Grab a cup of tea, or coffee, and come on in and grab a comfy seat. Today, I met up with Alienora Taylor, the author of “The Lyre of Logres.” She has been quite busy organizing a book signing event in her local area to feature her newest releases on Amazon. Check it out and see if you can attend. Leave it to Silver to get the scoop on all the best happenings in Blogland!
“This Thursday, St George’s Day, April 23rd, promises to be a great occasion for those of you who leave off the grabbing sword and rescuing chained virgin from nasty old dragon routine – and, instead, pop into Di Bradley’s lovely Nightjar Pub, in Worle, for a stoup of ale and an evening of riotous entertainment.
The event kicks off at 8pm and will go on until 11pm.
Books there will be aplenty. In addition to copies of my five, there will be copies of ‘My Sister lives on the Mantelpiece‘ by Annabel Pitcher being given away.”
“There will be CAKES:”
Ali has been slaving away in her kitchen all day!
Look at these marvelous cakes! She writes and bakes!
I have gotten to know Ali Taylor the last few months by following her blog, “Chronicles of an Orange Haired Woman.” I also, have had the pleasure of reading most of her books. I did a review of, “Riding on the Gates of Sixty – Virginia Woolf,” which you can find here, on Lit World Interviews.
In between her busy morning, I managed to ask her a few questions:
Ali, tell me something about yourself. Where do you live? Are you a full time writer?
I am fifty-seven years of age, was an English teacher for thirty years and am now a full time writer. I live in a village named Wrington. It is in North Somerset, roughly half way between Bristol and Weston-super-Mare.
What inspired you to write this book? Have you written other books?
I have written four other books. One is a book of humorous and lyrical erotica; the second a semi-autobiographical humorous novel set in a school; the third is a retelling of Virginia Woolf’s death and life from the point of view of the novelist herself, her husband and her sister; the fourth is a series of pieces relating to the Western Mystery Tradition.
Ever since I started writing, nearly fifty years ago, I have had a particular love of describing the landscape in all its glory and variety – and latterly, this pleasure has been joined by my sense of music thrumming from Mother Earth.
In “The Lyre of Logres,” which contains forty-five short pieces, the underlying metaphor is that of the lyre – and my contention, though largely implied, is that the actions and thoughts and emotions of human beings act upon the strings of the Earth’s lyre, causing it to vibrate and sing songs. These are my songs from, and for, our Earth. Logres is the name given to the Inner Landscape of Britain.
What is the message you want your readers to get from The Lyre of Logres?
I would love readers to see the world as the beautiful and fragile place that it is; to see the many delights of nature so many of us take for granted; to see that we are all connected by the web that is Mother Earth; to see the importance of magic and the imagination; to see clearly the way cruelty and greed and spite affect not just humans, but also despoil and wound our precious planet.
Ali, tell us who your favorite author is, and explain what really inspires you about their work.
My favourite author is the late, and greatly lamented, Terry Pratchett. I adore his humour – and have long wanted to BE either Granny Weatherwax or Nanny Ogg – and his amazing ability to create an imaginative world more real than our own in some ways. There is wisdom and humanity and gentle digs at pomposity in his work, but never meanness, never spite, never bitterness. A writer who can create Death as a lovable character gets my vote!
Ali secretly, tell us what was the hardest part about writing your book?
The editing, formatting and promoting, without a doubt; it always is. I have been writing for DECADES – and that store of words (plus pieces I am proud of from my blog) has become an outpouring into my five novels. But, each time, I struggle mightily, and weep often, at the sheer technical difficulties involved in self-publishing.
Ali, when is your Media Thunderclap scheduled? What day did you publish your book?
My Thunderclap is scheduled for Monday 27th April – and, yes, I published the book on April 12, 2015.
In fact, to join in Ali’s Media Thunderclap event, please click here. It only takes a moment, and it is free! Ali is at 55% of her goal and she needs to reach 100% for her event to get the word out about her new book. Your participation will make a difference.
Lastly, what was the inspiration behind the cover of your book?
A friend from my teaching days, Carolyn Eaton, has become a photographer – and she contacted me a few days ago, asking if I would like to use one of her images on the cover of my next book. I looked through her wonderful portfolio and was instantly drawn to Sunset on the Somerset Levels. The image was mysterious, mystical and stunningly beautiful; it evoked the world of Avalon, the Arthurian Legends, Glastonbury (which is just down the road) and was exactly the image of Logres I wanted to portray. It was almost as if that image had been waiting for me!
Many thanks Ali for taking the time to allow us to get to know you better. The best of luck on your book signing event today, to your Thunderclap Media event, and to the future sales of your book.