Thanks so much for agreeing to do this interview. I really enjoy hearing about the journey other take in getting their books published. I did a little searching and found that you have three books out, Witch in the Woods, Clearly’s Corruption, and Blood Moon Ritual. Can you tell us a bit about this series?
Thank you for having me. My Witch in the Woods trilogy takes place in the year 1601 and is about a professional witch hunter named Victor Steep. He takes on a case in a small town called Beth’s Hollow, believing it to be a normal case. However, Victor quickly discovers that this witch is not like the normal witches he hunts, and that she was the last witch his father tried hunting before he died. Meanwhile, as he searches the woods of Beth’s Hollow, Victor meets a mysterious young lady by the name of Clearly, befriending her and promising to find a cure for her cursed brother named Fabian. Things only get more complicated for Victor as he tries to finish the case and save those he holds most dear. Throughout the trilogy, battles are fought, secrets are revealed, and sacrifices are made in a battle against good and evil.
What inspired you to write these books?
I originally wrote Witch in the Woods as a short story for my creative writing class in high school. My fascination with the Salem Witch Trials and my love for the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales were my biggest inspirations for Witch in the Woods.
What other titles are similar to your books?
I really haven’t seen any other books that are similar to mine. I really tried to make mine unique, but I have been keeping an eye out for anything similar that may come along.
Tell us a bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you choose that image/artwork?
I illustrated the cover art for all three books in my sketch pad, and then edited them on the computer. I wanted my covers to be beautiful, dark, and a little mysterious. For me, book covers featuring silhouettes have all those qualities, so I felt it was the right design for my trilogy.
Other than writing, do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
I grew up in a very artistic family, which gave me a passion for the arts. I am especially fond of drawing and am very much influenced by the Japanese manga style. I also enjoy working in the kitchen to making crazy desserts, like a giant S’mores brain.
I see that you’ve been working on a new book called Desolation. Is it a fourth book in the series?
I just recently renamed “Desolation” to “Forlorn”, which is actually a standalone novel set in modern times. It’s a sci-fi/fantasy about two young adults named Gabby and Nathan, who meet while hiding from the aliens who’ve just invaded and are wiping out everyone on Earth. They fall in love while on the run, but their responsibilities threaten to separate them and even put them in danger of being captured by the aliens.
Being an indie author isn’t easy. What’s one of the most surprising things you’ve learned in creating your books?
I didn’t find anything very surprising while creating my books, but what I did find surprising was the amount of supporters out there. It’s not just friends and family giving encouragement to keep creating, but other indie authors, artists, and readers too. The amount of indie supporters out there is amazing, and I love that we all can support each other.
How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Readers can check out my blog, Facebook page, and Twitter profile. They can even find me on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords, or check out my boards on Pinterest.
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Taylor-Ann-Bunker/e/B00JGEXVCU/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1437409950&sr=1-2-ent
What draws you to the genre you write in?
Fantasy and the paranormal have been lifelong interests of mine, so I was always looking to read books with those themes! They take you to another world full of adventure, suspense, romance and conflict. They add magic to your everyday life, and let you experience things that are rare or does not exist in our world. Those are what draws me in and makes me want to be part of that genre.
Give us an interesting fact about one of your books?
In Witch in the Woods, Fabian was originally named Gabriel. He wasn’t going to appear in the series until the second book, as was going to be the new antagonist. Yup, Victor’s best friend was originally going to be his enemy.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
I’m extremely excited to say that I’ll be having a cover reveal for Forlorn on my blog very soon. Thank you so much for the interview, I really enjoy your website. It’s been a pleasure talking with you.
Thank you for taking the time to do this interview! Best of luck with your writing!