Wednesday, 6 April 2016

THE MISSING - my third psychological thriller - out now!

Time for my yearly update of this blog for anyone still subscribed! 
Tomorrow, 7th April, my third psychological thriller THE MISSING, will be available to buy from all major supermarkets, WH Smith, Waterstones and online book and ebook retailers. 
I am currently working on my fourth psychological thriller which will be published in April 2017.

You love your family. They make you feel safe. You trust them. Or do you…?
When fifteen-year-old Billy Wilkinson goes missing in the middle of the night his mother, Claire Wilkinson, blames herself. She’s not the only one. There isn’t a single member of Billy’s family that doesn’t feel guilty. But the Wilkinsons are so used to keeping secrets from one other that it isn’t until six months later, after an appeal for information goes horribly wrong, that the truth begins to surface.
Claire is sure of two things – that Billy is alive and that her friends and family had nothing to do with his disappearance.
A mother’s instinct is never wrong. Or is it?
Praise for THE MISSING
“An intriguing and stirring tale, overflowing with family drama…the writing effectively tears at you, and even if your suspicions start to screech and point, you’ll find yourself questioning them! ‘The Missing’ is a fabulously rolling, coiling, twisting tale, if you can’t trust your family, who can you trust?”
Lovereading.co.uk
“The Missing has a delicious sense of foreboding from the first page, luring us into the heart of a family with terrible secrets and making us wait, with pounding hearts for the final, agonizing twist. Loved it.”
Fiona Barton
Author of THE WIDOW
“Dark, utterly gripping and had me ripping through the pages.”
Jenny Blackhurst
Author of HOW I LOST YOU
“C.L. Taylor is the Queen of Just-One-More-Chapter Lit. I devoured this compelling novel about the secrets and lies at the dark heart of family life.”
Tammy Cohen 
Author of FIRST ONE MISSING
“I was grabbed by this book from the first page and read the ending with an open mouth. I wish I could unread it so that I could go back and discover it again. Brilliant!”
Angela Marsons
Author of SILENT SCREAM

Saturday, 2 May 2015

The Lie - my first Sunday Times Bestseller!

I have no idea if anyone still checks this blog for Cally Taylor news but, just in case I have a few lone readers that haven't moved over to my www.cltaylorauthor.com blog I thought
I'd post that I have a new book out!

It's another psychological thriller, writing as C.L. Taylor and it's called The Lie. It's about a woman called Jane who tries to reinvent herself and move on after a holiday from hell with three of her friends five years earlier, a holiday two of the friends didn't return from. Jane is happier than she's even been but when she receives a notes that says, 'I know your name's not really Jane Hughes' it's time to fight for her life all over again.


Heat magazine called it, 'an excellent psychological thriller'. Woman magazine gave it 5/5 and called it 'Spine-chilling' and The Sun's Fabulous magazine said it will, 'get your blood pounding'.

Retail support for The Lie has been astounding - it's in Tesco, Sainsbury, Asda and Morrisons as well as WH Smith, WH Smith Travel and most branches of Waterstones. It's also number 1 on Kobo, number 3 on Sainsbury ebooks, number 6 on iBooks and number 36 on Amazon!

Earlier this week I learned that it had charted in the Sunday Times Bestsellers list at number 11. I am officially a Sunday Times Bestseller! Something I never would have dreamed was possible when I started this blog as an unpublished author back in 2006. This really has been the most astonishing month and I'm still on cloud nine. 


Or have a look on my new blog to find out what else has been going on this month.


Thursday, 18 December 2014

Watching one of your books come to life - Home for Christmas, the film...

Tomorrow is the last screening of Home for Christmas, the film of my second romantic comedy novel and what an experience it's been!

The world premiere was in Brighton on 5th December and I attended with my parents, my sister and her partner and my brother and a friend. It was magical. The 'red carpet' was about a foot long, there were no flashing press cameras and I didn't get asked for my autograph once but none of that mattered.

What mattered was the utterly extraordinary sensation of sitting in the cinema where I'd set my book and watching my imagination come to life on screen. My sister's partner and our friend cried at the end of the film. So did I, but not for the same reason. I cried because I felt so overwhelmed by what was happening to me, I couldn't take it in, it didn't feel real.

And then I went to the toilet and when I got back everyone was frantically gesturing that I should have been on stage answering questions with the cast, so, um...that was real (and scary. And my microphone didn't work but Karl Davies very kindly gave me his).

After the screening I was given a poster, signed by the cast and crew. Some of the things that were written were so touching I'm glad I didn't read them until I was back in the hotel (and then I welled up a bit, again).

"Things like getting a film made of your book aren't supposed to happen this early in your career," my brother said. "I'd have imagined this happening in another twenty years or so."
I looked at him. "You don't think it's all down from here do you?"

The film was screened three times in Brighton, twice in London, in Swansea and in Bristol (which I attended and had to introduce - aaargh!) and tomorrow the final showing will be in Liverpool (which I'm also attending, with several writer friends, hooray!). Several of the screenings were cancelled because we didn't get enough pre-bookings which was a shame for the friends that had booked tickets but it was out of my hands sadly, and it just goes to show how hard it is for independent films to reach an audience. I'm just pleased the film was seen by as many people as it was.

The film is available to watch online on vimeo (you can rent it or buy it, ignore the fact it's in dollars it'll convert to pounds) and there's a limited number of signed DVDs available to buy on ebay (signed by April Pearson, Lucy Griffiths, Karl Davies and Jamie Peterson the director).

If you do watch it I'd love to hear how you think it compares to the book.

JumpStart, the production company who made the film are currently in discussions about getting the film shown in the States, and a possible TV airing but we'll wait and see what happens with that.

It's weird to think that, in a few days, this experience will be over. It really has been the strangest, most surreal thing. Wonderful and magical too of course. I honestly never believed it would happen in my lifetime and I feel very, very lucky.

I can see why people become screenwriters because the itch to write something else for the screen is strong - I want to do this again. I want to see my characters come to life in front of my eyes again! But I've got a novel to write, and another one to promote (THE LIE is out on 23rd April, you can pre-order it for £1.99) and it's nearly Christmas and I'm looking forward to just RELAXING for a while.

I hope you get to relax over Christmas too. Here are some photos of my Home for Christmas experience...














p.s. I recently ran a giveaway for signed copies of all my books, the DVD of Home for Christmas and a 'Go Away I'm Reading' mug. If you don't want to miss out on the new one make sure you sign up to my newsletter - you receive an exclusive, not available on the web, short story if you do -  http://www.callytaylor.co.uk/blog.html

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Home for Christmas the film - it's been made!

Back in May I wrote a blog post about watching the filming of my second romantic comedy Home for Christmas.

Well, I'm delighted to say that the film has been finished and it'll be screened in select independent cinemas across the UK in December! Here's the trailer:


 And here's me, being interviewed by the crew back in May, when I went to watch the filming:


Unlike big money feature films that have guaranteed screenings Home for Christmas will be shown via 'our screen' which is a kind of on-demand cinema for independently made films. If enough people pre-book tickets then the film will be show but, if they don't, it won't (and anyone who pre-booked tickets isn't charged).

The cast and crew are going to do a Q&A at some of the screenings (see trailer for details) and I'll be going to the premiere in Brighton on 4th December, a screening in Liverpool on 17th December (fingers crossed, if enough people pre-book!) and the screening in Bristol on 7th December (ditto).

So far the film is going to be shown at the following cinemas and you can buy tickets by clicking on the links below:

Duke of Yorks WORLD PREMIERE, Brighton, December 4th at 21:00 

The Gate, London, December 5th at 23:00

https://www.ourscreen.com/screening/37761

Gower Heritage Centre, Swansea, December 6th at 18:00

 Watershed Cinema, Bristol, December 7th at 1.30pm

https://uk.patronbase.com/_Watershed/Productions/FromFacebook?sale=249932&hash=9e02a430a405a59fcb8421d44ea2ce77

 Clapham Picture house, London, December 9th at 21:00

https://www.ourscreen.com/screening/37718

Regal Picturehouse, Henley on Thames, December 10th at 21:00

https://www.ourscreen.com/screening/37754

The Little Theatre Cinema, Bath, December 11th at 18:00

https://www.ourscreen.com/screening/37747

The Ritzy, London, December 12th at 23:15

https://www.ourscreen.com/screening/37713

Phoenix Picturehouse, Oxford, December 14th at 20:00

https://www.ourscreen.com/screening/37755

City Screen, York, December 15th at 20:00

Harbour Lights Picturehouse, Southampton, December 17th at 21:00

https://www.ourscreen.com/screening/37721

Cinema City, Norwich, December 18th at 21:00

https://www.ourscreen.com/screening/37763

Picturehouse at FACT, Liverpool, December 19th at 21:00

https://www.ourscreen.com/screening/37757

Hackney Picturehouse, London, December 20th at10:30

https://www.ourscreen.com/screening/37718

If you can't make any of the screenings don't worry because the film will be made available on vimeo as 'pay per view' and will eventually be released on DVD. I'll let you know the details of those when they become available. But do make it to a screening if you can - there's nothing quite like seeing a film on the big screen and Home for Christmas is a lovely, funny, feel-good film (even if I do say so myself).

If you'd like to find out more do check out all the behind the scenes videos on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqGxvTX4icFYiBVzCELa3VQ

And 'like' the film's pages on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Here's a little 'behind the scenes' action of April Pearson getting her revenge on Jamie the Director for getting her to wax her legs in one of the scenes!


It's a bit early but...Happy Christmas everyone!


Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Wondering where I've gone?

Apologies for the lack of blog posts on this blog. If you've been wondering where I've gone I mostly post on my other blog these days - http://cltaylorauthor.wordpress.com I try and update it at least once a month.

I also update my facebook page http://www.facebook.com/CallyTaylorAuthor several times a week with all Cally Taylor and CL Taylor news.

See you there hopefully!

Cally
x

Friday, 13 June 2014

And the winner of Beautiful Words is....

... to be revealed by the end of this blog post...


Nik Perring read all the entries and he's reached a decision on a winner. Here's Nik:

So, after considerable time thinking about all of these wonderful entries and words I've come to a decision. But before I tell you what it is I need to tell you how much I loved every entry - any of them could have a been a winner. In the end I've gone for Vamprye1979's crunch. It's a good word to say and it's not unusual. And I like how it makes her feel, like she can taste it, how it's much more than its six letters. So, congratulations to to her and a massive thank you to everyone who entered. 

Cheers Nik! And congratulations Vamprye1979. Please leave me a direct message on my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/CallyTaylorAuthor with your postal address and I'll get Nik's wonderful book to you ASAP.

Thanks everyone who entered. I loved reading your word choices. 

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Beautiful words: what's your favourite?






Nik Perring is a friend I’ve never met. A friend of six, seven, eight years? I can’t be sure but, for as long as I’ve been blogging (since 2006), I’ve known Nik. I’ve spoken to him on the phone, we’ve sent each other mixed CDs (we have a similar fondness for quirky female singer-songwriters), I made him cry when he read my first novel HEAVEN CAN WAIT and I fell in love with his story ‘Shark Boy’ in his wonderful book of flash fiction NOT SO PERFECT, but we’ve never met in person. Maybe we never will but that’s okay – ours is a friendship we dip in and out of depending on how hectic life is, but it’s always there, in the background.

And talking of things you can dip in and out of (nice segue, Cally!), Nik has a wonderful new book out called ‘BEAUTIFUL WORDS’. It’s hard to describe to describe the book and do it justice. It’s not a short story book, it’s not a book of flash fiction and it’s definitely not a dictionary – what it is is a collection of words that Nik finds beautiful and, running through the book, is a narrative about a man called Alexander and his search for love.



BEAUTIFUL WORDS would make a wonderful gift for anyone who loves words – who loves discovering new ones, who loves reading them aloud to hear how they sound, who loves saying them over and over again until they make sense, or stop making sense at all. It’s quirky and different and resonant and thought-provoking. It’s like no little book you’ve ever read before and the illustrations are beautiful too. I’ve got a copy to give away but first, some questions for the Word Master himself…

So, Nik. Tell me how BEAUTIFUL WORDS came about? What gave you the idea?

Thanks for having me here. It's a lovely place! How did it start? A couple of years ago I started collecting words that I liked, that interested me. I bought a little orange notebook and when I found one I thought interesting or one I liked saying, or one that I liked what it stood for or represented I'd scribble it down in there. The initial plan was write a book that would be a celebration of words. Something I thought word lovers might like. The sort of thing that I thought I'd like to be given as a gift. But I thought, quite quickly, that a list of words that some chap you've probably never heard of wouldn't excite people. So I made it into a part story, part fact thing. With beautiful illustrations. I think it works.

There are two more books in the series – BEAUTIFUL SHAPES and BEAUTIFUL TREES – that continue Alexander’s story but also explore the shapes and trees you find beautiful. Did
you always plan on a series of books or did the idea for two more come to you
after you’d finished BEAUTIFUL WORDS?

That came about while I was writing it. It was a chance comment I'd made to my publisher. I said something like, 'It could be cool to do this as a series.' My publisher agreed it could be and that phone call was where we came up with the ideas for the next two.

Our relationship with words is such a personal thing. In your book I fell in love with the word
WHIFFLE because of the way it sounds when I say it but also because of the meaning but I wasn’t so keen on the word EFFLEURAGE because it made me think of sewage (sorry!) although it actually has a lovely meaning. When you wrote the book did you give any thought to how other people might respond to your choice of words or were you solely driven by your own favourites?

Ha! Sorry about the sewage. I think when we write anything that's going to be (hopefully) read by anyone we have to think of that audience to some degree. My angle was, and still is: these are some words that I like, and that mean something to the characters in the book but it's not, by any means, definitive. I think I say in the introduction that I hope people find some they like, but half the fun's
people disagreeing. If I get people thinking about the words that they like then I'm happy.

Which words nearly made the grade but were dropped in favour of your final choices?

There were loads! Flicking through my notebook... Doe, gnome, astral, book, chignon, crackle, doodlebug, elk, ermine, fiddle, fenberry, galloon, hexad, imp, junco, knobble, lasque, mist, nimble, obsequious, pirouette, quiver, scrim, tinsel. I'll stop there.

And here are a couple of early entries that didn't make the final draft:

Obsequious: If you are obsequious you are super-obedient, to the point of being servile. As nice as it is to be helpful, do remember that no-one likes a doormat. And if they do, you’re probably best steering clear of them.

and

Lover: Lover has been with us since the 12th century. More recently, I had a lover. I loved this lover. She was beautiful, and her lips were two halves of perfect. But this lover was allergic to me. I think I made her sick. I don’t see that lover any more.

Have you always been a fan of words? Do you know what your first word was? Any words you particular loved (and over-used) as a child?

Yeah, I think I have. Can't think of many specific examples, although I do remember loving 'diorama' when I was in high school.

Do you think our taste in favourite words change over time? Have yours?

That's a really interesting question, and one I'd not really thought about. I think the answer's most definitely a yes. Vocabulary does change. Just look at how many words get added to the OED (and taken out) every year. Twerk, anyone? And I think that we're probably getting more new words and
at a faster rate because of the internet and technology. It's a good thing, I think.

A bit of a morbid question here (sorry, it’s the crime writer in me!) but, imagine you’re on your
deathbed…what would you want the final word you breathe to be?

Ha! Oh I don't know. I'd like it to be something like 'goodbye', or 'thanks', but knowing me it's more likely to be 'Oops.'

Are there any words you actively dislike? Not because of their meanings (racism, homophobia etc) but because you don’t like the sound they make?

Dumbbell. Mulch.

You really enjoy writing short stories and flash fiction but you haven’t written a novel yet. Is
that because words hold more power in the short form, or some other reason?

Nah, I think words hold the same amount of power regardless of the story length. There's an argument that they stick out more in shorter stuff but every story/novel/whatever needs to use the right ones.

I’ve recently been thinking about my writerly bucket list. It includes: ‘See a poster of one of my books in a train station' ‘Win an award’, ‘Make the Richard and Judy Book Club selection’ and ‘Become a Sunday Times Bestseller’. What’s on your writerly bucket list?

And I'm sure you'll get all of them! I guess mine are pretty similar to yours. What would be really cool, I think, would be if someone animated one of my stories. That I'd like to see. But, really, as long as people keep on enjoying what I put out there then that's me happy.

Thanks Nik! I can’t wait to read the next two books in the series and wish you every success with BEAUTIFUL WORDS.


So for anyone who’s desperate to find out what WHIFFLE and
EFFLEURAGE mean do get yourself along to Nik’s publisher’s website and get
yourself a copy: http://www.roastbooks.org/beautiful-words.html

Or buy it on Amazon: Beautiful Words: Some Meanings and Some Fictions Too

Or you could enter my competition to win yourself a copy.

All you need to do is leave a comment letting us know which is your favourite word and why and Nik will pick his favourite. The competition closes on Friday 6th June 2014 at midnight and I’ll announce the winner within a week of the closing date. 

Bio

Nik Perring is a short story writer and author from the UK. His stories have been published
in many fine places both in the UK and abroad, in print and online. They’ve been used on High School distance learning courses in the US, printed on fliers, and recorded for radio. Nik is the author of the children’s book, I Met a Roman Last Night, What Did You Do? (EPS, 2006); the short story collection, Not So Perfect (Roastbooks 2010); and he’s the co-author of Freaks! (The Friday
Project/HarperCollins, 2012). His online home is
www.nikperring.com and he’s on Twitter as @nikperring Beautiful
 

Words is out now and available from all good book retailers.