Blog Tour: A Tale of Three Shorts #Interview with Taylin Clavelli
A Tale of Three Shorts Tour gets readers up close and personal with three late fall releases by Taylin Clavelli. The three short stories, Invisible, Sleepwalking, and DIY Delights, will take you from loss and sorrow, to tender love, to laughter, and a deep sigh when you finally reach the end of each tale. Come meet the men of A Tale of Three Shorts and their stories!
What do you do when you become invisible to the love of your life?
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Devastated by loss, Matthew sleepwalks through life, existing but not living.
Can someone rescue him from his waking nightmare and help him to live again?
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While renovating his first house with his partner, Mike, Duncan discovers a plethora of reasons to use his favourite word… Bollocks!
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Interview with Taylin
You have been writing across genres, do you find that challenging as it requires you to target different reader groups?
When I write, I think about the story I want to tell more than the target audience. Initially, I write the story I want to write, and then part way through I may up the ante in a particular area to accommodate the audience. Each genre has its challenges, but I enjoy each one. I love the research, irrespective of genre. Learning new things is invigorating and often I find something unexpected that I can use in the story. My biggest two problems are keeping to the right tense and going into too much detail, as I often get too over enthusiastic.
Are you planning on exploring more genres in the future and do you have a favorite?
I’ll go where the story takes me with the exception of hardcore horror and BDSM. I have never been a fan of horror, and while I appreciate the area of D/S relationships I don’t have the balls to research it enough to do the subject justice.
As for favorites I love history, and I am rather partial to comedy.
Sleepwalking and Invisible both tackle difficult subjects, with a large amount of pain and angst. Do you ever find it difficult to write such stories? Is it hard to see your characters suffer?
Yes, I find it difficult to write such stories, but I also find it cathartic. One has to delve deep into the heart and soul and transfer it to the page; that can leave me a tad exhausted and in need of a good movie and Jaffa Cakes at the end. And, yes it is hard to see my characters suffer; but it’s not as bad as it seems as I know how I’m going to resolve the issues and put a smile on their faces later.
Speaking of characters, do you have a favorite character/couple, or do you love them all equally?
I love them all, but the ones who have a special place in my heart are those out of Dakota Skies – especially the wonderful Sheriff Carter. I went on such a journey with Jay, taking him to the extremes of his emotions, angst and action, that I don’t care if I don’t write another thing as long as his story is out there.
What advice would you give to writers who want to try their hand with short stories as opposed to longer writings?
Do your research. Check your facts. Focus on your main character and try not to stray.
I enjoy short stories and love that one can pack so much into a small place. I think of short stories like a TV episode. It’s important to have the essential information in there, but unless it is relevant to the story leave it out.
There’s only a small amount of time to grab your audience’s attention so get to the action quicker and spread the need to know background through the story.
You’ve published a few short stories this year, also your debut novel Dakota Skies, and you are featured in the WIP’s latest anthology, A Likely Story. How did you tackle such a busy year?
Sometimes the washing got left until it was essential and thankfully I have a daughter who wanted to experiment with her cooking before going off to University. I believe my dog was the only living thing that was regularly fed and on time by me.
There are several signs around the house saying ‘House-elves don’t live here anymore. Clean your own mess.’
What’s next, what other stories by you should we look out for?
I have two novella length stories almost finished. More Than Biology is about a boy who goes off to university and discovers his sexuality while there. Secret of the Manor is a ghost story. And I have a possible novel-length tale in the planning stages which mixes a touch of Egyptian history with some modern physics concepts – mainly String Theory. There’s a lot of research on the horizon with that one.
About the author:
Taylin Clavelli lives in the United Kingdom, about 15 miles south of Birmingham, and a short journey from the world famous Cadbury’s Chocolate factory. She’s married with children and loves her family with all her heart.
Her love of books has been a long standing affair, with Taylin liking nothing better than to lose herself in an imaginary world.
Until she met Lily Velden, she never considered trying her hand at writing. However, after talking ideas, Lily encouraged her to put pen to paper—or rather, fingers to keyboard. Since, with a few virtual kicks in the right place, she hasn’t stopped. Her confidence eventually led to her writing an original work for submission.
Her first published work was Boys, Toys, and Carpet Fitters, developed for the Dreamspinner Press Anthology – Don’t Try This At Home.
Now she absolutely adores immersing herself into the characters she creates, and transferring the pictures in her brain to paper, finding it liberating, therapeutic, and wonderful.
Outside of writing, her interests include; martial arts (she’s a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Taekwon-do), horse-riding, all of which facilitates her love of a wide variety of movies. Her action heroes include Jet Li and Tony Jaa—finding the dedication these men have for their art combined with their skill both amazing and a privilege to watch. If pressed, she’ll admit to thinking that the screen entrance of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean – Curse of the Black Pearl, and Shadowfax in LOTR, to be the greatest screen entrances ever. Her all-time favorite movies are Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.
The simple things in life that make her day, putting a smile on her face are:
Laughter – especially that of her children.
The smell of lasagna cooking – it makes her mouth salivate.
The dawn chorus – no symphony ever written can beat the waking greetings of the birds.