Talking writing with Andrew Taylor

Just had a few tweets with Andrew Taylor – the U.K. crime/historical suspense writer. He came to Canada earlier this year at the behest of his fans – a great reason to come to a place if ever there was one. His new book The Scent of Death was also out – so he managed to get in a bit of a publicity tour, as well.

We had a great conversation on the stage at the Toronto Public Library – part of a series called Star Talks. The library videotapes these chats and posts them on YouTube.

We’ve become Twitter friends – and the tweets we exchanged today reminded me I hadn’t posted the interview yet. So here it is.

A lovely luxury to get so much time to talk – there were quite a few audience questions afterward, too.

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2 comments

  1. Very good Deb, a fascinating interview. I’m not familiar with Mr Taylor’s work but will certainly put his latest on my TBR list. Comforting that he doesn’t plan or outline as us wannabe authors are nagged to do.
    Strangely, in our local paper last night there was an article about a Jerseyman who fought at Lake Ontario in 1812/13 and brought home tales of the horror of war.

  2. Thanks, Roy. It’s always interesting to hear how other writers write … and they don’t always follow what the creative writing courses tell you… As to the War of 1812 – it was basically the British against the Americans, and there were lots of British soldiers here at the time. Many United Empire Loyalists also fled from the U.S. up to Canada after the War of Independence in the States. From Niagara on the Lake (near Niagara Falls) all the way to the mouth of the St. Lawrence at Kingston, the border was guarded in the name of Britain at that time … formal Canada came later.

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