The question I get asked most often as an author right after “what kind of books do you write?” is perhaps the most daunting: “why do you write?”. As a self-professed introvert, just answering the first question is awkward enough; trying to answer the “why” is quite close to impossible. While there are literally thousands of reasons why I write (trust me, I’ve made a list), I find it difficult to sum up the complexity of it all in a single sentence. Why do you breath? Why do you eat? Why do you get out of bed in the mornings? Any of those questions illicit the same answers to the question I get asked so often. Writing isn’t simply a career choice for me or a fun way of passing the time, it is literally something I have to do. It is a coping mechanism, a therapy, a joy, a desire. It is often the companion that I go to on a rainy day, the one thing that cannot and will not fail me. It is the wellspring of my heart poured out on a page; a Polaroid of my current disposition. Try explaining that to the cashier at your local supermarket. 😉
For me, writing has always been my passion- it’s figuring out to harness it that has made all the difference. I’ve always journaled, dabbled with poetry and incomplete song lyrics, and doodled quotes on fast-food napkins, but it wasn’t until I really challenged myself to do something more that I began this journey as an author. My writing has always been a private affair, hidden from the harsh critique of others. It’s personal and it’s mine; the thought of exposing it used to terrify me to the core. When I finally garnered the courage to put my work out there, it was life-changing. The good feedback was encouraging and delightful and reassuring. And you know what? The bad hasn’t killed me either. Of course I’ll never be Shakespeare or Poe or Bronte, but I am Taylor L. Stimac and I offer a glimpse of the world that no one else will ever be able to. I have the gift to share my perspective, to inspire, to take the calling that I feel inside of me and to do something with it. Given the chance, who wouldn’t jump at the opportunity?
So, why do I write? Sure, there are lots of reasons, but the one I stick with: I write for me.
About the Author: Taylor L. Stimac is a Young Adult novelist with a passion for storytelling. She graduated from East Central University in Ada, OK with a Master’s degree in Educational Technology. She’s been an English teacher since 2010 but has since found that her passion lies in writing prose rather than teaching it. When she’s not writing, Taylor enjoys painting, listening to music, and crafting. She resides in Arkansas with her husband and daughter.
Book(s): Trusted: The First Book in The Trusted Series, Destined: The Second Book in The Trusted Series
Trusted and Destined available exclusively on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/lmxgw7e
Published June 08, 2013
Approximately 64,000 words
Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Suspense
When fifteen year old Tegan Summers catches the eye of local radio personality Rake Johnson, she finally feels like a normal teenage girl. Everything about their relationship feels perfect, except for the unexplained presence that makes her believe she should stay away.
On the same day she meets Rake, another man makes his way into her life: Officer Damien Sanders. His mysterious and often intense warnings urge Tegan to trust him and to end her relationship with Rake. As she works to uncover Damien’s motive, she begins to realize that he may end up playing a vital role in her future. Discover what Tegan must do in TRUSTED, the debut novel by author Taylor L. Stimac.
Would you trust a stranger?
Destined: The Second Book in The Trusted Series
Approximately 58,000 words
Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Suspense
In the wake of Tegan’s apparent kidnapping, everyone is eager to get back to normal. Tegan, however, becomes determined to uncover Damien’s secrets and reclaim her sanity.
The constant obsession with Damien begins to put a strain on Tegan’s newfound love life as Rake begins finding ways to cope with her behavior. A downward spiral has begun that may prove to be irreversible.
Follow the journey as Damien’s secrets are revealed and Tegan discovers just what she is destined to become.
Destined: Book 2 in The Trusted Series: What’s your destiny?
“How’d it go?” Rake asked sweetly.
My eyes sliced through him as his question was silently answered.
“That good, huh?” he sarcastically replied as he fired up the truck.
Internally, I was furious. The audacity of “Dr. Lang” (was she even technically a doctor?), the sheer fact that both my parents and Rake agreed that I should be here. The entire situation made my blood boil.
“Tegan, you get why you need to talk to someone, right?” he coaxed.
I rolled my eyes as my hand instinctively pulled away from his.
“Oh, so it’s gonna be like that,” he teased.
His truck began to veer into the nearest parking lot and before I knew it he was present on my side of the truck, his forehead pressed firmly against mine.
“l love you,” he whispered, closing his eyes as he planted a soft kiss on my lips to confirm his words.
I swallowed hard, forcing the tears brewing in my eyes back down in defeat.
“Love you too,” I whispered back nearly inaudibly.
We held each others gaze for several moments as his eyes desperately searched my face. I knew he wanted to say something, I just wasn’t sure what. As my mind raced in several directions, his voice broke through.
“Tegan, I was so scared,” he confessed.
I stared at him blankly, puzzled by his admission.
“When your mom called, I . . .”
His voice trailed off, turning into short, painful sobs. Though I had never seen him cry before, there was a familiarity to his tears that I couldn’t shake.
“Sh-sh,” I coxed as I pulled him to my chest. “I’m fine. I’m here.”
“You have no idea the thoughts that ran through my head,” he sniffed. “I didn’t know if you were hurt or scared or .. or…”
He didn’t dare say it. The unspoken fear of everyone since I had been found.
“Rake, I’m here and I’m fine, okay?” I reassured him.
“I know, it’s just. . .”
His quivering lip matched the shaking hand that attempted to caress my cheek.
“I just don’t know what I would do if it had been worse. I mean if you had…”
“Rake, listen to me,” I said as I cupped his face between my hands. “I am fine. Yes, the last few weeks have been scary. Yes, the whole situation is insane. But, look, I’m right here and I’m fine and I just want things to be normal again, okay?”
Where to find Taylor:
Twitter: @AuthorTLStimac –https://twitter.com/AuthorTLStimac
Facebook: Author Taylor L. Stimac – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Taylor-L-Stimac/100348596842323
Goodreads: Taylor L. Stimac – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7105973.Taylor_L_Stimac
Taylor has been kind enough to allow me to giveaway her books. One lucky reader will win an ebook copy of both novels and another winner will receive a paperback copy of both books. All you need to do is leave me a comment below saying you would like to enter the contest and if you don’t have an ereader, that way I only place your name in the paperback hat. Two winners will be selected at random on February 17th. Good luck!