Interview with Mark Taylor
Tell us about your latest book.
My latest book is called Strange. It’s a dark and surreal collection of tales collated by me over the years that were all to... odd... to have a home. It’s being published by the amazing Eleventh Hour Literary Press.
What formats is the book available in?
For now, it will be available as an ebook.
What advice do you have for other writers?
Write, read, don’t try to follow market trends and ignore all writer’s advice.
What's your favourite quote about writers?
“Whenever they find some whackaloon with a collection of severed heads in his freezer, they always trot out the neighbors and you get that classic line: “He was always so quiet.” And the assumption becomes, oh, that seemingly nice-and-quiet chap next door needed his quiet time because he was too busy with his hobby of decapitating dudes. On the other hand: hey, maybe him being quiet and alone all the time made him crazy. Maybe you spend too long cooped up with yourself the carpet starts moving and the wallpaper shifts and the room starts to whisper, You know what would be awesome? A sweet-ass collection of severed heads. Get on that. This is probably a good time to remind you that writers happen to spend a lot of time alone and cooped up with themselves. Just, uhh, putting that out there. What, this old thing? Just a hacksaw.” – Chuck Wendig.
What's the best thing about being a writer?
The severed heads.
Where can people find out more about you and your writing?
The best place is at my website: www.authormarktaylor.com but that said, you can find me on social media most of the time.
Why do you think readers are going to enjoy your book?
It’s different. Off the wall. Hopefully it will make the readers think. Question themselves, and some of the things around them. Over the years my writing has changed, and I want my readers to start to think about the contexts and subtexts of my work. Sure, some of it is blatant horror, but some (Networking in Strange comes to mind) will hopefully make the reader pause, consider, and perhaps change their outlook based on my writing.
Once that is done, world domination is only a short story away!!
Who designed the cover?
Elisha Neubauer on behalf of Eleventh Hour Literary Press. It’s awesome.
Where can a reader purchase your book?
Here, on Amazon:
What is your work in progress? Tell us about it.
Next on the block is a new novel. I’m currently plotting it, and I’ve already been contracted for it. But it’s hush-hush. So don’t tell anyone (Nah, only kidding). But it’s still to be announced, so watch this space.
Thank you for having me here.