I’m delighted to have been asked to interview amazing author and poet, Rosie Garland for Five Leaves Bookshop. We’ll be chatting online from 7pm on May 5th. Tickets are available from Eventbrite. We’d love you to come along!
I’m delighted to have some more great writing news as we head towards the end of this long, long year. My short story, (‘imaginatively’) titled The Hitcher Story is part of The Invisible Collection, which has just been released by the brilliant Nightjar Press.
I’m still reeling from We Wait’s Halloween blog tour. I honestly can’t express my gratitude to Eyrie Press and to all the incredibly supportive bloggers who took part.
Here are just some of their kind words:
‘We Wait was a revelation, an exquisitely crafted novel that proves that the gothic genre is still capable of surprises and unique takes’ – The Gingernuts of Horror
‘The novel is cleverly written, with an intriguing and compelling plot… As the tensions rose, the pace quickened and the walls started closing in’ – Locky Loves Books
‘Taylor’s writing… is enriched with beautiful imagery… This book is full of twists and turns and will remain with you even after it’s closed’ – Books in the Belfry
‘Taylor’s prose is beautiful, vivid, and chilling… The novel reminded me very much of Du Maurier’s Rebecca’ – What Kate Read Next
‘I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!… a must read for thriller and gothic horror fans’ – Nurse Bookie
‘If you’re looking for an evocative ghost story about memories and secrets, you don’t want to miss We Wait’ – Read by Dusk
Thank you, everyone, so, so much. By the end of it all, I was an emotional wreck – but in the very best possible way!!
Earlier this year, the fabulous writer, Giselle Leeb, and I were asked to create a short story course for Eyrie Press. We had a lot of fun, and the course, ‘From Inspiration to Publication’, is now live on Teachable!
Filled with practical exercises, useful techniques and advice, the course covers the essential elements of writing short stories, from getting started to submitting. If you’re interested in writing along with us, you can find an introductory video here…
While many of us might be hiding inside right now, my ghosts are about to escape – ‘We Wait‘ is going out on tour!
The clocks are turning back, the dark is seeping in and a small, cold fist is knocking at your door…
As we enter October, the spookiest of months, ‘We Wait’ is slinking out from the shadows to celebrate.
Over on my Twitter account – @meganjstaylor – I’m having a lucky dip, with three intrepid Retweeters winning a copy of ‘We Wait’. I’ll be drawing names from a bowl of gruesome gunk on October 13th so that my ghosts will arrive well in time for Halloween.
And later in the month, I’m delighted that my brilliant publisher, Eyrie Press, are sending ‘We Wait’ off through the gloaming on a blog tour! More about that very soon…
I’m looking forward to starting my Beginning Your Novel course for Writing East Midlands on November 4th. The course, which will run for six weeks and covers some of the essentials, such as character, setting, point of view and structure, will be taking place online from 6.30-8pm. It would be great to see you there…
… for including me in their series of Author Interviews, which have been happening throughout lockdown.
Although the interview (with the lovely Pippa Hennessy) is pre-recorded, it will be released on the Five Leaves YouTube channel at 7pm on July 28th, and I’ll be knocking about if you fancy a chat.
The interview will then be free to watch anytime afterwards, though if you’d like to, Five Leaves have suggested making a donation to Notts Refugee Forum.
Being brilliant, Five Leaves are also offering 10% off my books up to a month after the interview.
…for including ‘We Wait’ in their recommended reads!
One of the blurbs on the back of the book has this to say about We Wait: “Hill House for the 21st century: haunting, dark, and very, very real.” It’s a statement that I can support!
Megan Taylor gives us a chilling and modern gothic horror story with We Wait. It is atmospheric, spooky, and the character development is wonderful. The story takes places in 2016 and 1986 with some overlapping characters in each time, and this time hop is a way to slowly unveil some of the history of the house and its former inhabitants as we advance along in the story.
There are some “real” and sadly relevant horrors in this book as well – I do not want to give TOO much away because that plot/sub-plot of the book was a total surprise to me! And I am here for it! But it just adds to the looming darkness of the book.
A fun, yet serious, and great read! Highly recommended for fans of Susan Hill or Shirley Jackson – and Megan Taylor does her own little twist on what makes those aforementioned authors so loved as well. 4 stars from me!