My Connection to Doctor Who

For those of you who are interested in my earlier forays into publishing, I’m putting up a couple of scans I have of a rejection letter from John Nathan Turner, former Producer of BBC Television’s “Doctor Who.”

Here was how the letter arrived. I have blotted out my old address…

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This is Producer John Nathan Turner giving me the thumbs down, but I am told that he did not have a secretary at the time, and so he typed the letter as well as the sheet that follows.

The signature is legit, also.

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The story idea/script I submitted was done just before Doctor Who was cancelled/put on hiatus during the Colin Baker years. This sheet will show you what Turner originally had planned for that season, which would have begun in January of 1986.

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Little did BBC Producer John Nathan Turner know I would grow up to be an author – and write science fiction.

Go HERE to see what I’ve written.

I may provide an elaboration of the project I submitted to Doctor Who in a future blog post, and give you some details about HOW I submitted it.  For now, though…

Thanks for reading!

Thomas

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Rose Glen Literary Festival

Thanks to all of those that saw me at the Rose Glen Literary Festival on February 28th.  It was a pleasure to meet you, and I enjoyed signing your books.

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Over 1,000,000 Words In Print

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Message from Author Thomas D. Taylor:

Thanks everyone for continuing to read my books, stories, and articles. Your fandom is what spurs me on to write even more. As of the time of this posting, I have published more than 1,000,000 words in my own books, and tens of thousands elsewhere, and this does not even include the number of words I have published under my pen names.

Here is hoping I can provide you with millions more words to read going forward! Even as I write this, I have many works in progress.

So until next time…

Happy reading!

Thomas

 

BLOG HOP: About Me and Jayne Hyatt

Author Jayne Hyatt invited me to participate in this blog hop, and I regret that I have NOT found three more authors to continue the “hop”. Alas! Time constraints and all of that. But here is a little about Jayne Hyatt:

Jayne is a lifelong bookworm who comes from a long line of storytellers and book lovers.  She currently lives in Denver, Colorado, writing contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels.  One reviewer recently described her debut novel, Looking for the Good Life, as “a story of friendship, family (the good and bad) mystery, adventure, love and romance all rolled up tight into a wonderful vacation for its readers.” She is busy working on several projects, one of which is a sequel to Looking for the Good Life.

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Jayne Hyatt’s Blog; Musings of an Author, is located here:  www.jaynehyatt.com

Her book is selling HERE.

My understanding is that I am supposed to answer four questions, and my answer to them will follow shortly.

If you want to see Jayne’s specific answers to the Blog Hop questions, you can go here: http://jaynehyatt.com/2014/09/08/blog-hop-my-writing-process/

And now, MY answers to the Blog Hop questions:

 

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1) What am I working on?

I am working on an anthology tentatively entitled Hemlock which is part compilation of all the Detective Jame Hemlock stories I have published thus far (including uncollected ones), and part compilation of new Hemlock stories. This will probably be volume one of an undetermined number of volumes.

Detective Hemlock, as my readers will know, is a run-of-the-mill sleuth who stumbled upon a bloodthirsty cannibal cult that aims to take over the world and bring on the Apocalypse. The extent of this organization is such that Hemlock cannot go anywhere without running into trouble. The cult has infiltrated corporations, armed forces, and governmental offices of countries all around the world. As he and my readers often discover, even the most innocent-seeming people can turn out to be the most morally depraved.

While it is true that each new adventure seems to drive a nail into the coffin of the cult, it is equally true that the organization’s resilience makes it a constant threat to Hemlock’s ultimate success.

I anticipate that the book will be out before the end of the year.

Hemlock stories published thus far:

“The Culling of the Damned” in Ghostly Quintet: Five Tales of Ghosts, Apparitions, and the Beyond.
“They Say Heaven is Paved With Gold” in Amazing Adventures.
“Cold Water” on this blog.
“No Crocodile Tears Permitted” in Sinister Sextet: Six Supernatural Stories.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I write in many genres, but the Detective Hemlock stories are less mystery than they are horror. What makes my work different in another way is that, as much as it would be easy to write a very long novel detailing the detective’s exploits, there is much to be told, and telling it in something as compact as a novel would mean short-changing the reader. For those people who want to wallow in what Hemlock does, I afford them the chance to do so by reading his adventures in all of their detail, and without cutting anything for a reason so mundane as space limitations.

Some Hemlock stories are short, but the deeper stories are by necessity very long, so that the reader can immerse themselves in the sleuth’s activities. Readers can rest assured that I will let them have a good swim in the pool before I blow the whistle and call them into the clubhouse to rest.

Other writers shoot straight from the hip. They tell a tale and once the tale is told, it’s over.

BTW: It will take a long time before we see the end of Hemlock’s investigations. [And just as a parenthetical, even though I may write dozens of Hemlock stories in the coming years, I am thinking of writing the very last Hemlock story in the next few months, just in case I should die unexpectedly. That way, readers will know how it all winds up, even if they never get any elucidation as to what happens in the intervening time between whatever story I had written prior and the conclusion.]

3) Why do I write what I do?

While it is true that horror stories can have a very negative impact on people, and that many believe that “horror” and “occult” are related to, interrelated, or intertwined with one another, my horror stories have deep moral undercurrents, the central moral being that the choices you make can cause evil to come into your life. A secondary theme is that the ejection of that evil from your life may be more difficult than its entrance into it.

If you view the Hemlock stories  keeping these ideas in mind, it is possible to see Hemlock as an exterminator, and evil -and its “carriers”- the vermin.

I write what I do because I like imparting morals to my readers, and because I feel it is necessary for people to be reminded of the fact that what we bring into our lives forms our beings, shapes our souls, and determines what is going to happen to us as we approach our sunset years. We don’t often get that message imparted to us anymore in the cathartic entertainment media we enjoy today.

4) How does my writing process work?

While my ideas are wholly original, they often have a kernel of inspiration. There is a Hemlock story about to be published tomorrow in “Amazing Adventure Stories”, an anthology that was assembled and edited by author/screenwriter Joel Mark Harris. The story is entitled “They Say Heaven is Paved With Gold.” All I needed for that story to be written was the setting and the mood, and the story itself grew from there. Other times, I will see something in real life, and I will want to write something that has my own take on the event.

How much I write is dependent on whether or not I am free from distraction. There are days when I write nothing, and other days where I have written 10,000 words in one prolonged sitting. In the rare cases when I write 10,000 words in one day, it is usually in a rush, and I do not eat or sleep until I feel like I cannot write anymore. Usually, though, I can write a few thousand words in a sitting. As of tomorrow, I will have published 870,000 words in the last three years. By the end of 2014, the number of published words may be as high as a million. I also have a few hundred thousand words put together on the assembly line (but they need some additional verbiage and fine-tuning before I can bring them out into the showroom), and I have hundreds of thousands of words on the cutting room floor.

Usually after I have gotten the introductory portion of the story finished, I immediately go back and revise it as many times as necessary until I have it just right. Then I continue writing until the piece is finished, revising the latter portions once I am down with the main draft. There have been times when a single revision was all that was needed before publication. Other times, there have been five, six, even a dozen or more revisions before I am satisfied with what I have written. In all probability, after Hemlock is published, I will be working on yet another revision of a project started over a decade ago. When finished, it too will be published, but not until I am absolutely satisfied with that revision.

If what I am writing is a story, the finished product gets published, either in a magazine, in someone else’s anthology, or in my own self-published publications. Larger works find their ultimate home similarly.

If you’re looking for more info about what I have written, click on the JPEG below, and it will take you to my Amazon page.

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I’ve been interviewed in Cliché Magazine. Check it out!

I’ve been interviewed in Cliché Magazine. You can read a little about what I have to say about my horror books, and also about my books on autism. Check it out!

Thomas

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BREAKING NEWS: Taylor’s Next Horror Anthology Enters Final Revision

Good news! Author Thomas D. Taylor has completed the draft of his next horror anthology. All six stories are completed.

He is now going through the final revision, but so far, the book looks to be at least 102,000 words long, and as a bonus, he has even put in a new, very long James Hemlock story (44,000+ words).

Stay tuned for further updates!

Taylor ‘s Story To Be Included in Anthology

Author Thomas D. Taylor has announced that one of his short stories “They Say Heaven is Paved with Gold” will be appearing in the soon to be issued “Amazing Adventure Stories”, an anthology of short stories being compiled by award-winning British-Canadian journalist, novelist, screenwriter and producer Joel Mark Harris.

As a writer, Harris is most widely known for his award-winning novel “A Thousand Bayonets” and his follow up novel “Shame the Devil.” The screenplay for “A Thousand Bayonets” won Best Feature Screenplay in the 2013 World Music and Independent Film Festival.

“Fans of Detective James Hemlock, who first appeared in the ‘The Culling of the Damned’ a short story in ‘Ghostly Quintet: Five Tales of Ghosts, Apparitions, and the Beyond‘ will surely enjoy this story, where we share his exploits after encountering the horrors found in ‘Culling.’ This story also tells us what happens before Hemlock’s next adventure, which finds him battling adversaries in the Florida Everglades,” Taylor says.

Taylor adds, “‘Amazing Adventure Stories’ is an anthology of stories written in the pulp fiction style. It has just about everything a fan of that style could want. Detective stories, murder mysteries, cloak and dagger type stuff, supernatural/paranormal. You name it!”

In addition to works contributed by Taylor and Harris, other contributors to the anthology include authors Jorge Avalos, Cindi Williams Barnier & Jack Gannon, Elyse Bruce, Allison M. Cosgrove, Quintus J. Hooper,  Jordanna Easterby, Juliet B. Madison, Glenn Muller, William Storke, and Stanley S. Thornton.

“I’m pleased to be collaborating with such skilled authors,” said Taylor. “I am particularly appreciative of Joel’s efforts, and his never-ending enthusiasm for the project.”

Each story in the volume will be illustrated by author/artist/singer/songwriter Elyse Bruce. The illustration for Taylor’s story appears below in both black and white, and color.

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Check out this blog in the future for updates and announcements about the release date.