Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I started writing in earnest around 2016, and have only managed to produce 2 books! I grew up in Sydney, Australia. After working in business for a couple of decades I had an opportunity to ‘role swap’ with my wife – she is now the bread-winner, and I’m an amateur writer / house dad to three amazing (and challenging) teenagers.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Wasting Time on Mars is the second instalment in a Trilogy. It was inspired by the referendum for independence in Australia in 1999 (which failed!), and is centred on the idea that colonies always eventually struggle for independence.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
If I’m writing action I like to rev up with hard rock and old-school metal… not sure if that is unusual?! Otherwise it’s coffee and trying to get on a roll.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Stephen King, John Wyndham, all the old school scifi writers (eg Arthur C Clark etc). I liked action authors as a teenager (e.g. Robert Ludlum). My all-time favourite book is The Count of Monte Cristo, although War of the Worlds and Day of the Triffids come close.
What are you working on now?
Book #3 in the Time on Mars Trilogy.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Awesome Gang, obviously! Actually, I think targeted advertising on Amazon can work.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
You probably won’t hit the jackpot. If you slog for years you may eventually make ends meet. Write ‘what you know’… but challenge yourself and stretch what you know into new and unusual situations.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Live for now, life is short
What are you reading now?
My sister-in-law’s draft novel
What’s next for you as a writer?
Solo sailing circumnavigation of the world. Nah, not really.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Count of Monte Cristo, perhaps the Millennium series?
Author Websites and Profiles
A.M.R. Taylor Amazon Profile