by Kyle Taylor
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Hello and thanks for stopping by and visiting with me and the bunnies. It is so nice to have Kyle Taylor here. Readers I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did. Oh, hold on Kyle, every time someone new stops by the dogs and bunnies go crazy.
What do you do when you are not writing?
I attempt to keep my golden retriever, Winston entertained. I told him about your bunny fascination. He is quite interested.
Where do you get your ideas?
Exposition came about after I had a conversation with a former apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright’s. He drew back the curtain on the hidden gay culture in the architecture world in the last century. At the time I also was writing articles about the 1893 World’s Colombian Exposition in Chicago and so the two ideas kind of mashed together in my mind.
Basically, I have to feel some sort of passion for the topic. It has to really interest me.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
I was fortunate to go to a Jesuit high school. We had a really robust reading list — a list you probably couldn’t even approach in public school. We read Ibsen, Chekhov, Wilde, the Brontes, Steven King, Tennessee Williams, Uris, Ludlum, Shakespeare of course. I could go on. The whole experience gave me this wonderful appreciation for good story telling.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
Exposition is my second book to be published, but the first to be released by a genuine publishing house. The world of gay publication is imploding and exploding at the same time. Mainline gay fiction publishers aren’t taking material and even closing shop, but self-publishing is red hot. I think the publishers left are looking for formulaic, sexually explicit, lighter material. It sells.
How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
I’m still trying to see what works. We small time writers have to really hump to get the word out on a book. We think, we devoted ourselves to getting the story right, can’t someone else do the PR? But, if you are small potatoes, you’ve got to go out there – blogs, blog adds, social media links, people who will try to get your book to hook on computer searches. I’m trying it all.
If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your book or getting it published that you would change?
I love control and it was great working with Whiskey Creek Press, because I felt the editor and art director they assigned to work on the project were very solicitous and wanted to get it right. I have no qualms about asking for stuff that may not be in boilerplate contracts. It all just takes time. You may feel like you just want to get the work out there and you jump into something — which may not be in your best interests.
Do you buy a book by the cover?
Yes! When I was younger, I loved covers that were printed with the images kind of bumping out a little. We’re visual people, covers need to somehow tell a story. As I’ve gotten older, I suppose it doesn’t mean as much. You go for the authors rather than the covers.
Do you have a book trailer?
Wouldn’t you know it Bunny — but I read this question and the next one earlier in the day and decided to do a book trailer for Exposition. Just like that! Here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xvW01V732E
What are your thoughts on book trailers?
I have to say before I did the one for you and your readers, I wasn’t very keen on them. As I put the Exposition trailer together, I felt it did allow me to artistically create a different way of presenting the material. Will it excite someone to buy it? I’m not so sure. It is a tool I can use to post around the internet where people seem to enjoy little video clips.
Do you write under a pen name?
Do you ever write in your PJ’s?
No, but I have been known to write in my underwear.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Chocolate all the way! Deep, rich chocolate. I don’t eat sugar though.
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Brisket omelet. Winston likes them too.
Night owl, or early bird?
Early bird. But I can catch a second wind and be up very late, losing track of time.
One food you would never eat?
Sugar. I gave it up August 5, 2013. Do you know the average American eats 175 pounds of it a year?
People who push their radical diets on others! Haha!
Skittles or M&Ms?
M&M’s back in the day.
Where is one place in the world that you would really love to visit someday?
I adore the south of France. I go back any time I can.
One of your favorite quotes –
Take care of the luxuries and the necessities will take care of themselves – Frank Lloyd Wright
What are you currently working on?
Wildflower: The Dramatic Life of Barbette — Round Rock’s First and Greatest Drag Queen. Just finished it.
Thank you so much for taking time to chat with me today Kyle. It’s been a pleasure having you and I wish you much success in the future.
Meet Benjamin Wyatt, a handsome young architect helping create the magnificent 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. While immersed in work at the famous architectural firm of Burnham and Root, Benjamin’s pugnacious, social climbing father, Walter Wyatt, pushes him to marry the stunningly beautiful debutante, Evelyn Van Buren—thus securing the family’s position in Chicago society. Yet, when Benjamin meets the cocky young electrical engineer, Spencer Bowles, who is also working on the fair, his world and its ambitions are forever shattered.
Set amidst the opulent splendor of Chicago in the late Victorian Age, Benjamin Wyatt must confront the perils of accepting his own true love and risk destroying everything he worked so hard to achieve. Meticulously researched and filled with lush images of the Gilded Age, Exposition, tells the epic story of a love that dare not speak its name…
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Spencer slumped back on the bed. He was wearing a simple under shirt and pants. He kicked off his shoes, revealing stockings with prominent holes.
“Someday, I will have enough money to travel there,” Spencer said nodding towards the postcards hung above his simple, wood desk.
“They are beautiful,” Benjamin remarked.
“I suppose you have already been to them all.”
Dressed in his evening clothes Benjamin looked somewhat uncomfortable sitting on the side of the bed.
“Most…” Benjamin said. “I know for sure, one day you are going there!”
“There! All of them! I shall take us there! And we will have a wonderful time!”
Spencer sat up in his bed right beside Benjamin. Without saying a word he kissed Benjamin’s cheek. His lips felt the stubble of Benjamin’s nighttime beard.
Benjamin felt a surge of longing flush his cheeks. He didn’t know what this was, but knew he desired more.
Spencer took hold of Benjamin and lustily kissed him on the lips.
Benjamin was overcome. He felt he was not ready.
Spencer stopped kissing him, pulling away. He looked at Benjamin’s dazed expression and smiled.
“It is okay, my prince.” Spencer’s eyes twinkled. “You needn’t be afraid.”
Benjamin looked at Spencer. He took in the earnestness of his expression. He wanted to say something, but words would not come out. Finally, he mustered, “I want more…”
Spencer slowly removed Benjamin’s dinner jacket. Benjamin closed his eyes and felt his lips being kissed. Spencer undressed the young architect while Benjamin savored the sensations about him. Then, Benjamin stopped for a moment. Looking over his shoulder, he noticed his bare back and Spencer’s muscled chest reflected in large, filthy window to one side of the small bed. Benjamin stood up and went to the window, his toned torso breathing deeply in the reflection. He witnessed Spencer, too, in the reflection, coming from behind him, wrapping his powerful arms around him. Benjamin reached for the cord affixed to the window shade and pulled it down, surrendering to the temptations of the night.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Kyle Taylor is the author of both Exposition and Billion Dollar Dreamer. The Kyle Taylor character debuted in Billion Dollar Dreamer as a journalist who was assigned to write a story about high school history teacher cum overnight billionaire John Driskil. Kyle has begun his next book, tentatively titled Wildflower. He resides in New York — and of course he is a work of fiction!