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A New Zealander by birth, Liam came into this world in Auckland, the City of Sails, on a sunny December day in 1967, to an English mother and Kiwi father.
From an early age, he loved books, especially anything to do with science fiction/fantasy, and on the weekends, in a time before personal computers, video game platforms and social media, this often led to ‘Lord of the Rings’ style battle re-enactments around the wooded areas of his hometown.
Throughout his schooling, even extending into his formative years, he held something close to his heart... a burning desire to write, fueled by various comments and accomplishments in English and one special competition win at the age of nine. However, the shadow of an antiquated belief that a son must follow his father’s vocation, coupled with some extraordinarily bad advice, influenced that naïve adolescent into a variety of unfulfilling jobs.
Eventually, he left the shores of his country and ventured out into the world... to the birthplace of his beloved mother, England. It was there, based in London and later Reading (actually pronounced Redding. Still, coincidental? Or perhaps a twist of fate?) that his life really took off, and he met many an amazing person and experienced many wonderful events on his travels around the globe. Yet still, he pushed away his true yearning, thinking that the opportunity to write was lost… even with all the great ideas that leapt into his mind, urging him to expand upon their fledgling concept. Write about me, they would say!
After moving to Queensland, Australia, he reconnected with a special person from his past... a special person he loves, admires, trusts, and who has given him the second thing he thought he would never have – two beautiful children. A special person who has been the key to his lock, his light, his beacon, through the darkest of hours. Inevitably, bleak days lay ahead, with the same old rut rearing its extremely ugly head... made worse by certain individuals both personally, and professionally.
But Karma, in all its infinite wisdom and consequences, had a plan. And on a night in November 2009, wrapped in despair, that plan slammed into his mind with the force of a Rocky Balboa roundhouse.
Write, Liam Taylor… write.
You see, wonderful readers, there’s a reason for everything that happens, and with an abundance of life’s experience and knowledge under his belt, so begins his journey, his real calling, on a thought that never left the inner recesses of his mind, a thought that began on a delayed train from Reading to London’s Paddington Station in 2002, and a thought that grew with every passing rumination.
Now, The Shard Chronicles is well underway, and he is an awfully busy man... juggling family life, his true career, and all the while completing a Diploma of Professional Writing. He’s loving every minute of it!