About L.J. Taylor:
The oldest of six children, L. J. Taylor grew up in New York City. As a child, she escaped her noisy siblings by voraciously reading every book in her parents’ collection and every romance novel she could check out of the public library. Her tastes later expanded to include classics, spy novels, and thrillers. Inspired by the stories she read, she began writing poetry and song lyrics and even tried to write a fantasy novel at the tender age of 13. She began writing novels as an adult during National November Writing Month in 2007 and has been chugging along ever since. When she’s not writing, L. J. practices law in Miami, Florida.
What inspires you to write?
My books are inspired by my background and the genres I read. I’m a trial attorney by profession and a romantic at heart. I’m also an avid reader and I enjoy romance novels and action movies. As a result, I tend to write romantic suspense with a legal thriller twist.
Tell us about your writing process.
I usually do a quick outline on paper before I start writing. I sometimes do some quick character sketches for the main characters before I start writing. I tend to get more writing done when I’m sitting in cafes with my writers group and the head of the group cracks the whip by leading us in writing sprints (timed intervals in which we are encouraged to get as many words on the page as possible). The idea being to put out a first draft and to fix it later. Of course, it helps to outline the book beforehand so that the editing process is not too painful.
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep working on your books and finish them. Don’t let anything or anybody get in your way. It’s worth it. There’s nothing like holding a paperback copy of your book in your hands.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self-published my books because I wanted to share my stories with readers.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it looks bright. Readers now have access to books they wouldn’t have been able to read in the past and the ability to discover new authors thanks to e-books and self-publishing. The possibilities are endless for both authors and readers.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: romantic suspense, suspense, women’s fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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