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Cally C.L Taylor

Career Path: Author of psychological thrillers for HarperCollins

Callyandthe LieWhat are you doing now?

I have signed a new 3 book deal with Avon HarperCollins and am currently writing my third psychological thriller.

Where are you from?

I was born in Worcester, United Kingdom. I now live in Bristol.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

My father is from Rothbury, Northumbria so the prospect of studying in the North East was very appealing. I was also drawn by the content of the BSc Psychology.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

I hugely enjoyed studying at Northumbria. I enjoyed the mixture of lectures, seminars and one-on-one support from tutors for my dissertation. I have nothing but praise for my tutors.

What impressed you most about our academic staff?

Their enthusiasm for, and knowledge of, their subject areas.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/give your career an edge?

It taught me to meet deadlines, how to research, how incorporate research into my work and gave me a huge insight into the way people think and behave.

What was the best thing about your course?

The other students and the breadth of subjects I learned about.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

As a psychology graduate I learned a lot about the way people think and behave the way they do which is hugely helpful for an author. My degree also gave me an insight into abnormal psychology, a subject I'm fascinated with and which comes up again and again in my psychological thrillers.

How would you describe yourself in 3 words before coming to Northumbria?

Shy, unconfident, naive.

How would you describe yourself in 3 words after completing your first year at Northumbria?

Relaxed, happy, content.

How would you describe yourself in 3 words after you graduated at Northumbria?

Positive, confident, enthusiastic.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

Meeting and spending time with other students, those I met on my course, in hall and as part of the Drama Society.

What advice would you give somebody who is thinking of studying at Northumbria?

Throw yourself in head-first. You're about to have the best three years of your life.

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