Name: Nicolajayne Taylor (Nick name Enjay)
Where are you from: United Kingdom, Lancashire, Blackburn.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I live with my Brother Daniel in Blackburn, we are very close having lost our mother at the beginning of 2014, but the year has balanced out by my Publishing contract with the legendary S J Davis and Vamptasy. I grew up in Merseyside and during my early years, teens and as a young adult, I mainly was into music in a major way having grown up in a leisure complex that my family worked at and lived some of the time. My education… erm well let’s say I went to school some of the time, I hated it. I made up for it later in life and became qualified in music industry consultancy, media and also in an odd qualification, I am a qualified chef in culinary arts. It wasn’t until I moved to Blackburn to take care of my sick mother that I got back into writing stories. It was something my Mother and Grandmother nurtured in me and that was reading as well as writing and so the journey begins.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I have had two releases this year, first with Bloody Sexy which was published by Hot Ink Press and a amazing project to work with such talented authors. The anthology is a collection of short stories and edited by the Sexiest Goth I have ever met, Carmilla Voiez, she is the true queen of erotic darkness. I went on to work with her again in my latest release, Pantheon. A Christmas special with a Saturnalia theme, Pantheon is two short stories, one set in modern day and one set in the Roman age. Both sexy, both have a message if you consider between the lines and both will get you ready for some sexy time alone or with a partner.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I have written stories since being a child, I loved all the Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton and Disney. All those characters and worlds inspired me. I didn’t take writing seriously till a few years ago and really got wrapped up in my worlds and characters which I found therapeutic.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When S J Davis who signed me to Vamptasy and then told me I was a rock star! haha
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My Mother, may she rest in peace. My Mum was my best friend, she meant the world to me and I miss her so much. She always wanted me to be a writer and when she died, I had a major nervous breakdown. I found writing was my way out!
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I like the all seeing narrator so Third person POV. I get told off by my co-author and editor for head hopping, I call it enthusiasm for my characters but I am learning to refine my stories.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The Curse of Mary which will be my first debut novel, had its name from the get go. I think it named its self as. As I wrote the last line, in tears, I really did feel Mary had endured the worst curse anybody could have subjected a soul too.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I want people to see that no matter what, you will get through it, you will find peace even in your darkest hour. Above all I want people to enjoy the frights, raise the heart rate a little and make them feel alive while reading The Curse of Mary.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I have set the book in a very real, heavily documented setting, locations and I feel very strongly that even though some of the characters are set in the 15th century, they are very relatable too. I also think my readers will also feel empathy towards the different character, or so I hope.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The Curse of Mary is a supernatural horror, the situations that occur in the story are all metaphor for my life experiences and above all I want my readers to give it their own interpretation.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
Graham Masterton, he is a fantastic writer, author and his stories are amazing. The first book I read of his was The House that Jack Built and I was hooked, I have collected his books ever since.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Right now, I am reading a book by the one and only Carmilla Voiez titled Basement Beauty and I must say it is true British Horror, dark, lyrical and with strong messages.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
New, hmm. I have a few amateur writers send me some of their work occasionally and one that has caught my eye is James Adams. I hope he continues to write, fight to get a contract and becomes a success.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I have The Curse of Mary release January 29 2015, It a British Horror with a lacing of erotica. It sure isn’t for the faint hearted.
The on March 24 2015 is The Cult of Desire, Which is an erotic thriller, set in the US and is a gritty story about entrapment, passion and fantasy.
On June 20 titled Call of the Moon, a horror set in the US. This one is for those that love Norse mythology and those who have loved and played the horror game Silent Hill… it’s a two part story and this is the first book…
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
I am going to have to say my amazing best friend Chris Hinds, he is one in a million and I don’t think I could have made it through the year without his constant love and support.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I see the marketing side of it as a job and a career. The writing side of it is a pleasure, how can something that is so much fun possibly be a job!
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I wouldn’t have published anything on free sites only to later take them down for republishing. I should have believed in myself a lot more.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I think it began when I was writing song lyrics, I always wanted to write the whole story and give people something to hold on too.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us:
I will share the opening lines of The Curse of Mary…
In the year 1403, Michael and Sarah Cambelle invited ten members of their closest family who lived nearby to the town of Shrewsbury. The family had been invited to the large farmhouse house for supper one evening; the invitation simply written…
‘Adults only as this, is a matter of the utmost importance.’
Michael, the head of the Cambelle family and estate spoke to his family at length about the troubles they had been having because of the row between the Percy family and King Henry VI.
“These are great times of hardship and we ought it to our family, friends, staff, for future generations to be secure, safe and bountiful. The row has gotten out of control and I fear the worst. Tonight I want to talk about a solution.” Michael waited and watched as his family nod in approval of what he had said. “I want to summon Isisti…” he paused when he heard a few gasps around the feasting table. “I feel it is necessary to quieten this row. I know the dangers but they are far less than that of the imminent war, I know what must be done and I have thought this through till the wee hours of the morning over the last few weeks. I see no other choice, if we are to survive.”
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I find editing to be a writers hell! I hate it… I am getting better but still I couldn’t do this without Elizabeth Lance, my publisher’s house editor along with Carmilla Voiez who are both amazing authors, so check them out.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I am going to say Graham Masterton again and his work is fantastic due to it being mythology based but somehow in a very real setting with a very real character.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
At the moment, I am not travelling as I prepare for release. I have a signing lined up but no dates confirmed in the North East of England and a photo shoot sometime in January in the North West of England. I plan on doing a convention in Nottingham as well.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The Curse of Mary was designed my lovely lifelong friend Daniel M Hurst who is the most talented artist I have ever met. My other covers will be designed by the super star artist, author and all round dark witch, who I love with all my heart, Rue Volley.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Writing the end… so much so I have a prequel in work of progress which I will take my time on because it needs to do justice to The Curse of Mary.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned that there are infinite worlds out there, my imagination just has to find the key or the coordinates to get there.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Edit! It is torture but a must. Don’t ever think you are original either, it has all been done before, you just need to be better at telling the story than somebody else and keep it real.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
To my readers, I love all of you so much. I couldn’t make this journey alone so thank you for being here. Keep strong, be yourself and shine!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
My first toddler book was Topsy and Tim, haha. My childhood was The Far Away Tree. My teens, was The Forbidden Game and for adult it was The House of Echos.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
People for both of those…
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
I would love to have met… this is a tough one… so many to choose from. Okay, I would have loved to have met Michael Jackson because I would like to have asked him how it felt to be at his height of success for his entire life and so exposed.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
I want it to read she shone in all her colours, her inner strength was unfailing and my fight was won!
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
I love cooking, entertaining, playing the Sims 3 cause I love designing house I can’t afford and listening to good old fashioned music.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love watching, Supernatural for the eye candy… sorry gripping story lines.
I watch CSI Las Vegas, Criminal Minds, Law & Order SUV,
Then there is the Vampire Diaries (hate the angst but it’s a good watch) And The Originals because it’s so good, love the cast, story lines, script and above all the mixture of UK with US in New Orleans (Which is a dream of mine, to visit New Orleans would be a dream come true because of all that Jazz).
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Foods – I love most foods but Spanish tapas, Greek food, anything spicy and comforting.
Colours – Purple, dark blues, bronze and silvers.
Music, Nina Simone, Michael Jackson, Prince and Peter Andre (Gotta mention Peter, he is a treasure and understated UK pop star so please check him out http://peterandre.com/)
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I would have loved to design houses, more interiors that architecture but definitely something artsy.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
I do have a website, it’s live but still needs work so people are best following and getting update on social media such as facebook, twitter and tsu.