Welcome everyone! Today we meet Melvin A. Taylor, Indie author of The Kindred Spirits book series. The series consist of two novels since 2011. Currently, Melvin is working on the third book entry which will be released soon.
Hi Melvin! Welcome!
Thanks, Book Squirrel. You can just call me Mel if you like.
Sure thing! So tell us, Mel, what inspired you to write?
An inner voice saved my life during 9/11. That same voice spoke to me and planted a seed in my mind with an idea around a series of three books, which ultimately sparked my interest in writing and the rest, was history.
Wow! What’s your favourite thing that you have written?
The first book in the series The Kindred Spirits: Rivers Return. After writing the book, it felt weird actually holding the book in my hands. A simple idea went from a thought to a physical finished product. I still can’t get my head around it.
What’s your favourite thing that someone else has written?
Who Moved My Cheese? By Spencer Johnson MD.
Who moved my cheese? That’s an intriguing title.
Well, yes, I guess so.
What’s the best book you’ve read this year?
Steve Harvey’s book, Jump.
What are you working on writing now?
The third book in The Kindred Spirits series, which I hope to publish early next year.
What’s the best vacation you’ve had?
Traveling to Zurich and Geneva, Switzerland on business. I was there for a little more than two weeks, respectively, in both cities—18 days in Zurich, came home for a week, then 18 days in Genova. After work and on the weekends I took full advantage of all that Switzerland had to offer. It was awesome and beautiful.
What is your pet hate? Have you ever built it into a character or used it in your writing?
I detest shady people…the ones that come across as friends but really have a hidden agenda. So the main villain in the book is based around that type of person.
What movie can you watch over and over again?
There are several movies that I could watch all day: “Miss Sloane”, “The Warriors”, “Ghost”, “The Sixth Sense”, “Predator”, “To Sir With Love” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I’ve always wanted to be a businessperson. My grandfather had that entrepreneurial spirit and business savvy, which I gravitated towards and, unconsciously, it has become a part of my DNA. To date, I’m an author of two books and founder and CEO of an independent record label called 45 Records Entertainment. Growing up, I had no idea this would be my path, but I’m grateful and the grind doesn’t stop. Who knows what will happen in the future.
What’s your favourite season? Why?
I love the Fall! Cool enough to wear sweaters, bundling up in warm clothes and the beauty of the changing leaves.
Who are your three greatest literary inspirations?
My sister, Carol A. Taylor, as well as Jackie Collins and John Grisham.
Name three people you admire, and give reasons.
Rupert A. Taylor (my grandpa), Carol A. Taylor (my sister) and my cousin Gary O. Davis. They’re successful individuals, working for themselves! They go to sleep at night with dreams and they wake up, still living their dreams.
What would you like people to know about being an Indie author?
Remember, after writing and completing the book, that’s when the real work begins! Be patient promote, promote and promote!! Always remind yourself the process is a marathon, not a sprint.
Name two things in life that you wish were easier.
1) I wish life it self was easier! I wish it came with a map, blueprints, instructions or directions as to what to do or not to do. A guide would eliminate all the mistakes that I’ve made in my lifetime. But, I’m learning as I’m going and growing and there’s a lesson in each experience. We all go through moments where we either feel discouraged, unmotivated and uncertain about ourselves—sometimes all three, ya know? But life is not about how you fall down, but how you get up. I think sometimes in life we need reminders about this, myself included; which is why I started my Resilient Warrior Story blog series and Resilient Warrior Community Facebook Group to promote stories of any kind. Sharing stories and experiences can assure someone else they aren’t alone. And the older I get, the more confident I become in my journey and where I’m headed…it’s a good feeling.
2) Losing loved ones (my mom, my dad and grandfather). If I could only spend one last time with them, to pick their brains or simply sit quietly with them…just to listen to them inhale and exhale again. Once they’re gone, they’re gone forever. Life has such a vicious cycle. I wish loss were easier to accept but I know that our paths will cross again and we will meet up on the other side. Hopefully, no time soon—and on the up side, I know I’m making them proud.
Oh, I’m sure you’re making them proud!
Thanks, Squirrel. That means a lot.
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Thanks for having me, Book Squirrel!