Author Diane Taylor is keeping herself busy these days. She released a book just a few months ago and has another scheduled for release in April. But before you go off to check out this talented writer on the Internet, you should be aware that she presently specializes in paranormal erotica. That means what she writes is ADULTS ONLY and NSFW. You have been warned.
A self-proclaimed hermit, she resides in Houston, where she weathered Hurricane Ike and the three weeks thereafter without power by tapping into her camping skills. Good planning found her and her room mate just walking distance from a grocery store and a pharmacy, which saved them the trouble of navigating through what Ike left behind.
Her adventures began when she was born in Battle Creek, Michigan. She also had stops in West Virginia and Daytona Beach before a fifteen year stay right here in the Inland Empire, in Grand Terrace. Circumstances then gave her a round-about road to Houston. With two four-legged children and a roommate “who puts up with my constant mutterings and ramblings,” she finds herself “writing like a fiend” these days.
Despite her busy schedule, she took the time to share some of her experiences with writing and publishing.
Let’s talk about your writing. When did you first start?
I’ll officially date it as 2003 because that’s when I finally, actually, FINISHED writing a book. But I’ve always loved to write. It was fun. I even had a stint where I wrote Dark Goth poetry for a while.
So, 2003 for a book, but you were writing before that. When is your first memory of writing something for you, in any form?
I remember getting an A in grade school for a book report/one page creative story about a pet tiger… don’t ask me how long ago that was… but I remember the story.
When I was older, I’d always start writing something, intent on turning it into a book. But nothing really happened with it because my handwriting really sucked. It wasn’t until I began playing online text based games that I really got into getting creative with my writing.
So it was gaming that helped you transition fully into writing?
Yep. Actually, the gaming started my Dark Poetry because I created a character that was a musician that sang of nightmares and horrors that most mortals would cringe at. It was a World of Darkness game that dealt with vampires and werewolves that were “supposed” to remain hidden.
Where did that [character] come from?
Well, I wanted something that integrated into the game itself… and, instead of just posing that I was singing and playing an instrument, I began making up poetry as I played the game. Then I realized I had a good thing going, so I began to write the poetry down in a notebook.
How about a sample of that?
Okay, this one is called The Watcher:
You Are Watching Me,
Lurking in the Night.
Away in the Shadows,
Away in the Night.
You Watch from the Darkness,
Alone and Unseen.
Your Silence is Absolute,
You Wait for Me.
A Glimmer of Moonlight,
Will Give You Away.
Will You go?
Or Will You Stay?
So it appears you’ve had an attraction to the “darker” side of things from early on in your writing.
Yeah. My English teachers always were into the artsy flowery “Bright and Cheerful” poetry…. I hated that stuff. But the darkness has always called to me.
Why do you think that is?
It’s funny, because I was totally scared of the dark when I was a kid. Terrified of sleeping without a night light. But somehow, I transitioned into being comfortable in the night. In my early teens, I found I loved paranormal things…stories involving vampires and werewolves and I think that’s what drew me “to the dark side….”
It seems that’s where your writing is firmly entrenched now.
Yep. I enjoy my work. When I finally got a decent computer, my first thought was, “My dream job is going to be sitting at home on my computer and getting paid to do it.” So that’s what I’ve been doing.
(See Part II of IV later in the week.)