Interview with Joshua D. Taylor


Joshua D Taylor started writing a few years ago when he realized he was too old to play make-believe. He lives in southeastern Pennsylvania with his wife and a one-eared cat. He enjoys gardening, comic books, ska-punk music, Disney World, and traveling with his wife. Raised during weirdness that was the late 20th century Josh’s eclectic interests produce eclectic works. He loves to mix-n-match things from different genres and stories elements to achieve a madcap hodgepodge of the truly unexpected. Josh strives to take old ideas and twist them into something new and unusual.

MWS: Hello Joshua! So good to finally talk with you today!

JT: Absolutely, I've been looking forward to it!

MWS: Awesome! So have I! You're a lab tech by day, has the job ever inspired a story?

JT: Actually I don't think so. I think stories are more escapism for me.

MWS: Where do you find inspiration the most?

JT: Mostly, I think it comes from massive amounts

of media I've consumed. I used to watch a lot of TV and movies growing up. And I still read books and comics.

MWS: Is there a movie/TV; book or comic, that made you sit back and say, "I want to do that. I want to write." ?

JT: Well, I've always loved stories since I was a little kid. I did a lot of make-believe,

acting out my own stories. It was actually books like Wayne Barlowe's Expedition and Dougal Dixon's After Man that made me interested at first.

Those are more world building/exploration books, and less narratives. I was really into that for a long time.

MWS: That's awesome! I loved playing make believe as a child, too. I used to get out the video camera and have my cousins act out scripts I wrote, or a book we were reading. You like to travel, tell me your favorite place that you've been so far?

JT: I always wanted to make my own movies as a kid, never did though. We were recently in Scotland and really loved it there. The country is so beautiful and the people were very friendly. Definitely someplace we'd like to go back to.

MWS: If money were no object, where would you go?

JT: If money were no option I'd want to ride the Trans-Siberian railroad and travel from Moscow to China. It is affordable-kinda, But I'd like to do it in the fancy

Victorian Style train cars. Like how the czars used to travel. lol. Also Japan, I was born there and it would be interesting to see the country.

MWS: Wow! That sounds amazing! Did you leave Japan soon after b