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Saturday, August 9, 2014

@Ted_Tayler on Planning to Live Forever & More #AmWriting #Thriller #BookClub


What genre of books do you adore?
I’m a crime fiction anorak I’m afraid! When I was younger I read all sorts of things, but over the years I’ve ‘homed’ in on thrillers, murder mysteries etcetera; if I’m not reading I’m watching a TV series or a film about it.
What do you hope your obituary will say about you?
Error 404 – Not found!
(I plan to live forever – so far so good!)
How did you develop your writing?
There’s probably a clever answer to this question; but quite honestly I just write my blog chapters, my short stories and my novels the same way I would tell you a story if we were sitting together sharing a meal and a glass of wine. It’s just a conversation written down; nothing pretentious or manufactured. That’s why my books don’t include reams of descriptive passages about landscape, architecture or feelings. The characters are what are important to me and I hope they’re more believable because of the way I write about them.
Do you find it hard to share your work?
There wouldn’t be a lot of point being a writer if I didn’t want people to read my work would there? Once a book is finished I want the world to read it!
How do you write?
I type my words straight into the computer (as I am doing now) for about 99% of the time. I don’t have a laptop or a desk as yet; on odd occasions I write a few paragraph headings and ‘notes to self’ with pen and paper when I’m sat relaxing in the garden.
How much sleep do you need to be your best?
This is a tricky one! At my age I’m not sure what my ‘best’ feels like anymore. Until last November I survived on about six hours a night. My wife went to work by seven in the morning and I got up to write before going downstairs for breakfast. Now she’s retired we’re rarely out of bed before nine! That’s two hours potential writing lost per day! I can’t find where she’s hidden the alarm clock as yet but I need to find it!
Tell us about your new book? What’s it about?
‘Unfinished Business’ is the sequel to the award winning ‘The Final Straw’ and it sees Colin Bailey return to the UK after almost a decade abroad in The Gambia. With a new surname (Owens – from his second wife Sue) and a new face he still has scores to settle. His meticulous planning takes him ingeniously across Scotland and the North of England ticking names off his list with the police completely baffled. DCI Phil Hounsell pitted his wits against Colin before and is now working in London with SOCA. He is sent to Durham where he teams up with super intelligent young DS Zara Wheeler; together they track their man to Manchester and then eventually south to Bath where Phil used to work and where he still lives with his wife Erica and their two young children. The final scenes take place on the streets of the Roman city; Phil Hounsell’s family is threatened and in a dramatic conclusion reminiscent of Holmes and Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls, the two men struggle above the foaming waters of the historic Pulteney weir.
How often do you write? And when do you write?
When I was writing ‘Unfinished Business’, Lynne my wife had just retired. After many years as a manager she couldn’t resist getting me into a ‘routine’! She packed me off to the computer room at eleven every weekday morning and I wasn’t allowed my lunch until one o’clock! I did another two hour stint in the afternoon, then perhaps an hour in the evening a couple of days a week. Some weekends I was given time off for good behaviour provided I was hitting ten thousand words for the week. I’m in between books at present and the sun is shining! I’m sat at the computer doing these answers for my Author Interview; ‘Please can I go out for some fresh air tomorrow?’
What movies do you love to watch?
‘Breakfast Club’ or ‘Stand And Deliver’ are the two stand out movies that come to mind.
If you could do any job in the world what would it be?
Well paid!
What makes you angry?
Women who swear!

The sequel to the award winning ‘The Final Straw’ sees Colin Bailey return to the UK after almost a decade abroad. With a new name and a new face he still has scores to settle. His meticulous planning takes him ingeniously across Scotland and the North of England ticking names off his list with the police completely baffled. 

DCI Phil Hounsell pitted his wits against Colin before and so he is sent to Durham where he teams up with super intelligent young DS Zara Wheeler; together they track their man to Manchester and then eventually south to Bath. 

The final scenes take place on the streets of the Roman city; Phil Hounsell’s family is threatened and in a dramatic conclusion reminiscent of Holmes and Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls, the two men struggle above the foaming waters of the historic Pulteney weir. 
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Genre – Thriller
Rating – PG-18
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