J.E. Taylor is a writer, a publisher, an editor, a manuscript formatter, a mother, a wife and a business analyst, not necessarily in that order. She first sat down to seriously write in February of 2007 after her daughter asked:
“Mom, if you could do anything, what would you do?”
From that moment on, she hasn’t looked back and now her writing resume includes a more than a dozen published novels along with several short stories on the virtual shelves including a few within eXcessica anthologies.
In addition to being co-owner of Novel Concept Publishing (www.novelconceptpublishing.com), Ms. Taylor also moonlights as a Senior Editor of Allegory (www.allegoryezine.com), an online venue for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. She has been known to edit a book or two and also offers her services judging writing contests for various RWA chapters.
She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children and during the summer months enjoys her weekends on the shore in southern Maine.
Visit her at www.jetaylor75.com
What inspires you to write?
At first it was my daughter as highlighted in my bio, but as I began to let the stories flow, the characters begged for more and that fueled my inspiration. I have a certain FBI agent that seems to want to step into most of my stories in some manner or another.
Night Hawk started as a couple lines of a short story that I wrote when I was either in high school or college that I stumbled upon recently and it sparked the series in one big boom.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am a seat of the pants writer – I get an idea and just go with it – rarely sketching anything out. For a couple of my books I had a rough outline – but if I digress from the original idea – I explore where that’s going before making any determination on which route is better.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Hell, yes. As mentioned above, they sometimes overtake a story before I’m even fully aware of it. 🙂
They’ve surprised me too and that’s always a little unnerving. It makes you wonder if they are real in some alternate universe. 😉
What advice would you give other writers?
Hone your craft and make sure you have a really good copy editor. If nothing else, that is the best one to have. If you’re unsure of your plot line or if you think you might have holes in your story – find a good content editor. For first time authors, this is just as critical as a good copy editor but it may mean that you have to rethink some of your story and do some re-writing. Be open to these suggestions because the content editor is just trying to help you bring your story to the next level.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I originally went with a small e-book publisher – but when they changed their model and became a co-op instead of a full service publisher, I decided to go out on my own with one of the other authors and start our own label.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe the future of book publishing will allow for more diversity of choice for the reader. I don’t think paper will ever go away because there will always be the love of holding a book and smelling the ink but I do think the electronic age may lesson the demand for physical books.
Unfortunately, the side effects of the electronic society may eventually make bookstores obsolete just because it means face to face contact. The browsing has moved from the physical browsing in stores to online for almost everything. In some ways, I find that quite a shame.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Suspense including paranormal, horror, fantasy & romantic suspense
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print