Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Please Welcome Christian Author Donn Taylor

Please welcome Donn Taylor to the Barn Door Book Loft.
Don, can you tell us what started you on your writing journey?

·        I don't remember a time when I wasn't trying to create something. I began writing music at age 14. Two years later I entered college as a music major, studied piano with an instructor on leave from Cincinnati Conservatory and played some of my classical compositions in her recitals. (Much later, during occasional calm periods in the Korean War, I still wrote songs in my head. Most of them I’ve forgotten.) But at age 18 I got interested in poetry—the Romantics, of course—and began writing poetry and some very bad short stories. Since then, writing is just something I have to do, though there have been long periods when professional and family requirements pushed it far into the background. I always wanted to write a novel, and finally realized that ambition with The Lazarus File, a story of spies and airplanes in the Caribbean. It is still available as an e-book.

Is there a story behind your book Deadly Additive?

·        For a long time I’ve been fascinated by the Soviet and Soviet satellite use of chemical weapons in Laos and Afghanistan (and perhaps Aden), horrors that the media have largely ignored. The Soviets apparently used three kinds of toxic chemicals, some of which have not been conclusively identified. These agents had to be delivered separately by different aircraft. My venture into fiction asked what would happen if all three agents could be delivered by a single system. The fictional means of accomplishing that became the Deadly Additive of my novel’s title.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?

·        That would be a secondary character, Raul Ramirez. Well, this is fiction. While the hero and heroine are always dead serious, why not enjoy a character who breaks all the rules of normal and logical procedures and yet manages to come out on top? In addition, Raul talks in clichés but never gets them right. He says things like “I am a sheep off the old black.” With a character like that I had fun every time he entered the narrative. I hope the readers enjoy him as much as I do.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?

·        I’ve written on Luke 10:42, “only one thing is necessary” (NAS), but the theme that continues to fascinate me is Jesus’ brief statement in John 5:17, “My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working” (NAS). I look back at the savagery that characterized the ancient world, including Rome, and compare that with today’s world. Most of the world remains plagued by that same savagery, and only Christendom—basically Europe and North America—have risen above it. Thus it seems evident that God and Jesus have been working until now and are working still to raise fallen mankind above its innate savagery. (The great twentieth-century atrocities in Europe were products of atheistic systems, Communist and National Socialist.) We in Christendom are far from perfection, but through God’s actions we can continue to move toward a genuinely Christian society—provided, of course, that we resist the anti-Christian forces both within and without.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?

·       After serving in two wars, I care greatly that the United States continue to stand for the values it stood for in those wars. These values are constantly threatened by the radical left, which wants to transform us into a secularist socialist country in which citizens serve the state instead of the state serving the citizens. Consequently, I spend a lot of time keeping up with the current political and social trends and trying to counter those that work against the traditional Christian America. I suppose this time could be spent writing fiction or poetry, but I feel obligated to put first things first.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?

·       I would like to be the singing reed choir introduced by Glenn Miller, with the clarinet holding the melody, the tenor sax doubling it an octave lower, and the other saxophones harmonizing in between, with subdued brass punctuating with rhythm and sometimes adding counterpoint. The style reaches perfection in Miller’s recordings of “Perfidia” and “Skylark,” and Ralph Flanagan’s recording of “My Hero.” (However, Miller often put an alto sax in the lead rather than a clarinet.) But if I were a musical genre, it would have to be a scherzo, a lively movement that derives its name from the Italian word for a jest. (Please, no puns on being scherzo much I can’t move.)

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?

·        When I taught at a denominational college, several of the Bible faculty and I were appalled by an unaccredited school that sold cheap doctorates by correspondence. So we made elaborate plans to enroll my dog, Chester, and see if we could earn him a PhD. We hoped to enroll him under the name C.F. Chester. (The C.F. stood for canis familiaris.) We had a lot of fun with the project, but it stalled out on the question of who would pay Chester’s tuition. As Burns wrote, “The best laid plans of mice and men….”

What question would you like us to ask you?
That question would be, “What is your most outstanding achievement?”

  • No contest on this one: My most outstanding achievement is marrying a woman who makes the exemplary wife of Proverbs 31 look pale. Mildred and I have just celebrated our 60th anniversary. We think that’s a pretty good start.
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

·        Currently, I have two novels being shopped around. One is a sequel to my mystery Rhapsody in Red, in which the protagonists of Rhapsody solve another murder on the campus of a denominational college that’s trying to go secular. Thematically, it portrays the conflict between imagination and reality. The other is a historical in which a town too proud of its own virtues has to come to grips with its first murder. That novel is populated by the kind of citizens of Mississippi that the naturalistic novelists and the media ignored.

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Donn Taylor is giving away a copy of his new ebookDeadly Additive. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Anonymous said...

This sounds like a book my wife would enjoy. But then, I don't think there is any book she WOULDN'T enjoy. I hope your book doesn't become reality.



Anonymous said...

Looking forward to reading Mr. Taylor's newest book, "Deadly Additive".
Very few CF books are written for men, about men, so this one will be a good addition to my church library.
Janet E.

Teela said...

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Teela said...

Would certainly like to read this book & hope to won it! Teelayoung@hotmail.com. Http://coffee24tea.blogspot.com

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