Introducing David Taylor II, author | In the Spotlight Interview

Posted on March 10, 2017 «
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In the Spotlight feature kicked off in April 2015 and is an opportunity for authors, editors and publishers (basically anyone in the book industry (yes, even bloggers!)) to connect with fans. There is an option to do an interview, guest post, feature a book sale or book release or a cover reveal. Best of all, it’s free! All you need to do is click on the image to reserve your spot!


Now on with the show!


In the Spotlight with David Taylor II

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Welcome to Second Run Reviews, David! Thank you for being In the Spotlight. I appreciate you stopping by and answering a few questions. So let’s get things started.

In a tweet (140 characters or less), tell us a bit about yourself.


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I’m a Wordsmith. I’m an author, a songwriter, a producer, a singer, and a playwright.



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Please tell a bit about your journey to becoming a published author. What’s been the best things about it and the worst?



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Best things about being an author is holding the book in your hand. Bar none. Nothing else comes close to that.

Worst part is marketing, hands down.


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You are not the first author to mention marketing nor do I suspect you will be the last. 🙂

Tell us a bit about your latest release. What inspired you to write it? Why should fans of Second Run Reviews consider reading it.


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My latest release is Lucifer: Soldiers, Serpents and Sin – Book 1.

My inspiration for writing this is I became fascinated with an image. I imagined the first time the devil saw himself after he fell. How he must’ve recoiled in horror to see what he had become. Then I got fascinated by Luke 10:18 in which Jesus says, “I beheld Satan fall as lightning from Heaven.” I wondered what that must’ve been like; to be attractive, perfect, popular, the coolest of the cool kids. Then it goes to your head, and you fall and become a beast and a dragon.

That’s such a fascinating journey to me, and I believe that others that love fantasy and a good journey will enjoy my book. This one is the first of a trilogy.

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That does sound like a fascinating journey. Good luck writing the other two books!

What types of books do you enjoy reading the most? What three books to you find yourself recommending to your fans over and over?


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I love “How To” books that break down how to do something in practical, easy to understand steps. The three books I can’t stop recommending to people are:
The Anatomy of Story – John Truby
Rich Dad, Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki
God Still Speaks – John Eckhardt

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Those sound like excellent recommendations. Especially the book by Truby if anyone is a writer!

What is your current obsession? Any secret obsessions you would like to share?


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My current obsession is also my longtime-since-childhood obsession, superheroes. I’m finally, finally developing a comic of my own.



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Well, I’ll look for an update on that soon! Maybe you’ll have something to share by the time the IOWA Book Signing rolls around!

What is one question you wish I would have asked, that I haven’t?


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Question: What’s the worst mistake beginning writers make?

Answer: Trying to write the whole book at once.


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Any last thoughts or wise words you want to pass along?




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Take time to study your craft. Always be in a learning mode, to learn how to be a better writer. You’ll never regret one drop of that.



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Wow. Great words of wisdom and one I hope all writers follow. There are so many opportunities to learn from each other and grow. It’s one of the reasons I keep this feature going!

David, thank you so much for being In the Spotlight this week. I hope you’ll come back and tell us about the final books in your trilogy and drop by and give us an update on your comic! Good luck in all your future endeavours.



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The Overview

Synopsis: During his first 1,000 years of life in The Realm, Lucifer becomes an authentic superstar. All of his fellow brethren adore him and the passionate way he leads worship. His best friend Michael has been cheering him on since literally lifting him out of his Creation Cocoon.

And then it happens.

An unexpected rift between Lucifer and Michael inaugurates Lucifer onto the path of rebellion. While smiling at his best friend every day, Lucifer begins to amass custom designed weapons and map out the weak points in The Realm. He uses his honey-coated tongue to persuade some of the brethren to join his Loyalist army, even as other brethren sense that all is not right.

As the pressure mounts towards the impending clash of lightning and thunder, Lucifer prepares to unleash something the brethren have never seen. His rebellion will change every single creature in The Realm…forever.

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About David Taylor II

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David Taylor II is an award winning author, playwright, songwriter and producer. His latest book, Lucifer: Soldiers, Serpents and Sin – Book 1 is an internationally best-selling book. He has created an entire story world called The Realm from that first book and continues to expand it through the book’s companion website,

Taylor writes sci fi, fantasy, Christian fiction, and Children’s Literature.

He is a co-composer for the smash hit theater production, Eye of the Storm:The Bayard Rustin Musical, nominated for 3 Black Theater Alliance awards.

In 2015 his book Wayward Pines:Survival, from the hit Fox TV show of the same name, broke top 10 in the Amazon best seller list and is currently still there.

He is also the author of the new children’s favorite, Diary of a Chocolate Midas.

He is the proud father of two, as well as a lover of football, pizza, and a good glass of lemonade.



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3 responses to “Introducing David Taylor II, author | In the Spotlight Interview

  1. Thanks for a great interview!
    David, I like your advice to aspiring writers to not try to write the whole book at once. Are you a pantser or a plotter? How many iterations do you go through before you feel like a story is ready?

    • Hey there Brandee-
      I honestly never feel like a story is totally ready. I just get to the point where I think it’s ready for presentation. I keep coming up with ideas even after I’ve written something. So, truly 10-20 iterations.