Hi Folks, and welcome back to a late edition of the Author’s Corner.
Author Abbie Johnson Taylor has dropped by the Author’s Corner with a note about what she’s been up to today.
Here’s a link to one of the interviews I did today. This one was for a blog and podcast called Ghostman Radio by Mark Antony Raines.
I hope you enjoy.
MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR…
Abbie Johnson Taylor is the author of two novels, two poetry collections, and a memoir. Her short stories and poems have appeared in various journals and anthologies. She is visually impaired and lives in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years she cared for her late husband, who was totally blind and was partially paralyzed by two strokes soon after they were married.
Before that, she spent 15 years as a registered music therapist, working in nursing homes and other facilities that serve senior citizens. She also taught braille, facilitated a support group for the visually impaired, and served on the advisory board to a trust fund that allows people with blindness or low vision to purchase adaptive equipment.
NEW RELEASE 2019
The Red Dress
Copyright July 2019 / Independently published
Edited by DLD Books: http://www.dldbooks.com/
When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.
Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her 25-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.
OTHER BOOKS BY ABBIE JOHNSON TAYLOR
My Ideal Partner
Copyright July 2016 / Independently published
Edited by DLD Books
In September of 2005, Abbie Johnson married Bill Taylor. She was in her mid-forties, and he was 19 years older. Three months later, Bill suffered the first of two strokes that paralyzed his left side and confined him to a wheelchair. 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 visual impairment. At first, there was a glimmer of hope that Bill would walk again, but when therapists gave up on him seven months after his second stroke, Taylor resigned herself to being a permanent family caregiver.
She discusses learning to dress him and transfer him from one place to another, sitting up with him at night when he couldn’t urinate or move his bowels, and dealing with doctors and bureaucrats to obtain necessary equipment and services. There were happy times, like when she played the piano or guitar and sang his favorite songs, or when they went out to eat or to a concert. She also explains how she purchased a wheelchair-accessible van and found people to drive it, so they wouldn’t always depend on the local Paratransit service’s limited hours. In the end, she describes the painful decision she and Bill made to move him to a nursing home when he became too weak for her to care for him in September of 2012. He seemed to give up on life and passed away a month later.
Copyright August 2014 / Finishing Line Press
Life happens. As a teenager, you’re told you can’t go to the mall because your aunt from out of town is visiting and the family is planning a trip to see The Nutcracker. As an adult, you hear news on the radio about an airport bombing in Los Angeles. Your husband suffers a debilitating stroke, and you spend the last six years of his life caring for him at home.
Not all the poems in this book are about tragedies. Some are humorous, others serious. Topics range from school to love to death and everything in between.
How to Build a Better Mousetrap
Copyright November 2011 / Independently published by iUniverse
In January of 2006, Abbie Johnson Taylor’s husband suffered a stroke that left him paralyzed on his left side. After months of therapy in a nursing facility, he returned home in September of that year. Although he still had little use of his left arm and leg, it was hoped that through outpatient therapy, he would eventually walk again. In January of 2007, he suffered a second stroke that wasn’t as severe, but it was enough to impact his recovery. In August of that year, his therapy was discontinued because he showed no progress. He never walked again.
The first five poems tell the story of how Taylor found her husband when he suffered his first stroke, detail events in the first few months afterward, and describe Taylor’s and her husband’s reactions. The rest of the poems in the first part were inspired by Taylor’s experiences while caring for her husband. Covering such topics as dressing, feeding, toileting, their relationship, and his computer, they often provide a humorous outlook. Some poems are from the husband’s point of view. Poems in the next two parts cover childhood memories and other topics. The last section of poems was inspired by Taylor’s 15 years of experience as a registered music therapist in a nursing home before marrying her husband.
We Shall Overcome
Copyright July 2007 / Independently published by iUniverse
Lisa Taylor is visually impaired and manages her father’s coin-operated machine business. She is terrified of policemen and of being arrested because of an incident that happened when her younger brother was apprehended on suspicion of arson years before.
On the first day of the conflict with Iraq, as she is hurrying away from an anti-war demonstration after being threatened with arrest for civil disobedience, she is confronted by a newspaper reporter who asks her why she is running away. She tells him she is afraid she will lose her job if she is arrested.
The day after the protest march, Lisa meets John Macintosh, a bicycle patrol officer. After a short time, she falls in love with him. But Lisa must realize that police officers are human beings. She must learn to trust John after a close friend becomes a victim of acquaintance rape. Her future father-in-law must overcome his own stereotypes of people with disabilities. Will this couple marry and live happily ever after?
Email Abbie: email@example.com