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BLOOD TYPE: June Taylor @joonLT @KillerReads #writingtips #crime


CRIME AUTHORS SPILL THEIR GUTS ABOUT WRITING. Every Thursday top-notch authors of psychological thrillers and crime fiction share their writing secrets – and the secrets to their success – with you and me.

“It does take luck in the end, but you have to seek out where that luck is going to come from.”

This week: JUNE TAYLOR

Tell us about yourself…

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I live in Leeds and am very proud of my Yorkshire heritage. I’m a new kid on the block, even though I’ve been writing for many years. My debut novel Losing Juliet is published by HarperCollins Killer Reads, available via Amazon. It’s a twisty, psychological suspense about a friendship gone bad.

I’ve worked mainly as a TV Promos Writer/Producer but done many things from sales assistant to teaching English as a foreign language. I’ve been writing ever since I can remember.

My background is in scriptwriting: short plays, radio, and I’ve had a full-length stage play produced. Then in 2011, I wrote a YA novel which was runner-up in the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition. Three agents and several near misses later I’ve finally found my niche writing adult psychological thrillers. Sometimes it can take a while to know where you fit. And then you have to bag that elusive deal. A long apprenticeship can make you a much better writer though. You don’t want to peak too soon.

I’m on the Board of Script Yorkshire and help out with Leeds Big Bookend. You can contact me via Twitter @joonLT or my website:

How do you pick character names? Do any have special meaning to you?

Generally I just know the character’s name instantly: if I have the character I have the name. It’s not something I struggle with but I know some writers do, especially by book ten. That said, in Losing Juliet I did change…TO READ THE INTERVIEW IN FULL, CLICK HERE

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