crystal illusions, J.E. taylorToday I have the privilege of sharing an interview with J.E. Taylor who has released a new thriller this month.  Be sure to check out the interview, excerpt and links below.  You won’t want to miss this!

What genre do you write and why?

Thrillers because I’m an adrenaline junkie.  I like books that get my heart pumping and make me look over my shoulder, so it only makes sense that I write in the same vein that I love to read.

Are you aware of any themes that run through your stories? If so, what are they?

I tend to have supernatural themes running through most of my books.  Ghosts and angels appear from time to time, and an occasional demon, but for the most part the supernatural aspects are more personal, like telepathy or telekinesis.

What would you like readers to take away from your stories?

That perhaps when that stranger raises an eyebrow in your direction, he actually is reading your thoughts.

What inspires your stories?

It’s a walk into the darkest corners of my imagination where my nightmares fester until something living and breathing escapes onto the screen of my laptop

Will you be attending any book or writing conferences this year?

Unfortunately, no.  It isn’t in the budget this year. My daughter was accepted to college a year early, so we’re trying to wrap our minds and our pockets around that opportunity.  Maybe once the dust settles and we get into a groove, I’ll look at going to BEA in New York with our publishing house next year.

What is your writing schedule like?

Crazy.  I have a full-time day job in addition to writing and running a publishing house, so lately, my writing schedule has been sporadic.  I’ve got two more releases this year and am struggling to find time between job and family and everything else to get into the writing zone.

What is your best memory?

I have so many – but I guess it would have to be the look on my children’s faces when my first box of books arrived at the house and we opened it.  The realization in their eyes that if they worked hard enough, they could reach and attain a dream.

What is your favorite comfort food?


What relaxes you?

Walking the beach in Maine.

What is your favorite guilty pleasure?

Chocolate (sense a theme?)

What decade has been your favorite? Why?

This one, because I’ve made a dream real, my kids are old enough to understand and they are growing up to be fine young adults.

What is your favorite way to promote your work?

Social Networking and blogging, at least for now.  I’ve done a reading and signing but because of my schedule, those are few and far between.  Someday I’d like to do more of these because I had fun meeting fans face to face.

What was your favorite vacation?

Lake Tahoe in the summer.  We didn’t do the hot air balloon – but we did horseback ride up Mount Tallac and had a picnic.

If you had another career, what was it?

I’m a business analyst in a big insurance broker dealer.  So in essence I do write for a living, just not fiction.   Before I stepped into the insurance realm, I worked in a television station – fun times.

If you didn’t write, what would you do instead?

Spend more time with my family.  Random dance with my kids – oh wait, I do that today.  Seriously – it would be more family and entertaining time than I have today.

If you could have one wish, what would it be?

One wish. Hmmm.  There are many, like seeing my kids succeed and find happiness.  Beyond that – it would be to see my books turned into movies.

Are you a cat or dog person? Do you have any pets and if so, please tell us about them.

Dog hands down.  I’m allergic to cats.  We had a German Shepherd when we were first married and my daughter knew her, but my son didn’t and sometimes that makes me sad.  But having been without a pet for so long, it’s hard to imagine bringing one back into the mix since we haven’t had the responsibility in so long.

What is the one thing you most want to do that you haven’t yet?

See my bucket list post here:

When the zombies take over, what will you do?

Aim for the head and hope my shot is true.

Vampire or werewolf?  Why?

Werewolf because I have a thing for wolves.

Thanks for swinging into this stop on my Blog Tour!





CRYSTAL ILLUSIONS by J.E. Taylor – released April 2012

Assistant D.A. Carolyn Hastings has an uncanny knack for putting away criminals. With one of the best prosecution records in recent history, her future as Manhattan’s next District Attorney looks certain. But her sixth sense for winning cases threatens to work against her when she starts seeing a string of murders through the eyes of the killer.

With suspects piling up as fast as bodies, and the motives of those closest to her questionable, Carolyn doesn’t know who to trust. When the FBI assigns Special Agent Steve Williams to the case, Carolyn discloses her deepest fear – that the man she loves may be the one responsible for the city’s latest crime spree.

The only thing Steve knows for sure is Carolyn has an inexplicable psychic connection with the killer, and all the victims have one thing in common…a striking resemblance to Carolyn Hastings.

And he knows it’s only a matter of time before this psychopath knocks on her door.



Taylor has a strong thriller where every single character has reasonable doubt flashing like a neon sign hanging over them, and right from the beginning you are trying to guess who the killer really is. Gripping, rich and magnificent – crime whodunnits don’t get any better than this!” Author Poppet / Gemma Rice – Author of Quislings, Blindsided, Djinn and Dusan

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