Taylor Floyd, author of the haunting thriller short story, My Monster, had this to share about herself and her work.
In truth, my story is sad and cumbersome and not what people want to learn about. However, growing up, as I did, I had books as my comfort and curiosity and from that, I had a wonderful exploration of imagination all to myself. I began writing my first book, novel-length when I was thirteen-ish. That book was not only a grand escape from reality but also my first understanding of what it meant to find your purpose in life. I’ve always been an author. I had my first “story” published in the Young Authors Conference when I was eight. I was born a writer and always have been so. I feel very lucky with my writing process, I’ve always been able to create a story from beginning to end. Obviously, I’m not immune to writer’s block but I have an amazing group of writers that are close to me that stimulate me constantly. The dystopian fantasy series that I’m writing haunts me constantly. It’s the story my mind will never give up on until it’s finished.
My works in progress is a series (A Nightingale’s Tale), a stand-alone novel (The 23rd), and multiple scripts (The Missing), as of now. Any future projects are on hold until my current works are finished. Missing 411 is a huge part of my research for multiple stories. I read, and listen to podcasts or audiobooks constantly. Knowing other stories helps with my writing exponentially.