Today we sit down for a chat with military romance author D. K. Taylor.
When did you realize you wanted to write novels?
I always knew, but didn’t actually start writing until after my husband died in 2005.
How long did it take you to realize your dream of publication?
I self-published my first book in July of 2018.
Are you traditionally published, indie published, or a hybrid author?
Is silence golden, or do you need music to write by? What kind?
Silence is golden.
How much of your plots and characters are drawn from real life? From your life in particular?
Since I worked for the Air Force for seven years, married an Air Force Staff Sergeant, and moved around with him for ten years (until he retired), have a son who retired from the U. S. Army, and a son-in-law who retired from the U. S. Navy—I do get a lot of ideas from my life.
Describe your process for naming your character?
I keep a running list of character names, by nationality, etc., and just pick the one that fits.
Real settings or fictional towns?
Both, but mostly real.
What’s the quirkiest quirk one of your characters has?
Can’t think of one.
What’s your quirkiest quirk?
I am a fanatical book lover; my house is crammed with them, bookcases everywhere.
If you could have written any book (one that someone else has already written,) which one would it be? Why?
Any of Elizabeth Lowell’s early books. I LOVE her romances.
Everyone at some point wishes for a do-over. What’s yours?
So far, I don’t have one.
What’s your biggest pet peeve?
People who don’t carefully proof their books, and the book ends up full of errors.
You’re stranded on a deserted island. What are your three must-haves?
Books, paper, and pen
What was the worst job you’ve ever held?
I worked seven years for the Air Force, seven years for the Farm Bureau, and seven years for a Southern Baptist Church, plus a few short-term jobs. I never really disliked any of them; all were different, but all were interesting.
What’s the best book you’ve ever read?
Since I am an avid reader (can read a book a night), I am hard put to name just one. Favorites are Gone with the Wind, Charles Todd mysteries, romances by Lindsay McKenna and Diana Palmer (among many others), to name a few.
Ocean or mountains?
City girl/guy or country girl/guy?
Country girl, raised on a farm
Loving What’s Left
In the blink of an eye, two lives are changed forever
Army Lieutenant Kit Vail has finally escaped the loving protection of her older brother, although it has taken a tour in Iraq to accomplish it. Meanwhile, at an AF Base several hours away, lone-wolf Hawk Hawkins is yanked out of his perfect lifestyle by a call from his long-time friend, Kit’s older brother. Capt. Mark Vail calls in a marker and demands that Hawk drop everything and make a trip to Camp Taji to check on his baby sister, a woman Hawk has never met. Despite their initial animosity, there is an underlying attraction, but sparks fly when neither is prepared to give up his or her independence. Then fate intervenes in the form of an IED (Improvised Explosive Device).