Susan D. Taylor

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: January 31, 2013

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Current Release: Secret Desire

Describe your current release in two sentences?

Journalist writes erotica by night until she mistakenly submits the "wrong" story to her editor. Amidst chaos, tragedy strikes taking her back home where she confronts a lost love.

What have you had to give up to pursue your writing career?

Other than time, nothing really. I underwent neurosurgery that resulted in a strange complication. Writing provided an avenue when I no longer could teach or work, really. I'm severely chemically sensitized. Think of me as the bubble boy from Seinfeld.

What are you working on?

Currently I contracted a book before it was actually finished. A first. The story is a paranormal shapeshifter originally intended as a series. Now, it will be written as a novel for publication.

What is your ultimate writing goal?

My father taught philosophy and gave me the Little Prince. Not once but three times as a child. I wish I would write a non-fiction book about the writing craft to celebrate all that he taught me and demonstrated.

Do you have a comfort food? What is it?

It used to be chewing gum. Now, I'm not original. It's coffee. Comfort by way of caffeine. Although, if I could, I'd eat Crème Brulee to reward myself. I never knew custard could taste so delectable.

Where is your favorite place to write?

I have a room set aside as an office of sorts. It has a window looking out to greenery. Nice view to stop and stare, consider the moment.

What career fields have you worked in?

Education: Biology and Spec Ed Teacher MS Ed / Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) / Environmental Remediation

What are your plans for the next year? Any books you are looking forward to?

Reading-heaps. I love Gillian Flynn, Elizabeth Hoyt, and found Philippa Gregory. Plans include write, write, write. I'd like to try my hand at teaching an online course about an aspect of writing.

How was your road to publication?

Relatively short. I've only been actively writing for a year. I was a teacher so I guess that helped. I'm ADHD so I spin through writing. The editing is difficult but I've learned some tricks. My advice is join your local RWA chapter, read (as much as you can), attend seminars (online and in person), and learn all you can about the craft of writing.

If you could time travel, where would you travel to and why?

#1 is India. Then Israel, England, Russia

For spiritual and writing reasons.

If you could live in a world created by an author, which book / world would you jump into?

Midnight's Children. Post colonial India and the Saleem Sinia, the protagonist, has a strange sense of smell. Being chemically sensitive I'd have a sympathetic "friend" in which to travel around a country I wish I could visit.

I want to say a big thank you to everyone who gave their time, advice, expertise, and feedback. I especially appreciate my family who never let me back away from this dream. All my love!