We're wall ears for Felicity's new book

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

PATRICIDE, blue bins and murderous Orwellian metaphors are just some of the themes of Warrenpoint author Felicity Taylor's eagerly anticipated short story anthology 'Ears Have Walls.'
The eagerly anticipated follow up to the acclaimed 2016 collection 'Haunting Tales' sees Taylor juxtapose the mundane with the philosophical and the grand, interwoven and weaved throughout with a knowingly scabrous black humour and the writer's own uniquely off kilter take on life.
Fantastical literary dreamscapes converge with Neighbourhood Watch groups, double-yellow lines and office-admin factotums to emerge as fully formed, fleshed out characters from the imaginarium of Felicity's mind.
Speaking of her concept and the oft bizarre, surrealistic collection of characters that she conjures up, Felicity said: "It's similar themes, crime supernatural and a bit of dark comedy and it's my second collection of short stories, which are separate entities.
“The first one's called 'The Blue Bin', where the guy who is a Neighbourhood Watch guy, his mother and him have a strange relationship and, there's a dark little twist in the story where, to avoid the blue bin, he kills his father.
“There's one called 'Crossing Double Yellow Lines' about a woman who's been jilted. I used the premise of 'Animal Farm', that she lives on this farm, and it's a metaphor, by the time the big barn is built, all the ones who have crossed her - her husband, the one he's having an affair with and her father - will all be dead. It's definitely black humour, I set them up."
Speaking about some of the religious, philosophical aspects of the collection, Felicity said: "The one at the end, 'The Spirits', is about a guy called Jimmy Chan who lives in London and he sees things spiritually to do with the philosophy of Buddhism and this sort of thing and he follows the great Buddhist teacher who went along the Silk Road.
“There's this sort of history context in there. At the end he's basically scared of flying and wants to go home to be with his family for the year of the monkey
“Interwoven into that, his wife lost their baby and there's the darkness of the guilt he goes through that he lost his child. He sees all these allusions and things in a historic context with the Chinese philosophy."
As macabre and scary as her dark tales often can be, for Felicity, there's nothing more petrifying than the prospect of writer's block.
"The most terrifying thing I find as a writer is sitting down to a blank page and having to actually start - I find that terrifying."
Describing how she infuses the everyday with the extraordinary into her style, Felicity said: "I tend to find the bizarre from the most mundane things, there's little bits of science-fiction in there.
“My background id in the visual arts and also in music, so I feel that I'm a very lyrical writer. I've attempted to write novels but it seems to be, for me, I think it's short stories suit my style. It's like telling joke, there's always that twist at the end and I like that sort of genre.
“Stephen King once said, 'A short story is like a kiss with a stranger in the dark' and I loved that. He actually said that it's one of the hardest forms of writing to do."
In summating her approach to short stories, when she embarks on a project and begins with that dreaded blank page, Felicity said: "It was Alfred Hitchcock who said that he liked to put ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances and see how the outcome is. It's coming form that main character's perspective and trying to put a rein on it."


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