Today, Tim Taylor joins me on my blog to talk about his latest release, Revolution Day. Always one for a bit of anarchy, I’m looking forward to finding out what it’s all about. Tim, take it away…
Revolution Day, my second novel, follows a year in the life of Latin American dictator, Carlos Almanzor (my first, Zeus of Ithome, is a historical novel set in ancient Greece). Now in his seventies, Carlos is feeling his age and seeing enemies around every corner. And with good reason: his Vice-President, Manuel Jimenez, though outwardly loyal, is burning with frustration at his subordinate position.
Carlos’ estranged and imprisoned wife Juanita is writing a memoir in which she recalls the revolution that brought him to power and how, once a liberal idealist, he changed over time into an autocrat and embraced repression as the means of sustaining his position.
When Manuel’s attempts to increase his profile are met with humiliating rejection, he resolves to take action. As he moves to undermine Carlos’s position and make his own bid for power, both Juanita and Carlos’ mistress Corazon will find themselves unwittingly drawn into his plans. In this excerpt Corazon (who sometimes visits nightclubs discreetly with her friends while Carlos is asleep) has an encounter which will later prove significant…
‘Corazon looked at her watch, her eyes straining in the dim light of the club. It was five past three. In less than three hours, Carlos would be awake. She should be going. She caught the barman’s eye and made the slightest of nods in the direction of the door. He gave a thumbs-up sign and punched a short message into a mobile phone.
“Ines, Carmelita, it’s time for me to leave.”
Though the small room in which they sat was away from the dance floor, the electronic bass beat was still more than loud enough to filter through the thin walls. Her friends, lost in their conversation, did not hear her and she had to tap Ines on the shoulder.
“I have to go,” she mimed, retrieving her short jacket from the back of her chair. Their faces assumed exaggerated expressions of sadness, and the three women exchanged hugs, planting the most fleeting of kisses deftly upon each other’s cheeks so as to leave no trace of lipstick.
The door opened and a man entered the room. This was not her usual driver: younger, taller, with slicked-back hair and dressed in a sharp black suit, he looked more like a guest than an employee of the club. Corazon gave the barman a puzzled look, but he smiled and beckoned her to come forward. She drained her glass and stood up, exchanging a second pair of hugs with Ines and Carmelita. At the bar she took from her handbag a little roll of banknotes and gave it to the barman, who nodded in thanks and gestured to her to follow the newcomer.
“This is Ramon,” he said, “our new driver. Angel has got himself a job with a different club. Don’t worry, he is discreet.” Ramon nodded and gave a little bow, then offered his hand. Corazon almost laughed at the formality of it, but nevertheless she grasped the hand and shook it. It was a large, heavy hand, that would not have been out of place in a wrestling ring, but it took hers with remarkable gentleness, as if handling a butterfly.’
If your readers are intrigued, they can find out more on my website and Facebook author page. Thanks again for hosting me, Shani!
Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/timtaylornovels
Crooked Cat Author page: http://crookedcatpublishing.com/item/tim-e-taylor/
on Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Revolution-Day-T-E-Taylor-ebook/dp/B0106GALR4/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1435512473&sr=1-1&keywords=Revolution+Day&pebp=1435512460458&perid=1CCVM4BE2J6WKH55WM9Y
Tim Taylor was born in 1960 in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, UK. He grew up just outside the city in Brown Edge, then at the age of 11 moved to Longsdon, near Leek. Tim went to Newcastle-under-Lyme High School, then studied Classics at Pembroke College, Oxford. After graduating he moved to London and spent a couple of years playing guitar in a rock band. When it became clear that he was never going to be a rock star, he sadly knuckled down and joined the Civil Service, where he did a wide range of jobs before leaving in 2011 to spend more time writing. While still in the Civil Service Tim studied part time for a PhD in Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London, achieving it in 2007.
Tim married Rosa Vella in 1994 and their daughter Helen was born in 1997. In 2001 they moved to Meltham, near Huddersfield, and have lived there ever since. Tim now divides his time between creative writing, academic research and part-time teaching and other work for Leeds and Huddersfield Universities.
Tim’s first novel, Zeus of Ithome (a finalist in the Chaucer Awards for historical fiction), was published by Crooked Cat in November 2013; his second, Revolution Day in June 2015. He has also published a non-fiction book, Knowing What is Good For You (Palgrave Macmillan 2012), on the philosophy of well-being. As well as novels, Tim writes poetry and the occasional short story. He also plays electric and acoustic guitar and a little piano, and likes to walk up hills.