About Taylor Delong:
I have been reading and writing for as long as I can remember. It’s always been my dream to be a published author. I spend my days chasing after toddlers and my nights scribbling down stories and ideas the characters in my head dictate to me. I live in CT with my two children.
What inspires you to write?
After reading many indie romance books, I thought to myself, “Why not me? I can do this too," and I sat down and wrote the first draft of my first romance novel. Now that I've written and published a few more books, I would say that the characters themselves are what inspire me. Music is also a big inspiration in my writing, and while I can't listen while I'm writing, I've had ideas for an entire novel be inspired by a song.
Tell us about your writing process.
I totally fly by the seat of my pants! I don't outline the books at all, but I do jot down notes as ideas come to me (usually in the "Notes" section of my phone). I don't create character sketches before I write, but again, I try to jot down some notes about their personalities, traits, appearances as the story evolves. For many books, I spend a lot of time in my head thinking about where the story will go and "listening" to what the characters have to tell me about their story.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes! For the most part, the characters drive their own story. I may have some ideas, but in the end, it's their story so I believe they should have some say. In many of my books, the stories have taken a different path than I would have thought for this very reason.
What advice would you give other writers?
If you have an idea for a story, just start writing. Get the words down in a first draft. Don’t worry about what comes next, if it’s good or not, just write the words as they come to you. Write because you love it, not because you have to.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
For my first few books, I went the self-publishing route. I was excited to get my first book in front of readers as quickly as possible, and I felt that by self-publishing the book, my readers would get the book I wanted to write. I had complete control over how the book would be published by publishing it on my own.
I do have one book published with a publisher but since it's a smaller company, I feel like the book is still exactly the story I wanted to tell.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
With the self-publishing platform, I think that many more people are offered the opportunity to become authors. There are both pros and cons to this thinking, but with such a diverse audience of readers available, anyone who puts the time and effort into writing an entire book should be able to share that with the world.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Contemporary Romance
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
Link To Taylor Delong Page On Amazon
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