Thursday, October 22, 2015
Interview- Mortal Magick by Patty Taylor
Welcome Patty, thank you for being a guest today. Let's get into this interview.
Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.
First, I’d like to take a moment and thank you for having me here today. I’m Patty Taylor and I feel blessed having Irish, Scottish and American Indian ancestry from my parents. I strongly believe that the combination of all these cultures have made a huge impact on my upbringing, beliefs and values and helped make me a stronger person. I love writing fantasy/paranormal romance for both the adult and young adult audience.
Are you a mom?
I’m not a Mom/parent of children, but I am proud to share that I have been owned and loved by a pack of Samoyeds for over 20 plus years along with a variety of other critters and rescue pets. I have always considered my pets my family and children.
I understand that- I have 6 kitties that are currently demanding a lot of time and energy. 3 adults and 3 kittens. They are my children too. ~WN
Do you find it hard to juggle writing and pet parenting?
Along with working full time and taking care of my beloved husband and pets, (and of course trying to squeeze in a wee bit of time to get some much needed housecleaning done J) it’s hard to find quiet time to sit and write without feeling guilty of what I think I “should” be doing, instead of working on my stories and going into my dream worlds.
I get that too- I always feel like there is something that needs to be cleaned, organized, or fed. I feel guilty focusing on my writing when there's always something else needing my attention. ~WN
Is there a theme or message in your work that you would like readers to connect to?
I’m hoping two messages will shine through – the first to remind people to be careful and not miss the inner beauty of someone very special, by judging them by their outer appearances. And second - To never give up on your dreams. Like my beloved Mum used to encourage me, if something you’re working on is that important to you, you must believe in yourself and persevere to help your goals become a reality.
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you? When you’re not writing what do you do? Do you have any hobbies or guilty pleasures?
I think most people would be surprised to learn that I always wanted to work with wolves in the wild and study their behavior. Instead, I graduated one year early and started working full time as a bank teller, and moved on to working in the construction industry. My beloved Samoyeds (dogs), rabbits and alpacas provided me with plenty of undercoat for my spinning of exotic fibers that I blended with sheep wool. I love to sit and spin at one of my several spinning wheels that helps me to relax, where I weave ideas for new stories.
Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?
I have always loved reading young adult stories, so of course Harry Potter and Twilight are 2 of my favorites.
Is there a genre(s) that you’d like to write that you haven’t tackled yet?
I actually started working on a young adult trilogy set in the Glens of Antrim, Northern Ireland, a few years back. After my recent visit, my imagination is now running wild and I’m extremely anxious to dive back where I left off. It’s still considered fantasy and paranormal, but this particular series will be geared so that all ages can read.
Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?
I honestly love quite a few of my “magical” secondary characters, such as Wee Darby, Kalista, Valdor, and the old witch Griselda. I find I can let my imagination run wild in creating them. Personally, I feel it takes more effort in bringing their unique characteristics to life, which is what helps make my heroes and heroines shine.
If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share? And - What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?
I’m delighted to share, that right before I left to visit my family in Northern Ireland a few weeks ago, I received another contract for Sea Wolf Magick, book 2 of my new Highlander Magick Series. Here’s my tagline for a sneak peak at this story:
"When a seafaring Highlander Lycan, rescues a cursed witch from the clutches of evil, a magical voyage fueled by fire and ice ignites more than just passion across the high seas."
What book are you reading now?
Between working, writing and going overseas to visit my family, I really haven’t had any time to read much of anything of late.
And thank you again for having me here today as your guest! I had fun answering your questions. I would like to take a wee moment and invite you and your followers to drop by my website/blog and Facebook page and stay tuned for a few special events, which happens the last week in October.
Thank you so much for being a guest today at The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom. ~WN
Highlander Magick Series
Time Travel Romance
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Date of Publication: June 8, 2015
Number of pages:176 pages
Word Count: 57K
Cover Artist: Syneca Featherstone
When an immortal Highlander falls in love with a human witch, “Mortal Magick” soon casts a spell of its own.
Doomed for eternity to wander nights as half man and half creature, rugged Highlander, Duncan McCord, discovers his curse is the least of his problems when he sets out for a cure and rescues the beauty determined to help tame his beast.
When a reluctant witch, Keara, gets whisked back to 18th century mystical Isle of Skye to learn lessons in magic, she faces the true test of love when she meets the man beyond her wildest dreams burdened with dark secrets from his past.
Forced together to journey through an enchanted country filled with mythical creatures and magical lore, will they survive in a world where evil sorcery reigns, or will a shocking twist of fate tear them centuries apart?
Available at Amazon
Trotternish ∙ Isle of Skye, Scotland ∙ October 7, 1797
Duncan McCord wanted a woman. His entire body and soul hungered for a special lass’ touch. The one destined for his love, whom he would call kindred spirit. His stomach tightened, a pain ripping through him like the slice of a broadsword. This canna happen. Not now, not ever. Reality hastily slapped him back to his senses. He vowed never to be foolish enough to let himself fall into another vixen’s treacherous traps.
Dark, threatening clouds rolled over Scotland’s glorious mountain peaks in the distance. The muscles in his legs rippled, gripping both sides of his mount. His stallion, Goliath, snorted and stopped short in his tracks. His enormous hooves stomped the hard ground.
“Aye, ‘tis all right, me friend. Just a bad storm startin’ to brew. What a grand spot to rest for the night.” Duncan bent down and stroked the neck of the black steed then swung his leg over and jumped to the ground, beginning to remove both gear and saddle.
Goliath neighed, his breath white in the cold air.
A gust of frigid air swept around Duncan’s feet, spiraling its way beneath his woolen plaid. Leaves rustled from the biting breeze as they whispered danger through the towering pines.
Goliath snorted again and reared his mighty head.
The sweet scent of honeysuckle filled Duncan’s flaring nostrils and jabbed his memory. The pleasing fragrance was soon replaced with the putrid smell of dead worms and rotten leaves. Clenching his fists, his knuckles cracked. Short hairs bristled on the back of his neck. Wicked laughter echoed through the Highland hills.
A woman’s teasing, silky voice sparked his memory, whispering poison in his ears.
“Your journey is for naught, my beloved Duncan. I see you’re still stubborn as always. Your horse seems to have more common sense than you.”
The snicker became a cackle. Invisible fingers like fuzzy feathers tickled his whiskers, making his face twitch.
“I see ye still didna have the guts to face me, ye bloody she-devil. Afraid ye might finally get what ye rightfully deserve?” Stone-faced, he shouted into empty space. “I promise, witch. Ye won’t be laughin’ for verra much longer.”
“Careful, my spirited lover. You don’t want to wake the inner beast before sunset.
“Duncan lunged from the damp forest floor. His splayed hooves clip-clopped on top of a boulder. His nostrils flared from the irresistible lingering lavender scent. He cocked his head to the side, his keen hearing caught her every breath as each step she took brought her dangerously closer. “Aye, the damn fool-headed woman! She’s done wandered off again.”
He snarled at a shooting star plummeting to the ground. Like a bubbling cauldron of fire, it spit an outburst of flames across the moonlit sky. “Aye, the bonny wee lass is headed straight for a trap.” Clenching his fists, he veered back his head and wailed.”
About the Author:
Patty was raised as a “country girl”, and fell in love with animals, books and the mystical world of magick from a wee girl. With her mother’s heritage, born and raised in Northern Ireland, along with the discovery of her father having American Indian ancestry, Patty’s fascination for both cultures quickly led her imagination to run wild.
Her love of The Chronicles of Narnia Series, from C.S. Lewis inspired her to start creating magical realms and characters of her own.
Patty’s dream to work with white wolves didn’t become a reality, but she considers herself blessed to have been “owned and loved” by a pack of beloved Samoyeds for over 20 years.
In her spare time, Patty can be found sitting beside one of her favorite spinning wheels, blending exotic fibers while her imagination weaves more stories. While she cherishes fond memories of both her parents, thanks to her beloved Irish Mom, Patty’s belief in the little people and fairies still carries on.