Let’s welcome the awesome author Tabitha Taylor for an interview into her writing life. First off, let’s have a look at her covers –
1. Your book is called ‘The Blood Stone’, was that your original title, or did you have to play around with ideas before deciding?
‘The Blood Stone’ titles have always been the original titles. The books are strongly based off the titles. We played around with a few other names but nothing seemed to hit home in the same way for me. I was very picky about it.
2. I really like your covers. Did you have a clear idea of what you wanted them to look like, or did you have a designer who came up with the idea that you approved?
The team that designed the cover is incredible. I can’t speak highly enough about them. There were a few sample designs thrown around before I suggested a few ideas to make the cover seem more realistic and appealing to the young adult audience. They ran with my suggestions and the outcome was astonishing.
3. Your main characters in The Blood Stone are teenagers. Was this a conscious decision or did it just turnout that way?
I know how characters often like to write their own stories. 🙂 When I began to write The Blood Stone Series I had no clue where it would lead me. In a way I was very much just an onlooker. I started with the first chapter and actually intended to go in a completely different direction. The story very much unfolded page by page. I still seem to become shocked during certain scenes just as the readers would.
4. How about your least favourite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
Every character seems to be a different art of myself. Even the less appealing ones. Addison the easy going overachiever. Maddison the wall flower who prefers to blend into the background. Even Zavion the malicious magician is loosely based off my personality.
5. Have you ever stepped out of your comfort zone and discovered a whole new genre? How did it turn out?
In my first novel ‘As the Lightning Strikes’ there are a lot of more mature scenes. Romance and wickedness. I had to really step out of my comfort zone and delve into these intense situations. Afterwards I would always sit back and take a deep breath and take a much deserved break.
6. What do you like to read in your free time?
Stephen King has always been my role model. His writing style and the way he can completely create these personalities within his stories has always inspired me.
7. What is your writing environment like? Do you write with a pen and paper, or on a computer? Do you need quiet, or music in the background? Do you have a pet who gets in on the act?
I have always worked a late night desk job. I became accustomed to writing in between phone calls. Now that I write from home I still struggle to keep the frantic pace I had before. I was racing to the end before the phone rang. Now I have to race against myself.
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