Art Taylor on the fallout from relationships

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EQMM Nov 2014 with Art Taylor’s “The Odds Are Against Us”

An excerpt from Art Taylor’s interview in The Digest Enthusiast #4 in June 2016.

TDE: Most of your stories explore relationships, reactions and decisions that characters have to live with. What appeals to you about this approach?

AT: Basically, I think those themes are just at the core of my own interests and obsessions. A fellow writer, E.A. Aymar, pointed out to me—nicely—that I wasn’t very good at branding my work, since my stories were all over the place in terms of subgenre and tone and whatever: noir here, cozy there; traditional structure here, something more experimental there; etc. And I’m certain that readers who have enjoyed some of my darker stories might well be bewildered by some of the lighter comedy of On the Road with Del & Louise. But to me, so many of these stories come down to the same elements: the responsibilities inherent in being in a relationship; the times when that relationship is tested; the decision to respect or betray the relationship; the fallout from that decision. Whatever the circumstances or situation that might drive that central storyline, and whatever the various combinations of choices and consequences that might result, those questions and that theme are what I return to time and time again.