Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Welcome author Chris Taylor

Welcome author  Chris Taylor

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Chris Taylor grew up devouring romance books. After working as a criminal lawyer for fifteen years, it was a natural progression to marry her love of romance with the gritty, fast-paced world of crime and thrillers. It is this background that has allowed her to write suspenseful, racy, no-holds-barred romantic suspense novels set in her home country of Australia. From the streets of Sydney to the outback, Chris' novels not only keep you on the edge of your seat, they also take you on a journey across the beautiful landscapes that make up Australia.
Chris was a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® Finalist in 2013. The same year, she won the Romance Writers of Australia’s most prestigious award for unpublished writers, the Emerald Award. Chris lives with her husband and five children on a small farm in rural New South Wales, Australia.

Book Title:   The Profiler

A psychopathic killer is stalking the women of Sydney . . .
Federal Agent Clayton Munro, a criminal profiler with the Australian Federal Police (AFP), has been called upon to assist in hunting down a vicious murderer who is intent upon carving up his victims while they’re still alive. Guilt-stricken over his wife’s suicide, Clayton’s forced to set aside his personal issues in order to focus on the case.
Detective Ellie Cooper is also no stranger to heartache. Pregnant and abandoned at the altar by a fiancé intent on pursuing a career with the AFP, her opinion of the elite body of officers is anything but favorable. Angered when her boss orders her to partner with the Fed, she’s determined not to cut him any slack.
But women are dying on the streets of western Sydney and the pressure is mounting to find the person responsible.
Will Clayton and Ellie be able to put aside their animosity and work together to catch a killer before it’s too late? And what about the special fascination the killer seems to have with Ellie . . .

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Guest Post:
I’m often asked about how I come up with my ideas for a story…
As The Profiler is about a serial killer on the rampage against the young women of Western Sydney and is reasonably gruesome (the killer dismembers his victims while they are still alive!)  The truth about The Profiler is, it’s based upon a true story – something that actually happened to me! I was nineteen and living in Sydney whilst going to University. I won’t give you any details so as not to spoil the book, but suffice it to say, whilst I survived the experience, it left a lasting impression on me.
I also get my inspiration from music. I love listening to all kinds of music on my iPod, but especially country music. (My favorite TV show at the moment is Nashville – such fantastic music in that show). Around the time the idea for The Profiler came to me, I was listening to a song by Diamond Rio called I Believe. It’s a beautiful song about love and loss and hope and it is all that I dreamed my hero, Clayton, to be. He’s struggling with the death of his wife from suicide. His emotional journey toward forgiveness and eventually, the acceptance of new love is every bit as significant throughout the story as the suspense and I loved writing both of them.


  1. Thank you Chris for being my guest today. I appreciate you takig the time to write a post.
    Chris is likely asleep right now since she's on the other side of the planet. But please comment and say hi.

    1. Hi Jamie,
      Thank you so much for having me here today. I apologize for my lateness (you're right, it's early morning over here in Australia and I've overslept my alarm. Yikes!)
      It's so great to be here! Congratulations on your fabulous book launch!

  2. I don't know why but I love books about serial killers - trying to figure out how their minds work is so interesting. I also like a person who works through tragic things and learns to forgive.

    1. Hi Sue,
      Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment! I apologize for my late arrival. As Jamie said, I live on the other side of the world!
      Glad you could make it to the launch party!
      I find serial killers fascinating, too. I watch countless shows on CI and I'd be in big trouble if the police ever combed through my hard drive - particularly if someone happened to go missing around me LOL! Hope you have had a good day!

    2. Same here Chris, my hard drive is scary. At least I have books to show for the research. And so far no dead bodies. LOL

  3. I love how inspiration for the writing can come from music. Sometimes I make playlists of songs to fit the mood of the project or specific scenes I'm tackling. And I think it's great to be able to find a song that embodies a character and/or the story.

  4. I love books about serial killers (sick, yes I know) but, the big question, when you practiced law did you encounter any?

  5. I too am fascinated with serial killers, with trying to comprehend how their minds work, the forces that compel them to commit such terrible acts.
    I love country music too! One of my old romances was inspired by Pam Tillis' "Mi Vida Loca."