Hello campbellsworld visitors and book-worms one and all.
Today I’d like to introduce to you an author whom I’ve admired for quite sometime. Her name is Abbie Johnson Taylor, and I think she is a great lady indeed.
Rather than my trying to tell you all the things I love about her, I’ve chosen to interview her, and let all the reasons shine all on their own.
So, take it away Abbie.
First, tell us, in your own words, a little about you.
My name is Abbie Johnson Taylor, and I’m the author of four books: a novel, two poetry collections, and a memoir. I’m currently working on another novel. Several of my short stories, poems, and creative nonfiction pieces have been published in various journals and anthologies.
Where do you live?
I live in Sheridan, Wyoming.
Who, are the special people in your life
Most of the special people in my life are gone: my parents, grandparents, husband, but my brother in Florida is still someone I love dearly.
Do you have any pets?
I don’t have any now. When I was growing up, we had several cats and dogs, but after caring for my late husband for six years after he was partially paralyzed by two strokes, I’m not ready to care for another living thing, although I still like cats and dogs.
What are your likes, and dislikes?
There are so many things I like and dislike that I could write a whole book about them. Generally, I like reading, writing, singing, and attending concerts and other entertainment. I don’t like peanut butter, loud noises, icy walkways, and lousy service.
What are your hobbies?
Reading is my main hobby. It’s actually part of what I do as a writer because I often review books on my blog. I also enjoy singing in a women’s choral group, walking, either on my treadmill or outside during favorable weather, and participating in water exercise classes at the YMCA.
What keeps you going?
My writing is what keeps me going. I’m always thinking about future blog posts and whatever project I’m working on. That gives me something to look forward to.
What is your favorite song?
I’ve had many favorite songs over the years, but now, my all-time favorite is one that I don’t think is very popular. It’s called “I Want to Spend My Lifetime Loving You” and it’s from the movie, The Mask of Zorro. In 2005 after my late husband Bill proposed to me, he sent me a care package containing, among other things, a cassette tape with a bunch of love songs he’d downloaded onto his computer. This was one of them, and it has been our song ever since. You can read more about this in my memoir, My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for The Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds. Here’s a link to where you can hear the song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqyTweLW8ec
What is your favorite movie?
I like The Wizard of Oz, starring Judy Garland as Dorothy.
What is your favorite book?
Some books resonate with me more than others, but I don’t have any favorites.
Who is your favorite author?
My favorite author is Danielle Steel.
What is your favorite food?
I love pasta of any kind with all toppings.
What is your favorite quote?
“What’s done is done and cannot be undone.”–Shakespeare
What is your favorite affirmation?
You don’t know until you try.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
I really hate it when neighbors leave their dogs in their yards unattended for hours, and those dogs bark and bark and bark.
What do you think your best strengths are?
In fiction, I think I’m good at knowing what is relevant to a story and what is not. In poetry, I think I’ve mastered the art of expression through line and stanza breaks, enjambment, and other techniques. I also think I care about others and know when to mind my own business.
How do they help you in your work?
Knowing what’s relevant and what’s not helps me write good stories. Understanding how to use certain techniques in poetry makes a poem better.
What are your weaknesses, and, how are you working on making them stronger?
I lose focus and make mistakes. I’m trying to be more mindful. I let myself get too involved in others’ affairs, and I’m trying to use my head and not my heart.
What is your dream for the future?
I have no dreams, only ideas of what I want to do. I’m currently working on a novel, and after that’s published, I have a short story collection and several poetry collections I hope to eventually publish. Otherwise, I’m flying by the seat of my pants.
How, does that relate to your work, as a writer?
The ideas of what I want to do are related to writing in that they involve books I want to publish.
What is your preferred way of communicating?
I prefer to use email, but I’m open to chatting with someone by phone or Skype.
How, can someone reach you if they’re interested in buying from you, or working with you, in some way?
You can visit my website at http://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com. There, you’ll find a page for each of my books which includes the cover and information about the book and in some cases, a sample. There are also links to where the book can be ordered from Amazon and other online retailers. On each page of my site, there is a link that can be used to email me. You’re also welcome to visit my blog at http://abbiescorner.wordprss.com, which I update at least three days a week.
Is there anything about you, that you’d like to share, that I’ve not covered here?
I was born in 1961 in New York City. My family lived in New York, Colorado, and Arizona before settling in Sheridan, Wyoming, where I live now. After graduating from college and completing two years of study and practicum in music therapy, then an internship, I worked for fifteen years in a nursing home and other facilities that served senior citizens. I also taught braille, facilitated a support group for the visually impaired, and served on the advisory board to a state trust fund that allows people with visual impairments to purchase adaptive equipment.
I started writing in 2000, and when I married my late husband in 2005, I became a full-time author. I’ve been involved in local and state writing groups including Range Writers, Third Thursday Poets, Wyoming Writers, and WyoPoets. I’m currently the secretary of Behind Our Eyes, a non-profit organization for writers with disabilities of which I was the president for a couple of years. I also serve on two editorial committees associated with Magnets and Ladders, an online magazine produced by Behind Our Eyes.
MORE ABOUT ABBIE
My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds by Abbie Johnson Taylor / C 2016
For sale in e-book ($3.99) and print ($11.95) on Amazon, Smashwords, and other buying sites.
In September of 2005, Abbie Johnson married Bill Taylor, who was blind and 19 years her senior. Three months later, Bill suffered the first of two strokes that paralyzed his left side and confined him to a wheelchair. In My Ideal Partner, Abbie Johnson Taylor, once a registered music therapist, uses prose and poetry to tell the story of how she met and married her husband, then cared for him for six years despite her own visual impairment. After she made the painful decision to move him to a nursing home in September of 2012, he seemed to give up on life and passed away a month later.
About the author:
Abbie Johnson Taylor lives in Sheridan, Wyoming, where she writes full time. She holds a BA degree in music performance and worked for 15 years in a nursing home as an activities assistant. This is her fourth published book. Her others are a romance novel and two books of poetry. Her work has appeared in Serendipity Poets Journal, Emerging Voices, and Magnets and Ladders. For details, please visit her website: http://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com