Interview with Chris Taylor

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a wife and mother of five children under the age of 17. When I’m not writing, I am usually ferrying the kids around to sporting events, music lessons or other school commitments. I also enjoy curling up with a good book or cooking something delicious that usually involves chocolate!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I subscribe to online magazines such as Romance Daily News and BookBub and I always check out what’s on offer every day. I have discovered some amazing, new to me authors this way and have found it to be a reliable way to find great books.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Absolutely! The first “proper” story I ever wrote was when I was 18. I’d just graduated from high school and I had some time off while I decided what I wanted to do with my life. I would get up every morning and go into my mom’s office and pound out my story on an old manual typewriter. I would work all day, stopping only for lunch and bathroom breaks. My story was a beautiful romance novel with a 19-year-old protagonist who went to London to be a nanny. At the time, I had never even been on a plane! Still, I thought it was a fantastic story. I submitted it to what was then Mills & Boon (now Harlequin) and received a polite rejection letter in due course. It was a minor setback, but certainly didn’t deter me from chasing my dream of being a romance author! Thirty published books later and I’m still on fire!
What is your writing process?
I’m lucky enough to write full-time, so I arrive in my home office by nine in the morning and I’m still there late into the night. I take a break for lunch and at four when my kids arrive home from school. I usually spend from four to eight with the family doing the usual stuff - homework, cooking dinner, etc and then I go back to my desk. I’m a bit of a night owl, so I’m often still there until eleven most nights.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It wasn’t the first story I ever read, but it was the first romance story that I completely and totally LOVED! It was an historical romance novel called “A Rose in Winter” , written by the wonderful and incomparable Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. I absolutely adored every book she wrote and read most of them three or four times over. I own both a hardback and paperback copy of A Rose in Winter and still enjoy reading it to this day.
How do you approach cover design?
I usually have a vision of the cover I want. I keep it simple, all about the characters, with a little of the setting thrown in. I work with an amazing cover designer who has designed all thirty of my covers.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read so many books for pleasure. I love everything from romance (all genres) to thrillers and crime fiction. Some of my favourite authors are Sandra Brown, Nora Roberts, Richard North Patterson, Kathy Reichs, Patricia Cornwall and James Patterson.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I usually read on my Kindle.
Describe your desk
My desk is either very neat or a complete mess, depending on where I am in my writing process. When I’m starting a new book and tossing up ideas, doing a draft, figuring out my story, my desk is very tidy. While I am actually writing, my desk begins to get cluttered with little notes I write to myself to remind me to go back and insert such and such or delete this because the story has evolved in a different direction to the one I initially envisaged. Once I have finished the first draft and have dealt with all my post-it notes, my desk starts to get clearer again. Then the process begins all over again!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on a farm in rural New South Wales, Australia. I lived with my mom and dad and five sisters and a myriad of farm animals. We often had pet kangaroos we’d raised from babies, little piglets, horses, dogs, sheep, goats and the like. I am the fourth child, so my older sisters were the ones who introduced me to romance books from our town library. I started out with Harelquin and quickly moved onto every romance book in the library. I was in heaven!

When I started writing, I always knew I wanted to write romance.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Having a background in criminal law, I’m always intrigued by the possibility that an innocent man could be convicted for a crime he didn’t commit. This is the premise behind my latest book, A Perfect Crime. The hero finds himself being framed for the murder of his ex-girlfriend and relies on my heroine lawyer to rescue him with the truth.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I love being in control of my entire writing career, from the creation of the novel, to the cover design, publication schedule and marketing. It’s a lot of work and I have to wear a lot of different hats, but I love the freedom I have as an indie author. I wouldn’t have it any other way!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords gave indie authors their very first opportunity to publish books across every platform with every digital retailer. Mark Coker had amazing insight into the future of the publishing industry and was one of the first to create these opportunities. Living in Australia, I would never have been able to publish to Barnes & Noble or iBooks without Smashwords. I will be forever grateful.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me. It is for my readers that I write! I love hearing from them and love knowing that I have provided them some enjoyment and entertainment and sometimes so much more through my efforts on the keyboard. It is so humbling.
Published 2018-07-12.
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Books by This Author

Malicious Love
Series: The Sydney Legal Series. Pre-release—available April 30, 2019. Price: $5.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
A woman's body is found twenty years after she disappeared... Will Detective Rafe Connelly find the person responsible before it's too late..?
A Toxic Inheritance
Series: The Sydney Legal Series. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 77,940. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
USA Today bestselling author Chris Taylor's latest book in the hugely popular Sydney Legal series is a real page turner. With equal parts romance and suspense, you will be on the edge of your seat until the very end.
The Perfect Crime - Book Seven in the Sydney Legal Series
Series: The Sydney Legal Series. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 84,450. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
USA Today bestselling author Chris Taylor's latest book doesn't disappoint. Sex, lies and corruption abound in this nail biting romantic thriller.
The Ties That Bind - Book Six in the Sydney Legal Series
Series: The Sydney Legal Series. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 72,470. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Identical twin brothers... Identical DNA... One has committed a crime... Will the police arrest the right perpetrator?
Ordinary Evil
Series: The Sydney Legal Series. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 77,850. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
A child goes missing from the school bus. Has she simply wandered off, or is there something far more sinister at play...?
Lies and Deception
Series: The Sydney Legal Series. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 78,630. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Courtroom
Monica Radford wants a baby, but her life just got a whole lot more complicated when she discovers the man she's chosen as her baby daddy is prosecuting her brother for murder...
The Sydney Harbour Hospital Series Books 1-5
Series: The Sydney Harbour Hospital. Price: $19.99 USD. Words: 370,960. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Love fast paced, gritty romance and suspense? Delve into the lives and loves, trials and tribulations, tears and high drama of Chris Taylor’s hugely popular Sydney Harbour Hospital series. The boxed set collection includes Books 1-5 of the series: The Perfect Husband The Body Thief The Baby Snatchers The Final Bullet The Debt Collector
A Woman Scorned
Series: The Sydney Legal Series. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 83,130. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
A Chinese spy has spent sixteen years searching for a fugitive who fled China and disappeared in Sydney. Meanwhile, a man has been murdered and Detective James Shepherd is on the hunt for the killer. The two men work together but are unaware they are searching for the same man...
At the Hand of her Father
Series: The Sydney Legal Series. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 85,950. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Courtroom, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
A father is on trial for the murder of his daughter. Will Natalie Johnson forgive the man responsible for setting him free?
An Accidental Murderer - Book One of the Sydney Legal Series
Series: The Sydney Legal Series. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 88,310. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Courtroom
A nurse has been accused of murdering her patient, but when she claims it was an accident lawyer Ben Fitzgerald discovers the nurse struggles to read English. Determined to hold the university she graduated from responsible, he commences a civil claim.
The Likeable Fraudster
Series: The Sydney Harbour Hospital. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 79,970. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
A prominent young doctor is murdered. Is it a drug deal gone bad or is the perpetrator someone much closer to home...?
The Munro Family Series Collection Books 7-8 includes bonus novella
Series: The Munro Family. Price: $19.99 USD. Words: 231,150. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Courtroom
Complete and unabridged versions of Books Seven and Eight of the hugely popular Munro Family Series. High octane romantic suspense thrillers that will leaving you gasping...
The Munro Family Series Collection - Books 4-6
Series: The Munro Family. Price: $15.99 USD. Words: 291,190. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Complete and unabridged versions of Books 4-6 of the hugely popular Munro Family Series.
The Munro Family Series Collection Books 9-10
Series: The Munro Family. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 177,280. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Complete and unabridged versions of Books Nine and Ten of the hugely popular Munro Family Series. Romantic suspense thrillers that will leave you gasping...
The Cliff-Top Killer - Book Eight of the Sydney Harbour Hospital Series
Series: The Sydney Harbour Hospital. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 73,790. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
What dark secrets is Shelby Gianopoulos' father hiding and what do they have to do with the murders on the cliff tops of Bondi...
The Stolen Identity - Book Seven of the Sydney Harbour Hospital Series
Series: The Sydney Harbour Hospital. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 76,640. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Morgan O'Brien's father is missing. Will she let her ex-lover, Detective Colt Barrington, help her find him or will they both end up regretting the fact Morgan O'Brien is back in town...?
The Lab Test - Book Six of the Sydney Harbour Hospital Series
Series: The Sydney Harbour Hospital. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 78,000. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Sabrina Cook and her baby daughter have been brutally murdered. It's Detective Jett Craigdon's job to find the killer. Is it the maintenance man who works in her building or someone far closer to home...?
The Debt Collector - Book Five of the Sydney Harbour Hospital Series
Series: The Sydney Harbour Hospital. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 78,640. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Employees are mysteriously disappearing from the Max Grace Funeral Home. Who will be next? Embalmer Hannah Langdon is determined to find out...or die trying...
The Final Bullet
Series: The Sydney Harbour Hospital. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 69,520. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Detective Sergeant Lachlan Coleridge has seen it all in his long career as a New South Wales police officer, but nothing prepares him for the sight of the charred bodies of two children during an explosion in an illegal meth lab. Will psychiatrist Ava Wolfe be able to help Lachlan come to terms with the emotional trauma before it's too late?
The Baby Snatchers
Series: The Sydney Harbour Hospital, Book 3. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 77,530. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Babies are dying on Ward Seven under the care of midwife, Georgina Whitely. Detective Sergeant Cameron Dawson wants to know why. The official causes of death are SIDS. But the more Cameron delves into the mysteries of Ward Seven, the more certain he is that something sinister is going on...
The Body Thief
Series: The Sydney Harbour Hospital, Book 2. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 79,710. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Forensic pathologist Samantha Wolfe has noticed an unusually high number of bodies coming through the morgue with donated organs and tissues. Is it a result of the push from the New South Wales Government to increase awareness of the importance of being an organ donor or is something far more sinister at play? In conjunction with Detective Sergeant Rohan Coleridge, she's determined to find out...
The Perfect Husband
Series: The Sydney Harbour Hospital, Book 1. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 70,780. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Isobel Donnelly thought she was living the perfect life. Her world is shattered the first night her husband hits her. Will she find the courage to leave him, before it's too late?
The Maker - Book Ten in the Munro Family Series
Series: The Munro Family. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 91,530. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
USA Today bestselling author Chris Taylor delivers another nail-biting read... Chanel Munro has landed her dream job as a junior resident doctor at the prestigious Sydney Harbour Hospital. But an esteemed position on Doctor Baker’s team doesn’t come without sacrifice.
The Shooting - Book Nine of the Munro Family Series
Series: The Munro Family. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 86,800. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
USA Today bestselling author delivers another gripping read... Tom Munro's life is falling apart. His wife lies in the ICU after becoming victim to a school shooting. His teenage daughter is acting out and for more than twelve months, he's been hiding a suspicious lump in his breast. Will things work out for the best or will this be the end of this Munro Family?
The Defendant - Book Eight of the Munro Family Series
Series: The Munro Family. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 90,410. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
USA Today bestselling author Chris Taylor's emotionally charged novel doesn't disappoint. They were high school sweethearts until he left without a word of explanation. Now, Josie Munro has returned to her hometown seeking answers from the only man she ever loved.
The Munro Family Series Collection Books 1-3
Series: The Munro Family. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 271,350. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A complete and unabridged copy of the first three books in the hugely popular, action packed romantic suspense series, The Munro Family Series. Book One: The Profiler. Book Two: The Investigator. Book Three: The Predator
The Christmas Vigil - A Munro Family Series novella
Series: The Munro Family. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 46,100. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A family in denial... When former District Court judge Duncan Munro is found unconscious in a hotel room in a compromising position, his close knit family are rocked to the core. No one wants to believe their father is an adulterer, but the Munro siblings have law enforcement running through their veins and all of the evidence is pointing toward their father's guilt...
The Ransom
Series: The Munro Family. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 97,210. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
USA Today bestselling author Chris Taylor's thrilling Munro Family series doesn't disappoint. The daughter of a police profiler is kidnapped by members of a notorious outlaw motorcycle gang. But is it a case of mistaken identity? It's up to Detective Senior Sergeant Lane Black to find out.
The Negotiator
Series: The Munro Family. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 104,490. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
USA Today bestselling author Chris Taylor's latest Munro Family story doesn't disappoint. Andy Warwick is a respected police negotiator based in North Sydney. Haunted by nightmares from his past, he yearns for a family of his own. Is Cally Savage and her son the family he's been looking for?
The Deception - Book Five of the Munro Family Series
Series: The Munro Family, Book 5. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 97,570. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Ambitious newspaper journalist Savannah O'Neill will do anything for a story, even pretending to be a prostitute in Sydney's most exclusive brothel. Detective Will Rutledge has vowed to destroy the owner of the brothel, Vince Maranoa, the man he holds responsible for his brother's suicide. Both Will and Savannah will be left gasping when the brothel's secrets are finally revealed...
The Betrayal - Book Four in the Munro Family Series
Series: The Munro Family, Book 4. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 91,720. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
USA Today bestselling author Chris Taylor offers another thrilling installment to the hugely popular Munro Family Series. When much decorated Australian Federal Police officer Declan Munro is wrongly accused of illegally accessing confidential police files containing child pornography, his world is turned upside down. Will he be able to convince the beautiful IA investigator of his innocence?
The Predator - Book Three in the Munro Family Series
Series: The Munro Family, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 82,200. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
USA Today bestselling author Federal Agent Alexandra Cavanaugh is on the hunt for online predators. When her estranged husband, Agent Brandon Munro, joins the team, her life is thrown into turmoil. She hasn't seen Brandon since he walked out on their marriage more than four years ago. Still angry and hurt over his abandonment, she's also on tenterhooks he may discover he has a son.
The Investigator - Book Two in the Munro Family Series
Series: The Munro Family, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 94,410. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
After a ten year self enforced absence, Kate Collins has returned home to find her mother who has disappeared without a trace. Kate is sure her stepfather is behind it. Will she be able to convince Detective Riley Munro to investigate her stepfather, a highly decorated police officer?
The Profiler - Book One in the Munro Family Series
Series: The Munro Family, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 96,310. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
A serial killer is on a rampage against women in western Sydney. Will Detective Ellie Cooper and Australian Federal Police officer Clayton Munro set aside their animosity in order to capture a monster?