Interview with Indie Horror Author – Nicolajayne Taylor
Nicolajayne is a British author with an international fan base. She lives alone with her cats in Blackburn, Lancashire. She loves history and has an interest in the paranormal. At the beginning of January 2015, Nicolajayne released her debut novel ‘The Curse of Mary’. She is published by Vamptasy, part of the Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly independent publishing company in the USA.
Terror Realm (TR): Firstly, tell us about your horror heroes.
Nicolajayne Taylor (NT): Graham Masterton is one of my all time favourite authors and his books are amazing. I have been reading his books since I was a teen and probably way too young to be reading his material but the books made me love horror. They showed me that there are no limits. My favourite horror book has got to be The Night Plague by Graham Masterton. It has all the elements that make a great horror for me. Barbara Erskine is another author who I admire. Her books are so well written and it is so clear to see how much research she has put into each and every one of them. Carmilla Voiez [ed – blushes] is my latest favourite author. Her books are poetically written and I love the deep seated message each story gives and her stories are a gift.
These are my top three. I read horror and I love it. I very rarely come away from the genre for several reasons. I like the darker side to fantasy and the real earthiness of characters are that only come from horror.
My favourite games are horror too. Silent Hill, Resident Evil, and Alone in the Dark are amongst my top ten.
Movies are harder, I haven’t been scared by a movie in absolute years and even then it wasn’t even a horror that scared me, it was a Disney film called Watchers in the Woods and it gave me the willies. But I love to watch the Hammer horrors, cult classics, and the oldies are the best.
TR: Tell us about your most recent stories.
NT: The Curse of Mary is being re-released on July 22nd. I have three books in the works. The prequel to The Curse of Mary is being written as we speak. My readers have been getting excited by the news that there is a prequel and made me excited to finish it. Here is an exclusive for you. The release date for the prequel ‘Isisti’ will be released October 14th. I have ‘The Ancient Ones’ to finish after that and then a old story titled Mist, but that title may change, I shelved the book for self-censoring purposes and thought it was too close to the knuckle but I am editing it heavily to be more market friendly.
TR: What is your first horror related memory?
NT: Staying up late on Saturday nights to watch the late night horror shows on Sky Movies. We would get hot chocolate, marshmallows and popcorn to much as we watched Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee in the arm chair horror series or in Tales from the Dark side. I also loved camping out in the back garden and shutting myself off from the world as I listened to the rain while I was lead in the tent, reading a Point Horror book or several.
TR: Do you have a particular routine to get you in the mood to write?
NT: I sit for a while and listen to the silence of the room before opening the work in progress and several web pages pertaining to the subject I am writing about. Research is important and reading about archaeology, time lines and about pagan practices always inspires me. If I am writing at night I will put on some elemental music on low in the background as I write.
TR: What challenges did you face before and after being published?
NT: It is very hard work and I have spent countless hours doing events on social media. I try my best to answer all private messages and I spend a lot of money on promotion for very little in return. Keep in mind that the moment you become published by a company, you are not just representing you; you are also there to represent the company. You have to put in just as much work as your publisher if not more. It isn’t for the faint hearted and writing the book is the easy bit. And that is no mean feat. I have had tons of people come up to saying they have an idea for a book or I want to a write book and instantly, I feel bad for them because they have no idea what it take to do this as a career and lifestyle. It is full on and you have to be accessible at all hours if you want an international author. I try and discourage those that aren’t already in the industry because until you stop thinking about writing that book and start actually writing it, I can’t help you and wouldn’t. If you want to do this job then believe in yourself enough to do it and do it alone until you feel ready to go out into the world with your work and sub it to companies and show it to the world. Keep in mind that just because you think it is good, doesn’t mean it actually is good. The readers are amazing, the ones that help out by beta reading, posting reviews and sharing promotional content, they will also be quick to point out your books flaws. Be ready for that and you may not like what you hear from the readers but it doesn’t make them wrong.
TR: And finally, as we’re all horror fans here. If you could be in any horror movie what would it be and why?
NT: The Blair Witch so I could slap em for making such a bad movie … just joking. In all seriousness, I would love to have been in The Conjuring, I love the characters and the fact that the films are biographical of real paranormal cases by the legendary Warrens. It doesn’t matter if you believe in the paranormal or not, these people believe it was and it scared the hell out of them and stuck with the Warrens enough to make a movie out of it. That is got to count for something.
An excerpt from The Curse of Mary.
Lucetta slammed her fists down on the feasting table. The candle light shuddered and threw a frenzied dance of shadows on the walls. “The Romans are marching North in their quest for Pictland, but they want to take over the North-West of this country to be able to restock and build their armies. We need to do something. They will burn our homes, ruin our crops and rape our women.” She leaned forward and looked at each one of her family and friends in the eyes, her cousins, aunts and uncles and brother. They were the ones that could weave magic, “we have the warrior, we have the power and we need to make this area untouchable for the Romans.”
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