!) of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!

Winter, spring, summer or autumn? Spring or Autumn, hopefully not too hot or too cold of weather.

Cat or dog? Dog! I have two of my own, a husky (Nymeria) and a german shepherd mix (Gizmo).

Tea or coffee? Have to have coffee in the morning to function at the same level as a two year old.

Morning or evening? I have a lot more energy in the evening to do anything.

Library or museums? Libraries, there’s just something special about them.

Pen and paper or computer/phone? Computer and phone, my thoughts run so fast, it’s just easier to get them out with typing.

Standalone or series? Series, especially if they’re filled with books that follow a different couple each time.

Book or ebook? Ebook, I’m rarely not reading on my kindle.

Hero or anti-hero? I love reading the anti-hero, the whole ‘I would burn the world to save you’ is my weakness.

3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?

Single parent romances. If there’s an adorable child in it I will automatically love the book.

4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!

I write New Adult Romance. I just released my first novel, My Unexpected Love – enemies to lovers, enemies with benefits, and forced proximity. Right now I’m working on the fourth book in my Gaines University – friends to lovers and fake dating.

5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!

My Unexpected Love, it’s a story about Rory who has given up on men after countless failed dates and Jace who is the one man that she can’t stand. He’s known as the player around campus, but due to their professor pairing them together, she’s about to find that he’s a lot more.

https://books2read.com/u/bM7Gl5

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!

My primary fictional sources for inspiration are Elle Kennedy (Briar U and Off Campus), Melanie Harlow, Stephenie Meyer, and Willow Winters.

7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!

If I am lucky enough to get up before my two year old, I make myself a cup of coffee and sit down and write at my desk. I try to write a chapter (about 3,000) a day.

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?

Keep trying, don’t let all of the denials from publishing companies get you down. Your dream will come true when it’s meant to.

9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!

My TikTok and Insta both have the same handle, @authoralisonpost

https://www.tiktok.com/@authoralisonpost?is_from_webapp=1&sender_device=pc

https://www.instagram.com/authoralisonpost/

Author Interview: Thomas Kast

Check out this author spotlight for Thomas Kast!

You can find all his links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out his 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’m an award-winning independent photojournalist and illustrator living in Zurich, Switzerland, and have published several photography art books. I’ve spent a big part of his life in Israel, where I taught photography and illustration at the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design and other Israeli colleges.

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!

Cat or dog?

Neither. I do like lizards, octopuses, squids and — last but not least — the great basilisk.

Pen and paper or computer/phone?

Whether on a computer or pen and paper, pouring thoughts on paper is just the last component of the long and arduous process of creating literature. So what’s writing about, as far as I’m concerned? Procrastinating, for instance. I just love it. Procrastinating keeps my mind at rest. Thinking: you wouldn’t guess how much time I spend simply staring into the void, pondering grave philosophical matters, until I collapse from mental exhaustion. As an antidote, I then watch a lot of silly cartoons. Until I collapse from mental exhaustion again. Getting sucker-punched by my anger therapist: brings me down to Earth a little. Just a little. Spilling my guts to a random stranger I met on a park bench at 2:00 AM. Getting my heart broken. Then mended. Then broken again. Dying inside. Feeling alive. Drinking. Staying sober. Shaking my fist in the air, overcome with anger at a random act of social injustice I’ll likely forget the next day. Worrying too much. Worrying too little. Forgetting why I’m writing in the first place, or what I’m actually trying to say. All of this and all at once.

Standalone or series?

The Great Convergence is a self-contained standalone novel, and I can’t imagine doing any sequel/prequel. Standalone novels require a lot of discipline — the readers will either like it for what it is or not. There are no second chances. But I also created a comic book series: Bablah’s Odyssey, where I allow myself more leeway. If someone doesn’t like one issue, they still might enjoy another one. Writing a series allows for more thematic variety and experimenting.

Book or ebook?

Both. I enjoy the convenience of eBooks. That said, I also maintain a vast personal library for showing off. My book is also available in both formats: ebook for convenience and printed version as a conversation starter when entertaining the guests browsing through your shelves 😉

Hero or anti-hero?

The latter, of course. All my characters are deeply-flawed individuals, which, in my view, makes them more human. The problem with heroes is always the same: they mostly follow some archetype that hasn’t got much to do with real people. No one wants to be a loser, madman or an obnoxious jerk. Yet, it’s these flows we find relatable. Whether we like them or not, we care about what happens to the anti-heroes. The heroes always come on top anyway, so who cares?

3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?

Anything I haven’t seen yet. I love a strong voice and experimental writing. Something I think I’ll remember after reading, anything potentially enriching. But I also like humour, whether cynical or joyful. Humour lets the writer show distance towards their work. This is important if the narrating voice is to be a believable one.

4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!

My recently released debut novel, the Great Convergence is an absurdist-philosophical science fiction piece. It evokes many of my real-life experiences fused with unhinged fantasies, which are often very difficult to tell from one another.

To summarise my book in one line: two competing academics living ten million years in the future travel back in time to 2020. In the course of their investigation into a mysterious event — the Great Convergence, they keep wrecking reality.

Overall, the Great Convergence is a subversive philosophical science fiction and a social satire. I’ve written to expose the absurdity of many ethical and intellectual ideals and to share a few good laughs.

Currently, I’m working on the humorous and philosophical comic book series Bablah’s Odyssey, which is scheduled for release in August 2022. Bablah’s Odyssey features a mad scientist, lord Bablah as he traverses the universe, mansplaining the ‘wonders of progress and civilisation’ to his unassertive yet perceptive mutant sidekick, the Pet-Thing.

5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!

The Great Convergence:

10.000.002 A.D. A cantankerous scholar slipping into obscurity is out for revenge. He time-travels to the year 2022 to stop his nemesis, Scott — a successful scientist at a competing university — from thwarting his research into the origin of a mysterious phenomenon, the Great Convergence. Cunning and ruthless, Scott will stop at nothing to defend his tenure track. The feud quickly spins out of control, and the damage to reality grows unchecked.

Caught in the crosshairs are three characters responsible for triggering the Great Convergence: an art-hating professional art critic who, unbeknownst to him, spontaneously switches between universes wreaking havoc as he goes; a talentless artist whose sculptures act as trans-universal portals; and a schizophrenic astrophysicist trying to avert the invasion of alternate versions of himself from different realities. As their paths converge, the apocalyptic event takes place, and the inescapable tragedy of human existence unfolds. 

You can read the first eight chapters for free on my website or purchase the book (print or eBook) on Amazon.

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!

As for literature, I like the wry humour of Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams. I also like the philosophical insights of Stanislaw Lem and, perhaps, Philip Dick. Some classics: Franz Kafka, Charles Bukowski, George Orwell, Jerome K. Jerome, Joseph Conrad and more. I like philosophy, but not the philosophers 😉 I also read different mythologies and fairytales.

Apart from that, I read a lot of non-fiction: history (Ian Mortimer, Lucy Worsley, Stephen Runciman, Marc Morris, Juliet Barker, Christopher Hibbert, Barbara W. Tuchman), sociology and economics (Nassim Nicholas Taleb, William Davies, David Graeber), popular science (Michio Kaku, Brian Greene, Richard Dawkins, Simon Singh, John Gribbin)

Films: anything by Wes Anderson (the narrative), Cohen brothers (the humour), Terry Gilliam (love the visuals and the story), and David Lynch (the wonderful weirdness). I like sci-fi mystery films: the Mothman Prophecies, Donnie Darko, the Box, Could Souls (fantastic concept), K-Pax (yes, I’m aware Kevin Spacey’s in it), Coherence, the Endless, Resolution, Being John Malkovich, Vivarium and many more. Sci-fi series: Counterpart, Devs, Futurama, Rick and Morty.

Music: Lots of Jazz: Miles Davies, Herbie Hancock, Grant Green, Bill Evans, Joey DeFrancesco, Tony Monaco, Squirrel Nut Zippers, classical music (lots and lots) and the weird stuff: Pixies, Massive Attack, Cocteau Twins, Van Der Graaf Generator, Miranda Sex Garden, Barry Adamson, Les Claypool — especially Primus Claypool and Lennon Delirium, King Crimson, Trey Gunn, Gong, Tool, Legendary Pink Dots, Public Image Ltd, Tom Waits, Talking Heads, Tindersticks, Frank Zappa, just to name the few off the top of my head.

7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!

I don’t have one. As I mentioned earlier, I compose everything in my head, and when I can’t hold off any longer, I make time and bang at the keyboard. I never really stop thinking about the book I’m writing. It’s like being constantly inspired without a break. As for typing, I can type during the day, in-between other things, or even wake up in the middle of the night and start filling up pages.

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?

I would try some reverse psychology to make me concentrate on my writing sooner 🙂

9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!

My personal website with photography, paintings and illustrations: www.thomaskast.com

Books and publications: www.thomaskast.space

Comic book preview: www.thomaskast.space/bablahs-previews

Amazon page: www.amazon.com/dp/B099Z5KH33

FB author’s page: www.facebook.com/Thomas-Kast-181359515250408 FB group Sci-Fi Planet: for discussing speculative fiction and sci-fi (just starting) www.facebook.com/groups/701808434002048

Map-making!

🌺 Map-making, anyone? 🗺️

🌺 Since I got back to writing, I’ve been cleaning up my notes on this project, including the ugly hand-drawn map 🤣 I quite enjoy having a map available when I read, so I try to make them for my own books too 🥰

🌺 This particular map was made using Wonderdraft, then finished in Photoshop 😁🙏 Or, well… Subject to change, I guess, but for NOW, it’s finished 😂

Author Interview: Taylor Harding-Jenkins

Check out this author spotlight for Taylor Harding-Jenkins!

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!

Hey Catrin, and thank you so much for your invitation in your author’s spotlight!

So my name is Taylor Harding Jenkins, it’s obviously a pen name as I am an anonymous writer, I cannot disclose my true identity over safety concerns (I’ve been bullied online in the past, and the trauma is still present), I am a currently British but formerly French writer, living in London. I am the author of Free Expensive Lies, the story of a master manipulator (I’m trying to democratise manipulators and, explain that manipulators like me aren’t necessarily evil) and, what else… well I do a couple of things in life besides being a writer. I am also manager of a coffee shop in Central London, and I am also a pilot in training on my free time, flying for now on Cessna 152 (for those who know), and I’ll be passing my licence to become a private pilot certainly in December of this year.

Oh and I am a transgender woman, I’ve been transitioning for the past four years. It’s the reason why I’ve been bullied and I’m hiding.

2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 (or more!) of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!

Winter, spring, summer or autumn? Autumn. I love when trees lose their leaves, when everything turns yellow and the usual rain during that period. Moreover it’s a period where you usually stay in bed longer, have a hot chocolate while watching TV and do nothing at home. I live this period.

Tea or coffee? So it’s usually a double espresso when I open the coffee machine at work, a double espresso when I open my tablet or my MacBook and start writing, and another round on an hourly basis. As a British woman (#cliches), I shouldn’t say this, I know… but yea is usually when I’m sick.

Library or museums? Museums, definitely. I love history, it’s always an endless source of inspiration.

Hunter or gatherer? I’ve always been a hunter in my life. I mean, I’m not hiding myself as being a manipulator, so, a manipulator isn’t really a gatherer. But now I’m trying to explain that, there are good manipulators and I’m one of them.

Mountains or beaches? Mountains. Definitely. I grew up near mountains, and I love hiking! And beaches are usually full of tourists. Whilst in mountains you breathe clean air.

Pen and paper or computer/phone? I love both. But, I must admit that writing on a computer or a tablet is ways more convenient, as you can edit right away. A pen doesn’t always offer that option.

Book or ebook? I never really liked ebooks. So, books, for sure.

Hero or anti-hero? Antihero!!!!! F*** the system!

3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?

Well, I’m actually very complicated in books. As in, very, very complicated.

So, what I mostly read is non-fiction. Surprisingly, I’m more like the type of writer who hates reading, so if I read something, I must learn something out of it. It’s more because I have a scientific mind, probably. Recently, I’ve been reading On Liberty of John Stuart Mill, as well as The Art of War by Sun Tzu, obviously I loved the Prince by Machiavelli, all these kind of books.

Regarding fiction, it’s quite different. The thing is, I need to read a book pretty much the way I write mine. So the book must be lengthy, I don’t really like short 60,000 words books, (even though I published one – which is a mix between fiction and non-fiction), because I consider that, it’s hard to get immersed when the book is already finished. I need details, I need description, I need dialogues, I need all this kind of things, otherwise I’m not into the story. I need at least 100,000 words to get started. Second, I will always privilege indie-writers compared to authors with agents. The reason being is that, I find having the word “bestselling writer” on the cover is of a utter arrogance and, every time I read a mainstream book, I ended up asking for a refund. E.g., Harry Potter.

Okay, I write that on my covers… but I’m just being sarcastic.

4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!

I’m currently writing the Act II (I mean editing now) of my series Free Expensive Lies, due for a release in fall 2024. This one is gonna be much more personal, unlike the first one, because I’m passing through personal trauma I faced in the past as well as bereavement, so it’s gonna be the best and the longest of the series, but it will come under two versions, a Highlights (a short version, which is likely to be a bundle for this book) and the Integral version, as the book will be ove 300,000 words. So for the courageous one… I will announce the chapter setlist for this one soon, probably by the end of the year or this autumn.

I am also in a top-secret project with a friend, basically we’re gonna be into the story of a vampire confronting a witch, all on a political background and stuff, so it’s gonna be interesting. As we’re writing this one, I have no release date, but perhaps by the end of the year. This one will be ways shorter. But there will probably be more details on my website soon, at the event section.

5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!

Well, basically I wrote two books already, the first one was released on February 2021, Free Expensive Lies Act I. There are two versions of this book, the Integral version, but given the countless complaints I received from readers regarding the length (290,000 words), I published a short version, called Highlights in May 2022, which is 180,000 words. It’s the first act of the series, so the very beginning, when I actually talk about Charlotte saving her girlfriend Claire from a human-trafficking scheme, with a quite hectic ending. I actually talk about many topics in there, such as psychology, and the psychology of a manipulator, what tools a manipulator may use to actually save someone from prostitution and, more generally someone’s life, as well as personal experiences, such as, when I’ve been raped, and, so on. It’s been a long work, as it took me 10 years to finish this book and put the foundation of the series that will come out of this.

In May, I published a fiction-non-fiction, based on my life, pretty much an enhanced biography, called He Fell from Venus. It’s about my transition, mixed up with entire creating process that led to Charlotte. I published this more in a way that, targeting those who were like me, questioning about their genders, and sharing their experience.

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!

I write from everything. Literally everything. When I feel like something needs to be written, it is written right away. It’s usually people that inspire me, for example I have been quite strongly inspired by an ex manager, who ends up in my Free Expensive Lies Act II as someone very important for Charlotte because, she will be part of those saving her life in the end, and in my life, well she didn’t save me, but… perhaps the fact that, well, she was who she was, was enough to inspire me.

Fictional sources of information, well… I love music. I usually work like, “what if my book was made into a movie, this would be the soundtrack”, and, when something inspires me, it actually opens my mind to do more for the book. Evanescence, the band, was a previous help for this Act II, for instance, with their latest album, The Bitter Truth. Amy Lee has the hell of a voice, it’s crazy.

Films, I used to watch a lot of films. But my favourite, so far, remains Fight Club. Tyler Durden… damn, what a man! I used to watch a lot of series as well, one of my favourite of all times being Orphan Black, which was a source of inspiration to create Free Expensive Lies because later on, I will go into something similar. And, video games, (as I am quite a gamer too and I play on Xbox, and I’ve got the Game Pass), I have recently been inspired by Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, a genuinely good game based on the story of a psychotic Viking seeking her boyfriend in Asguard. Little Nightmares was also a series that I loved too.

7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!

I don’t really have one. I mean, I like going to my local coffee shop, ordering a coffee, having a sausage roll, and crashing on the sofa for hours and, using my tablet and write. Or, otherwise, when the weather is terrible, I’m mostly sitting on my desk, with my MacBook, and I listen to some old French music. I’m very easily inspired, I’ve got that chance, and when I start, it takes me hours before being willing to leave. But when I write, I’m always switching off my phone, I don’t want anyone to disturb me.

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?

Follow your dreams. Remember that sentence from Steve Jobs, “if you do not follow your own dreams, then someone will hire you to start working on his own”. That’s how I also see my life, stick to the dream, whatever the cost. So far, remaining stuck to my dream made me a published author, a manager and a pilot, so I’m actually very happy with that. The prime need for me to write is to exist. To soothe my pain and to say what I cannot say in real life.

And don’t look for a literary agent. Quite important advice, if you want to be a real artist. If you want to be a bestselling writer, of course, seek an agent, but a bestselling writer, in my view, isn’t a real author. He’s here to sell, not here to create.

9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!

Well I recently reopened my website, taylorhardingjenkins.co.uk, where you can find literally everything about me. You can even buy my books there. Otherwise, I’m a bit everywhere, on Instagram @taylorhardingjenkins or @charlottekominsky, I’m on Facebook as well, @taylorhjenkins… Goodreads, if you want to follow me.

And my books are literally available everywhere. On my website, on Apple iBooks, Amazon, smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Waterstones… everywhere. I’m very easy to find.

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