Rebecca Taylor popped in for a visit! We put her on the spot for an interview and she didn’t disappoint! Rebecca’s story in TICK TOCK: Seven Tales of Time is called Jesse’s Girl, in which a hangover masks the horrors of the previous night. Oooh!
What do you never leave home without, and why?
I have a brown leather portfolio that holds a spiral bound notebook—on this notebook is list after list after list of ALL THE THINGS I need to do and remember. If I lost this…well, the Rebecca Taylor personal universe would implode and I would likely require hospitalization.
What is your fav secret indulgence?
Reading bad reviews of great books. It reminds me that even amazing books can’t please all the people.
What is your favorite way to celebrate finishing a novel?
Sitting in my backyard, a single glass of Burgundy, silence.
What got you started with writing? What drives you to keep writing?
Reading great books inspired me to start writing. Ideas for new books that I can’t stop thinking about keeps me writing.
Are you more of a half-full or half-empty kind of person? How does that influence the development your characters—plots—endings?
I am definitely a half-full person in the real world but in fiction, I’m drawn to dark, twisty, not always happy endings. I don’t get too hung up about happy endings—but I do insist on “of course” endings, as in, this book shouldn’t have ended any other way than it did AND it is emotionally satisfying. Satisfaction is not the same as happy for me.
Do you ever see yourself switching genres?
I see myself doing all sorts of things—this is how I end up completely dependent on lists by the way. I will probably write more books like Affective Needs—contemporary young adult.
What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever been given?
Keep writing. Keep learning. Keep exploring. Stay positive. Keep writing.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? In 10 years?
In five years, I will have written and published three more books, both my children will be finishing high school and headed to college, my house will be paid off, and my husband and I will purchase a small home on the water probably in South Carolina. We travel internationally every year.
In ten years, I will have written eight more books. We will have permanent homes in Denver (because we love to camp and ski) and on the coast in South Carolina (because we love boating and the ocean) but my husband and I will live a pretty nomadic lifestyle, renting different properties all over the world, staying for months at a time, and immersing ourselves in the language and culture.
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