Taylor Aston White
Romelia: WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR ARTISTIC PROCESS?
Taylor Aston White: The hardest part for me is finding the time to actually write. Being a full-time mum to two children under three it can be difficult to find time for the creative process.
Romelia: DOES YOUR FAMILY SUPPORT YOUR CAREER AS A WRITER?
Taylor Aston White: Yes, they have always been super supportive. My mum was encouraging me to write well before I decided to actually publish my first book.
Romelia: IF YOU HAD TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENTLY AS A CHILD OR TEENAGER TO BECOME A BETTER WRITER AS AN ADULT, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Taylor Aston White: Nothing, I believe all my experiences and horrors have shaped me into exactly the writer I should be.
Romelia: HOW LONG ON AVERAGE DOES IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE A BOOK?
Taylor Aston White: 3-4 months depending on the book.
Romelia: DO YOU BELIEVE IN WRITER’S BLOCK?
Taylor Aston White: Believe in it? I’ve experienced it!
Romelia: AT WHAT POINT DO YOU THINK SOMEONE SHOULD CALL THEMSELVES A WRITER?
Taylor Aston White: As soon as they’ve written words down.
Romelia: WHAT DIFFERENCE DO YOU SEE BETWEEN A WRITER AND AN AUTHOR?
Taylor Aston White: I believe an author is someone who has published their work, either through traditional means or indie while a writer is someone who does it for passion.
Romelia: HOW DO YOU PROCESS AND DEAL WITH NEGATIVE BOOK REVIEWS?
Taylor Aston White: I used to read the bad reviews when I first published and get upset. it took me a while to understand others have an opinion, even if I whole-heartedly disagree! Now when I do read the bad reviews (even though it’s advised not to) I smile because it means I’ve annoyed them enough to take the effort to negatively comment.
Romelia: WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR WRITING PROCESS?
Taylor Aston White: Editing.
Romelia: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING OR WHEN DID YOU START?
Taylor Aston White: I started writing to help with my anxiety back in 2016, with no intention of ever publishing. roll on 2019 and feeling like I had nothing to lose, I decided to self-publish and it was the best decision I ever made.
Romelia: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A WRITER WORKING ON THEIR FIRST BOOK?
Taylor Aston White: To keep going. I find so many great people never finish their novel.
Romelia: WHAT, TO YOU, ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF GOOD WRITING?
Taylor Aston White: A good story that flows effortlessly from page to page.
Romelia: WHAT COMES FIRST FOR YOU – THE PLOT OR THE CHARACTERS – AND WHY?
Taylor Aston White: Characters, because they are what drives the plot.
Romelia: HOW DO YOU DEVELOP YOUR PLOT AND CHARACTERS?
Taylor Aston White: I personally don’t have a specific development process for either the plot or characters, I just get a random idea and run with it. while I plan the initial story, the development comes naturally as I write.
Romelia: WHEN DID YOU FIRST CALL YOURSELF A WRITER?
Taylor Aston White: When I published, which I know contradicts my reply to number 6, but I never said I was consistent.
Romelia: HOW DO YOU USE SOCIAL MEDIA AS AN AUTHOR?
Taylor Aston White: I use social media to update those that follow my writing journey as well as a way of marketing to new/potential readers.
Romelia: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE AND LEAST FAVORITE PART OF PUBLISHING?
Taylor Aston White: I neither have a favorite or a least favorite. every step is beneficial to the whole journey.
Romelia: WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO AN AUTHOR WHO WANTED TO DESIGN THEIR OWN COVER?
Taylor Aston White: If you have the design talent, then do it. however, covers are super important to match the genre you are writing, and not to your individual taste. I have seen many amazing writers who use cheap/homemade covers which are the reason readers don’t pick up their books.
Romelia: HOW MANY BOOKS HAVE YOU WRITTEN AND WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE?
Taylor Aston White: Five, with the fifth being my favorite so far. They’re all part of the same Urban fantasy series.
Romelia: WHAT PART OF THE BOOK DID YOU HAVE THE HARDEST TIME WRITING?
Taylor Aston White: The sex scenes. while they are not romance driven, there are sex scene where appropriate for the story. I always find them mildly cringe to write and blush like a schoolgirl.
Romelia: WHAT PART OF THE BOOK WAS THE MOST FUN TO WRITE?
Taylor Aston White: See above. 😉
Romelia: WHICH OF THE CHARACTERS DO YOU RELATE TO THE MOST AND WHY?
Taylor Aston White: I don’t really relate, which if you have ever read my books you would be glad because these people have issues!
Romelia: IF YOU’RE PLANNING A SEQUEL. CAN YOU SHARE A TINY BIT ABOUT YOUR PLANS FOR IT?
Taylor Aston White: It’s a series, so I can’t really say much about the next book because it’s the last in this specific series for now. but I’m sure Alice will win against her destiny… probably.
Romelia: TELL US SOMETHING FUNNY ABOUT YOUR ADULT LIFE.
Taylor Aston White: I’m married to a man-child who collects Pokemon cards.
Romelia: describe yourself in a few sentences. Tell us something we do not know about you and something you hate about the world.
Taylor Aston White: I collect houseplants and even give them names. unfortunately Beatrice the bonsai was murdered by my toddler, so instead of grieving I bought another bonsai and named her gertrude. I guess what I’m saying is that I have an unhealthy habit of collecting things and can’t follow instructions well because this is probably more than a ‘few’ sentences. I don’t like to hate. unless I’m hormonal, then I hate everyone and everything.