Children's Literature Interest Group: Interview with G.P. Taylor

G.P. TaylorG.P. Taylor is a New York Times best selling author.

His works include Shadowmancer, Wormwood, Tersias, The Curse of Salamander Street and The Tizzle Sisters.

He lives on the banks of a river in the midst of a dark wood, an arrow's flight from the Prince Regent Hotel near the 'town at the end of the line'. He spends his days writing and collecting firewood.

When you start to write a book, do you know how it will end?

I only know when a book will end when I get to chapter 20 - I have a rough idea where it is going BUT as many of my books have very twisted plots I actually write them backwords.

Do you base your characters on real people?

All the time - but I never tell them as they are often an amalgamation of more than one person.

Do you ever get writer’s block? What do you do about it?

I have never had block - well not until I started this email.

What is the hardest thing about being a writer?

Loneliness - I am on my own for days at a time

What is the best thing about being a writer?

Seeing your books in print and visiting schools and meeting readers.

What inspired you to write?

I woke up one morning and thought I would be a writer and that was it.

At what stage in your writing process do you use a computer?

From the very beginning - the computer is my sketch pad - note book and music centre - it's a Mac

How much does your editor change what you write?

I never read a book once it is written so I have no idea.

What was your favourite book(s) when you were a child?

The Lord of the Flies 

What advice would you give to an aspiring writer?

Read as much as you can and then read some more in fact read everything in the world and when you have done that start to write.

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