Taylor Grant is an extremely nice guy. He has a great sense of humor and I love to tease him! This man writes amazing books and has a lot of talent. If you don’t know him or haven’t read his books you must! I promise you will not be sorry! If you give him a red velvet cupcake he will be your new best friend. He is a proud father and loves to spend time outside. Please take the time to read about him and get to know him better. Please welcome Taylor Grant to Roadie Notes………..
1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
The first complete story I remember writing was in 4th or 5th grade English class, written in longhand. It was a science fiction story called A Day in the Life of a Peace Provider, and it was an homage—okay, a total rip off– of Logan’s Run. But hey, we’ve all got our humble beginnings. I even provided a poorly drawn cover illustration for my magnum opus. I think I still have it in a box somewhere in the farthest depths of my storage room—never to see the light of day, but always special in my heart.
2. How many books have you written?
My stories have been published in over twenty books so far and counting. But it was my first collection, The Dark at the End of the Tunnel that put me on the map. It made several “best of” horror lists and was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award. In addition, I co-wrote the #1 Amazon Bestselling comic Evil Jester Presents. I also have a new novella (from Cemetery Dance Publications) in the works, as well as a long overdue novel.
3. Anything you won’t write about?
I’m not a gore-hound. I leave the hardcore stuff to authors far more adept at that than I.
4. Tell me about you.
I’m an introvert so I tend to disappear in crowds (unless I’m speaking), but I’m great one-on-one. People often confuse introverts with being anti-social, which is completely inaccurate. Anti-social is a personality disorder, while introversion is a personality trait.
I am a bit of a health-nut and more spiritual than most people realize because I rarely talk about it openly. Note, I said spiritual—not religious.
Being a father is one of my greatest joys and I’m a sucker for Red Velvet Cupcakes.
My work (most of it non-horror) has been seen on the big screen, the stage, television, the Web, newspapers, magazines, and the radio. Two short films I’ve written recently premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, and received distribution through Sony and Shorts TV.
I own over 50,000 comics, which makes me either certifiably insane or an insanely in love with the medium.
5. Who or what inspired you to write?
More than anything else, I’d have to point to the original Twilight Zone, the original Outer Limits, Night Gallery, The Night Stalker, TV horror movies of the 70s, Star Trek (original series), science fiction films, comic books, and short stories from Bradbury, Matheson, King, Nolan, Bloch and George R.R. Martin.
6. What do you like to do for fun?
I love watching my son play basketball, practicing Qi Gong, reading at the park on sunny days, watching films and old TV shows, live rock shows, hot tub/BBQ with friends, and acting on stage/film whenever I get the chance. Oh…and massages.
8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
Whenever I finish any fiction, whether it’s a short story, a screenplay, a comic script, etc.—I always take a moment to enjoy the feeling of accomplishment as well as a sense of gratitude.
9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?
Out of necessity, I’ve learned to write ANYWHERE: longhand, using my phone (voice-to -text), iPad, laptop, and desktop computer. I generally like to listen to some kind of binaural beats or focus music, or Baroque music, as it has been shown in studies to create an atmosphere of focus.
10. Anything you would change about your writing?
I hope that the complexity and sophistication level of my work will continue over time.
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
I’ve never cared about fame. Money either. When it comes to prose fiction, I’ve always followed my heart. That’s not to say I don’t want success and a wide readership, but that was never my main focusing in becoming an author. In fact, becoming an author wasn’t really a strategy at all, I sort of fell into it after years of working as a professional screenwriter. Writing prose was a passionate hobby that has since grown into a career.
12. Where do you live?
The City of Angels. California.
Not at the moment, but I’ve had many. I’m a dog maniac. I plan on adopting one again soon!
14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
No matter how many times I experience the creative process, I remain in awe of characters taking on a life of their own. When I am really in flow, it is rather like eavesdropping on a story as a scene unfolds, and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.
I also a love a great plot twist that I didn’t see coming.
15. What is coming next for you?
I have a lot of irons on the fire in multiple mediums/industries. A film in development, a couple of TV shows in development, a novel and a novella, plus several short stories that have been accepted but not published yet. Keep an eye on Cemetery Dance Publications, as I have several works being published there in the near future.
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