Where do you dream of traveling and why?
I would love to travel the Great Trans Siberian Railway. My characters follow the remnants of this railway across Russia and Siberia. It would be amazing to see the places I’ve only conjured in my mind.
Does your significant other read your stuff?
My husband was the first to read The Woodlands. I would bring him every chapter as I finished it. He would read while I anxiously hovered over his shoulder and at the end he would say, “it’s good.” That was the only response I ever got but I guess it was better than “it’s crap.”
How would you describe your writing style?
I would describe my writing style as pretty straight-forward, plain speaking but with a strong focus on description and emotion.
What was the scariest moment of your life?
I’ve had two I can’t choose between. Both my son and daughter developed completely different, life-threatening conditions when they were babies. When the doctors told me on these two separate occasions that my child may not survive, I’ve never been more scared in my life.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I was obsessed with a show called Northern Exposure when I was a kid. I fantasized about becoming a doctor and living in a remote Alaskan town like Fleischman.
What would we find under your bed?
Probably the other half of several pairs of shoes I’ve abandoned, dust bunnies the size of dust doggies and miscellaneous kids junk like Barbie doll heads, Lego and all the items that have been used as weapons I’ve had to confiscate. This includes wrapping paper rolls, umbrellas, light sabers and a skipping rope. It’s pretty crowded under there!
Describe what it’s like to be an author in three words?
Overwhelming, Cathartic and extremely enjoyable.
Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you?
All you need to do is write a really good story. The rest is just patience and postage.
Author: Lauren Nicolle Taylor
Published: August 30th, 2013
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Word Count: approx. 92,000
Genre: YA Mature Dystopian Romance
Content Warning: Non-graphic Violence
Recommended Age: 14+
Rosa never thought she’d make it to sixteen…
When being unique puts you in danger and speaking your mind can be punishable by death, you might find yourself fighting to survive. Sixteen-year-old Rosa lives in one of the eight enclosed cities of The Woodlands. Where the lone survivors of a devastating race war have settled in the Russian wilderness because it’s the only scrap of land left habitable on the planet. In these circular cities, everyone must abide by the law or face harsh punishment. Rosa’s inability to conform and obey the rules brands her a leper and no one wants to be within two feet of her, until she meets Joseph. He’s blonde, fair-skinned, green-eyed, and the laid-back complete opposite of Rosa. She’s never met anyone quite like him, and she knows that spells danger.
But differences weren’t always a bad thing. People used to think being unique was one of the most treasured of traits to have. Now, the Superiors, who ruthlessly control the concrete cities with an iron fist, are obsessed with creating a ’raceless’ race. They are convinced this is the only way to avoid another war. Any anomalies must be destroyed.
The Superiors are unstoppable and can do anything they want. After all, they are considered superheroes by the general public. But not everyone sees them this way. When they continue to abuse their power by collecting young girls for use in their secret, high-tech breeding program, they have no idea that one of those girls has somehow managed to make friends even she didn’t know she had. And one man will stop at nothing to save her.
After a disastrous attempt to build her dream house that left her family homeless, She found herself inexplicably drawn to the computer. She started writing, not really knowing where it may lead but ended up, eight weeks later, with the rough draft of The Woodlands.
In 2013, Lauren Nicolle Taylor accepted a publishing contract with Clean Teen Publishing. Her first published novel, The Woodlands, was released on August 30, 2013. Currently, Lauren has finished her manuscript for the second book in the series titled: The Wall, as well as partially completed the third book in the series which at this time is unnamed.