Thursday, May 22, 2014

Interview with Author Scott Allen Taylor

Scott Allen Taylor
Petaluma, CA

Good morning, Scott and welcome to Vision and Verse, the Place for Art and Authors. We're happy to have you here with us. What have you written?
My writing has followed me through the high points of life, as it should. First, it was articles about hunting and fishing and the outdoors, then unavoidably, my beliefs. My first book, The Mystery of God, was quite a flop. The publisher no sooner took me on and went to print, and then went belly up (I hope it wasn’t me). It was just as well, however, I now look back at the manuscript as the incoherent ranting of a spirit-crazed individual lacking in communication skills.

Since then, I have restarted the book many times, and eventually hit the mark, with: Walking Like Einstein, the story of my own fascinating religious experience and discovery of an error in the early Christian church, combined with Einstein’s findings about the true nature of Time.
  
What is your favorite genre to write?
Non-fiction

Favorite food.
Yes. Mexican food is a favorite, and baked goods, definitely baked goods.

Tea or coffee?
Coffee, with cream.

Pizza or ice cream?
Yes. I used to say that ice cream was like manna from heaven. But pizza…I really do like pizza too.

Where would you like to visit?
I like quaint little towns and villages, the backwoods, and old Europe.

Favorite musical artist.
The Moody Blues.

Do you listen to music when you write? 
Never.

What?
Solitude for me. I’m going places when I write, and music is its own place, for another time.

What makes you laugh?
I as much as prefer to look at most things through a humorous lens. So, life, I guess.

Favorite work of art.
I fell in love with the works of artist, Jeanette Le Grue…literally, I married her.

That is so romantic!  I love it. How old were you when you started writing?
My late 20s.

Describe your perfect evening.
Evenings are best when the day has been full, fulfilling, as a finishing touch. Nothing big, really, just good food and good company.

Where do you get your inspiration?
Inspiration is to writing, like magma is to a volcano. I erupt, and the flow is its own force.

What do you do when you get a writer's block?
I stop. I am an archer, and in archery you only keep practicing when you are on the mark.

Who is your favorite author?
Ah, that is an unfair question, for a spiritual writer. But truthfully, I admire any author who addresses the subject on multiple levels. The apostle Paul was the best. Patterning after the biblical parables, his writings spoke to the past, the present things seen of this world, as well as the unseen. Most of scripture is that way. If you are not careful, you can read the vanilla and miss the chocolate and strawberry entirely. Most do.

Best book you ever read.
The Bible.

Who is the one person who has influenced your personal life the most and why?
My father. He portrayed the greatest things of life, every day, without boasting.

If you could sit down and have a conversation with ONE person, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be and why?
Hmmmm…I was going to pick number two (rather than the “one” person I might like to talk to. And then, there are many: Adam, Jacob, David, and Lincoln. I’ll have to get back to you.

What advice would you give someone who aspired to be a writer?
Get alone. Also, many advise to write for yourself. But while I agree, I believe that is just the beginning. State your message as if on trial for your life. Do yourself justice, but also win your case for public record.


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4 comments:

  1. Thank you, Scott, for being with us this morning. We at Vision and Verse wish you continued success in all your writing endeavors.
    Hugs,
    Carol

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  3. Thank YOU Carol! I think my answers are a bit from the hip. I guess that is my style. Walking Like Einstein is in editing. I would like to invite followers to visit my facebook page and "Like" for publication updates. I'll keep you posted - thanks again!

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  4. Walking Like Einstein sounds terrific. Come back and see us again, Scott.

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