Interview with Ian W Taylor

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I love books and have been an avid reader all my life. I have always wanted to write a novel but never before had the time to do it. The ideas for this book have been fermenting in my mind for a long time and I figured it was time to write them down. I have travelled widely in a career in international business, have met some fascinating characters and been to amazing places. These experiences have planted the seeds for this story.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to keep fit physically by exercising everyday e.g. walking, swimming, hiking, playing tennis etc. I travel a lot with my wife, have twice circumnavigated Australia in our 4WD, where I have conducted background research and experienced the outback for my novel. I also love spending time in tropical Northern Australia and travelling overseas.
Who are your favorite authors?
I read all kinds of books but my preference is in the genres of action/adventure and political intrigue. My favourite authors are Wilbur Smith, Lee Child, Jo Nesbo, Bryce Courtney and John Le Carre.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first story I ever read but the one that sticks in my mind as a youth was "Who Killed the Mocking Bird". It was a masterly piece of writing and social commentary which still holds true today.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote a lot of stories at school, probably my earliest memory was a mystery story I wrote in my English class during my first year at high school. I was surprised when my teacher asked me to read it out to the class and embarrassed when they actually seemed to like it!!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My father was a passionate reader and he passed this love onto me. I grew up in Melbourne but spent many years in other Australian cities, Canberra and Perth. I have also lived in Canada and South Africa and spent long periods working the USA. I've always loved the Australian sense of humour and the real characters you find in the small towns of the outback.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have had first hand involvement in many international trade negotiations and conferences which have given me an insight into the cultures of different countries and the political intrigue and manoeuvring that goes on in the background by both government and business. I also have interests in mining, the environment and aboriginal land rights and the Australian landscape. I tried to bring all these elements into the story.
Published 2015-09-22.
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Books by This Author

Blood at Yellow Water
Price: Free! Words: 73,130. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
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Chaos erupts in the Australian outback when terrorists blow up a controversial uranium mine and kill the Australian Prime Minister. Jake Stafford, an Australian trade official, rescues the Japanese Prime Minister and becomes involved in a cauldron of espionage, political intrigue and corruption which will shake the core of governments in Australia, Japan and China.