As my bio says, I started writing in 2007 and those first eighteen months provided for some serious prolific prose. I wrote eight full first drafts in that timeframe. Twenty years of pent up stories - stories with flushed out plots, three dimensional characters and vivid scenes pieced together in the file cabinet in my mind and when I opened the drawer, man they just rocketed out.
I can still remember the feeling of typing The End on my first book – Survival Games. Exhilaration. Pure and simple. For those that have never taken this on, it’s daunting and getting to the finish line can be just as grueling and satisfying as a marathon.
But before I could bask in the glow of my accomplishment, before I could take a breath, the characters clamored and demanded that I scribe more of their lives. I was hooked. The characters took over and I dove in writing books two and three in the series (Mind Games and End Game).
It wasn’t until the Games series was finished that I dusted off a novel I began way back in college. That ragged start to a manuscript was titled Mirror Lake. What I had was an extreme novice attempt at writing and it was quite amusing, even the story line lacked originality. College students trying to flee from a killer in the woods. Hmmm – sounds a little like Friday the 13th if you ask me.
After quite a bit of plot morphing, that initial Friday the 13th-esque plot became Dark Reckoning, a mystery/thriller that introduced my favorite cocky undercover G-man – Special Agent Steve Williams. I never set out to write another series. However, yet again, the characters wouldn’t leave me be and in the next book I took Steve Williams undercover into a highly profitable drug ring in New York City and threw in a serial killer side story just to complicate things. Thus Vengeance was born.
By this time, I wanted to focus on another partial novel I started back in my high school and college days BUT the characters from both series were banging around in the file cabinets of my brain, yelling to be heard and this created seeds of a very intriguing thought.
The very idea of Special Agent Williams thrown in the same ring with Ty Aris (a.k.a. Chris Ryan) was indeed a thrilling concept – a colossal what if...
Oh yes, I went there.
As Author Popped said, I went where very few dare to tread. In Hunting Season, I took a compelling crime novel and added a supernatural twist.
This is by far my favorite book out of everything I have written. I had a tremendous amount of fun cultivating the tension between Ty and Steve and creating havoc on their lives.
Imagine you’re a criminal that successfully hid from the eyes of the law for fifteen years. Into your life comes an FBI agent on the edge - and this Fed knows your identity. He also knows about your family’s unique set of supernatural gifts. Gifts that could help him hunt down a killer.
Welcome to Hunting Season.
HUNTING SEASON available now:
When Kyle Winslow escapes from custody and targets everyone Special Agent Steve Williams cares about, a turn of fate brings Steve face to face with Ty Aris – a criminal mastermind topping the FBI’s most wanted list. Torn between justice and vengeance, Steve must make a decision. Join alliances with Ty, or arrest him and lose his best chance to catch the bastard who destroyed his family.
VENGEANCE – on sale for $0.99 for the month of May:
After an undercover bust goes to hell, Special Agent Steve Williams becomes the target of an assassin and his wife’s visions escalate, forecasting a brutal assault on their family. Escaping from the city and armed with scant details from Jennifer’s dreams, Steve trudges through a litany of past connections, searching for the key to stop the course of fate. A brother with a grudge, a serial killer and a mafia assassin are all on his trail and the hunt begins . . .
J.E. Taylor is a writer, an editor, a manuscript formatter, a mother, a wife and a business analyst, not necessarily in that order. She first sat down to seriously write in February of 2007 after her daughter asked:
“Mom, if you could do anything, what would you do?”
From that moment on, she hasn’t looked back and now her writing resume includes six+ published novels along with several short stories on the virtual shelves including a few within eXcessica anthologies.
Ms. Taylor also moonlights as an Assistant Editor of Allegory, an online venue for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, and lends a hand in formatting manuscripts for eXcessica as well as offering her services judging writing contests for various RWA chapters.
She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children and during the summer months enjoys her weekends on the shore in southern Maine.
For more information about J.E. Taylor, please visit her at her website or her blog.