An Interview with Author Taylor Dawn - Part 2
Tell us a little about your creative process?
My creative process is all over the place. I don’t outline my stories, if I do any bit of outlining, the pieces are written in notebooks. I literally sit down and begin to write. I like to let the stories come from my heart and spill onto the pages.
What’s something personal that you’ve went through that has impacted your writing?
In my opinion everything an author writes was impacted by something that happened in their personal life. For me it would have to be my back injury. Having constant pain causes you to look for an escape in life. Writing did that for me. I was able to forget about my pain and focus my energy on something positive, writing. I chose not to surrender to my injury, I picked myself up and transferred my strength into the pages of my books.
In your opinion, what is writers block and how do you overcome it?
To me, writers block is boredom with writing. You sit in front of a screen, typing away and sometimes it’s extremely boring. I find that overcoming it is either a matter of changing the direction of the story or stepping away for a while to find new inspiration.
Where does your character inspiration come from?
The majority of my characters are based on some aspect of my own personality. I try to make myself vulnerable enough that I can dig deep inside and pull out a character that anyone can relate to. Sometimes it works, others it doesn’t. But either way, all of my characters are like me somehow.
How do you react to negative reviews of your books?
When I was self-published I literally went off the rails when negative reviews came in. It hurt me that someone would attack me like that. But I soon realized that they weren’t attacking me personally. It was just business. Not every reader will love what you put out. Some love it and some hate it. Now, I take it in stride. I use the negative reviews to better myself. I pull myself up and think ‘how can I improve?’ If you don’t think positively about it, those reviews will eat you alive and you’ll find yourself in despair while questioning if you should be doing this at all.
Is it hard to balance family and writing?
Gosh, yes it is! I write full time which means I am home with my family. That’s a good and bad thing. When I write, my entire attention span is focused on the screen of my computer. I fail to see what’s going on around be because I’m sucked into my story. It’s hard to put the computer down and focus on being a good wife and mother. My house tends to lean to the hoarder side on occasion. It’s an ongoing learning process for me. I don’t know if I’ll ever truly learn balance.
And to wrap things up, here's a few fun questions that we couldn't help but include...
I don’t use both ends of a Q-tip. I use one end and toss it in the garbage.
Heels or flats?
Love heels, but I’m not allowed to wear them since my back surgery. So I will go with flats. Love my Chucks and I own several pair in different colors.
How do you take your coffee?
With enough flavored creamer to turn it light tan, then I put whipped cream on top.
If you could meet any person (living or deceased) who would it be and why?
This might sound crazy, but I think I’d want to step out of my body and meet myself. I want to see what others see when they look at me.
What else should readers know about you?
I am tough as nails on the outside, but my insides are made of marshmallows. I love to help others and I think the key to happiness is first and foremost, being happy with who you are.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
And there you have it... SAVING LONDON released just this week and is available for purchase at the links below. And for more information and reviews, check out the book even more by using the Goodreads link too.