Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Hello, my name is Taylor Aston White, but friends call me Tay, and I’m twenty-six.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I’m from England, UK and live in Essex which is about an hour’s drive from London.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I have two irrelevant degrees, both in fashion and textiles. Before I decided on writing I worked several creative jobs, such as working in the Royal Opera House as a costume designer, creating handmade clutch bags as well as selling computer-manipulated designs for phones cases, homeware and crockery.
I live at home with my one and a half children (second still cooking) and my childhood sweetheart husband.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My latest book, Druids Storm, is being released November 1st. This is the second in the Alice Skye series about an inexperienced witch that gets in over her head.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing as a creative outlet several years ago. I enjoy the escape it gives me just as much as reading would. Besides, who wouldn’t prefer to be immersed in a completely different world, or experience?
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I first clicked publish. But really, I was a writer the first time I wrote something down.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
If I’m honest, it was pure boredom. While I am a planner when it comes to writing, the organic ideas are normally completely random and just pop into my head.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I had the titles planned before the stories were even finished. I liked them simple, yet relating to the novel itself. I don’t really know how I came up with them, maybe it was late one night when I had too much coffee? Sleep deprivation does wonders for obscure thoughts.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I wouldn’t know if it’s a specific style or not, but I enjoy adding personal thoughts of my main character throughout the book, which I’m sure is annoying for some readers until they’re used to the tense change. I think it gives the character a more relatable element. I don’t specifically find Urban Fantasy challenging, as it’s such a vast genre in itself. I knew I didn’t want to write ‘to market’ as they say completely, because then it wouldn’t be my work 100%. So I hope my books are different enough to grab a reader’s attention on their own merit, and not because they have all the scopes of an Urban Fantasy.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Although my mum was a little eccentric growing up with tarot cards, ghosts etc, I wouldn’t say a world made up of magic, vampires and demons (daemons) is entirely realistic. Although, you never really know what hides in the dark. I would say that, at least subconsciously, some of my characters are loosely based on people I know, and or have met. But I will not admit who.
Moral of this is to not upset me, or you may become a character that will suffer a creative death.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I wish I had the time to travel! Unfortunately, with a toddler it’s harder to be able to physically go out for inspiration. Luckily this series is based in London, a city I know well enough to be able to comfortably write. And if I didn’t know something I either use the wonder of google or just make it up!
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
GermanCreative. Love her work.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
There’s a few underlying messages throughout the series, but I want the readers to find their own message rather be told what to feel.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
My tastes change on my mood. I enjoy everything from Nalini Singh, Kim Harrison, Karin Slaughter, Stephen King, Dannika Dark and James Herbert. The genres I read are incredibly varied, so I wouldn’t be able to specific exactly why I read them. I just enjoy something that is immersive and well written.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I know you ask for one, but I have several friends who’ve been very supportive of my goal to become a published author. One was my first ever Beta reader, who literally destroyed my manuscript, and rightfully so, it was terrible! The second is someone who constantly asks questions about the characters, which helps me develop them and is the first on my list as an ARC reader.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. I don’t like to self-doubt otherwise I would never get to sleep!
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
That my grammar is slowly improving. Which is a bonus when your career is writing.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I have no idea? An actor that has the range of emotion to portray Alice Skye with her internal dilemmas and foreboding past. Also her snazzy attitude.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
To just write. Keep going, even in the darkest of times there’s a light at the end.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Don’t always assume they’re the good guy.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Nalini Singh’s Archangel’s War – well, I will start to read it when I have the time and my toddler isn’t being a little gremlin.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The first book was the original, morbid Brother Grimm faerie tales. I was about five and my mum thought it was appropriate. They were the best.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Everything, I’m pregnant and hormonal.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Freddie Mercury. He seems like a cool guy with a lot of stories.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Playing with my toddler… I have to say that, right?
I enjoy playing video games and watching films, the genres just as wide as the books I read, but I really enjoy horror. Which is strange because I get scared really easily, yet I always go back for more. Maybe I’m a glutton for punishment?
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
GOT is my all-time favourite with Breaking Bad just behind. Again, I don’t really have specific genres as my tastes are wide. Both my husband and I are watching some British sit-coms on Netflix such as The Office and Friday Night Dinner as they’re amusing and easy watching at the moment.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I’m having a weird addiction to Mexican food at the moment, while last week it was Ben and Jerrys ice cream. I’m blaming the pregnancy, but really I just have no self-control.
Colours change on my mood, the darker the colour, the more pissed off I am.
Music varies from A7X, NSP, Ed Sheeran, Nickleback, Linkin Park and Lewis Capaldi just to name a few.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I would go back to my other creative ventures.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
With my family while eating my weight in ice-cream and chocolate. (Did you know I’m lactose intolerant?)
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Something like… ‘died doing something weird and stupid, as usual.’
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I have a website which can be found at www.taylorastonwhite.com. On there you can find my newsletter subscription as well as connections to my social medias.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/taylorastonwhite
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/tayastonwhite/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/tayastonwhite
(Although, my twitter is just my mad ramblings and not necessarily to share events or special offers)
Amazon authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/Taylor-Aston-White/e/B07NYFTX23/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1