We’re on day eight in this Spectacular Taylor Dean Giveaway. I hope you have been reading, liking and sharing. We’re getting pretty close to the finish here. Yesterday we had the last review. Today I thought it would be fun to get to know Taylor a little better. So I interviewed her, and below are her answers. Hope you enjoy as much as I have 🙂
The $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway that Taylor is holding to celebrate the release of her new book Stone Silence is live, so if you haven’t entered to win, be sure to do so. And because I want you to check out her books, I will be gifting one to a lucky winner.
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To win a book, you need to like both Taylor Dean’s Facebook page and My Facebook page . Then you need to share one of the posts from this Spectacular Giveaway and comment on which book you would like to read based on my reviews. You can share and comment on more than one post, I will pick the most original, intriguing comment. It’s as simple as that!
Interview with Taylor Dean
1. How long have you been writing?
I have been writing since 2006. I had always been a stay-at-home Mom and my youngest daughter had just graduated and was leaving for college. My youngest child, my only son, was at school and after school track all day. I felt as though my life was leaving me. I had always wanted to write a book, I just never had the time. As a matter of fact, I had written the first few pages of my first novel, Sierra, many, many years ago, when my son was a baby. But I put those pages away and thought, maybe someday. When I faced an imminent empty nest, that day was suddenly upon me. I wondered if I could actually write a book. I sat down at the computer to try my hand at it. That’s when my first novel, Sierra, came to life before my eyes. And I LOVED writing it. I haven’t stopped writing ever since. It has filled my days . . . and my heart.
2. What inspired you to publish your first book?
When I started writing, I didn’t tell a soul, I mean other than my husband and children. But no one else knew. It was my hidden secret. The thought of letting someone read what I had written filled me with dread. Then one night my sister was visiting and I admitted that I had written a book. She begged me to let her read it. I finally mustered the courage to let her. And guess what happened? She stayed up ALL NIGHT and said she COULDN’T PUT IT DOWN. I was floored–and SO HAPPY. It was the moment when I knew that maybe, just maybe, others would enjoy reading something I had written.That was the moment when I knew I wanted to pursue publishing.
3. Which has been the hardest book to write so far, and why?
My novel, I’M WITH YOU, was the hardest book to write because of the very personal subject matter. It includes my daughter’s true story of losing her first baby. I had no idea if I would really publish it or not. I promised my daughter she would be the first to read it and if she didn’t like it, I would not publish it. She read the parts that pertained to her, and then she couldn’t read more. It was just too painful. But she gave me permission to publish it. While it was hard and painful to write and brought back painful emotions, it was also therapeutic and really helped me release all of my pent up emotions. It ended up erasing my demons and I’m so glad I wrote it. I hope it will help others dealing with baby loss grief.
4. Which character from your books can you relate to the best and why? Is that because he/she is most like you?
Most of my female heroines do things that I would never be able to do or say or endure. I like writing about characters that face hard situations and are are greatly affected by them, but they endure and don’t break down. That being said, I love Alyssa from Sierra. I think she has the most characteristics that resemble me. She faces really tough situations, but she doesn’t become hardened. She loves deeply and gives her whole heart. She’s sensitive and craves a man at her side, but she can face life on her own too. I’m a softie and I wrote Alyssa as a softie too. But when the going gets tough, she has an inner strength that will manifest itself. I’m that way too. I’m not a huge fan of the TOUGH, hardened woman. I think women can maintain their sensitive nature while remaining strong.
5. As far as I know, Lancaster house is the only book that had a sequel. Your new book is part of a series of three. But none of your other ones have a continuation of spin-off. If you were to write a sequel, of which book would it be, and why?
I have had requests for two sequels. First, a few have wanted a third book in the Lancaster series. I already know what I would write about too. I might do it one day. I don’t want to give away spoilers, but there is someone at the end of the second book that is begging for his story to continue on. Second, I have had a request for Mark’s story in I’m With You. I’ve considered it and I do think it would be interesting to delve into his thoughts and feelings. But I’m not sure I want to go there. I don’t care for his decisions and choices and I can’t relate to them at all, so it would be highly difficult to write. However, it could be interesting to research baby loss grief from the man’s point of view.
6. Which is your favorite book boyfriend out of all of your books?
I don’t write about a hero that I’m not in love with myself. So, I love all of them. However, Alex in Sierra is my absolute most favorite. I love everything about him.
7. Which book inspired you the most? And what genre do you enjoy reading?
I don’t have a specific book that inspired me to write. Rather, a romance line. When my babies were young, I always had a book in my hand while I rocked a baby or watched them play. I got hooked on the Harlequin Romance line and practically read a book a day. They were short, sweet stories. I LOVE romance and it’s always my first choice when I read. I learn the most about writing by reading. All of my years spent reading romance novels helped to prepare me to write.
8. What are your future projects after the Silence Series?
I’m currently working on a Christmas novella entitled, VIOLIN WORDS. It’s almost complete, however I’m not sure it will be released this Christmas. We’ll see how it goes. Next, I want to write a novel entitled, A ME AND YOU THING. I also have an idea for a dystopian novel that I have always wanted to write. The plot is somewhat hashed out and I really want to write it one day. I think I will always be working on a book for the rest of my life. I can’t NOT do it.
Taylor Dean lives in Texas and is the mother of four grown children. Upon finding herself with an empty nest, she began to write the stories that were always wandering around in her head, quickly finding she had a passion for writing, specifically romance. Whether it’s paranormal, contemporary, or suspense—you’ll find all sub-genres of clean romance in her line-up.
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