An Interview with Taylor Brooks

Siren-exclusive author Taylor Brooks is new to the publishing world. A person who loves to read and write, she finds herself drawn to the stories told of gay lovers, and finds the passion told in such stories absolutely beautiful. This also explains why her genre of choice for her writing is GLBT.

In addition to Take Me, Taylor has many stories brewing inside her head just itching to break free. Including a couple of stories she’s started, but isn’t quite sure where the characters are going to take things. At least not yet anyway. Stay tuned for more from Ms. Brooks as she strives for exciting ways to tease and please her readers.

Q: What about Southern California makes it an ideal location for your stories?

A: Southern California, especially the San Diego area, has such a diverse group of people and types of neighborhoods. There is literally something for everyone, making the city feel almost alive. So many times you hear people buzz about New York City or Las Vegas, which are exciting places to be, but San Diego offers something both of those places do not—the beach. When you add to that the sultry feel of the pacific coast, you can’t help but be pulled in by the heat and seduced by the beauty of all Southern California has to offer.

Q: Is there any overarching theme or message you feel ties the books of the Sultry SoCal series together?

A: One of the messages I would like to get across with all of my books is that love can be lurking just about anywhere. We will never know where it is, where it comes from, or how it chooses to show itself. However, when it does appear, it can be magical, exciting, and the greatest gift we could ever hope to receive. With that, you’ll often find that your one true soul mate may not be who you’d expected. It’s important, especially in this day and age, to never take the precious gift of love for granted. Love comes in many forms, so embrace it, cherish it, and never, ever let it go.

Q: Who is your favorite ManLove hero you’ve written so far?

A: Oh wow, I don’t think this is a fair question. I honestly love all the men I’ve written into these books. That’s why I wrote them. I couldn’t help but find myself pulling for them, in hopes they’d find their happily ever after. The truth is, I think all of these guys have a little something special to offer. It would be hard to pick just one, but since you insist, I’d have to go with Tyler Gordon in Seduce Me. He’s a man who’s put so many other things in front of his own happiness throughout the years. After reading about him, one just can’t help but fall in love with his selfless ways.

Q: When not writing or reading, what are some other activities you like to do in your spare time?

A: Now that winter is finally leaving, I love getting outdoors. Going on walks around a beautiful lake, or on a scenic trail, doesn’t just do the body good, but does wonders for your mental state. A stressful day can literally wash away if you spend more time outdoors, breathing in fresh air and listening to the birds chirp. I have a lot of trees and birds surrounding where I live, so to hear complete silence would probably startle me. I absolutely love the sounds nature has to provide.

Q: What do you think a relationship needs in order to last “happily ever after”?

A: There are many key ingredients which go into any relationship making it through the long haul, but there are three which stand out to me as the most important. First, there must be honesty. If you cannot be open with the person you are with, there are obviously underlying issues which need to be dealt with. Secondly, trust is of the utmost importance. You need to be able to trust the person you are with. Without that, you will never feel completely safe. Lastly, I believe you need to share a genuine commitment to one another. When one is truly in love this should be easy, but if ever there is one person not ready to take that step, it may not end up being a happily ever after. So, when preparing your future, make sure you have all the ingredients needed for a wonderful life with the one you love.

Q: Which character do you like writing more: the protagonist or the villain? Why?

A: While I admit villains can be fun, I would much rather write the protagonist. Maybe it’s because I am a hopeless romantic. I don’t just write about the happily-ever-after love stories, I wholeheartedly believe in them. I’m that one who loves to see happy endings for everyone around her. So, naturally, writing and spinning a story of two people falling in love and getting their storybook romance is something that makes me happy.

Q: What’s the biggest thing that you’ve learned about/from writing that you didn’t know when you first started?

A: I’ve learned to never be afraid to let the story lead me on a journey of its own. There have been several instances where I’ve sat down to begin a story, or even just a chapter, only to find what I had planned wasn’t what my characters had in mind. It may sound silly, but characters really can speak to you and help guide you as you type away their tale. It’s important to listen to them. Their voice is incredibly valuable.

Q: From your debut release Take Me which is your favorite line?

A: Well again, I think this is another unfair question. How can I possibly choose just one favorite? Favorite lines are like Lay’s Potato Chips, can’t have just one. But, I’ll try. Here’s one that I really enjoyed. It puts me in the scene with the character, allowing me to experience what it is they’re feeling.

His nostrils flared with the smell of hot sex permeating his senses.

Q: Tell us about your writing routine.

A: My writing routine can vary from day to day. This depends on what else may be going on in my personal life. Having a family can throw a wrench in any plans when kids get sick or dinner needs to be made. My most productive writing days happen when I wake up and do not open anything connected to the internet, and leave the television off. I’ve found my most creative times are in the first part of my day, before outside influences have seeped into my subconscious. Whenever possible, I opt for early morning writing and leave the rest of my day for the other things in life.

Q: Tell us something we don’t know about you that might surprise us.

A: This question stumped me the longest. I came back to it several times before the answer hit me so hard I nearly fell out of my chair in laughter. It actually should have been quite obvious to me, but in retrospect I would say that it might surprise you, but it literally perplexes me. You see, the thing is, I love a good romance story. At least a good romance in the written form, that is. For some reason I cannot get into chick flicks or romance movies. I almost always will curl up with a good suspense or horror movie on the television, but if it’s a book, it’s got to be romance for me. I guess you’ve helped me discover one of my quirks.