About Sean Taylor:
Sean Taylor has published fiction in Pantheon, Instant City, The Evergreen Review, The Coe Review, Full of Crow Fiction, and was nominated for The 2012 and 2014 Pushcart Prize. His first collection Everything to do with You was published by Seventh Tangent in 2010. His second collection titled Your Smallest Bones will be released February 2015 on Seventh Tangent Press.
What inspires you to write?
I have been writing all my life. I write because I love to read. I write to kill time. I write to share epiphanies. I write to listen to the language, I write to hear the rhythm.
Tell us about your writing process.
I write best after getting my heart rate up, I believe circulation presses more oxygen to the brain, causing me to think quicker and sharper. I am constantly taking thought fragments. These thought fragments become lines, poem premises or even stories. Don’t ever assume you will remember it, write it down. Even if it’s worthless, write it down, you never know.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I took a note some years ago. “You have to love them to write about them.” I believe we see the ones we love so wholly we would write them best. So if you really love your characters you will know their nuances better than anyone else, you will be able to get the gold out of them.
What advice would you give other writers?
Read as much as possible and write as much as possible. Everyone has to go through a phase of writing crap, stick with it. It shouldn’t be work, it should be fun.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I didn’t want the price to be super high and lose customers. With Createspace and Amazon and Kindle I am incredibly lucky to live in a time if the writing is good, the reviews will show and the word will get out. My goal was to get the book into the hands of people that would enjoy it. Not to make money. I have lost money in all of this but the reviews I get from strangers are priceless.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I am content with the possibility of success for self published work. Yes you do have to work at it, and it isn’t as good as the connections that big traditional publishing houses, but it is getting better. I would love it if solid work was accessible to those who would appreciate it. In the end if that was achieved, everyone wins.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Short Fiction, Creative fiction, minimalism, short stories, poetry
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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