John Alex Taylor

John Alex Taylor

Author Apples in the Dark series

Author of the Apples in the Dark series

JOHN ALEX TAYLOR

Warm, humane novels full of characters who will stay with you.

Born in Manchester, I grew up in Cardiff, and it became my true hometown, and Wales my true home. I lived in Scotland and then for many years in Wessex before moving back to Wales. I live with my wife Fiona between the South Wales Valleys and the Bannau Brycheiniog with a view of the Black Mountains from my study window.

One factor in the books is Epilepsy. I developed Epilepsy when I was 12 or 13, and it wasn’t fully controlled until my late twenties. Both the condition and the severe medication used in the 1970s constrained my life when my peers were taking flight. I’ve tried to share the psychological impact of having a hidden disability: many of my friends didn’t even know I had epilepsy.

Another factor is my love for the blurred boundaries between science, music, art, and spirituality. I’m the son of a scientist who was a fine musician, the brother of an artist and I’ve studied theology and mythology. I love to share the interplay between these different windows on reality.

I worked for over thirty years with people with learning disabilities, Emmy’s peers. Emmy is a relatively minor character in the first book, but she takes centre stage in the second. 

At work, I became a storyteller, adapting stories for the people I worked with. 

It was a great way to give them confidence, improve their self-image, and crucially, to help them make choices.

 Writing sprung from storytelling, but I didn’t start writing until I was fifty. Now, I’m busy making up for lost time.

It was a great way to give them confidence, improve their self-image, and crucially, to help them make choices. 

Writing sprung from storytelling, but I didn’t start writing until I was fifty. Now, I’m busy making up for lost time.

I’ve been longlisted three times for the Bath Novel Award, including early versions of the first two Apples in the Dark novels.

After a gap of over fifty years since my Cardiff schooldays, I’m learning to speak Welsh again. And I rarely miss a day walking in the beautiful Welsh countryside, giving thanks for the small beauties (and big mountains) all around me.

Y dryw bach: the little Wren who shouts at me from the bushes.

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Two novels of love, loyalty in extreme circumstances and unexpected insights, with just a touch of the supernatural. They draw on my personal and professional experiences. I’m currently writing a third novel featuring the same characters.

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Late 2024

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Book-ish Window

In a bookshop window!

Apples in the Dark is now published in paperback by Troubador, and here it is, in the window of Book-ish Abergavenny branch. I’ll be signing copies there on 20th July

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