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Interview with Taylor Marsh

Interview with Taylor Marsh


What genre do you write and why?

Modern romance, psychological thrillers

I spent 10 years in the dating, sex and relationship worlds. I was Relationship Consultant (my actual title) at the LA Weekly, then the nation’s top alternative newsweekly. I spent years talking to women and men about modern relationships.

When I decided to move from journalism and non-fiction to women's fiction, everything in my background was ripe to tap.

Interview with Taylor Marsh
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Tell us about your latest book.
Alex Gantry loves T.J. Gale. It’s a new relationship that’s gone through a lot of testing already. They’re in for a roller coaster ride in Beltway Betrayers.

Thousands of miles away in Los Angeles, Alex’s ex-boyfriend, Hollywood mogul Brian Marks, is grappling with the loss of Alex to a man 20 years his junior, who Brian thinks is half the man he is.

The love triangle is as old as literature itself. In Beltway Betrayers, it gets even more complicated.

The two lovers, Alex and T.J., want Brian out of their lives, but he has no intention of granting their request without a battle.

There’s also T.J.’s ex-wife, Lisa Dalaney, whose powerful father is not happy with his ex-son-in-law dumping his daughter. Lisa cheated on T.J., but it was business to her, nothing personal. She blames Alex for her marriage imploding, which is just an excuse to ignore her own behavior.

It’s a thrill ride for the reader from Washington, D.C., to New York City, to Los Angeles, California.

How was this book published? (traditional, small press, self pub, etcc...)  Why did you choose that particular publishing route?

I’ve had two non-fiction books published the traditional route, through an independent publisher. It was a wonderful experience because my publisher was extraordinary.

As the digital era expanded, self-publishing offered authors control that they didn’t have through a traditional publishing experience. This makes self-publishing the only way to go, in my opinion. My new imprint is MM Press.

Writing a book is one thing; getting it seen, read, and reviewed is another. The marketing process an author chooses is everything, and a traditional publisher hasn’t the interest, time, or money, to devote what the author does. Having control of the marketing of your book changes the trajectory of what you can manifest.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad or good ones?

Yes, I read reviews, which also come to me via a stream of emails. Some people don't know that the number of reviews an indie author receives makes a difference. Amazon calculates these things.

A reader’s review isn't “bad or good.” It's how they experienced the book, which depends on a million variables.

I can't change how I write because of a review. As long as I've worked diligently with my editor to produce the most thrilling story I can, I'm happy, no matter the review.

What advice do you have for other writers?

Get a website. Write every day to find out what’s your beat, what moves you, and own the subject. 

Engage your commenters.

Have a wide social media presence where your brand is obvious.

Being an author is having a small business. It takes investment if you want to earn.  Be patient and think long-term.

What's your favourite quote about writing/for writers?

My favourite quote is attributed to Ernest Hemingway, although some question whether it came from him or his biographer.

“The first draft of anything is shit.” – Ernest Hemingway

Nothing was ever truer.

Where can people find out more about you and your writing?


Interview with Taylor Marsh
Who designed the cover?

Mirna Gilman, Books Go Social, who also did my first cover, and will do my next.

Did you learn anything from writing your book that was unexpected?

After a lifetime of non-fiction writing, this is my second work of fiction, so I’m constantly learning.

Keeping the thread of each character demands extraordinary vigilance, more than I imagined before I finished Beltway Betrayers.

What was unexpected is the impact the right editor can have on my romantic fiction.

A good editor is always valuable, but the right editor for my romantic thriller made the difference, in my opinion.

Do you believe in writers block?

No.

There is a time to write and a time to think.

Anxiety can block your thought processes. Writers have to be able to control these things, which I learned when I was a performer, actress, and Broadway babe.

There is a flow, a rhythm to writing.

Relaxing is key, so writers must find how to do that for themselves.


What is your work in progress? Tell us about it.

The Beltway Series, Book 3 is taking shape in my mind.

I’m letting the characters roam around in my ruminations right now and they’re having way too much fun.

I’ve not talked about this until now, but one of the characters from Book 1 will be back in the next book. She’s a young actor who’s come into her own, learning to use her power. She’s a client of Alex Gantry, my heroine, who's an elite life coach. The working title, emphasis on working title, is Beltway Hits Sin City. It’s set in Las Vegas, the place where I once spent a lot of time partying, and where I later met my husband. 

Interview with Taylor Marsh

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  2. I was so excited to see this interview this morning! I loved doing it.

    Thanks so very much.

    xo
    Taylor Marsh

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