“Method Writing” by K.W. Taylor
Disclaimer: This author and I share a publisher, and I consider her a good friend. However, I purchased this short story for full price.
“Method Writing” is one of those short stories that covers characters and events that deserve to be a novel. However, it is the rare sort of writer who knows that sometimes a better story can be told through short fiction.
The main character is fascinating, and as a fellow speculative fiction writer, I can more than identify his irritation at a former teacher’s insistence that writers can only write what they know. But rather than more “normal” sorts of research, John goes above and beyond to inhabit the worlds of his characters. Despite the fact that I also write about vampires, you certainly won’t find me sleeping in a coffin or switching to a liquid diet!
Thought I expected the ending, it was still well executed. I wanted a bit more of it, but making it any longer would have overbalanced the rest of this story story.
Well-worth the read for anyone who wants reassurance that the writers in their life are actually fairly normal people.
Rating: 4 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Amazon and Goodreads.
Currently reading: The Jinni’s Wish by B. Leslie Tirrell (40%)
This Saturday in Xenia, Ohio, Bluejacket Books is hosting three Dog Star Books authors for readings, signings, and a bit of Q&A!
Today the spotlight is switching over to the newest Dog Star Books author, K.W. Taylor. (Note the way the air seems to shimmer and glow about her. But don’t let the halo fool you! K-Dub may have us all dazzled by her awesome steampunk time-travel book, but the woman has also written some creepy horror in her day.)
K.W. and I met about two years ago the 2014 Pennsylvania Lit Festival, where we shared a table to sell books, discovered we had Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction program in common, discussed shopping malls, and then discovered we had the hometown of Dayton, Ohio, in common, too! We’ve been fast friends ever since, and I was delighted when her novel The Curiosity Killers was selected for publication by Dog Star Books. (I may have done some behind-the-scenes manipulation there, for which I am completely unapologetic.)
I have previously reviewed The Curiosity Killers, The Red Eye, and We Shadows Have Offended, and I look forward to reading more of Taylor’s work in the future! (Especially if it happens to be a second book in the Jonson’s Exotic Travel Series. Not that I’m hinting or anything.)
(Okay, I’m totally hinting.)
THE CURIOSITY KILLERS by K.W. Taylor
Today I’m celebrating the launch of K.W. Taylor’s first science-fiction novel, The Curiosity Killers! This book is close to my heart because I have been friends with the author since she was still writing it, cheered her on as it passed as her thesis for Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction graduate program, and then threw her together with my publishers at Raw Dog Screaming Press/Dog Star Books and cackled to myself as the sparks flew. This phenomenal book is the inevitable end result.
In the twenty-second century, a second Civil War is decades past. The states of the New British Empire have been reduced to working with Victorian-era technology–that is, except physicist Edward Vere, who invents time travel with a little help from aviation pioneer Wilbur Wright.
Vere partners with historian Ben Jonson to monetize the invention, founding the first time travel agency. Unbeknownst to them, a serial killer is using the technology to murder without detection. When Ben discovers the killer has targeted the woman he loves, the mild-mannered academic must become brave enough to change history rather than merely observing it.
I was excited to be part of the Dog Star Books invasion of Cleveland ConCoction this year, and I’m happy to report that this was one of the best conventions I’ve ever attended. I hadn’t been to a full media (versus strictly literary) convention in a few years and this was a fun way to jump back in the fray. It was also fun to see the great cosplay and mixture of people attending the rest of the convention.
I promise I am not actually a tiny adorable puppy.
As I told as many of the staff as I could, it was hard for me to believe that ConCoction was only in it’s third year. Everything was very well run and I had zero problems as a guest and panelist. I highly recommend ConCoction to everyone in the Ohio area, and even from farther away. Continue reading
I had the honor of proofreading the science-fiction (time travel/steampunk/murder mystery) novel THE CURIOSITY KILLERS by fellow Dog Star Books author K.W. Taylor late last year. Hands down, it is one of the best novels I’ve read within the past few years, and I’m really excited for the rest of you to get to read it soon. But for now, feast your eyes on the amazing cover by artist Brad Sharp (who also did the art for my novels, STEEL VICTORY and the upcoming STEEL MAGIC).
The blog SF Signal is hosting the exclusive reveal today, so click here to see the full cover!
For more information about K.W. Taylor and her upcoming novel (and other works), you can visit her blog here.
For more information about cover artist Brad Sharp, including other book covers and works of art, you can visit his website here.
Some facts you might not know about speculative fiction writer K.W. Taylor:
- Like me, she is from Dayton, Ohio. By law, all Dayton writers must go by their initials for publication.
- Her adorable tabby cat Dharma and my blue-point Siamese Alex are having a sordid long-distance romance.
- In our spare time, we front a postmodern industrial synth band as K-Dub and DJ Scribbles, featuring all of the Dog Star Books authors (with Matt Betts on bass, Albert Wendland on key-tar, and K. Ceres Wright on drums).
Okay, that last one might not be entirely true.
So, here’s the good news! K.W. Taylor is now officially part of the Dog Star Books/Raw Dog Screaming Press family! From the official blog post: “RDSP is happy to announce that we’ve signed K.W. Taylor’s time travel novel The Curiosity Killers for release in 2016 under the Dog Star Books imprint.”
Like my own Steel Victory, it was her thesis novel for Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction graduate program. I first heard K.W. read the first chapter of The Curiosity Killers at a writing retreat last spring, and I have been dying to read more ever since. I’m a big fan of her protagonist Sam Brody (of The Red Eye), and I know that I will be just as entertained by Ben Jonson!
Please join me in congratulating K.W. Taylor! You can find her online at her blog and on Twitter (@kwtaylorwriter) and Instragram (@kwtk).