I know some people might think interviewing yourself a bit self-indulgent, but I feel it’s a great way for audiences to get to know you, what you’re all about, and why you write the genre that you do.
So here’s ten questions that I have put to me, Taylor Morgan, the Writer:
- When did you obsession with detectives and crime-fighting begin? I can honestly say it was through TV and not books, and the 70s show Starsky & Hutch. It had the right blend of ingredients that I have found draws me to a certain show, or a particular book; chalk and cheese partners, an informant or two, a no-nonsense captain, a murder.
- How many crime related shows do you watch a week? That does depend on whether or not it’s a new show with only 6 episodes, or a new show to me with 5 seasons. I would say on average I can watch anything between 3 & 6 crime related shows a week. that also include police or court dramas.
- How long have you been writing crime thrillers? I have been writing seriously for the past ten years, but it has only been the last three years that I have ventured into the crime genre.
- Do you have a favourite crime writer? If you look at my bookshelf you will see a number of books by Harlan Coben and this year I intend to read the ones that I have not yet got round to. I think that’s about 25 books.
- When you watch a show, or read a book, how long does it take you to figure out the perpetrator or plot? It’s only on a rare occasion that I have no idea as to who or why, but I do tend to have a good gut feeling for red herrings.
- Where do you get your ideas from? My ideas start most of the time with a character, then I go from there; news articles, books, TV shows, and real people and situations tend to be useful when I start thinking about plots.
- What is your writing Kryptonite? This is going to sound harsh but it’s people. When I’m writing I do like to be alone and as unavailable as possible, but that can be hard to understand for some people.
- What are the most common things people say to you, when you tell them you are a writer? It has to be ‘are you going to put me in your book’ which makes me laugh, but no I don’t tend to write about one particular person.
- Does writing energise or exhaust you? Writing definitely energises me; the only time it has exhausted me is when I completed NaNoWriMo for the first time.
- How many hours a day do you write? During the week I tend to write for 1-2 hours a day, at the weekend it can be anything from 2-8 hours.
Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed my answers.