Sunday, April 14, 2013

Interview with J.E. Taylor

What is it about the paranormal, in particular vampires, that fascinates you so much?
JET: My first introduction to vampires was the show Night Stalker (I'm aging myself here) and then the book Salem's Lot, which scared the be-jesus out of me.  It was a while between those dark portrayals of little more than mass murderers to Anne Rice's Lestat, who still was more of a fiend than those vampires portrayed in today's popular vampire books (Twilight series) or shows (Vampire Diaries, True Blood).   The most appealing aspect for me is the perceived fountain of youth that all classic and contemporary vampires seem to harbor.    
What inspired you to write this book?
JET: I wanted to create a new lore.  I know when I wrote the first book in the Death Chronicles with my son last year, making up an entirely new lore on death was a blast and I hadn't attempted a vampire story yet.  I've tackled ghosts, angels, werewolves and even an evil demon in my other novels and short stories, so I thought it was time to try my had at these creatures of the night.
Please tell us about your latest release.
JET: Naomi Hawk faces death by demon, but a different destiny befalls her when she tumbles from an eighty-story ledge and is snatched out of the sky by a hungry vampire. Instead of succumbing to death by Damian's fangs, she bites back and the shadow infection transforms her into a newborn vamp.  With an attitude to match the chip on her shoulder, she tests Damian's patience in every way possible, and the chemistry between the two teeters between ignition and explosion.
When the demons come seeking retribution, their budding alliance is put to the test. 

What is the most interesting thing you have physically done for book related research purposes?
JET: I learned to shoot a gun for my FBI series.  I wanted to know what it was like and a friend at my day job had a few hand guns.   He took me to a shooting range and taught me to shoot.  A 22 caliber, a 40 caliber and a 9 millimeter.  I hit the bulls-eye with the twenty two, barely hit the target with the forty caliber and couldn't hit the bale of hay anywhere with the nine millimeter.  It isn't easy to deliver an accurate shot even when you're standing still.  It gave me an appreciation for the skill my FBI agent has with a gun.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? How do you deal with it?
JET: Yes.  It's an annoying side effect of exhaustion for me.  What I usually need when nothing at all comes to me is a nap or a good night's sleep. Enough for the dreams or nightmares to kick in. That usually helps me get back on track, if not, I take a break and read a good book. 

Do you write in different genres?
JET:  Yes and no.  My forte seems to be the suspense genre - the wrapper around the suspense varies. I've written YA titles and erotica titles as well as mainstream suspense.   I've tackled horror and superhero fantasy and now a paranormal romance/urban fantasy is now on my list.    
Do you find it difficult to write in multiple genres?
JET:  No - as I said, the framework of a suspense is the same no matter the overarching genre (YA, fantasy, paranormal, sci-fi, horror, thriller, etc.) .  

What was the last amazing book you read?
JET: The last outstanding book I read was also one I edited.  Firstborn by Bob Stewart is one of those adrenaline inducing stories where you're biting your nails at what you know is around the corner.  Great suspense thriller if you're looking for a bad guy that would give Hannibal Lecter a run for his money.
Where is your favorite place to read? Do you have a cozy corner or special reading spot?
JET: I love reading at the beach in Maine - this is more of a favorite summer reading place.  Between the sound of the ocean and a captivating story, I'm a very happy camper.
What can readers expect next from you?
JET: I'm working on the second book in The Death Chronicles series with my son.  That's due out this summer and I'm listening to audio book productions of my books.  At this point, only Night Hawk is left to be produced.  All my other novels are either already available in audio format or they will be very soon
Where can readers find you on the web?

Would you like to leave readers with a little teaser or excerpt from the book?
“You’re more than welcome to join me,” I said when she showed no signs of moving.
Her mouth opened and she glanced back toward the living room. “When?”
“Right now,” I said, knowing she wasn’t referring to my offer.
She rolled her eyes. “When did you paint that mural?”
“A long time ago,” I said. “Now, are you going to join me or not?” This time I turned toward her, giving her the full view and I smiled at the way her gaze bounced, her eyes widening a fraction before inching their way back up my chest to my face. Her cheeks bloomed and I cocked an eyebrow at her.
She pressed her lips together and slammed the door, marching out of the room in a huff.
I chuckled and ran the soap over my chest, running my fingers over what was left of the welt on my skin. The vampiric healing powers still amazed me enough that I missed the shift in the air around me.
Nails scraped my back and I jumped, swinging my head in the direction of the disturbance. Her wide eyes met mine and I turned, drinking her in from head to toe. Exquisite was the only word that popped into mind and when her fingers touched my chest I reached, covering her hand and holding it against my skin.
“What are you doing?” I whispered because having her undressed and this close put me at a major disadvantage.
“I’m saying thank you,” she said and her hands moved lower.
Catching her wrists, I warned, “Naomi, don’t start something you can’t finish.” My body responded anyway and she closed the distance. Her lips grazed my chest and I closed my eyes, releasing her and surrendering to her exploration.
When her tongue trailed lower, I recalled the memories of her ex and my eyes snapped open. As much as the thought of her taking me in her mouth thrilled me, I didn’t want to be that memory and I grabbed her by the shoulders, pulling her up to face me. She wasn’t one of the common harlots from my past that I let drop to their knees before me.
No, Naomi was different and I wanted more.
“You do not have to do this just because you aren’t ready for anything else.”
Her dark eyes met mine and I traced the frame of her face with my fingertips, studying every curve. Leaning down, I took her lower lip in my mouth, sucking gently before shifting and delivering a kiss that started as tender and rich as her blood, but it soon escalated into an all-consuming heat and I could envision living in this bliss for the rest of eternity.
I had lied to her today.
Fear wasn’t the only deep emotion I had encountered since I plucked her out of the sky, this need to connect, to love again overwhelmed me. The irony of her name and the form she turned into added to the feel that fate had prepared this feast just for me.

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Night Hawk       
Book One – Night Hawk Series
J.E. Taylor

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Novel Concept Publishing, LLC

Cover Artist:

Book Description:

Selling your soul has never been so charming and Mark throws in a little something to sweeten the pot, his girlfriend Naomi.

Sentenced to death at the hands of a demon, Naomi Hawk has a firsthand lesson in despair and betrayal in Mark’s deal for fame with all the trimmings. Deep in the clutches of the underground brotherhood, Naomi's light is coveted for the Master's gain.

When she slips and falls eighty stories from a precarious ledge, Naomi resigns herself to the inevitable impact and death by shattered bones. Before she can escape her demons in eternal slumber, something sinister plucks her from the plummet, stealing her out of the night to sacrifice her forever to the shadows.

Imprisoned in bottomless darkness, Naomi thirsts for justice…and revenge.

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About the Author:

J.E. Taylor is a writer, a publisher, an editor, a manuscript formatter, a mother, a wife and a business analyst, not necessarily in that order.  She first sat down to seriously write in February of 2007 after her daughter asked:

“Mom, if you could do anything, what would you do?”

From that moment on, she hasn’t looked back and now her writing resume includes a more than a dozen published novels along with several short stories on the virtual shelves including a few within eXcessica anthologies. 
In addition to being co-owner of Novel Concept Publishing  
www.novelconceptpublishingMs. Taylor also moonlights as a Senior Editor of Allegory, an online venue for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. She has been known to edit a book or two and also offers her services judging writing contests for various RWA chapters.

She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children and during the summer months enjoys her weekends on the shore in southern Maine. 

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JETaylor said...

Thank you for having me on your blog today!

Roxanne Rhoads said...

thank you for being our guest today :-)