Novels Alive.TV
Live the story…


content
language

Blog Posts

May 5, 2014

10 Questions With…Kassy Tayler

Cindy Holby

Novels Alive.TV and Be My Bard.com are very pleased to welcome this week’s guest to the “10 Questions With…” interview chair…KASSY TAYLER!

Kassy Tayler has always been a writer. Since the beginning of her memories, her biggest desire has been to put words to paper. Now she is living her dream and has several published novels to her credit in multiple genres. She’s been married for several years to the man of her dreams and they have raised two exceptional sons. Tayler lives within the shadow of Pilot Mountain in North Carolina where she helps with animal rescue through her local humane society. She is the mother to Cody, a doxie, and Cisco and Dax two very interesting cats.

Kassy also writes historical westerns under the name Cindy Holby and sci/fi under the name Colby Hodge. You can find info on her other books at www.cindy holby.com

1) We’ve all pondered the age old question of which came first the CHICKEN or the EGG?  As a writer, when creating a new story, which tends to come first for you—the CHARACTERS or the PLOT? 

KT – Definitely the characters. They appear to me and then they tell me their story, I just happen to be the lucky one who gets to write it down.

2) It’s inevitable that small bits and pieces of a writer’s own personality will make their way into the characters they create. But if you had to write yourself into one of your books, would your character most likely be the hero/heroine, the steadfast best friend, the comedy relief or the villainous mastermind?

KT– Oh I would definitely be the heroine. I would love to kick some ass.

3) Speaking of villains…do you prefer writing characters that are clearly evil from the second they appear on the page or the surprise villain that no one would ever expect?

KT-  It really depends on the story. Some are evil at first, other’s just have their own agenda.

4) If you had the power to step inside the pages of any book for 24 hours, which one would you choose and why?

KT– Wow, hard question. I think I would choose one of my own stories.

5) If you could use that same power to jump through the screen into the world of your favorite television show or movie, which would it be and why?

KT-  The Avengers, but only if I could be Hawkeye’s girlfriend with some super powers of my own.

6)  Over the last few years, books of an erotic nature or with taboo subject matter have become more acceptable—even popular—in the mainstream marketplace. How, if at all, has this change affected the way that you write your own “love scenes”?

KT-It hasn’t. I am not a fan of erotica and my love scenes are pretty tame.

7) There was once a time when authors had to rely almost solely on mainstream media like newspapers and magazines to find reviews written on their latest book. Now that the internet has made it possible for anyone with a keyboard to become an armchair critic, has the sheer number of reviews available for your books made it easier or harder to deal with criticism?

KT-It’s just a part of the process. You can’t please everyone. I think I get more annoyed when people don’t get their facts right or say, I hate this genre so therefore I hate this book. If you don’t like the genre, then don’t read the book.  I had someone really blast one of my books on Amazon because it was shelved in inspirational in a book store. That was not my fault, so why are you blasting me?  That is what makes it all so frustrating.

8) Many authors have branched out into multiple genres over the years. Is there a particular genre of fiction that you have always wanted to tackle but, haven’t tried yet?

KT- I’ve written in several different genres, historical westerns, colonials, medieval, steampunk, dystopian, sci/fi, contemporary YA and urban fantasy. I’ve got a contemporary romance and a romantic suspense I’d love to write when I have the time.

9) If you could choose one historical/contemporary romance from your own or another author’s library of work to be made into a feature film which would it be and why?

KT- I would choose my Ashes of Twilight series. I think it would make an amazing movie with the moodiness of the dome and the dark tunnels beneath.

10) Tell us a little bit about the project you are working on now or share something about your newest or upcoming release(s).

KT-At the moment I am writing as Colby Hodge on the fourth book in my Oasis series, Zander.  It will be the conclusion to the story started with Star Shadows, people have been asking for it for years and I’m finally able to sit down and write it. I hope to have it out sometime this fall.

Short URL: http://tinyurl.com/jhcjz9n


Written By

Teresa Spreckelmeyer
Teresa St. Mary - Teresa, is a wearer of many hats (figuratively) including, mother, wife, graphic designer, event planner, web developer and a self-admitted, avid reader of historical romance novels. Although Teresa is a “small town girl” (again, figuratively) from Missouri, through her various workings with clients and events, in and out of the west coast entertainment industry, she laughingly refers to Los Angeles as her second home. Teresa has produced marketing design work for actors, directors, writers and film studios, among others and played a strong behind-the-scenes role in the creation of entertainment oriented, fundraising events in both Los Angeles and Las Vegas over the past nine years.




 
 

copyright
 
Beyond Danger

Surviving Danger by Kat Martin and Giveaway

As a writer, I’m always looking for new story ideas. I often find that past experiences can be a great help. Have you ever survived a dangerous situation? How did you do it? When I was first learning to snow ski, I got caught...
by Dayna Linton
0

 
information
 
Best Day Ever

Kaira Rouda & THE BEST DAY EVER

Kaira Rouda, author of BEST DAY EVER, one of the launch titles for Harlequin’s new Graydon House imprint, recently took the time to chat with me at Miss Ivy’s. Here’s our chat. My review will be posted later. ...
by Ivy Truitt
0

 
partner

 
Forever Yours

Cheryl Holt’s FOREVER Series!

My new FOREVER series is available today!  Meet my new heroines:  Abigail, Catherine, and Sarah Henley.  Fall in love with my new sexy, yummy heroes:  Alex Wallace, Christopher Wakefield, and Nicholas Swift.  All three boo...
by Dayna Linton
0

 
content
 
Beyond Reason

Why Romantic Suspense by Kat Martin

I love novels that include both romance and suspense/thriller elements.  I like the extra depth it gives the story.  From the start, I envision the book being as much about the developing relationship between the hero and her...
by Dayna Linton
0

 
 

Top 5 Playlist for Nikki Navarre’s Foreign Affairs Series

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY BRIEFING MEMO SUBJECT: Top Five Playlist for Nikki Navarre’s Foreign Affairs Series WARNING: This message will self-destruct. Nikki Navarre is a globetrotting ex-diplomat and author of the Foreign Affairs s...
by Ivy Truitt
0

 

 
Into the Firestorm

Into the Firestorm by Kat Martin Blog Post and Giveaway!

It is our privilege to once again host New York Times Bestselling author, Kat Martin on Novels Alive TV! My Favorite Places Since I’m about to make my annual trek from the snow country to my house at the beach, I thought it m...
by Dayna Linton
0

 
 
Dueling in Death's Backyard

Inside with a Cardiac Surgeon Turned Thriller Writer

We’d like to welcome Thomas Jay Berger, MD to Novels Alive TV! Thomas Berger has penned DUELING IN DEALTH’S BACKYARD, a medical thriller that will keep you up all night turning pages as quickly as you can read. I l...
by Dayna Linton
0

 

information
 
Adam Frankenstein

FREE Until November 3rd!

For a limited time, ADAM FRANKENSTEIN: A COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES by Sheila English is FREE on Amazon through November 3rd! Get your FREE copy here! About the Book What if the Frankenstein creature didn’t die in a fire...
by Dayna Linton
0

 
partner
 
Not Quite Perfect Blog Tour

Catherine Bybee’s Not Quite Perfect Blog Tour & Giveaway!

I’m a pantser, everyone who has ever read an interview about me understands that I don’t plot my books by any stretch. However, an outline of a character would be the exception to my ‘no plotting’ rule. That isn’t to ...
by Novels Alive Admin
1

 
content
 
Heart of Delight

How to Draw a Handful of Hearts—Inspiration for My Sweet Regency Series ~ Jenna Jaxon

How to Draw a Handful of Hearts—Inspiration for My Sweet Regency Series If truth be told, the inspiration for this series, Handful of Hearts, began in 2011 as I was writing a short story to enter in a local writing contest. I...
by Ivy Truitt
1

 





copyright