Episode 1: The Culture Shot on… Making an Author



What makes a successful Author? Is it the number of book-sales, notoriety or is it a bit more complicated than that?

In this episode, Ben Monro-Davies speaks to the best-selling thriller author CL Taylor, about the challenges of building ‘brand recognition’ as an author, especially as the publishing space becomes increasingly crowded with celebrity and influencer authors.

She talks about being a female writer in the thriller genre, shifting the narrative in a genre where women have traditionally been accessories to the plot and giving agency back to the female characters in her stories.

Available to stream on Spotify, Apple Podcasts & other platforms.


About The Culture Shot 

The Culture Shot podcast is your regular shot of what’s new and noteworthy in the world of culture.

Hosted by Ben Monro-Davis, and brought to you by Midas – the leading communications agency for culture – each episode is a shot of culture, from books to theatre, film to dance, music to art.

With each episode featuring a different guest – from screenwriters to booksellers, artists to festival producers – we discuss the most pressing issues in the culture sector today, find out how they got to where they are now, and get their top recommended culture shot of the moment.


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