I live in the backwoods of Middle Georgia. I’ve lived most of my life in the backwoods, so I have spent/spend a lot of time outdoors and in the woods. Living this way also cultivated an overactive imagination. I was a natural worldbuilder as a child. I love adventure.
I am married, but I don’t have any human children right now. I have a Belgian malinois named Shadow and quite a few snakes (yes plural). I used to have an iguana and a bearded dragon at one time. I also have a large red-footed tortoise name Tori. She’s about ten pounds and her shell alone is about the size of a football. My husband rescued her about 4 years ago at a job site, and we’ve had her ever since. We both love animals and we seek to be wildlife rehabilitators and enthusiasts.
I am a full time writer and a blogger. I also started a new business this year: Soaring Eagle Publicity.
I love being outdoors and am an avid outdoorsman. I play musical instruments, draw, write, love the natural sciences (chemistry is my top favorite), love animals, read, play video games.
2) How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing in general since about age 8, doing short stories and poems. I decided to try out a novel at age 16, so that is when Neiko’s Five Land Adventure was born. Escape from Ancient Egypt followed in behind that, and it just exploded after that.
I started writing because my high school social life was nonexistent or sucked at best. This was the time during my life we lived in the suburbs, so I was cut off from the woods. Being a teenager meant I couldn’t embark on my childhood adventures like I used to. So, then I wrote began to write about them and writing gave me to portal to dive into them once again and escape my miserable reality. I had to fill the void with something, so I remembered how I loved to write as a kid and put the two together.
3) Do you have a favorite place to write?
I can write just about anywhere and my workstation is portable, so basically anywhere that is free of noise and has a comfy seat. Contrary to what you may think, I mostly do my brainstorming in the woods, not write. The laptop battery won’t hold up long enough or the bugs want to annoy me. I can’t concentrate on writing when I want to play slap music, lol.
4) Why did you decide to write Neiko’s Five Land Adventure and Escape from Ancient Egypt?
Part of the reason was answered in question 2. Another reason was to write the book that didn’t exist at the time, and the book I would have wanted to read. I wanted a fantasy book with a lot of action, and those were hard to come by, especially for YA and MG readers. I was a mature reader for my age and I wanted something that wasn’t for babies, but skip all the adult baggage. A little romance is okay, but I don’t like it a whole lot. I also wanted to put in my other interests. Before I knew it I had an entire series on my hands.
5) Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
I suppose Neiko, the main character. We’re almost twins, and she gets to do the things I dream of doing. I do put her through mortal hell and later immortal hell, but she somehow is able to make it through, but not unchanged. Her tenacity, her ability to attract trouble, strength, bravery, and her quick wit are some of my favorite qualities. The fact that she’s Native American is fun. She’s a better shot and a better tracker than I am, too.
6) How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
I would have to say Francesco. He is the type of person you learn to hate. He is loyal to no one but himself. He only serves someone if they have something he needs or wants, and if you are in his way he will try to get rid of you. He has a compulsive obsession with Ramesses II and that is partly what leads to the second book besides him getting his revenge on Neiko for something she did in book #1. You just have to find out for yourself how diabolical he is and find out if you hate him, too.
7) Do you proofread/edit your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
I work with a critique partner and I hire a content editor to patch the plot holes and that kind of thing, but for the most part I do my own proofreading in the meantime and after my crit partner and editor do their thing.
8) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I like to read, do something outdoors, or play a video game.
9) Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I read when I can in between everything else, and it is still a lot. My favorites are Terry Brooks, Brian Jacques, and Carolyn Keene
10) What question do you wish that someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? Write it out here, then answer it.
How does you illustrations match the descriptions of the characters and places so accurately?
I am directly involved with the creation of the illustrations. I provide the illustrator with sketches of my characters and a schematic of the setting which he/she puts it together. Because I love to draw, I had to use that talent for something!
The Neiko Adventure Saga, Book One
Genre: YA Fantasy Action Adventure
Publisher: Two Harbors Press
Date of Publication: September 1, 2010
Number of pages: 354
Word Count: Approx 101K
Cover Artist: A.K. Taylor, Kristeen
The Indians and the Crackedskulls are locked in the turmoil of war and presently in a stalemate. Her enemies, Raven and Bloodhawk, have come up with a scheme to up the ante and break the stalemate into their favor. Neiko later finds out that a land she thought she had only imagined is actually real and contains a legendary and otherworldly evil within it. Not only that, she becomes trapped there and must escape the world, the people within it, and the sinister evil within.
Neiko must find her way back home and turn the tables on her enemies. Can she come back home and escape the evil that seeks to claim her?
Neiko’s Five Land Adventure Excerpt:
After her eyes adjusted to the glare, the two friends could see there was a cavern that was full of perfect crystals. They were in all shapes, sizes, and colors and they came out of the walls, floor, and ceiling. The beauty was spellbinding. “Wow! If I found this in Hawote, then I’d be rich! This is a rock collector’s dream come true!”
“Yeah, but didn’t you say that there were writings about Ramses somewhere in here? I wonder where the ruins of Shadazar are,” Quickstrike rambled.
“Somewhere in here, I guess, and I think we’re close. Let’s keep walking and look at the walls. If there are any branch-offs, then we’ll split up. If you find anything, then come looking.”
“Actually, I’d rather stick together, so we won’t get separated.”
“Good idea, well, I like that idea better too,” she said as they journeyed deep into the caverns. They walked and looked at the walls, but all they found were arrangements and shapes created by crystal; they gleamed and sparkled when the light hit them like multicolored diamonds. Luckily for them, there were no branch-offs, and the caverns appeared as if they were carved into the crystal. New formations were growing in the hewn walls.
Neiko found several broken pieces on the cavern floor; she picked them up and slipped them into her pocket.
“Look, there’s an exit up ahead,” said Quickstrike as he saw a break in the glamour and a darkened cave. As they entered the door, darkness overtook them and there were ruins just ahead. “We found what’s left of ancient Shadazar!”
“Yeah, and we have an underground lake to cross. I wonder what’s on the other side.”
“I dunno, but I’ve noticed the further we go in, the further we go back in time, so that could mean the writings are probably after the lake. How do we get across?”
“There’s a boat right there.” They climbed into the boat, and Neiko got the oars and began to paddle while Quickstrike carried the torch. They could see broken columns and the remains of a bridge that possibly was a shortcut long ago towering over them. She kept paddling, and then they saw a waterfall just ahead. Neiko paddled around it and parked the boat on the bank of the hidden cavern. When they entered the hallway, there were pictures and writings. “Neiko, look! We found it!”
“Hmm,” she said as she looked at the letters which were surprisingly in the alphabet of her tribe.
“Well, it’s written in English, but it is written in the alphabet of my tribe. This will be easy for me to translate.”
“That’s good. So, what does it say?”
Neiko looked at the battling figures and the dark, shadowy form of the Dark Pharaoh fighting and slaying them. She ran her finger under the letters as she read. “This is talking about something called the Good Pharaohs. It says that God created powerful beings called Pharaohs to protect the universe from evil.
A.K. Taylor grew up in the backwoods of Georgia where she learned about nature. She enjoys hunting and fishing, beekeeping, gardening, archery, shooting, hiking, and has various collections. She also has interest in music, Native American history and heritage, Egyptian history, and the natural sciences. A.K. Taylor has been writing and drawing since the age of 16. A.K. Taylor has graduated from the University of Georgia with a biology degree, and she shares an interest in herpetology with her husband.
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September 30- October 28
September 30 Interview
The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom
October 1 Spotlight
Lis Les Livres
October 2 Spotlight
Books & Tales.
October 3 Interview
Dalene’s Book Reviews
October 4 Spotlight
Wicca Witch 4 Book Blog
October 7 Interview
Author Leah DW
October 8 Guest blog
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October 9 Spotlight
October 10 Spotlight
October 11 Interview
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October 14 Spotlight
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October 15 Spotlight
October 16 Guest blog (review later)
October 17 Spotlight
The Writerly Exploits of Mara Valderran
October 18 Interview
happy tails and tales
October 21 Guest blog
October 21 Spotlight
October 22 Spotlight Book 1
Sapphyria's Book Reviews
October 23 Spotlight Book 2
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October 24 review book 1
October 25 Spotlight
October 28 Spotlight
Ramblings of a Book Lunatic
October 28 Interview
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