How Long is a Piece of Rope: J E Taylor

Hunting Season by J E Taylor is available for Kindle from for $2.99

and in the UK for £2.08

When Kyle Winslow escapes from custody and targets everyone Special Agent Steve Williams cares about, a turn of fate brings Steve face to face with Ty Aris – a criminal mastermind topping the FBI’s most wanted list. Torn between justice and vengeance, Steve must make a decision. Join alliances with Ty, or arrest him and lose his best chance to catch the bastard who destroyed his family.


J.E. Taylor is a writer, an editor, a manuscript formatter, a mother, a wife and a business analyst, not necessarily in that order. She first sat down to seriously write in February of 2007 after her daughter asked:
“Mom, if you could do anything, what would you do?”

From that moment on, she hasn’t looked back and now her writing resume includes six+ published novels along with several short stories on the virtual shelves including a few within eXcessica anthologies.

Ms. Taylor also moonlights as an Assistant Editor of Allegory, an online venue for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, and lends a hand in formatting manuscripts for eXcessica as well as offering her services judging writing contests for various RWA chapters.

She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children and during the summer months enjoys her weekends on the shore in southern Maine.

To find out more about J.E. Taylor, visit her at
So, J E, exactly how long IS that rope?
1. Patient Zero is way better than Without Remorse, but one day I’d really like to be as good as Harlan Coben.
2. You will just love my book if you enjoyed Blood Ties or Blood Dreams by Kay Hooper but if you’re a fan of Tom Clancy, steer well clear
3. A blazing hot piece of iron comes from the barrel of a gun.
4. How do you see the role of food in the contemporary thriller and where does Hunting Season fit into the spectrum?  Food is a good transitional event in a book and the type of food the protagonist indulges in tells the reader a little about them.  Hunting Season has a couple amusing scenes centered around food.  Check it out.
5. How would it affect the direction Hunting Season takes if the action were moved wholesale to the set of Glee in chapter 7?
LOL – Chapter 7 could be translated into a warped Glee episode including scores of mental patients and my MC singing some angry wrap song.
6. When you’re writing, would you rather look out at the sea, or in at your thoughts?
Both.  The ocean view prompts an awful lot of plot trails and I love it.  I do my best mental crafting while walking the beach in Maine.
7. When writing, do you start at the beginning and keep going, or start at the end and work back?  I’ve done both.  But the type writing I like the best is letting the characters take over and drag me through the story.
8. A great villain or a great hero?
A stellar book has both.
9. Hunting Season will change the way a reader looks at the cop / criminal relationship.
10. How long is a piece of rope?
It depends on what it’s being used for.  For instance, if you’re hog-tying someone, that piece of rope needs to be three to four feet to be effective.  If you’re tying a mattress on a car – it needs to be a lot longer and for those kinky nights, it only needs to be a couple feet.

~ by danholloway on June 24, 2011.

2 Responses to “How Long is a Piece of Rope: J E Taylor”

  1. A supermum – so what’s new? Amazing, all the same! Another great blog, Dan and J.E. It’s interesting, J.E., that you were prompted to get on and write by one of your children. I’m guessing that you’d always vaguely intended to. I think it was P.D. James who started writing seriously when she thought of what she would answer if a grandchild asked her, someday in the future, what she would have liked to do with her life. She realised she didn’t want to answer ‘I’d have liked to be a writer, but I never got round to it.’
    Mind you, doing the actual writing is just the start. As for me, I’ve been writing all my life, and only succeeded in getting Belfast Girls accepted and published this last year. It’s dogged as does it!

  2. Thanks Gerry! Congrats on getting Belfast Girls published.

    I’m actually in the middle of writing a book with my eleven year old son right now. He has an awesome idea and he wants to work on it with me. How’s that for the coolest thing on earth!

    And Thanks for having me on Dan!

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