Dakota Skies by Taylin Clavelli
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
How does it feel to have your first published novel?
Absolutely in awe at the finished product and happy beyond belief.
It has certainly been a learning curve. I think I’ve experienced every emotion in the process. Thankfully I’ve had Wayward Ink Publishing to guide me through it. Every member of the team has been helpful and courteous and it has made me realize what a group effort it is to bring a novel to the shelves.
In the beginning, I was ecstatic that WIP wanted to publish Dakota Skies. When they first read it, they fell in love with my boys and their story, but I was advised that it needed some work, which I wasn’t surprised about. For a story of such length, I didn’t expect it to be accepted without some changes, especially as I’d submitted it to another publisher prior to WIP. Unfortunately, it was turned down by the other publisher due to length and a few other things. After that, I rewrote it in the third person to remove some of the repetitive scenes which can accompany a story written in the first person with more than one main character. Thankfully, WIP believed in my boys and wanted to work with me to bring it to the public.
The pre-readers gave me confidence in my story and pointed out some areas which needed attention—mainly the opening chapter. WIP worked with me in making the first chapter in Dakota Skies one which would interest readers, rather than send them to sleep. We also reworked some scenes. Then it was onto the editing process. I think the majority of authors find the editing process somewhat painful. Again, I was guided through it, and the ladies that did my editing were very diplomatic in their suggestions. They brought to my attention some things I took for granted, like horse riding, phrases, etc., which needed more explanation. On the other hand, elsewhere, I’d gone into too much detail. And as down in the dumps I was when I first saw red on my chapters—when I saw the finished version it flowed much better. My knowledge of US grammar was much better too. I’ve come to appreciate hard editing.
Short of seeing the final version, the next high point was seeing the cover of Dakota skies. I was happy to let the artistic nature of those producing the cover let fly. Even then, I was consulted at every phase, and my views were taken into account.
In all, from start to finished product, the process has been a collaborative one. So when asked how I feel about my first published novel, I tend to do a silly dance, grin, and say “Bloody wonderful.”
Born in the wrong time…
In 1875 Dakota, Sheriff Jamie Carter has to hide his interest in men, even from his gutsy twin sister, Anna. On a good day, the truth can mean a bullet between the eyes, and on a bad, one in the back.
A man on a mission…
Jamie leaves Anna in charge of Blackrock and he hits the bounty hunting trail, along with his faithful equine companion, Houston. Five territories, scores of ‘Wanted’ posters, and many bullets later, his path unexpectedly converges with that of enigmatic loner, Kit Brooks.
Two men with one soul…
Will the smoldering fire between them rage into an inferno and break down protective barriers, allowing them to find love? Or will it separate and kill them?
Beneath Dakota skies…
Jamie and Kit’s story is a sweeping saga of cowboys, Indians, persistent broads, and vengeful villains, where the cowboys aren’t always the good guys, and love can’t be taken for granted.
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About the author:
Taylin Clavelli lives in the United Kingdom, about 15 miles south of Birmingham, and a short journey from the world famous Cadbury’s Chocolate factory. She’s married with children and loves her family with all her heart.
Her love of books has been a long standing affair, with Taylin liking nothing better than to lose herself in an imaginary world.
Until she met Lily Velden, she never considered trying her hand at writing. However, after talking ideas, Lily encouraged her to put pen to paper—or rather, fingers to keyboard. Since, with a few virtual kicks in the right place, she hasn’t stopped. Her confidence eventually led to her writing an original work for submission.
Her first published work was Boys, Toys, and Carpet Fitters, developed for the Dreamspinner Press Anthology – Don’t Try This At Home.
Now she absolutely adores immersing herself into the characters she creates, and transferring the pictures in her brain to paper, finding it liberating, therapeutic, and wonderful.
Outside of writing, her interests include; martial arts (she’s a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Taekwon-do), horse-riding, all of which facilitates her love of a wide variety of movies. Her action heroes include Jet Li and Tony Jaa—finding the dedication these men have for their art combined with their skill both amazing and a privilege to watch. If pressed, she’ll admit to thinking that the screen entrance of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean – Curse of the Black Pearl, and Shadowfax in LOTR, to be the greatest screen entrances ever. Her all-time favorite movies are Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.
The simple things in life that make her day, putting a smile on her face are:
Laughter – especially that of her children.
The smell of lasagna cooking – it makes her mouth salivate.
The dawn chorus – no symphony ever written can beat the waking greetings of the birds.
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