Martyn Taylor


Yorkshire born, in Sheffield, now living in Rotherham.
Married to Anne, and living in a quirky house with a lot of stairs and an enormous amount of books.

Started writing more years ago than I want to remember, inspired by Ian Fleming, John Buchan, Alistair Maclean and Jack Higgins. Working in longhand, by typewriter and then with an old laptop and a printer. “One day I’m going to write a novel” arrived and in August 2002 became “Today’s the day!" A beginning, an end and the urge to write. The result was ICELINE, a thriller about abduction, smuggling and dodgy diving in Western Scotland.

CONTROL:ESCAPE is the second novel about Steel and the characters at The Grange, revealing more of the place and the people who pass through its doors. Both now published here at Smashwords. There will be more!

WHAT YOU ASK FOR was the Nanowrimo entry for 2012; reaching the 50,000 word target in 29 days and carrying on to finish the story. Currently undergoing proof-reading and editing prior to submitting it for the Premium catalogue here at Smashwords.

The fourth novel in The Grange series THE OBEDIENCE OF FOOLS draws its name from a quotation by Douglas Bader and weaves its way around the Urban myth of the Strategic Steam Reserve.

Fascinated by the human stories behind history, the intmate aspects of great events. Myths and legends, folklore and intrigued by urban myths.

I enjoy a film with a good story, Matrix (all three parts), V for Vendetta – the final scene outside parliament with the masked crowds; Dambusters; Where Eagles Dare – Richard Burton on the radio with “Broadsword calling Danny Boy”

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Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Sharing the experience of my characters and how they deal with the situations they face. The opportunity to escape through a door to somewhere new and explore ideas without boundaries. To take the strangest thing you can imagine and then play with it through the characters.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually start with a title, I tend to be looking for something and then allow myself to be distracted. I enjoy the late 19th and early 20th century thrillers and adventures so Project Gutenberg is a popular site, and recommendations from friends, suggestions from websites, (I have found some great writing here at smashwords), bloggers. A prompt from almost anywhere.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Martyn Taylor online


The Grange
..An old country house, comfortable with its history, estate and secrets; old and new; some to be unfolded and others - never to be told? The people who live, work and visit; guests who cross the threshold through the iron bound oak doors, and the others, who slip quietly in and out by another way, adding their secrets to the history already soaked into the ancient walls.
Price: Free!
Price: $5.00 USD.
What You Ask For
Price: $5.00 USD.
The Obedience of Fools
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The Obedience of Fools
Series: The Grange. Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 108,930. Language: British English. Published: November 4, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
NaNoWriMo 2013 book. Last updated 2013-11-27 16:53:48
Goal reached!
A secret long hidden, the record tucked away in a notebook, and someone thinks that it is the key to a valuable commodity. Hidden away, spirited away when steam disappeared and diesels took command of the rails. Alfred Burke knows the details and they are valuable, in his head or encrypted into his notebook is irrelevant. There are those who want them
What You Ask For
Series: The Grange. Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 83,960. Language: British English. Published: November 2, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
NaNoWriMo 2012 book. Last updated 2012-11-29 15:16:09
Goal reached!
A bit of tomfoolery on a hot summer afternoon, an uploaded video and an opportunity to apply pressure. Jessica was Michael Spear's weak spot and pressure was applied. There was more to this than meets the eye, who was the real target, Michael or Jessica, and why? Questions need answers and Steel and Josie Burke are in the vanguard of finding answers.
Series: The Grange. Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 93,190. Language: British English. Published: August 19, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
(5.00 from 1 review)
More than ten years had passed since Steve Arkwright jumped the firewall and found himself staring at a bleak future. The men in suits knocked on his door gave him a choice and with only one answer. Sign here and you are ours. He had chosen the gilded cage instead of the prison cell, but every cage has bars and when the gilding wears off, the bars are still there. Now he wants out!
Series: The Grange. Price: Free! Words: 106,780. Language: British English. Published: August 18, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
Smuggling, skulduggery and scuba diving in Scotland. Steel disappeared and turned up weeks later bruised, bloody and alive, dumped high in the mountains. Relief is mixed with anger, confusion and a determination to uncover what he had stumbled upon. He had crossed a line, not his own, this time the line was his, and he was ready for whatever stepped over it.

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Smashwords book reviews by Martyn Taylor

  • Tinytown on Dec. 16, 2012

    Recommended by a friend and now passing it on. This is a must read; bitingly funny, grotesquely larger than life and a little guy hero against the bad big world. Ex-in-laws who should be outlawed driven by greed and excess; debauched tastes, twisted pleasures and gate-crashing the party of the year; and the hedgehog, that is just so wrong! Snappy, gut-achingly funny descriptions and a darkly satirical edge. Brilliant!
  • Not Without My Cat (When fish is not enough) on Jan. 10, 2013

    Sam is a reformed character, with all the foibles of a man sorting his life out, a mad ex who won't leave him alone and a mystery arrives in his living room; involving time travel and a cat that glows in the dark set him on an investigation that reveals his own past. Wit, humour and brilliantly recognisable characters drawn from life. Enjoy it! (review of free book)
  • The Republican Coin on April 01, 2013

    Narratives bound by common humanity, details of a bigger picture where the intimate draws you into the smaller image and holds you there. The coin is a physical link between the past and the resent and potently symbolic in both tales, reflecting the choices made and how we deal with the consequences, and how they can return to haunt us. Stories of winning and losing deftly crafted and with a delicate touch for nuance. The Republican Coin is a book to read and go back to, to renew the acquaintance of the characters and catch the subtlety of the landscape. It is not a book of two halves, it is complete obverse and reverse, as the coin itself.
  • Coincidence Theory on April 05, 2013

    Fast, tightly paced and intricately plotted, packed with historic detail and descriptions that put you in the thick of the action as the plot drags you along by the scruff of the neck. Dazzling, I couldn't put it down. A real page turner. Read it, you will not be disappointed.