Albanland. Emerald hills and ice blue lochs, bordered by Nørds raiders and the haughty monarchs of South Angle, each dynasty eager to seize lands weakened by a civil war in which a usurper has risen to seize the cloven throne. Morgance, Faer Princess of the Night.
And by her side, the fearsome Ultan Skölhammer, sworn Guardian of the Crown.
But Rhoswen, rightful heir to the throne, princess in exile, leads a final uprising from the depths of the forest, an uprising that twists together the lives of the most unlikely companions.
A notorious thief accused of a crime she did not commit.
A baird apprentice searching for the meaning of life.
A pair of brothers who can’t seem to stay out of trouble.
And a gypsy bound to the ancient artifact known only as the
Vault of Dreams.
Somewhere between registering for my domain name and falling in love with Goodreads, I met Luke Taylor. When Luke asked if I'd like to read his yet-to-be-completed book, of course I agreed! Months passed, and I'd completely forgotten until a package arrived waiting for me on the counter. There it was, newly minted, my copy of his newest fantasy novel! It was such a lovely surprise, and that is just the kind of person Luke is — always thoughtful, ever so friendly.
It came as a shock to me that, not only are you an author, but you’re also a songwriter. Can you share with us another fact about you that might surprise some Luke Taylor fans?
I speak Japanese. I don’t read it very well, and I’m not fluent, but, hai, nihongo ga wakarimasu. I’ve been told I have a perfect accent. I can sing Let It Go in Japanese. Arino mama de.
What books/authors have most influenced your writing?
I have to give 3 authors credit in 3 different stages. I was introduced to the work of Stephen R. Lawhead as a child, when my mother read his Celtic fantasies to me before I would go to bed. I would just sit there and imagine what I was hearing, imagine Scotlad and the beauty of heroic warriors, the poetry, and everything that goes. Then, Dashiell Hammett, as a teen, who wrote mind-blowing works like The Maltese Falcon and Red Harvest, things that made me want to be sharp and quick as an author, things that were so easy and natural to read they felt like they had a rhythm to them. And finally, the one who I can thank for teaching me what Young Adult Fantasy truly is, Leigh Bardugo, who gave me everything I could ever want in a story with Six of Crows. Without Leigh Bardugo I wouldn’t be writing YA. And the multiple POV ensemble fantasy is my favorite. It’s so natural for me.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
My biggest quirk is that I see the whole thing like a movie and write what I see. So, I’m hopefully translating an imaginary movie into words.
The characters in Vault of Dreams were fascinating to read. Tell us about your protagonist(s)? Was there a real-life inspiration behind him or her?
Thank you very much! Well, I don’t want to say anything spoilery, but, as a true ensemble, I wanted to balance the cast. There’s four men and four women and hopefully there’s at least one character that resonates with every different kind of reader. Some of them are reflective of people in my own life, or have certain attributes of people that I know, but I did my best to write characters that drove the story through conflict, who excelled in those one-on-one moments, duels and conversations and what not, and who all felt realistic in the fact that they had hopes and dreams and rough pasts and incredibly difficult choices ahead of them. I feel Aerlyn is the true protagonist, and her transformation was the most rewarding to me, and I like to think that Ultan has the worst life of any character I’ve ever written. I always ask when someone’s finished the book who their favorite character is, and the answer is always really cool to hear, because I know everyone reads the same book in a different way, and that’s very rewarding to have written a book that can be interpreted in a unique way.
What was the hardest part of writing this book?
In truth this as the easiest writing experience I’ve ever had, thank God. The book really fell out of the sky in my lap. I’m so thankful for it. It took me from January 1st to March 27th, which is not long at all compared to some others. The hardest part of writing any book is finding true silence, but, through the writing of VoD, I learned to embrace the power of writing whilst listening to music.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
That’s so hard! But, I have to say the last chapter. It’s one of my favorite things I’ve ever written in any book and will always make me smile.
If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be? Other than songwriter, of course.
Yes, I can't say music, because I already do that. I would say film director, for sure. I would really love to do that.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I have written 5 published books, but I have several unpublished works that no one will ever read, especially since I have so many future projects I’m excited about!
Now that you’ve successfully completed Vault of Dreams, what are your future project(s)?
Great transition! I hope to finish the most anticipated book I’ve ever written, Exopsherica, and also my first re-telling, more of what I like to think of as re-imagining or re-inventing in Red Wolf Road, and then, in 2017 I want to tackle Charis and The Book of Storms, which has all the potential to be one of the best books I’ve ever written. I certainly am excited for those three. I do have to finish my adult material in Shatterpoint Bravo and Leopards, since those books are almost done, but, also, I get all sorts of new ideas all the time and I do my best to run with them when the inspiration is there. If I didn’t do that, there would be no Evening Wolves, there would be no Vault of Dreams. It can be hard knowing that part of me wants to finish a book when the other part of me wants to start a new one, but think of it like gardening. You have to plant and water and be patient and wait for the right season to reap the harvest.
And lastly, this is extremely important (chuckling), are you a part of the national phenomenon that is Pokémon Go? What was the last character you caught?
Ah, yes, a very important question. No, I do not play Pokémon Go. I stopped playing Pokémon when I was a teen on Gameboy Color. I beat Blue and Yellow, and when Gold came out I kind of sort of beat it but never caught them all. I was far more interested in battling than catching, and Articuno was my favorite Pokémon if you must know. But they keep adding new ones, it’s hard to keep up. It’s like Star Wars. I feel like canon has been updated so many times I don’t know what canon is anymore! For me it’s just another thing that’s back there in the history books with Madden and Age of Empires and all the other games I played. I stopped playing games years ago because they took away from my writing. There was an age when they helped me creatively, and I turned everything into a story and anything that had a character creator inspired me and helped me imagine my own stories once the console/computrer was swtiched off, but, then they started to take away from my life as my writing became serious and I wanted to dedicate more time to working on my own stories and not just imagining things related to all those different kinds of games I was playing. I had fun with them, yes, but I don’t play games anymore. I’m retired.
Join me in Vault of Dreams by Luke Taylor (Part II) for my review! Hope to see ya!
My name is Luke and I write books and music.
Inspired by the action and adventure of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones films, I wrote my first books when I was 7 and passed them around to my fellow classmates. Fully illustrated and poorly stapled, they were well loved, and sequels were often in high demand. My mother read epic fantasy trilogies to me when I was young, and it stuck. Whenever I write, I just write what I see, as if watching a movie. My mind is a high-definition DVD player and I promise to never run out of material.
In high school I studied film, wrote hundreds of songs, and wrote five novels that nobody will ever read.
So then I took a break and decided I would never write again.
But then, one day, I did. The book, Evening Wolves, won two awards and changed my life.
My style is cinematic and character-driven. I write YA Fantasy and Sci-Fi standalones, Mysteries, and Epic Fantasies. Yes I will accept your friend request. Don't be afraid to ask me a question.
I read a lot, too, mostly YA Fantasy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Mystery, and I write reviews. Check out my shelves to see if I've read a book that you enjoyed. I am passionate about my favorite books and favorite authors.
Thank you so much for your support and for buying and/or reading my work. I put everything I have into every book and I'm so thankful to be able to do so.
My newest book, Vault of Dreams, will be available on July 31st on Amazon in ebook and paperback.
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