John Taylor

John Taylor

63 years old
October 08, 1954
Male
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Hello, Cloud. Are you there?
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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    Unpublished writer (so far)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
    "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.
    26 days ago
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    John Taylor
    "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.
    26 days ago
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    John Taylor
    "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 ...
    26 days ago
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    Thea
    Thea commented on John Taylor's picture.
    Ooh, intriguing. Looking forward to finding out more.
    2 months ago
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    Debi
    Debi commented on John Taylor's picture.
    'tis a thing of great beauty. :-)
    2 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.
    2 months ago
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    Thea
    Thea commented on John Taylor's picture.
    How exciting! And what a striking cover.
    2 months ago
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    Squidge
    Squidge commented on John Taylor's picture.
    SO looking forward to getting my hands on a copy.
    2 months ago
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    John Taylor
    John Taylor commented on John Taylor's picture.
    A very precious parcel has arrived. This is a proof copy: I'm afraid you guys will have to wait till February.
    2 months ago
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    John Taylor
    John Taylor has uploaded 1 New Profile Photos.
    2 months ago
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    John Taylor
    John Taylor commented on Hil's wall:
    Thank you, Hil x
    2 months ago
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    Hil
    Hil commented on John Taylor's wall:
    Is it your birthday? Happy birthday!
    2 months ago
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    John Taylor
    John Taylor commented on Athelstone's picture.
    I love this one. Two of my favourite celebs!
    2 months ago
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    John Taylor
    John Taylor Hello, Cloud. Are you there?
    2 months ago
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    John Taylor
    "John Taylor" commented on Bric's Blog "The Writing Journey - Part 4 - Choosing an agent".
    Fantastic news, Bric! I can relate to all the nerves, and early/late stress. Juliet is lovely, and a complete one-off. Astute agent and ever-so-slightly eccentric human being. I was one of her heart-over-head choices, because she couldn't sell my ...
    2 months ago

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Five foot eight and a half. There's someone on Twitter called @JohnUnworded who looks awfully like me.

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  • Hil
    by Hil 2 months ago
    Is it your birthday? Happy birthday!
  • Hil
    by Hil 11 months ago
    We are Now and Then story-posting twins!
  • Sandra
    by Sandra 1 year 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.