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Author Interview: Mark Taylor

Mark TaylorHi Mark, thank you for agreeing to this interview.

Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

Born and bred in the UK. I’m so totally English, you know, crumpets and muffins. But I don’t drink tea (Shock! Horror!). I grew up in the south, and still live there. I’m actually back in my home town these days. I wrote when I was in school, stopped, and then started again in my thirties. Now, it’s all about the writing.

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m real busy at the moment. I have a new collection coming out in November from Eleventh Hour Literary Press, so I’ve been working on that. I have two novellas coming out first half of next year, the penultimate part of The Devil’s Hand series - Celestials, and the first in a potential series, Witches (a sort of sister series to the Hand). I’m also wrapping up my next novel, a science fiction horror, Trinity, and I’ve also just been contracted to write another novel pencilled in for release the end of 2016, to be announced. Um, phew?

How much research do you do?

For my “set in reality” work I research extensively. I know how to kill a man more ways than I should, which ways are fastest, cleanest, and most painful.

Hold on. Perhaps I shouldn’t have mentioned that.

Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?

I have. I co-wrote a novel with Charles Day, called Redemption. It’s a strong supernatural horror. Working in collaboration with someone was really difficult though. Not Charles, nor the actual work, but he’s a proper New Yorker, and the time difference is a massive problem. It meant everything had to be done over email. I mean, I’ve got a published novel with this guy, and I’ve never spoken to him. It’s just weird.

Language Creator Interview: Patrick Bowen

Hi, Patrick, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

Hi, well, I'm a British student doing Computing with Staffordshire University. I spend my time mostly working on projects to interest me – 8-bit computers (plural!) in Minecraft, small programming projects from helping me to manage my money to aiding in my other little projects, and I have recently started enjoying outdoors a whole lot more.

What were you like at school?

Quite, but talkative once you get to know me. Less than 3 friends until Year 10, but, I'm sure everybody has a sob-story! Punctual, and never took off the tie.

Were you good at English?

Never interested me, unfortunately. I could speak the language – what more did they want? I only  relearnt what a verb was after Secondary School. 

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I'm sure everybody wants to write a novel, and I'm part of that. You can come up with the ideas, but putting them on paper in an eloquent manner requires many fleets of grandeur.