Published: June 2015
The List. That Signified Finality.
The Journey. That Would Span The Globe.
The Sacrifice. That Would Decide The Outcome.
The Choice. That Could Unleash Evil On Earth.
The End Is Only The Beginning...
“You have terminal cancer.”
London Patterson, a seemingly healthy young woman, had her entire life ahead of her. That was until four little words brought everything to a screeching halt. As the shock and grief begin to fade, London decides to map out her last year and embark on an epic journey to complete a bucket list. She wants to do the things she’s been afraid to do in her life, step out of her self-contained box, and see the world. What she didn’t expect was for a mysterious stranger named Adam to breeze into her life like a breath of fresh air.
Adam offers to help London complete her list on one condition…that she sees it through to the end. Agreeing on those terms, the two set out on an adventure of a lifetime. But London soon realizes that Adam isn’t quite…human. Along their journey odd occurrences happen that cause London to question who or what Adam is and why he’s helping her.
Follow London as she checks off her bucket list in this inspiring new Urban Fantasy novel from Taylor Dawn.
Deciding to become a writer wasn’t really a decision. It was a matter of putting the incessant chatter in my head onto paper. I literally sat down one day and began to write. I don’t think I chose to become a writer, it chose me.
RH: In your own words what is Saving London about?
Saving London is about living your life like there’s no tomorrow. Celebrate each day you have on earth because each day you wake up breathing is a blessing that cannot be matched.
RH: Do you reflect people you know into your characters or do you prefer making them up on the fly?
Most of my characters have bits and pieces of my own personality in them.
RH: What kind of research did you do for Saving London?
Saving London was the first book that I ever sat down and did extensive research for. I visited the library for books on the locations I chose for the book. I talked to individuals who’d visited some of the places, and some of the locales I was lucky enough to have visited myself. There’s nothing like firsthand experience.
RH: What themes might we find in Saving London?
Hope, perseverance, and faith are some of the themes in Saving London.
RH: Which character do you think is the most like you?
London is all me. Her character was based solely on my personality. Those who know me and have read the book will attest to that fact. They often comment with “wow, London is totally you!”
RH: Do you have a favorite line from the book that you can share with us?
I actually have 2 favorite lines from Saving London…
“Don’t let the fear of falling keep you from gaining your wings.” and
“I am not a banana!”
RH: It's said that you're a big jokester. Can you tell us about your all-time best prank?
Haha! Yes I am known for my legendary pranks. The most recent was when I put myself into a big black trash bag and sat out on my deck, waiting for my husband to come home from a meeting at night. I was completely concealed and when he stepped onto the deck, I scared the heck outta him. I’ve never heard a grown man scream like that and say so many expletives in a few seconds. He thought he was just walking by a bag of trash…not so much. The second runner up was this past April Fool’s day, I wrapped his boat in plastic wrap. It took a while to do, but it was a true work of art.
RH: If you gave one character a chance to speak for themselves, what would they say about their world?
I think if Adam had the chance to speak, he would say that the world is a hopeful place. He would tell you that even though there terrible things out there, there is still beauty all around you. You just have to open your eyes to it all.
RH: What is your next project?
My next project is actually a secret. It will be revealed after Saving London is released.
RH: Where can we find you on the web?
Webpage | Facebook | Twitter @CDTaylor_Author | Amazon | Goodreads
RH: If Saving London could be a movie, who'd play the part of London?
When I wrote London as a character I envisioned Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect.)
My own bucket list inspired Saving London. I wondered what I would do if I was told I only had X amount of days to live. What would I do?
RH: In Saving London, London goes about checking off her bucket list. Can you tell us one or two fun notes on your bucket list?
My personal bucket list is full of silly things. One is to fly a plane (London has this on her list too). But I don’t wish to commandeer a 747 or anything quite that big. I just want to steer a small crop duster plane for a few moments.
RH: What advice could you give fellow/aspiring writers?
Run away!!! Just kidding. The biggest slice of advice is that if you aren’t willing to pour your heart and soul into every single word you write, don’t do it.
RH: What is your least favorite thing to write? How do you accomplish it?
Serious moments are rather difficult for me to write. I try to find humor in all things and sometimes I have to literally depress myself to write something serious or sad. I’m usually one extreme or another. Super happy, or super sad.
RH: What is your favorite thing to write?
I love writing humor. I’m a pretty hilarious person so it’s super easy for me to write that way.
RH: What books/authors have influenced your writing?
Every book I’ve ever read has had some sort of influence on my writing. But I don’t strive to be like them. I am me.
RH: How do you overcome those procrastination demons?
RH: What is your favorite movie?
RH: What is your favorite book this month?
Bad For Me by Codi Gary
RH: Pen, Pencil, phone, tablet or computer?
RH: What does your writing sanctuary look like?
It’s a big brown recliner
RH: Where do you call home?
RH: Do you prefer paperback or e-books?
E-books for sure.
RH: If you could be any character of any book (including your own), who would it be and why?
I would want to be Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. Just to meet Mr. Darcy of course.
RH: What book could you read over and over?
RH: If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future or anything else, what would you want to know?
I don’t think I’d want to know. Life is beautiful because of the surprises it offers.
RH: List the last three books that you've read:
Bad For Me by Codi Gary
The Daring Assignment by Victoria Bright
Simmering by S.E. Rise
RH: What is the one thing you cannot live without?
RH: Do you have a favorite quote?
“Why fit in when you were born to stand out” Dr. Seuss
RH: What is your favorite drink?
RH: Are you an early riser or a night owl?
Whoo Whoo….Night Owl all the way!
RH: Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be? Why?
As long as my family are safe I will be happy. Everything else can be replaced. Life cannot.
RH: If you could be transported back in time and could be any individual, famous or not, who would you be?
I think I would be Queen Victoria. The love between her and Prince Albert was legendary.
RH: Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
I’d really like to thank my niece Haleigh, this book was written for her. Without her this would’ve never come to fruition.
RH: Do you write under a pen name?
I write under the pen names of Taylor Dawn and C.D. Taylor
I want to thank Taylor Dawn for taking the time to answer a few of our questions! They were very entertaining. And now, I must go watch "Mean Girls". It's been too long.
HAPPY READING! -- Erin
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