I’m back, with a new interview! Taking a bit of time away from the SPFBO interviews to focus on others. Today I’m with Tay White, an awesome author from Essex. She writes fantasy and paranormal, and you can check her work out by clicking on the link down below:
In the meantime, enjoy the interview! Before we begin, just like to say thankyou to everyone who tunes into my rambles, and my door is always open!
First of all, tell me about yourself! What do you write?
I’m Tay, (Taylor Aston White) from England, UK. I have one and a half children (still cooking) and live in a little house in Essex.
I write because I love the escape it gives you creatively. Historically I have tried other creative jobs, from working at the prestigious Royal Opera House as a costume designer, created my own handmade clutch bags as well as selling computer-manipulated designs for phones cases, homeware and crockery.
How do you develop your plots and characters?
I’m a planner when it comes to writing, which is helpful when you need a little break as the next chapter is already planned out. However, the characters develop like they have minds of their owns as I write. In Witch’s Sorrow, my first novel, I added characters and removed characters because of how they reacted. Also, being angry at your husband one night while writing makes some of the plot twists interesting. I would highly recommend it.
Tell us about your current project.
I’m just about to release my second novel, Druids Storm, which is the second in a planned series while I’m also writing the third. My attention will remain on the Alice Skye novels for a few more books before I introduce a spin-off series.
Who would you say is the main character of your novels? And tell me a little bit about them!
My main character is Alice Skye, a seemingly inexperienced witch that works for The Supernatural Intelligence Bureau as a Paladin Agent. She has a haunting past (because who doesn’t?) and the first novel is all about her unravelling the truth while fighting against vampires, daemons and anything that gets in her way!
What advice would you give new writers on how to delve into creative fiction?
Just write. It’s simple advice but effective. Your first draft is going to be shit, maybe even your second (like mine!) it’s how you develop yourself into a fantastic writer, by learning from your mistakes.
What real-life inspirations did you draw from for the worldbuilding within your book?
As the genre is Urban Fantasy, I have enjoyed using London’s historic structures blended with the glass and steel of modern-day.
What inspires you to write?
Without sounding arrogant, it’s myself. I have always wanted to have a successful creative career which everybody explains is nigh-on-impossible. I don’t agree with others telling you that you can’t be an actor, an artist or a novelist because the competition is too big. That you’re not good enough.
I will continue to do something that I love.
What was the hardest part of writing this book?
Finding time to write when you have a toddler, and now with the third book, the hardest part of writing is the toddler with an attitude and being pregnant.
What is your routine when writing, if any? If you don’t follow a routine, why not?
I write in the evenings when possible when my toddler tires of running me around and finally passes out. Other than that, I sneak off to write for small periods of time when I can.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
My favourite part of Druids Storm is when Alice accepts her past as something she cannot change, but can learn from. If you want to know more, you can read it…
But obviously start with the first book. Otherwise, it will make no sense.
Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it?
I learnt that my grammar is pretty atrocious and that editors are amazing.
Are you a plotter or a pantser? A gardener or an architect?
Plotter that starts off following the guidelines and then goes off on a tangent.
It’s sometimes difficult to get into understanding the characters we write. How do you go about it?
I try to make them as dynamic as possible. I do little bio’s with random pictures of inspiration to make sure I create a three-dimensional person with their own unique personality.
What are your future project(s)?
Secretive spin-offs that are just ideas at the moment.
What is your favorite book ever written? Who are your favorite authors?
My favourite changes all the time, but at the moment I’m re-reading Nalini Singh’s Guildhunter series. Other authors include Kim Harrison, Dannika Dark and James Herbert.
What makes a good villain?
Someone that you can see why they have made those decisions. It’s scary when you can relate to a villain and understand their reasoning.
But sometimes a good villain is simply someone who’s a real bastard for no reason other than the fact he is. Not everyone needs an ominous background story.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
People have spare time with kids?
I try to play video games such as Witcher 3, Borderlands, Kingdom Hearts… my tastes vary.
I’m a consistent loser.
If you couldn’t be an author, what ideal job would you like to do?
I would have gone into the medical field. I find modern medicine fascinating.
You can travel to any planet or moon in the Solar System. Where would you go, why and what would you do there?
Venus, because apparently that’s where women are from. I have no idea what I would do there, it depends on what the women are like? I hope it’s like in Rick and Morty and all the women are “I’m here if you need to talk.”
Pick any three characters from a fiction novel. These are now your roadtrip crew. Where do you go and what do you do?
Nalini Singh’s Raphael – even though he wouldn’t fit in the car, he’s a pretty bad-arse archangel.
Luna from Harry Potter because she’s amazingly eccentric.
Samion from Witch’s Sorrow because he’s highly amusing and will help with the boring road trip.
We would definitely be going to Disneyland.
Finally, what is your preferred method to have readers get in touch with or follow you (i.e., website, personal blog, Facebook page, here on Goodreads, etc.) and link(s)?
I’m happy to be contacted on my Facebook page and Instagram. However, I do answer questions on Goodreads and on my website.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/taylorastonwhite
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/tayastonwhite/
Website – https://www.taylorastonwhite.com