William B Taylor, the author of The Bee Polisher, released his book in July 2019. We wanted to catch up with the new author and see how life had been treating him since he was published.
- Did you always dream of becoming an author?
As a child I wanted to be a builder but sadly my body is weak and not suited to heavy physical work.
- What was your first job?
My first job was on a farm helping to renovate some stables. Unfortunately it was at the time of the foot and mouth crisis and the farmer was struggling with depression. I remember being called out in the middle of the night to rescue a new-born calf which had been kidnapped from it’s mother by some horses.
- How did you come about writing your book? Was that your intention or did you start writing for fun?
My wife, Helen Gerrard, came up with the idea of The Bee Polisher. She wrote a simple fairy tale and drew a beautiful picture of the title character. I thought it was a beautiful idea and decided to rewrite it with a setting and more developed characters. Helen then drew the illustrations based on the new characters and situations.
- What was your life like before you became an author?
Before becoming an author life was quite difficult. Both Helen and myself struggled with ill health and could not work - not a proper job anyway. This is possibly why we had the time to write it!
- Did you face any struggles before becoming an author? If so, how did you overcome them?
See question 4. We still struggle with health problems but appreciate the interest and feedback generated from the book.
- Now that you are a published author, how has your life changed, if at all?
We have noticed people seem to be a lot more interested in us - in a good way! I think a lot of people are genuinely surprised with what we have managed to achieve.
- Can you please describe a typical day in your life now?
Nothing is typical! At the moment we have a baby pigeon we rescued after it fell from it’s nest on the town hall roof. We have named her Piggin, she is beautiful, mischevious and very loving - although our mini poodle Sweep needs regular reminding not to try and kill it!
- What is your most memorable moment of your life as an author?
So far the best bit has been the Glossop book launch. It was magical to hear the reactions of friends and family to the audio version of The Bee Polisher we produced with a friend, Rae Leeson.
- In a few words, how would you review your experience with Pegasus Publishers?
Pegasus Publishers have been great to work with from the start. The Bee Polisher looks great and is being well received far and wide!
- Why did you choose Pegasus Publishers?
Pegasus Publishers believed in the book enough to offer us a traditional contract. We had received several offers from publishers that required us to contribute financially - something we might have been tempted to do if we could have afforded to. The offer from Pegasus confirmed our belief that the book was good enough to sell so it was an easy decision in the end for us.