She Writes: C.L Taylor

C.L Taylor is an English writer known for her thrilling depictions of female friendship, treason, and mystery.

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Even though C.L Taylor has previously written non-crime fiction novels under the name ‘Cally Taylor’ it was her third novel The Accident, published in 2014, what made her a household name in crime fiction. In the last three years she has published three more novels to great critical acclaim. If you are familiar with any crime fiction blogs or online reviewing sites, you will have heard of Taylor’s work as it is great favourite among many of us. The Lie was her third novel. I bought it during a trip to my beloved Wales some years ago and I was not disappointed: Taylor’s work is as good as everyone says. Even better too. The novel is a thrilling depiction of female friendship, and back then I described it as a ‘Girls (HBO) meets crime fiction’.

Taylor is also very active in the crime fiction community. She can be seen interacting with her fans on her Twitter account, where she also keeps us posted on her travels, writing, and film adaptations of her novels. She has also attended the CrimeFest17, and her debut YA thriller The Treatment was released on 19th October, 2017. Today I am very, very happy to welcome Cally to Bodies in the Library to talk crime and writing:

Currently on your nightstand?

He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly.

Favourite book by a woman writer?

The HandMaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Where do you find inspiration to write?

I get my inspiration from all sorts of places – from my fears, from news articles, from TV programmes, from magazines and sometimes an idea will just pop into my head and I’ll have no idea where it came from.

What is your routine for writing?

I drop my son off at school, have my breakfast, walk the dog and then I sit down at my laptop. I’ll deal with any outstanding emails first then I’ll start writing. I’ll write from about 11am to 1pm, stop to grab some lunch then write from 1.30pm until 3pm when I leave to pick my son up from school. Two days a week my son goes to after school club so I can write a little longer.

Name three things you can’t live without when writing:

My laptop, my music (soundtracks mostly) and my slippers!

What are you reading next?

I don’t know yet. I have a huge pile of unread books in my office. They include ‘Lie With Me’ by Sabine Durrant, ‘Good Me Bad Me’ by Ali Land and ‘The Hate You Give’ by Angie Thomas.

What does being ‘a woman writer’ mean to you?

I write about the fears that a lot of women share – that a vindictive ex could re-enter your life and destroy your happiness or a friend could turn other friends against you. I also write about the fears that mothers share – a child going missing or a child being taken away from you. I write about being afraid and feeling that you don’t have any control, but I also write about how strong and determined women can be. I hope that readers can identify with the women in my books.

Words of wisdom about writing for your younger self:

You have always dreamed of writing for a living but, what you don’t know yet, is what a rollercoaster of a career it will be. There will be amazing highs but there will also be crushing lows. You will struggle with rejection, self-doubt and frustration but when you hold one of your published books in your hands, or receive an email from a reader saying that you have re-ignited their love of reading or encouraged a reluctant reader to read more, you’ll forget all the lows and appreciate how very lucky you are. Keep going. Keep writing. And don’t give up.

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