About Taylor Fenner:
Taylor Fenner grew up in a small town in Wisconsin. She’s been an avid reader with a vivid imagination since she was very young. Most of her childhood can be described as having her nose stuck in one book or another. She’s a strong believer in ghosts and the paranormal, which led to her interest in writing paranormal romance for young adults.
When she’s not busy writing you can find her reading and adding to her extensive book collection, working on photomanipulations on her computer as a hobby, taking photographs, cooking as often as possible, and fighting with her cross-eyed cat, Tiger.
Taylor still currently lives in Wisconsin, not far from where The Haunting Love is set. The Haunting Love is her debut young adult novel.
What inspires you to write?
I’m prone to vivid, realistic dreams that often serve as inspiration in my writing. I’m also inspired by loud rock or alternative rock music, which gets me in the right mindset for what I’m writing; and I also draw inspiration from random occurrences in my daily life.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m somewhere in between an outliner and a ‘seat of my pants’ writer. Certain aspects of my writing are written in stone from the beginning; such as the setting and the characters, the overall story I want to write. Other than that I just go with wherever the inspiration takes me. In the first book of a trilogy I’m working on I thought I knew exactly how I wanted things to go, but in the end it went in a completely different direction that completely blew me away.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Sometimes it feels like my characters are living in my head and telling me what to write next. I can envision scenes and how they would be acting during them but sometimes I look back and think, no, this character would not be saying or doing this.
What advice would you give other writers?
During the writing process if you get writer’s block, just set your story aside for a while. When you’re ready, looking at it with fresh eyes might give you what you need to continue. During the publishing process, whether you choose to go the traditional route or the indie route, don’t give up or get discouraged if things don’t work out the first time. Keep trying! Once you’re published remember that not everyone is going to love your book. Don’t argue or get angry with someone if they give you a bad review or tell you that they didn’t like your book; especially on social media. It makes people look at you in a negative way.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to submit my novel to Whiskey Creek Press after a writer friend of mine got published through them. I learned a lot about how the publishing process / publishing world really works during the thirteen months it took to bring The Haunting Love to publication. I wouldn’t trade that knowledge for anything and I’m grateful to be given by start and now I’m eager to try self-publishing my second novel, Finding Elizabeth.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
As sad as I am to say, or even think it, I think the future will include the increased popularity of ebooks over physical copies of books. We now live in a very technology oriented world and I think that will continue to grow over time. I think there will be a rise in Indie (or self-) publishing as it has been made much easier to do and much less taboo than in the past. But at what cost? Now anyone can self-publish, and whether or not the quality of the book is any good is unknown. It’ll be interesting to see how the publishing world grows and evolves and I hope to be a part of it for the rest of my life.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: young adult, paranormal, romance
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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