C.L. Taylor

C.L. Taylor lives in Bristol in the UK with her partner and young son. Born in Worcester, she studied for a degree in Psychology at the University of Northumbria, Newcastle and currently works as a manager for a London university. She is a member of the Crime Writers Association and a Graduate Member (MBPsS) of the British Psychological Society. 

She started writing fiction in 2005 and her short stories have won several awards and been published by a variety of women’s magazines.   Her international award-winning romantic comedies, HEAVEN CAN WAIT and HOME FOR CHRISTMAS were published by Orion in the UK and translated into 14 different languages Taylor’s latest novel, THE ACCIDENT, is a new direction into dark psychological suspense.   www.callytaylor.co.uk

THE ACCIDENT / BEFORE I WAKE (UK publication: HarperCollins/Avon: June 2014; US publication: Sourcebooks, June 2014)

C.L. Taylor BEFORE I WAKE - US jacket

The person you trust may only be telling you half the story …

Sue Jackson seemingly has the perfect family but when her teenage daughter Charlotte deliberately steps in front of a bus and ends up in a  coma she is forced to question it all.

Sue can’t believe that Charlotte would deliberately try to kill herself but as she retraces her daughter’s steps she finds a horrifying entry in Charlotte’s diary ‘keeping this secret is killing me’.

Does someone want to harm Charlotte? Whose secret is she keeping?  In her hunt for evidence, Sue begins to mistrust everyone close to her daughter and she’s forced to look further, into the depths of her own past.  There is a lot that Sue doesn’t know about Charlotte’s life.  But then there’s a lot that Charlotte doesn’t know about Sue’s …


  • World: Madeleine Milburn Agency
  • UK & Commonwealth: HarperCollins/Avon
  • North American: Sourcebooks
  • German: Piper
  • Italian: Longanesi
  • Polish: Proszynski Media
  • Portuguese (Brazil): Bertrand Brasil
  • Russian: Exmo
  • Turkish: KRP


I was going to tell him just how much he meant to me. What could possibly go wrong?

Beth Prince has always loved fairy tales and now, aged 24, she feels like she’s finally on the verge of her own happily ever after. She lives by the seaside, works in the Picturebox – a charming but rundown independent cinema – and has a boyfriend who’s so debonair and charming she can’t believe her luck!

There’s just one problem – none of her boyfriends have ever told her they love her and it doesn’t look like Aiden’s going to say it any time soon. Desperate to hear ‘I love you’ for the first time, Beth takes matters into her own hands – and instantly wishes she hadn’t.

Just when it seems like her luck can’t get any worse, bad news arrives in the devilishly handsome shape of Matt Jones. Matt is the regional director of a multiplex cinema and he’s determined to get his hands on the Picturebox by Christmas.

Can Beth keep her job, her man and her home or is her romantic-comedy life about to turn into a disaster movie?


  • World: Madeleine Milburn Agency
  • UK & Commonwealth: Orion
  • Film & TV: Jump Start Productions
  • German: Goldmann
  • Indonesian: Gramedia
  • Portuguese (Brazil): Bertrand Brasil
  • Russian: Eksmo

HEAVEN CAN WAIT (Orion, 2009)


Lucy is about to marry the man of her dreams – kind, handsome, funny Dan – when she breaks her neck the night before their wedding. Unable to accept a lifetime’s separation from her soulmate, Lucy decides to become a ghost rather than go to heaven and be parted from Dan.

But it turns out things aren’t quite as easy as that. When Lucy discovers that Limbo is a grotty student-style house in North London she’s less than thrilled. Especially after meeting her new flatmates: grumpy, cider-swilling EMO-kid Claire; and Brian, a train-spotter with a Thomas the Tank Engine duvet and a big BO problem. But Lucy has a more major problem on her hands – if she wants to become a ghost and be with Dan she has to complete an almost impossible task. How the hell does a girl like Lucy find a girlfriend for the dorkiest man in England? IT geek Archie’s only passions are multi-player computer games and his Grandma.

But Lucy only has twenty-one days to find him love. And when she discovers that her so-called friend Anna is determined to make a move on the heart-broken, vulnerable Dan, the pressure is really on…


  • World: Madeleine Milburn Agency
  • UK & Commonwealth: Orion
  • Chinese (Complex): Crown
  • Chinese (simplified): Beijing Booky Company
  • Croatian: Znanje
  • Czech: Plejada
  • German: Goldmann
  • Hungarian: Konyvmolykepzo
  • Indonesian: Gramedia
  • Macedonian: Sakam Knigi Dooel
  • Portuguese (Brazil): Bertrand Brasil
  • Serbian: Evro-Giunti
  • Spanish: Versatil
  • Russian: Eksmo
  • Vietnamese: XYZ Joint Stock Company