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BBB: Can you please share with us how old you were when you wrote your first story?
J.E.T: I wrote my first story for my father when I was in sixth grade – entitled Tony the German Shepherd and I did the illustrations for it as well. My father still has that tucked away with the other special items he collected from me and my siblings over the years. The next story I wrote was in eighth grade called Goodbye Doesn’t Mean Forever and from that point on – writing became my release – my escape from life just as much as reading was.
BBB: Besides being a writer, what other types of jobs have you held?
J.E.T: I’ve been a waitress, a grocery store clerk, a telephone solicitor for Solar Energy panels, a hostess, a master-control operator (television), a film editor, a camera operator, a teleprompter operator, a news desk coordinator, a reporter, a producer, a director, an insurance call center representative, a collections agent, a commission processor, a new business processor, a marketing desk representative, a pampered chef, a business analyst and a project manager – oh and the most important one of all – a mom.
I’ve done a lot of colorful things in my career and only been let go from one job – which was my first. I was a waitress and got fired because I couldn’t scoop ice cream fast enough. Mind you – I was probably 4’6” at the time and couldn’t reach the ice cream unless I was balanced on my thighs with the majority of my upper body in the ice cream case and my legs sticking straight out. My boss said he’d give me a great recommendation – I worked hard – but that job just wasn’t cut out for me.
After college I worked at a local television station and took dirty words out of movies. I also had a gopher job for the news crew – if they needed to get somewhere quick – they’d grab me because I drove like a bat out of hell (I still drive fast but not as fast as I did then). The funniest fill in job I did there was when I was sent to get a sound bite from a woman who had been shot in the ass through her livingroom wall.
As a Pampered Chef – I proved you CAN start a fire on their stoneware. I torched chicken nuggets in a toaster oven. At least that was at MY home and not during a demo at someone else’s house.
It has been a long time since something that bizarre has come my way on the work front. I’m now a business analyst specializing in financial services – specifically the broker dealer realm and instituting process improvements for the business folks.
BBB: Please tell us more about Dark Reckoning and the storyline that drives it.
J.E.T: My main character – Steve Williams – is an FBI agent that’s planted at the university to find out who’s responsible for the disappearances and violent deaths surrounding the small town of Brooksfield, New Hampshire. He’s young enough to be a convincing college student but experienced enough as an undercover agent to do the leg work. The greatest challenge he faces is the acceptance of supernatural events – which for someone so black and white, the shades of gray are unnerving.
And his biggest shade of gray is Jennifer Curtis. A self acclaimed clairvoyant, she is a curve ball he didn’t see coming. From their first meeting he is enamored with her — drawn to an electrical current between them pulling him closer and closer- even though he suspects she is in some way connected to the mystery surrounding Mirror Lake.
“I loved DARK RECKONING – always had a soft spot for demon type horror/thrillers and this is fabulous. Just the right mix of terror and calm so I didn’t have a heart attack while reading but came close! Excellent read for anyone who loves horror and a good love story.” – Cat Connor author of killerbyte and terrorbyte
“J.E. Taylor has penned a tale of terror worthy of Lovecraft. The strong characters, edgy atmosphere and unflinching narrative hooked me from the first word and kept me riveted all the way through to DARK RECKONING’s horrifying conclusion – a solid piece of storytelling!” – Ty Drago, Editor of Allegory and author of PHOBOS
Let me preface this by saying that this isn’t my type of book, however it was a page turner. For those who like dark horror/ paranormal with scary scenes that run right along the sexy bedroom scenes this book is for you. – Romance Book Scene (4 heart review)
BBB: Do you classify Dark Reckoning as horror or urban fantasy or a combination of both?
J.E.T: I actually classify it as a paranormal thriller as opposed to a horror – but it definitely runs along the roots of horror.
BBB: Can you tell us more about your work with Allegory and what the organization does?
J.E.T: Allegory http://www.allegoryezine.com, is an online venue for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror. It’s really a labor of love for all of us, including the editor – Ty Drago. As an assistant editor, my job along with the other assistant and associate editors is to vet the submissions and pass on the best of the best to Ty. He then weeds through our recommendations and chooses the final stories for the next e-zine edition. Ty balances the publication from a content basis between science fiction, fantasy and horror as well as interviews and some staff submissions. I’ve had the honor of helping him choose the entries before and I’ll tell you – sometimes that feels like an impossible feat when you have forty or more “best of the best” and have to narrow it down.
BBB: Do you prefer to write novels or short stories? Which do you find more satisfying.
J.E.T: I like writing novels better because you have the latitude to intertwine complex story lines together and really explore the depths of your characters that you can’t necessarily do in a short story. Although a successful short story is a feat in itself.
BBB: From what I understand there were some pretty violent acts committed in Dark Reckoning against the heroine that were very graphically detailed. Do you put a warning in your books to readers who might be sensitive to this or just leave it for them to find on their own? Do you feel books yours or others should have any kind of warning label so to speak?
J.E.T: I believe you’re referring to Survival Games – which absolutely is graphic and violent to the extreme. That book is categorized as an erotic thriller and distributed by eXcessica with a warning as to the content. It’s also only available to those that are eighteen and over. The weird thing is this book has gotten 4 star reviews despite the graphic content. One reviewer actually stated that Survival Games was the most graphic thriller she ever read. I have to admit – that comment got me a bit jazzed.
On my website – I do state that my books are not for the faint of heart and that is true of certain scenes in all my books, even the YA that I mentioned below. My short stories carry the same stigma as well. For instance, Grayson House that was printed by Allegory last September is one that has a pretty graphic description of violence and a definite creepy factor. Enough so that one of the father’s at my son’s jukido class couldn’t sleep for two days and kept having to check the locks on his doors and windows.
In Dark Reckoning there is a disturbing scene that my FBI agent witnesses – gang rape – and it’s almost entirely recounted from his point of view. There is no warning as to graphic or violent content on this book like there is on the erotic series.
Should there be? I don’t know. I’ve read some pretty graphic depictions of violence without a warning label and I guess from a horror perspective, I kind of expect that.
BBB: What would you like your readers to come away with after finishing one of your books?
J.E.T: I want my reader’s hearts to still be knocking at the walls of their chest when they close the book. I want my readers to realize they’ve been holding their breath through the last few pages and to slowly exhale as they stare at the cover. And I want my readers to want the next installment in my character’s lives.
If you’re talking insight here as opposed to visceral reactions – I guess my message is this:
Bad things happen, but a strong resolve can overcome almost any obstacle.
BBB: Can you share a few of your absolute favorite lines from your books with us?
J.E.T: From Dark Reckoning: “Next time you kiss me, you better make it last a hell of a lot longer than that.”
From Suvival Games: “Game on.” and “Dude you got issues.”
From Mind Games (which comes out in November) “Gives a whole new meaning to being inside me, doesn’t
From End Game (which comes out in February of 2011) “Smoldering.”
BBB: Are you a plotser or a panster? or a Planster (a combo of both – lol)
J.E.T: Actually – I’m a fly by my seat kind of girl – so I guess I fall into the combo category? I have a general idea – a couple characters in my head and I go from there.
BBB: Do you prefer writing Horror over Sci-Fi?
J.E.T: Yes, very much so. I don’t do well writing science fiction. I’m really more of an urban fantasy girl as opposed to sci-fi. My science is flawed. Just ask my critique group. I do have a superhero fantasy that I’m in the process of editing that’s geared to a young adult audience – and like most of my writing – it has some nifty supernatural elements in it.
BBB: Who are your writing influences?
J.E.T: Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Sidney Sheldon
BBB: Do your children read your books?
J.E.T: Not the erotica – at least not till they’re 18, then they are free to read it.
My kids have read most of my short stories and my fifteen year old has a copy of Dark Reckoning. She watches Criminal Minds and CSI NY along with joining me to get my Supernatural fix. She’s into “horror” movies too, so I figure she can handle the subject matter.
BBB: Do you have any upcoming appearances? If so where can our readers find you?
J.E.T: I don’t have a personal appearance schedule at this time but when I do, I’ll put it up on the calendar page of my website http://www.jetaylor75.com. I’ve got a bit of a web presence too with facebook, myspace and goodreads pages. If folks you buy a paperback, they can contact me and I can send them a signed bookplate to stick on the inside of the cover.
As a closing note – in the interviews I conduct on my blog http://jetaylor75.blogspot.com – I ask my guests what I call “the quick ten.”
Can you tell me which quick ten question you’d most like me to answer?
How about one of my characters – what question for which character?
Do you have a question you’d like to see in the “quick ten” list?
Thank you again for coming by and chatting with me at my interview here on Bitten By Books.
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