Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self. Cyril Connolly (1903 - 1974)


Swept Into The Darkness Book Tour - Interview

I love reading, finding new books and interesting authors to add to my growing community library. I especially love getting to know the authors of books I love and I hope you do too! I have a fun interview with author of the book Swept Into Darkness.

Enjoy getting to know her better and don't be afraid to interact with her through social media if you have more questions!

LaTaeya Lane author of Swept into the Darkness (Chronicles of the Celestial Book One)

1. Who is your favorite author? 
My favorite author is Charline Harris. I love the characters she creates and the worlds they live in. Her writing style is relatable and all her female characters are lovable.

2. Who is your favorite character in your books and why?
My favorite character is Sydney London. She is beautiful, real, loving, strong, resilient and complex at times.
Despite the fact that she is a powerful member of the magical community, she is compassionate,relatable and humorous. She embraces her feelings and speaks her mind.

3. Fiction writing is a creative endeavor and assuming you have experienced "writers block" do you have ways of getting your creative juices flowing again?
Every character I create, I transform into, living, breathing and experiencing everything they go through.

If writers block does occur which is rare, I step back (taking on the form as the character)and figure out where I want this journey to take me. I ask the question: what challenges must I face in order to overcome my obstacles and reach my goals? Once I do that the the ideas flow again.

4. Are any of your characters or stories based on actual events or real people? If not how do you come up with the story lines? 
Sydney London's character is inspired by my personality as well as the issue of her loosing her father. My father passed away almost three years a go. It was a difficult time in my life, a dark period for me but as time went on the light within me pierced through healing me.

As far as the story-line  the story was inspired by a childhood passion. Ever since I was a little girl I have been fascinated by angels, extraterrestrials and concepts of the supernatural. This book series is inspired by a childhood fantasy adventure that has grown to be a heartfelt passion of mine. Every little girl dreams of having special abilities, finding real love, and becoming a princess. And that is exactly what Sydney is in so many ways.

5. What technology do you use for writing?
I use traditional pen and paper, then the laptop to transfer the story into a digital document.

6. What is a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal? 
I do not have the opportunity to sit and write at a desk for a certain amount of hours. My writing day is pretty random because there are other obligations I must meet. I work in a local school district between the hours of 8:30 and 3:00. I also have a seven month old baby. Basically my writing day never ends.

Every chance I get I write, that may be during a break, my lunch time,when the baby takes a nap, or even after he goes to bed at night. I set mental goals for my writing such as the time frame for completing chapters and so on.

7. What do you want to be when you grow up? Was being an author your first love? 
Being an author has always been my first love but as a child I also wanted to teach. I started to feel that something was missing in my life, like I had an empty hole within. I needed to write.  I had to embrace my creativity.  It was something that I had to do. And once I started back again the feeling of emptiness subsided and my purpose and passion for writing was clear.

It was so nice to learn a little more about Ms LaTaeya Lane.  She makes me wish this was a radio interview so we could just chat.

I hope you enjoyed the short and sweet interview and you'll check out her book!

About Author LaTaeya Lane

Years of exposure within the writing and publishing world have made a lasting impact on Author LaTaeya Lane. Writing since she was seven years old, Lane began jotting down phrases and themes later turning them into poems and short stories. 

Writing became such a passion throughout her youth that she became the Junior and Senior editor of her High school newspaper. She wrote her first novel at age sixteen but was not seeking publication at that time in her life. Lane entered several creative writing contests during her early years of writing and won a few of them. 

Always captivated by the supernatural and elements of fantasy, Lane was inspired to write a series of books that focused on going beyond the boundaries of life and imagination. The angel vampire fantasy “Swept into the Darkness” is Lane’s first published book in a series called “Chronicles of the Celestial.” Lane completed a degree in social Sciences and currently works to support the education of special needs middle school students. 

Lane resides in the state of New Jersey with her husband Leo and is working on writing a publishing the second book in the series.
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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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  1. Looks like a neat book tour!

  2. I love learning about new books and getting insight into authors!

  3. I love that she writes her stories in long hand. I just saw an interview with Danielle Steele who does the same thing!

  4. This was a great interview. I never thought about interacting with authors that I love, except the authors that are bloggers, who I already talk to on a regular basis.

  5. That is a great idea to interview the author of the books you review. I love hearing how Ms. Lane juggles her career, motherhood and being an author! I remember seeing you on SITS forums and glad I stopped by. I blog book reviews and book related things as well and will be sure to follow.

  6. What a terrific interview your performed! I am really impressed with your job and the author.

  7. I love books like this!! I'm going to check it out. Perfect for those late nights I can't sleep.


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