How Did You Get the Idea for Black Taxi?
I had been feeling for a
while that I would like to try some new things with my writing. In
particular, I wanted to try something light-hearted. After all, all of my
other YA novels are pretty serious. It is a real challenge to sustain
humour through a book.
Over the Christmas holidays, I lounge around and read a lot of
books. One Christmas, I seemed to read a lot of crime novels, some of
which were written with a real sense of fun. In particular I read some
books by Janet Ivanovich about a character called Stephanie Plum and some
books by Lindsay Davis set in ancient Rome and featuring a detective
called Falco. I also came across the novels by Donna Leon, set in modern
day Venice which might also have helped me out.
For Black Taxi itself, well, the story is completely original, but
like all such stories, the various characters and incidents have been
gathering in my mind for twenty years.
Is There Any Special Meaning in the
In some parts of the
world, (eg. Mexico) a Ďblack taxií is an unofficial taxi. At peek times,
waiting for a taxi can be frustrating and so some enterprising drivers who
see someone waiting will ask them if they want a lift. They agree on a
price for the journey and away they go. I made this part of the title to
begin with, but I didnít explain it in the story because it is not really
relevant to the story as it finally appeared. However, Rosie is an
unofficial taxi driver for her old people, isnít she?
Of course, I made sure
the Mercedes Benz was black as well.
Is Rosie Based on Anyone You Know?
No. However, my
older daughter is about Rosieís age and when friends started reading the
manuscript, many of them commented on how much like my daughter Rosie
sounded. But really, my girl has led a very different life from the one
Rosie is leading.
Perhaps, I unconsciously picked up the voice of Rosie from all my
daughterís friends when they came round to visit her and talked their
heads off (like most girls)
How Can A Middle Aged Man Like You Write About a
As I just
mentioned above, having so many lively (and loud) teenage girls around the
house from time to time gave me plenty to listen to. The topics of
conversation were fairly standard Ė boys, who was hot, who was on the
outer, clothes, parties, school troubles, relationship worries. I donít
want to sound insulting, but teenage girls are pretty easy to work out.
They donít sit around and talk about politics and the environment and how
to bring about world peace. Hey, lifeís fun.
There have been two covers for Black Taxi, one in
Australia on the left and one in the USA on the right. Which cover do you like best?
Let me know your preference. firstname.lastname@example.org