Friday, November 30, 2012

J.E. Taylor spills the beans!

Hi J.E.! So glad to have you at Spilling the Beans, where we can learn a little bit about you, and your book.
Grab a cappuccino and let’s chat. Unless you have another favorite drink (alcoholic or otherwise)?
JET: I’ll pass on the cappuccino, but I’ll be glad to have a Peach-Mango V8 Energy Fusion please…  :)

Mm, that does sound yummy.
Fur or feathers, petwise?
JET: Fur. I would rather shoot our feathered friends – this goes back to a nest on a air conditioner and many sleepless nights. Now I’m openly hostile towards birds.

Oh dear, lol. 
Any pet peeves? One thing that really burns your biscuits?
JET: Office politics – or any political posturing for that matter. Stop pussy-footing around and say what’s on your mind. I’d rather have someone be honest to my face than stab me in the back.

And politics in general these days, unfortunately!
Favorite quote?
JET: Oh my – this one is hard because there are so many…
I have these listed on my personal Facebook Page:
Losers always whine about doing their best while winners go home and f#$& the prom queen!
Go pound sand.

And a few others on my Goodreads page…

What’s your ideal day like?
JET: My ideal day starts with waking up at our beach home, taking a walk on the two mile stretch of Long Sands Beach and then hanging with the family at the beach, reading in the sunshine, getting a little writing time in the afternoon and then happy hour with the neighbors followed by a nice dinner and then end the day with drinks around the camp fire.

Ahh, lovely.
Beethoven, Beatles, Foo Fighters or Keith Urban (what types of music makes you rock out)?
JET: I have quite a variety of tastes but my preference is rock. I can’t stand elevator music and twangy old-school country music – both of those make me hostile.

Does music influence your writing? Do you have a music playlist for your book?
JET: Music has some influence over my writing – and when I’m in need of finding the writing zone, I do pop in my headphones and rock out to a specific playlist. But when I’m in the zone, I actually don’t hear the music, it fades into oblivion like everything else around me.

Me too. Hubby says I wear invisible blinders. :)
Which of your characters would you most/least like to hang out with, and why?
JET: This is another hard question and because I’m on the Saving Face blog tour, I’ll focus on the characters in the Steve Williams series – Ty Aris/Ty Ryan would be the character I’d most like to hang with because I’d love to pick his brain for hours on end. He’s damaged and has done some horrific things in his lifetime, but he’s also found redemption.

Least like to hang with…The Windwalker…because he is one sick individual.

While creating your books, what was one of the most surprising things you learned?
JET: I did a fair amount of research for the Steve Williams series, from researching how cocaine is made to blood splatter patterns to wiccan beliefs and Indian folklore. I also did a great deal of research on the different locations, like Georgia and Italy. I have never been to either, so google satellite maps was a godsend.

The most surprising thing for me was learning to shoot a gun. It isn’t as easy as aim and shoot and it gave me a healthy appreciation for firearms and those with expert marksmanship within the law enforcement agencies.

Where can readers find out more about you?
Twitter: @JETaylor75

Please share a book blurb and/or excerpt.
The Windwalker Serial Killer stalks the inlets of southern Maine for the next beauty to advance his collection and Special Agent Steve Williams is frustrated with always being a breath behind the slippery psychopath.  Escalating the pressure, Steve’s adopted sons, CJ and Tom Ryan, take teenage rebellion to an entirely new level, leaving Steve in an explosive situation.

When the Windwalker slaughters Tom’s ex-girlfriend, taking her face as a macabre trinket, Tom is found on the scene covered in her blood, with her scalped body draped across his lap.  Damning evidence against him is unearthed, his father's secret identity is about to be exposed, and he's charged with Tanya’s traumatic murder.

To prove his innocence, their only hope is the worst-case scenario; for the Windwalker to harvest a new face.

Thanks for spilling the beans today J.E.!


JETaylor said...

Thank you for having me today Cate! Your questions were quite fun.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I liked her favorite quote!

Cate Masters said...

Happy to have you, J.E. Love all the research you do for your books.

I love that quote too, Alex! :)