I’d like to introduce you all to a wonderful author, Keary Taylor. I have read her HOUSE OF ROYALS books and love them. Keary has an upcoming release (on September 12th-which is my birthday) and I cannot wait to read it! Thanks Keary for the interview.
Keary Taylor is the USA TODAY bestselling author of over twenty novels. She grew up along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains where she started creating imaginary worlds and daring characters who always fell in love. She now splits her time between a tiny island in the Pacific Northwest and Utah, dragging along her husband and their two children. She continues to have an overactive imagination that frequently keeps her up at night.
What book are you reading now?
I’m currently reading EMPIRE OF STORMS by Sarah J Maas. I am loving this series!
What books have most influenced your life most?
I would say that like so many others, Harry Potter gave me a deep love for reading, and a passion for new worlds within our own. Reading the Twilight series opened my eyes to the world of young adult books and reminding me how exciting young love can be. My favorite series is the Red Rising trilogy, which so greatly captures the vastness in fiction, and the inner struggle of power for the greater good vs. power for glory.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I’d just moved to Washington with a brand new baby and had no family around. I was incredibly lonely and isolated. I’d been reading a lot, and decided to write my own stories, as I’d once done as a teenager. It was incredibly therapeutic.
What’s your writing process like? Do you make an outline or just start writing?
In my earlier books I didn’t use an outline, but in the recent years I do plot and outline heavily beforehand. I think because my series have gotten longer, and my stories more complicated it required more planning. I usually spend a month writing the first draft, and then two months heavily editing through multiple rounds. And I’m blessed to have great beta readers who give fantastic feedback.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write as often as you can. Everyone says it, and it’s true. It’s just like exercise, you get better at it the more you practice. Write what you’re passionate about and what you want to read yourself.
Out of all of your books which character did you enjoy writing about the most?
That would probably be a tie between Eve from my Eden Trilogy and Sage from The McCain Saga. Eve because she’s just so tough and…mega. And Sage because she’s so brutally honest and ambitious and I want to be like her when I grow up.
Tell us about your upcoming release, THREE HEART ECHO.
THREE HEART ECHO is a little different from my previous books. It’s a standalone about two incredibly lonely and broken people. One is trying to grieve the death of her fiance, the other can speak to the dead. It’s a paranormal observation of relationships that look perfect, but in reality have something dark and sinister lurking under the skin.
What are your current projects?
I’m still in the editing process of THREE HEART ECHO for another week or two. Once I’m done with that I have two trilogies I plan to move on to. One is a YA contemporary fantasy and the other is an adult witch series.
Synopsis: The demented thing is that this evolved from the most sickly sweet, heart-wrenching love story you’ve ever heard. I went to Sully because I just couldn’t get over Jack’s murder. I couldn’t deal.
Iona came to me the same most did: because there was no closure. A love cut too short. She begged me to open the gate between the living and the dead.
We should have left it shut.
This. This is not a love story. This is a possession story. A story of lies. A story of two faces. This is a story of death and violent echoes from the other side.
And there will be no happy endings.
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