MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR NICOLAJAYNE TAYLOR 🌟
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Nicolajayne Taylor and my books are fantasy, erotic horror. I like mixing genres.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
The Ancient Ones is by far my best work yet and is inspired by my love of history, mythology and the paranormal/supernatural.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
For most of my life, teen through to adult I have enjoyed really good horror. I have a lot of passion for history and you can’t talk history without a good ghost story IMO.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I use a lot of reference books, Google of course and varied sources of information, YouTube is fast becoming a great place to watch lectures on many subjects so it is always good to check over on that site for any information.
Can you tell me about your Series?
I can’t say very much at this point, The Ancient Ones was going to be a standalone book within a collection titled The Gigas Guardians. However, one of my betas wanted to know more about the deities who star in The Ancient Ones and I didn’t need much persuading, I love these characters and now I am writing Druantia’s story, Queen of the Druids.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
Not sure yet. They say you always love your first so I am going to say, so far, The Ancient Ones. Ask me again when I am a few books in.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
Mythology, you hear a lot of Norse, Roman, Greek and US mythology, but not much of Britain’s gods and goddesses. To say the UK has such a rich history is an understatement, I thought it was high time, the world got to know our deities.
Was it always meant to become a series?
No, it was supposed to be a standalone now it is a series within a collection.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I work from home so I can work pretty much anywhere like a café or pub. I get up at around eight, clean up, feed the kitties and get a coffee. I watch the news and The Wright Stuff (a UK news and current affairs programme.) At around elven I log on, answer emails, comments and set up the daily promotion. At around three I will begin the writing game. I never set a goal but I do want to finish any given section. I edit what I have done every week and the last chapter before every writing session.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
The Queen of the Druid, Druanita’s tale is the WIP. I hope to work with another UK author H. G. Lynch in the near future with a joint effort in one book but we are still doing the backbone details of the book so that is to be announced when the writing begins.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Very important. The characters need to be real to the author and the reader. Their name pops into my head and my imagination fills in their image, their characteristics and traits. Their age and their past. Some have a special meaning but only as far as the book is concerned. To me, they are all special.
Where do your ideas come from?
My ideas for books are like clairvoyance, the character’s voice reaches out to me and is insistent when their story needs to be told and so I begin the writing game. When I read back on what has been written, I don’t recognise it as my own writing. I seem to zone out while writing and return once that strange energy is gone for the day.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Knowing when to pull back and knowing what should be censored or watered down at least.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I have several trailers for my books and I make them. I edit, arrange the images or footage and dub over the music/sound effects. I think they are fun and can reach a different type of reader. I think they shouldn’t be too long and should keep to the point of the book.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Writing The Ancient Ones. I love The Curse of Mary and she will always be my first love, that and her prequel. The Ancient Ones is by far my best work yet and in a few years, I will rewrite The Curse of Mary and do her story justice.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Meeting and networking with hundreds of thousands of people throughout the year, getting to know them, making a difference to the lives with my books and really reaching out as a friend when they need it.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I hope I have turned at least one of my books into a screenplay, made a living out of my books and hopefully be owner and editor of my own web ezine.
Have you always liked to write?
Yes, since I was small, I have always written short stories or been read to and have loved reading. Writing is as natural as breathing to me and I will always do it.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Make sure you do your research and I don’t just mean the subjects of your books, but your publisher, promotional sites and the job itself. It isn’t Carry Bradshaw on Sex in the City, it is hard work, costs a lot of money and above all that, it takes a lot of time and effort. Always question everything.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I will always be doing something creative, it is in my blood. I love the arts and belong to some of them; music, film and even jewellery making just to name a few, there are many more in which I have tried my hand at.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I always read the reviews and I love honesty. I am good with criticism, I don’t mind someone not liking my book, it is personal taste most of the time when it comes to someone not liking the book, unless it is so poorly written and edited, then that is the writers fault and they need to listen to the readers and reviewers.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
The initial release day. It is a whole lot of work for a twenty-four end and it means my job as an writer is done and I have to wear the Author hat, promote the books and do a lot of scouting for reviews, LOL! It is all good, I am sure a lot of author’s feel this way.
What are you working on now?
Queen of the Druids.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
I will send you some posters with teasers on but for you and you only, here.
It was so dark and cold. The roughly carved wood of the oak tree scraped her skin and cold water began to soak her hair. There was a breeze through the gaps, she could see her parents looking pale but the expression on her sweetheart’s face was the most disturbing, it was one of pure anguish and pain. A fire in his eyes told her of anger and frustration, she only wished him peace.
Turning back to the carpet of flowers, she screamed… a large, cloaked figure stood in the middle of the lawn of bluebells. She saw electric blue eyes shine at her from within the hood of the cloak. The rest of its face was in deep shadow and she couldn’t make out any other feature. The figure reached out its skeletal arms and wires of electricity sparked. Orbs of this strange energy grew and the cloaked being reached up above its hood and then fired the orbs down at the ground.
The wind rustled the trees. The whole moon illuminated the forest and the central fire burned with an amber glow, casting shadows of people running in and out of the large round house. A scream echoed through the woodland and frightened the night creatures and a white owl took flight from its perch in the branches of the oak.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I always write in a mixture of fantasy, horror and erotica and how I balance the genres is with great skill, luck and making sure the story is strong and wouldn’t make sense without those components.
Where did your love of books come from?
My late mother loved to read, my whole family do so let’s say family.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
Devils of D-Day and the Tengu from Graham Masterton. House of Echoes and Midnight is a Lonely Place by Barbara Erskine.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Kirsten from The Ancient Ones is a close favourite alongside Mary and Isisti of course, he still brings a wicked smile to my face. Dave the goblin from The Ancient Ones is a good contender for the top slot, and I think I will go with him.
Where can readers go to discover more about you and your books?
My Patreon Page https://www.patreon.com/EnjayTaylor
Word Press https://enjaytaylor.wordpress.com/weekly-posts/
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Always exhaust me. It takes a lot of focus and attention to get it all working like it should.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Writing is my strength and promoting is my kryptonite, lol.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I think a bit of both. I think as long as it is written well and honestly, then the readers will appreciate that. You can’t get more original than me. Haha
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
My angel is Carmilla Voiez was the beginning of my career and her olive branch and offering me a place in the anthology Bloody Sexy gave me my career. We don’t get to work with each other the way we used to or hang out but we chat every now and then. She taught me a lot. I know a lot of authors and all have something that teaches me to be better.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
This is a tough one. I think I would title it ‘The Way of the Butterfly.’
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
I am not sure. What has been the most exciting highlight of my career so far and I would say, the readers. If one person is effected by my book, one way or another then I have done what I set out to do.
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️