Charlie Taylor lives in the south west of England with his wife and a spaniel. He is a retired senior police officer, a sociologist with a PhD from Lancaster University, a sailor, a photographer and a writer with numerous publications under various names. He has two sons who surprise him at regular intervals by being decent, personable and, each in their own way, talented young men. He loves the spring-time and hates the inevitable feeling of disappointment when autumn comes around. He has a small circle of very good, trustworthy friends who make him laugh and he does not crave any new ones. More than anything, he detests the short-term egocentricity of humankind and its unceasing willingness to indulge in undignified squabbling, and worse. He loves the arts and regards such human activities as the only things that raise people out of the daily gutter. He dislikes winter even more than he dislikes autumn.
Charlie's latest publication, The Tyranny of Convention, will be available on Smashwords soon!
Lots of writers have set routines, even little rituals, that need to be in place before they can write. Are you guided by routine?
Not at all. I just sit down and write. I can write anywhere and at any time provided I have something I want to say. I do know people who can't write if a fly lands on the window pane or if they have a hair out of place, or if there's a cloud in the sky with irregular edges. Which all seems most odd to me. I have words and phrases rattling around inside my head all my waking days, desperate to get out. Which is not to say, of course, that all my literary ramblings are worth reading. But some of them are, I hope.
Your favourite authors?
Kurt Vonnegut is my all-time favourite. He was a genius, he made me laugh and he was so, so spot on with his dissection of human foolishnesses. Douglas Adams falls into the same mould and, unfortunately, both have been wrongly tagged as science fiction writers. Well, they aren't. They might use what can be loosely termed science fiction devices from time to time but they are oh so much more than that. I'd have to include Steinbeck - another genius. And Mark Twain. And Amy Burns. Hang around a bit and you'll hear the name Amy Burns cropping up in the finest literary circles. Don't say I didn't tell you!
These short stories examine the hold that social norms have on us all. First, a violent man detained in a hospital for the criminally insane, writes about them in his creative writing class. Then, two Irish down-and-outs try to evade police while revelations about a murder leads to betrayal. And finally, a duologue between detective and murder suspect is a thinly disguised political polemic.