AUTHOR INTERVIEW 124 – Taylor Aston White


Taylor Aston White

United Kingdom

Age 27

Taylor Aston White loves to explore mythology and European faerie tales to create her own, modern magic world. She collects crystals, house plants and dark lipstick, and has two young children who like to ‘help’ with her writing by slamming their hands across the keyboard.

After working several uncreative jobs and one super creative one she decided to become a full-time author and now spends the majority of her time between her children and writing the weird and wonderful stories that pop into her head.
Paladin Agent Alice Skye didn’t think much of the contract forced upon her by Rexley Wild, Alpha of one of the largest packs in Europe. 
He hired her for one job. 
Find the missing wolf.
Unfortunately for Alice, she might already be too late.
 
She’s in way over her head, an inexperienced witch who has to use all her instincts to help the secretive and detached Alpha find his missing pack mate. But it isn’t long before she realises something’s not quite right. It’s not simply a missing person, it was something a lot closer to home, something that reignites nightmares that make her question her own, horrific past.
 
Alice is in a race against time that forces her to face against vampires, daemons and anything that gets in the way, for she only has one thing to do, find the wolf before he turns up like the others. 

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.

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