In most of my interviews I speak of “A long time friend”/”My bestie and fellow author” Well ladies and Gents, here she is… Mindy Taylor!
I know an interview is supposed to be a back and forth between two people but I’m gonna tell you a little bit about Mindy from our childhood (Don’t kill me chick) We grew up in a very small town in New Hampshire. We lived on the same road and had a lot of adventures together. Some innocent, most however had a wicked motive behind them. I wont ever forget the summer before 8th grade. We planned out matching outfits (Black leather pants and white tank tops, pink polished nails and our hair done the same way… yeah…we were those chicks…) We left letters in each others mailboxes and spend nights dancing to our favorite songs. I don’t have a memory from school between Kindergarten and ninth grade that doesn’t have Mindy in it and I couldn’t be more thankful for her.
We parted ways around ninth grade but writing brought us back together throughout the years. Now we are both wives and mothers and PUBLISHED AUTHORS…The amount of pride I have in saying I know her, grew up with her and am who I am because of her influence is so great words cant express it correctly!
Enough gushing lets get to Mindy….
1.When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I had always wrote poetry when I was going through tough times and when I was about nineteen I was hurt at work and stuck on bedrest so I began playing around writing a historical erotic novel.
2.How long does it take you to write a book?
It depends on the content, how much I’m feeling the storyline or if I have an actual timeline. I wrote my first complete book Inbound for Pleasure in about eleven months, Unbound for Pleasure was six months and Rebound for Passion took only about seven weeks.
3.What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I work a fulltime job with ten hour shifts and still have to manage somehow to be a mother to two little ones, ages one and three, and a husband that needs attention once in a while. I try to keep a balance and if I have to stay up into the early morning hours and sacrifice sleep I do it if I’m on a good roll.
4.What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I use all kinds of tools to write. I have a notebook for each of my book that they all begin in. I email myself from my phone, and I like to stand at my kitchen counter to type on my laptop. I listen to my music playlists that I create for my books and some have a few songs and others have tons.
5.Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Some books I’ve spent hours and hours researching for. There are some things I just don’t know about and I want them to come off as accurately as I can possible get it. I’ve also experimented with different types of edge play just so I can get across the emotions and actual act appropriately. Some ideas I’ve thought about for a long time and they just snowballed from there and then I’ve actually dreamed of one of my books and that’s worked out pretty well for me.
6.When did you write your first book and how old were you?
My actual first book, I started at either nineteen or twenty and I still haven’t finished it yet. But my first finished and published book I started the fall of 2013 and finished the summer of 2014. But to my defense I took a six month break while I was pregnant in my first and second trimester.
7.What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I’m actually a bit of a workaholic. I love my job, I work with psychiatric ill patients and I find my job really rewarding. I would be extremely lost in life if I wasn’t constantly feeling like I was making a difference in someone’s life. Besides writing and working, I enjoy travelling and experiencing new things with my family and I’m a beach bum. I dream of retiring one day in an oceanfront beach home in the Caribbean.
8.What does your family think of your writing?
My family for the most part has been extremely supportive. All of my family knows what kind of content I write and some have read them. My dad made that a little awkward but we’ve moved past it. he’s extremely proud of my accomplishments. My husband has no desire to read them, which is fine by me! He has to put his foot down a couple of times because I would eat, work, write, repeat and wasn’t spending time with him or the kids or sleeping very much. But we are experimenting with balance together.
9.What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
How much I would have to whore myself out. It’s exhausting! I really don’t have time to work, mother, wife, write and be posting, pimping, exposing myself on social media. It’s my biggest downfall!
10.How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
Right now I’ve got three completely finished, published, for sale. I’ve got four that are works in progress. Out of those four, one is just about finished and the others are between 50% and 75% completed. My favorite is by far Unbound for Promises! But I have a feeling as I move further and release more books my favorite might change.
11.Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I read reviews and so forth. But as far as personally hearing from them, there has been a few that have reached out to me on Facebook and thanked me. My favorite was the one reader that thanked me for telling the healing story of Kierra and that it felt like her story. Some have told me they hated how cold Chandler was in Inbound. I guess all I can really say is I don’t like weak men. The worst stories I read are the ones that have a really great, strong alpha and the pretty little heroine comes along and takes his balls and leaves him a puddle of estrogen. Not my thing! I write what I like, so I’m sorry if you like emasculation, I don’t. <end rant>
12.As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I think I wanted to be a teacher, fourth grade teacher. But there’s been a lot of changes in what I wanted to be when I grew up and I’ve yet to make all of them happen.
Websites/social media links:
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Mindy-Taylor/e/B00Y5M9B3G/
PS… I’ll never be able to do this with anyone else… Here are some photos of Mindy and I from 8th and 9th grade and last June when she rescued me from the airport! … Hehe I love you Girl!