Interview with Taylor W. Law, Author of Return to Me
Finding herself means losing everything she knows…
An empty-nested southern woman has her life turned on its head after an encounter with a young student from halfway around the world.
~A novella inspired by true events ~
Jill Edwards is just now learning the true definition of an empty nest. With her only child deployed in Iraq and her husband always gone on business, she finds herself often alone and awfully bored. Worse, it’s getting harder and harder for Jill to relate to the other housewives of Faithville, the little Christian college town she calls home.
Luckily, salvation comes in September.
Every year, Jill gets her only glimpse outside of Faithville when Faithville University welcomes its international students. This year, when one of these students moves in across the street, she’s surprised to find herself unusually drawn to the intriguing, athletic young man from half a world away.
As their unusual friendship develops, Jill discovers parts unknown within her soul – wild desires never before entertained. Awakening her long dormant hunger for life seems to be exactly the thrill she needs, but she soon finds herself on a journey that not only challenges her faith, but life as she knows it.
Return to Me is inspired by true events observed and experienced by the author during a pivotal tenure in rural North Carolina.
Check my review of Return to Me here.
Hi, Taylor! Welcome to my blog. I have read your debut novel “Return to Me” and I loved it. Can you tell everyone a bit about your book? How did you come up with the title and what was behind the inspiration of the book?
Thank you so much for your kind words. Return to Me is about a married southern woman who fell in love with an international student younger than her own daughter. And it’s also about something that I don’t yet fully understand, which is “love.”
I’m glad you asked a question about the title. We went through dozens of titles. It was probably the toughest part of the “post-production” of the novel. It took me a little more than a month of back and forth to finally settle down on “Return to Me.” If you do a search online, this title has been used millions of times by other writers. As a media person, it isn’t something I would usually like to do. But it was the closest what I needed for the book. Now I believe it gives the book a specific identity.
As for the inspiration… I had always had this story in my mind and I knew I wanted to use it in one of my projects, whether it be television or music. But after sharing the story with my friends over lunch, I was encouraged to write a book about it. And I’m glad I did it.
During my time in rural North Carolina, I was very fortunate to have met some very special people. The town was so simple, peaceful and almost too perfect. I was like, what is this? Is this even real? But as time went by, I began to encounter some of the wildest things I have ever experienced in my life, which then forever changed me.
The people that I met were so interesting. As a writer, they gave me so much depth to play with. I love exploring the different sides of a character – the dark and rebellious sides of a kind person, or the warm and caring sides of a seemingly cold or shy person. It’s fascinating. That’s why I wanted to write something about Jill and Sean. In a way, it allowed me to relive those precious moments.
Man… I miss North Carolina.
Wow. That was such a moving experience. How do you approach writing a novel– especially adult fiction?
I didn’t really pay too much attention to the fact that I was writing a novel, or which genre I wanted it to be in. I was so immersed in it that I just wanted to tell a good, and more importantly, an honest story. And maybe it was because I wrote in that way that resulted in the type of reader feedback I’ve been getting. It created dialogues I could have never expected. It was very rewarding.
I work in TV, and I’m also a singer-songwriter.
Whoa! You are a multi-talented person. What is your motto?
Do it already.
Do you have an all-time favorite author? Who and why?
I get bored very easily, and that’s probably why I really don’t have an all-time favorite. I tried to think of one, but I can’t. Even for movie directors, singers, or songwriters, I jump from one to another depending on the seasons and how my mood is. But I definitely love reading content that adds value to my life.
What will be your next project? And what can we look forward?
There are a couple projects brewing in the kitchen. I want to write something that, again, makes my readers feel loved. In some form, the new ideas are kind of intertwined with Return to Me. I just had lunch with my friend a few days ago where we briefly discussed the skeleton. I’m very excited about it. I would encourage readers to visit my website www.TaylorWLaw.com to sign up for my mailing list to find out!
Thank you, Mr. Taylor for letting me interview you.
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(Bio taken from Goodreads)
Taylor W. Law works in the television world in New York City. Storytelling has always been a core part of his job, but the notion of writing a book had never really crossed his mind.
His interest in writing was sparked after casually sharing a story with his co-workers in the office cafeteria. He was encouraged to write it down, and since then, hasn’t stopped writing.
Taylor’s first romance novel, Return to Me, is scheduled to launch early October.
When Taylor is not working, he enjoys cooking up a storm in his kitchen or hopping on a train down to North Carolina for some quiet time.
A wise friend once told him: “A good story can heal a wounded past.”