Tell us about your current release.
The Witch Hunter is an Urban Fantasy with a romantic element (though it’s not purely paranormal romance). It's a book about revenge, trust, secrets and lies, coming to terms with what life has thrown at you and being able to overcome it all. And maybe a little bit about growing a heart and giving a damn about something other than yourself. (And one mental witch from beyond the grave, thrown in for good measure.)
The next book to come out will be the second in the Witch Hunter Saga, entitled The Return. At this stage it’s due July 1st, 2013.
What are your hero and heroine of the story like?
Zac is the ultimate flawed hero.
He desperately wants to do the right thing, but he believes himself incapable. The only thing that seems to hold him together is his brother, Sam. He's a smart ass, talks back like nothin' else and is, on most occasions, reckless. He plays at being the 'bad boy' but is it really just a defense mechanism?
When Aya suddenly appears, she is the one puzzle he cannot solve. Trying to solve her is the most frustrating and alluring thing he's done in decades and it drives him mad.
Aya is the ultimate poster child for revenge and self-sacrifice. She's dedicated her afterlife to hunting witches, and procured a pretty scary reputation for it. She's killed and compelled her way through her existence and has never let anyone close. Her secrets are too great to let go to just anyone. She truly believes that she is the only one who can be trusted. Until she meets Zac, she doesn't understand that there are others out there that could become her family. She doesn't believe at all.
Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you? If so, what was it?
This one is about music, but it also applies to books:
"There's the sort of music fan - and let's face it, we all know the sort - who likes to sit in judgment on which band, which album, which sort of music we're allowed to love, and which we're meant to turn our noses up at. These people need to get out (of themselves) more. Loving music isn't about drawing up egg-headed lists about what you don't like - it's about accepting what you're powerless to resist."
The best way to avoid criticism is never do anything ever. Or, do what you love, have a great life & let others spend their time criticising. – Ricky Gervais
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
Right now I’m listening to a couple of new albums, Holy Fire by Foals and Opposites by Biffy Clyro (both UK bands)
Favorite songs right now are:
Let the Day Begin – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Late Night – Foals
Don’t Ever Want to be Found – The Rubens
Karmageddon – Abbe May
Breezeblocks – Alt-j
Coming Back to You – Battleships
Everything You Wanted - Clubfeet
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was five I wanted to be a punk. I was obsessed with Rock the Casbah by The Clash. I did grow up to be a punk, but now I’m more of a rocker.
Ultimately, it wasn’t long before I wanted to become an author.
Entice us, what future projects are you considering?
I’m thinking of writing another book in-between books two and three of the Witch Hunter Saga. I’ve already started writing it, as it’s been my go to book for when I need a break from vampires.
This one is set in the Australian bush in a post-apocalyptic world. A woman, who has been living on her own for three years, suddenly meets a man out in the middle of nowhere… and saves her life.
Part romance, part adventure, part introspection.
Book One in the Witch Hunter Saga
Nicole R. Taylor
Genre: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal
Number of pages: 300
Word Count: 72,000
I was born into the world covered in blood, and that's exactly the way I left it.
Ever since, I have been damned to walk the boundary between life and death alone. Unwillingly turned and left to my nightmare, I have seen men commit countless horrors and committed many of my own.
My origins shall remain unknown, my true self hidden. I have been called by many names, but in this life I am known as the Witch Hunter. I have been asleep these past 150 years, until I was awoken by a haunting call.
Zachary Degaud was twenty three when he died. The problem was, he didn't stay that way.
Present day, he's just another vampire with another unremarkable story. That is, until he manages to provoke a two thousand year old witch named Katrin, who wants to make him pay in the most horrible way imagined.
Along with his brother Sam, newly made vampire Liz and their only witch ally, Gabby, his only chance for survival is to summon the ancient and unpredictable vampire known as the Witch Hunter.
Zac is just looking for a way out of his psychopathic witch problems, but instead will find himself falling head first into a blood feud that has stretched thousands of years.
Aya has been asleep for the past 150 years, until she was awoken by a haunting call. The witch she has been hunting for thousands of years, Katrin, has resurfaced and marked a young, annoyingly arrogant vampire by the name of Zachary Degaud. Unless she does something, he will die a slow and painful death. He has given her an opportunity to end the witch, but does she want to help him or leave him to his fate?
Zac will get under her skin like no one else has and she just might find herself making the ultimate sacrifice before he is gone forever.
They will both have to choose sides and look deep within themselves before the end. But, what Zac learns about himself, will surprise him most of all.
Nicole R. Taylor is an Australian born paranormal, fantasy and contemporary fiction author. She is a graduate of the University of Ballarat Professional Writing and Editing programme and is a former music memorabilia sales person and grocery merchandiser.
She currently lives in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia with a two year old rescue cat named, Burger. She enjoys reading, writing (of course!), traveling and a little too much chocolate. One day she hopes to sky dive, but has to work up the courage first.
The first in her new paranormal fantasy series, The Witch Hunter Saga is currently available in e-edition and print.
Learn more about her writing at: www.nicolertaylorwrites.com
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