John Taylor

John Taylor

63 years old
October 08, 1954
Male
Current Status
A stunning review of Skylark's 'Home' in today's Guardian. And in yesterday's Daily Mail. Who can unite Guardian readers and Daily Mail readers? Skylark can.
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  • Are you a ...?
    Unpublished writer (so far)
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    General fiction
    If you write in more than one area, what is your next most favoured genre?
    Literary fiction
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Omnivorous
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    The author I'm reading
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    Predator X / C J Waller; Ice / Gillian Clarke; The Pimlico Kid / Barry Walsh; Rapture / Carol Ann Duffy; The Humans / Matt Haig; The Observer's book of Trees; I Lucifer / Glenn Duncan; The Old Man and the Sea / Ernest Hemingway
    What are your working habits when you write?
    Perfectly balanced
    Are you the edit-every-sentence-ten-times type, or do you prefer to let rip?
    Prefer to let rip and edit afterwards
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    To do justice to the characters who keep pestering me. And to move my reader in some way.
    Your worst habit?
    Trying to write everything
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    Too much celebrity and hype, but good books still get through
    Where do you write?
    Everywhere, but in one room every day
    What else do you want Word Clouders to know? eg: do you have 9 cats / like paragliding / eat nothing but tinned fish / work in the bath / live in Kettering?
    I'm a storyteller, husband and dad to a postgrad student and an editor. I did care work for thirty years, and now attempt to make a living out of words, spoken and written. Many of my closest friends live with the label 'learning disability'.

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    John Taylor A stunning review of Skylark's 'Home' in today's Guardian. And in yesterday's Daily Mail. Who can unite Guardian readers and Daily Mail readers? Skylark can.
    4 hours ago
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      J.net Ooh - off to read a review - be back soon.
      3 hours ago
    • TheWeyMan
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      TheWeyMan Great Guardian review and the Amazon reviews are impressive as well!
      3 hours ago
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    John Taylor has accepted Knicky Laurelle's friend request.
    4 days ago
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    "John Taylor" commented on Squidge's Blog "Launching Home".
    Squidge, you're so right. Home is more than just a good book or a compulsive read. Skylark (a.k.a. Amanda Berriman) has given us one of those books that re-orients the reader. Home holds up a mirror to our society: a young child sees things in a ...
    8 days ago
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    "John Taylor" commented on Daedalus's Blog "Interview with our very own Skylark".
    Well, I've read one, and I'm planning to read the other very soon!
    22 days ago
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    "John Taylor" commented on Daedalus's Blog "Interview with our very own Skylark".
    It's a fabulous interview, Daedalus, beautifully posed questions, and... Well, I don't want to embarrass Skylark any further, but I think that if people read one book this year, they should read 'Home.'
    22 days ago
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    "John Taylor" commented on Skylark's Blog "Another Update on Getting Published (aka Trying to Write Book Two)".
    I didn't see the first draft of Home, Mandy, and so I can't comment on its shittiness, but I did follow a fair part of its journey towards the final draft, and while I would have written some chunks in other ways, I never once saw shitty writing. I ...
    1 month ago
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    "John Taylor" commented on Squidge's Blog "Pandering to male readers?".
    Whisks, I've tried! I experimented with several chapters of my current novel with the MC as a man, but it just didn't work. My next novel will have a more prominent male character, but he's nothing like me.
    3 months ago
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    "John Taylor" commented on Squidge's Blog "Pandering to male readers?".
    I agree with you, Scheherazade. I'm currently reading Philip Pullman, but apart from one memoir, he's the first male author I've picked up this year, and it's a year when I've read some outstanding fiction by women.
    3 months ago
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    "John Taylor" commented on Squidge's Blog "Pandering to male readers?".
    Sorry, Whisks, but I can't help my female MCs – they're just as much a part of me as the male ones. I write the character that starts talking when I imagine the whole scenario, and 75% of mine are women. I don't claim any special insights into the ...
    3 months ago
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    Thea
    Thea commented on John Taylor's picture.
    Ooh, intriguing. Looking forward to finding out more.
    4 months ago
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    Debi
    Debi commented on John Taylor's picture.
    'tis a thing of great beauty. :-)
    4 months ago
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    John Taylor
    John Taylor commented on John Taylor's picture.
    It's a truly fabulous cover, with multiple meanings in relation to the book, Thea.
    4 months ago
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    Thea
    Thea commented on John Taylor's picture.
    How exciting! And what a striking cover.
    4 months ago
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    Squidge
    Squidge commented on John Taylor's picture.
    SO looking forward to getting my hands on a copy.
    4 months ago

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  • Hil
    by Hil 4 months ago
    Is it your birthday? Happy birthday!
  • Hil
    by Hil 1 year ago
    We are Now and Then story-posting twins!
  • Sandra
    by Sandra 2 years ago
    Thank you kindly, John. :-)
  • Jill
    by Jill 2 years ago
    Happy birthday, John. Trust all goes well... :)x
  • AlanP
    by AlanP 2 years ago
    These annual events seem to come round every year. Happy Birthday, JT. (The Cloud get's it right for once )
  • Caducean Whisks
    by Caducean Whisks 2 years ago
    Fizzypops and gumdrops - it's your birthday! Rave it up, John.
  • KazGinnane
    by KazGinnane 2 years ago
    Happy birthday John! Hope you have a lovely day...
  • Mashie Niblick
    by Mashie Niblick 2 years ago
    Yes, that looks good. I wonder if it can be expanded to include (for our characters): 'I regret...', 'I wish...', 'I fear..', etc. Thanks
  • Caducean Whisks
    by Caducean Whisks 3 years ago
    Just to let you know that I'm off to Cardiff any minute (hour) now - and I'm going to search out Roath Park - scene of your fabby story. *Gah FABBY, not TABBY
  • Caducean Whisks
    by Caducean Whisks 3 years ago
    Just to let you know that I'm off to Cardiff any minute (hour) now - and I'm going to search out Roath Park - scene of your tabby story.