Today we welcome Taylin Clavelli to talk about the inspiration behind one of her stories.
Inspiration behind Invisible
Invisible was originally written a long time ago when I was in a particularly reflective mood. I looked back on the ups and downs of being married and the issues we’d tackled. Some we overcame – other’s we found middle ground on and a few we’d stuck on the back burner. Those were the smaller things which seemed important at the time, but in the greater scheme of things became minor.
Like most people, I had a moan about my issues to a close friend who admitted to going through the same. It helped me to see another’s point of view, and it was comforting to know I wasn’t the only one who felt the way I did. The problem which affected me the most was the sense of being taken for granted. What one partner saw as being comfortable and part of a well-oiled family, the other took as being ignored and essentially invisible. We were in a repetitive cycle, and I was asking myself “Is this my lot till I’m in a coffin? Do I have to accept the status quo? Is there more to life? And what do I have to do to break the cycle?” Though I have to say, my experience was different to that of my characters. I didn’t go to the extremes in my story, and I have no intention of revealing too much.
Through life, I’ve always found it helpful to write down things that affected me – even if they found their way to the bin. Most of the time when I read the thoughts back to myself, they seemed clearer.
I originally wrote invisible for myself as a way of purging my soul as it were; using a nugget of personal experience to add to the story. When I saw the remit for Love Loss Laughter and Lust, I dug it out of my archives to send to Wayward Ink. But after it was submitted, the feedback was amazing, and I discovered that quite a few people empathized with the characters and through the editing process the final version of invisible was born.
Writing Invisible at times was hard because I felt like I was revealing more of myself than I wanted to. But then again, what writer doesn’t use personal experience in their works. Sometimes it is one element that inspires a story, another time it can be that personal detail that completes the personality of the character.
I have been blown away by the response to Invisible, and I am over the moon that the boys and their experience found their way into people’s hearts. If their story has inspired couples to communicate more, then that is more than I could have ever hoped.
Communicating can be anything from a kiss on passing, a touch of the shoulder to something requiring words. A simple ‘I love you’ doesn’t take long to say and makes a world of difference. A flower left on the bonnet of your car, or a walnut whip left in the fridge.
Personally I enjoy the mug of tea and a kiss given to me each morning and the cuddle at night.
Communication keeps people together.
A Tale of Three Shorts
A Tale of Three Shorts Tour gets readers up close and personal with three late fall releases by Taylin Clavelli. The three short stories, Invisible, Sleepwalking, and DIY Delights, will take you from loss and sorrow, to tender love, to laughter, and a deep sigh when you finally reach the end of each tale. Come meet the men of A Tale of Three Shorts and their stories.
What do you do when you become invisible to the love of your life?
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Devastated by loss, Matthew sleepwalks through life, existing but not living.
Can someone rescue him from his waking nightmare and help him to live again?
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While renovating his first house with his partner, Mike, Duncan discovers a plethora of reasons to use his favourite word… Bollocks!
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About the author:
Taylin Clavelli lives in the United Kingdom, about 15 miles south of Birmingham, and a short journey from the world famous Cadbury’s Chocolate factory. She’s married with children and loves her family with all her heart.
Her love of books has been a long standing affair, with Taylin liking nothing better than to lose herself in an imaginary world.
Until she met Lily Velden, she never considered trying her hand at writing. However, after talking ideas, Lily encouraged her to put pen to paper—or rather, fingers to keyboard. Since, with a few virtual kicks in the right place, she hasn’t stopped. Her confidence eventually led to her writing an original work for submission.
Her first published work was Boys, Toys, and Carpet Fitters, developed for the Dreamspinner Press Anthology – Don’t Try This At Home.
Now she absolutely adores immersing herself into the characters she creates, and transferring the pictures in her brain to paper, finding it liberating, therapeutic, and wonderful.
Outside of writing, her interests include; martial arts (she’s a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Taekwon-do), horse-riding, all of which facilitates her love of a wide variety of movies. Her action heroes include Jet Li and Tony Jaa—finding the dedication these men have for their art combined with their skill both amazing and a privilege to watch. If pressed, she’ll admit to thinking that the screen entrance of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean – Curse of the Black Pearl, and Shadowfax in LOTR, to be the greatest screen entrances ever. Her all-time favorite movies are Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.
The simple things in life that make her day, putting a smile on her face are:
Laughter – especially that of her children.
The smell of lasagna cooking – it makes her mouth salivate.
The dawn chorus – no symphony ever written can beat the waking greetings of the birds.