Bolder and Older: Sloane Taylor
I met Sloane Taylor when we both were with the same publishing house that is no more. She impressed me with her feistiness and determination and I’ve come to appreciate her friendship over the years since or meeting. When she shared something that she opens up about in this interview my admiration for this exceptional lady soared even more.
Now it’s time for us to step back and give the platform over to the delightful Sloane Taylor.
Hi Lizzie, great to be with you today. I’m ready whenever you are!
Sloane, please share with us some of your prior adventures before you became an author?
Life’s been interesting. Maybe not always fun, but definitely interesting. I worked for Sherwin-Williams Paint Company in Chicago as a technician in their International Division when I was thirty-one. Circumstances changed and opportunities opened and I became the first ever female Service Representative for SW. I travelled all across the United States and Canada working with companies like International Harvester, Ford Tractor, Caterpillar, and many others to solve their paint problems.
Cupid arrowed my heart and I fell in love with a great guy. We married and life changed again. I quit my job because we moved to Moline, IL. A good job came along as a paint supervisor for French & Hecht Wheel Manufactures.
Life did its thing again and we moved back to Chicago because my husband got a terrific job offer from Litton Precision Gear. Not one to lie around munching bonbons, I went to work for a travel agency which we later bought.
And then life bit me hard and my husband died just after my fiftieth birthday. Tough times for my teenage daughter and me, but we hung together and made the best of it.
At what age did you decide you wanted to write and how old were you when you published your first book?
I’d love to say that I wanted to write all my life, but you know that would be a big lie. About three years after my husband died I started having these damned moving pictures zinging around my brain day and night. Scared the hell out of me. Finally, I wrote down what was happening in my head and my first book was born in its horribly flawed state. Beth Anderson is a wonderful author who offered to work with me if I promised to listen and learn. I did and at the ripe young age of 61 that written disaster became a jewel that went on to win awards.
Having read your work, scorching is a pretty good description of your sex scenes. Why did you decide to go the erotic romance route?
No conscience effort on my part. Those sex kittens Teddi and David flung open their bedroom door and then hit the sheets. I had zero say in the matter. My job was to strictly watch, drool, and record.
Did you read a lot of the genre before you decided “I can write that?”
Honestly, I never read an erotica before Teddi and David decided to take over my life. Since then I have read many authors in my genre. Some were outstanding and well worth reading again.
What are some of the obstacles you have encounter as a mature author? How about advantages?
Do four out of five publishers going belly up count as obstacles? LOL Actually I never had obstacles due to age because no one ever asked my age and I sure as hell had no reason to blab it. Therefore, I had no advantages either. I simply plodded along and let my characters drive the stories.
Do you have a set writing schedule, or do you squeeze in writing time when you can?
Lizzie, I am the queen of procrastination. Even though I have a word quota on my daily to-do list, I always manage to ignore it and then panic when a deadline is near. The only things I don’t drag my feet on are edits. Those are completed immediately and returned to my editor well before she requires them.
Have you set down yearly goals on paper or in a computer file? How often do you review and revise.
Hmm, please refer to my previous answer. LOL
What sort of reward do you give yourself when you finish a project, or do you work on the reward system?
No rewards because I never feel I deserve one.
Have you thought about writing in a new genre? If you do, would you write under a different name?
Absolutely! Even though Sloane Taylor is a penname, it has recognition. I decided to keep it for the other genre that wants to test my mettle and the nonfiction that is screaming to be written.
Are there new projects in the works? If so, can you share a little about them with us?
Ooh, I thought you’d never ask. LOL Over these last five years I’ve had two serious cancers. The first was advanced larynx cancer with the promise of a long dirt nap if treatment wasn’t started immediately. Spring of 2015 I was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer and again needed immediate treatment. Through both situations I kept an extensive diary and sent amusing emails monthly to a select group of people on what was happening. Helen Hardt, my editor and friend, suggested I write a nonfiction book about each cancer. This year my project is to write a serious but upbeat novel about my larynx cancer experiences. My doctors are all for it and so is my publisher. Hopefully it will come out in December. If not, then January of 2018.
Do you have any suggestions for other authors who hesitate to try to achieve their dream of writing?
Do not hesitate. There’s no guarantee you’ll be here tomorrow. Do you want to wake up in heaven and wonder what if? Jump on your keyboard and start typing. No matter what the outcome, you’ll be glad you gave it a shot.
Where can readers find you and your books?
Excerpts from my books are on my website http://www.sloanetaylor.com, blog http://sloanetaylor.blogspot.com, and all popular vendors. I love when folks connect with me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AuthorSloaneTaylor/ and Twitter.
Thank you, Sloane for taking the time to answer our questions.
And thank you for the interview, Lizzie. You made today fun.
Columnist Lizzie T. Leaf: Award winning author, Lizzie T. Leaf started life in Kansas, sprung to adulthood in North Carolina, and currently shivers through the winters in Colorado.
Since discovering the fun of writing paranormal, she plays with creating vampires, faeries and other immortals. When she needs a touch of reality, her Contemporary Erotic Romances come into play. Her most recent release is Nordic Heat, available at http://amzn.to/1owng5k
If she’s not creating mischief for paranormal beings, or getting under the covers with her erotic heroes, she can be found exploring the other genres she wants to write. She is a member of RWA and has served as President for the Heart of Denver Romance Writers and VP of Programs.
Lizzie loves to read, spend time with her family and travel with her best friend husband.