Hey! I’m Tasha Taylor, a Soul Mate author, and this is my first blog for Soul Mate Publishing.
I’m very excited to get the chance to share things with you lovely Soul Mate readers. So, let me tell you a little bit about myself and please, I would genuinely love to get the chance to know you all a little bit too. So remember, you can comment below – I love a good chinwag.
The first thing to say is I am from England – hence some of my vocabulary may sound a little strange. I know Soul Mate Publishing has an international readership – whereabouts in the world you live?
I am a mother of one ever-growing teenage boy, future ex-wife to my partner who likes to tell new people that he had jet black hair when I met him (that was nearly 15 years ago) and we have two beautiful dogs, who I am sure you will get to meet moving forwards.
By day, I work with primary care providers and their teams to support them during a transition period for embedded services. The job mostly lets me work from home, but that’s a definite skill set in itself – time management, staying focused, organisation, dedication, not listening out for the washer and dryer to finish, not staring at the walls trying to decide whether to paint or paper.
It’s a skill set that should transfer well to my other persona as a writer, however, I am easily distracted, whether it’s researching characters or places online or creating a cover to give me inspiration. It takes me a while to actually finish anything, but again, I’m working on it. I started my first novel in 1996 and it didn’t actually get published until 2012. My second novel, Alex’s Return – Secrets of St. Sebastian, published by Soul Mate Publishing, took considerably less time to write, but a long time to edit, as the ever-patient Cheryl will agree.
Talking of working on things, my third novel has a working title of World’s End, and is a contemporary romance. I started this a few years ago, and it is moving along steadily. I’ll keep you posted on its progress.
I also took the decision between Christmas and New Year, that I needed to give myself some more time to do the things I want to do. I set myself the challenge of staying off my personal Facebook account for the month of January 2018 (I’m writing this on 5th January, and so far so good!). It hasn’t been easy, because when I pick up my phone, I used to automatically check email, texts, Facebook Messenger – it’s a habit that can be broken!
[Update 12/02/18 – I read five books in January and succeeded in staying off Facebook for a month. I don’t feel I missed anything – the world didn’t end :)]
I wanted to give myself time to read like I used to and so when my partner gave me four books for Christmas, I’d already read two of them within 72 hours – I was off work at the time.
Writing, for me, has also become a guilty pleasure, and so I snatch time where I can, when I should probably be doing other things, but it’s not enough. So that was my third challenge – to allow myself dedicated, rather than borrowed, time to write.
And these are genuine challenges. You’ll know in your own busy lives that the things that you enjoy, the little things that make you, you, often get put to the side, and that’s why I decided that 2018 was going to be the Year of Me. My three challenges are only little things, but they are my first, but not my last of the year.
Is there anything else about me that you should know? I like to talk. (I’m just about sitting on my hands so as not to give you everything all at once!) I have a tendency to jump from one subject to another without warning. I like to drink Bud. I also like to drink gin, every now and then (remind me to show you the gin cabinet my partner built from an old suitcase!). My absolute favorite drink is tea – I drink buckets of the stuff. I’m loyal. I care. I’m quite shy. I laugh at quite inappropriate things, quite loudly.
Enough about me, tell me about you. Who are you? Where are you? What do you do? Likes and dislikes? Hopes and dreams? Give me everything!
It’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow and I could have gone down that route for my debut post, as a romance writer, but there’s two very subtle (my friends and family will tell you I’m about as subtle as a sledgehammer, but I’m working on it) a.k.a. very loose links in this post to the Big V-Day and my challenge to you all is to let me know what they are!
The first link, and forgive my poetic licence, can be found in this post – think Walrus! The second link can be found in the very last chapter of Alex’s Return – Secrets of St. Sebastian and is somebody’s name.
The prize? Well, that depends on how you view what I’m about to offer!
I’ll put the names of those who guess correctly into a figurative hat and choose one at random to be interviewed in a future post.
I’ll be blogging on a regular basis – the dates for my next few blogs are below. But don’t be shy, get in touch via the comments below, or send me an email or visit my website to find out what else is going on. I look forward to hearing from you.
- March 27th
- May 8th
- June 19th
Take care, love Tasha xx