Tuesday, 9 June 2015
Series: Untamed Hearts #1
Release Date:15th April 2015
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Genres: New Adult, Young Adult
Brook Cottage Books is thrilled to have not one, but two authors here in a great author interview with writing partnership Taylor Henderson and Sara Schoen. Read about their new book Bad Publicity too!
Do you write under your real name or is this a pen name you use?
We write under our real names, the pen name we use (Stolen Glances) is for our “team” that represents Taylor and I, along with our friend/photographer. We use it for our social media mostly so that it can be used for the both of us.
Where are you from?
We are both from Northern Virginia. We met in high school in a creative writing class. In Bad Publicity we even feature real names from our teachers.
Did you write as a child?
Sara: I wrote teen fiction, and mystery. I didn’t start to expand until later in life.
Taylor: I wrote a lot of fantasy and fairy tales when I was really young. I even dabbled in historical fiction. As I got older and become a teenager I switched over to fiction, and to the genres that I write today.
What was the first thing you ever had published?
Sara: I published the Amber Alert series first. It’s about a girl that’s kidnapped, the the subsequent lives of those around/involved in the kidnapping.
Taylor: I published The Dying Game with Sara, a horror story.
Do you have a writing routine?
We both try to write a little each day. Together it seems that our routine has become that I (Taylor) write the beginning of the first chapters of our stories, and Sara writes the ending. She’s great with endings, and I love beginnings.
Do you have any writing rituals?
Other than forcing ourselves to write at least once a day, the only writing ritual that we do is coming up with an outline for our books before we write them. We also write down any idea we have that could be expanded on and turned into a story some day.
Do you have a current work in progress?
Together we are currently working on a kidnapping story called Captive, as well as a suspense novel called Beach Week. Both are halfway complete. After we finish those we will continue working on the other books in The Untamed Hearts Series.
Where did the idea for your book come from?
Our life experiences, as well as a vague idea that didn’t come to fruition until we sat down and worked on it together. It’s become our favorite story, and soon to be our favorite series to have written.
Who was the first person you gave the book to read?
Our fans on wattpad were the first to read this book, they gave us the encouragement to push toward publication, and allowed us to know what we had to improve upon after being rejected from one publisher, to later be accepted by another.
Do you have any advice for budding authors?
Perseverance and editing. No matter how many times you read over your own story, you’ll change things, you'll improve on it, and you’ll be even prouder of it. It’s a hassle, yes, but it’s worth it. It’s even better when you edit and then get a yes from a publisher after being told no by another.
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Strict parents make rebellious teens…
Jade Phillips wasn’t what everyone wanted her to be. She was supposed to be an honor roll student, polite, and most of all, well behaved.
Instead she had a juvie rap sheet as long as her arm, a liver that handled more alcohol than most Irish men, a partying habit that kept her hungover on weekdays, and a bad attitude.
She wasn’t going to change for anyone, or so she thought…
Her father is remarrying, and his future wife, the senator of Virginia, can’t afford to have Jade’s unruly behavior ruin her reputation.
That means no more drugs, alcohol, partying, and most of all, no more arrests, or she will be forced to live with her overzealous grandmother in the middle of nowhere leaving her friends behind. Now Jade has to make a choice, either change for the better, or suffer the consequences. What will she do?
After all, no one’s ever been hurt by a little…
Taylor Henderson and Sara Schoen are twenty year old college students who were born and raised in Northern Virginia. They have been interested in writing since they were young, and met in a creative writing class in high school. Taylor introduced Sara to an amateur writing website, and shortly after, the pair began writing together. Together, and separately, they plan to continue sharing their stories.