Today’s Featured Author – Tanya R. Taylor

Featured today on Susan Leigh Noble’s blog. Thank you so much, Susan. 😊

Into Another World

Today I welcome Tanya R. Taylor to my blog. Her latest book, The Contract: Murder in the Bahamas, is the fifth in her The Cornelius Saga and was released earlier this month.

Excerpt

Daniel J. Smith, a forty-eight-year-old colored man, sat alone in the diner across the street from Tinnedale Hospital. He was of medium height and build, which edged closer to the broader side of the scale, but handsome, nonetheless, by many accounts. The clear eye-glasses sat comfortably on the bridge of his nose as he perused the morning newspaper.

Glancing above the daily, he observed a man in a long, white coat a few tables away and a woman wearing a dark blue outfit with high-heeled shoes to match. A younger man sat a couple of tables down. He appeared to be just staring into space as he sipped his hot chocolate, the steam of which steadily…

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Buried Dreams

I believe the last time I shared this piece that I wrote with anyone was last year around this time. I made a bunch of copies for a class full of kids I was invited to speak with in their Creative Writing class. I hope you find it inspiring too…

Buried Dreams

 

You may have heard something to the effect of “The graveyard is full of unrealized goals, unlived dreams and untapped-into potential”. In other words, it simply means that many people have died having not lived their lives to their absolute, fullest potential. By the same token, I’m sure that some people tried to live their dream and worked really hard at it, but unfortunately, for some reason or the other didn’t see it materialize.

Achieving great things by use of our gifts and talents oftentimes do not come easily. People who have become majorly successful in life will probably tell you that it took a lot of blood, sweat and tears, serious thoughts of wanting to give up, and episodes of utter hopelessness after seeing no way that things can possibly work out in their favor. Yet, they are now living those dreams and finally able to exhale. You may wonder what it took; how they made it and the simple answer to that is: Indomitable Persistence. Persistence in the face of difficulty; persistence in the face of opposition & ridicule; persistence in the face of hopelessness & despair; drying the tears, dusting themselves off and getting back up — and repeating that scenario over and over again.

The road to realizing your dream is not an easy one to travel. It is a terribly rough surface filled with unbelievably huge potholes that require a great test of your fortitude and faith to get across. You must be able to envision that beautiful, smoothly paved road on the other side although it is nowhere in sight. The bottom line is the desire to achieve your dream must be far beyond the comprehension of others; it must be glued to and ingrained in every fiber of your being. Otherwise, when the road gets rough (and it will) you will throw in the towel and put it aside – probably forever – and those goals, dreams & aspirations will join the millions of others in the graveyard. If it’s not difficult enough to test every bit of determination in your soul, then it’s not truly your dream, your goal, your aspiration. I believe we can all achieve whatever level of success appointed to us; many times we get so discouraged and give up just before the breakthrough. If only we can see how close we really are.

 – Tanya R. Taylor

Introducing The Art of Storytelling with Morasco & Taylor

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There are some awesome projects in the making for next year – great collaborations with talented writers who pride themselves on telling an unforgettably good story. I am happy to announce one of these collaborations which will take place between myself and the very talented Diane Morasco. We will provide interesting and helpful content for aspiring writers.

Official Introduction

It started with a whisper in The Granite State. It was this whisper that led Diane Morasco to take heed. Listening to the inner stirrings of her creative genius, she came up with an idea – she has a lot of those – and decided she wanted to give back to the community that rescued her from a chaotic childhood.

On June 30, 2016, she shared her vision with me and that day, The Art of Storytelling with Morasco and Taylor™ was created.

We know the importance of giving back and what better way is there than helping other writers cross over the bridge from aspiring writers to published authors.

Morasco and Taylor are Writers passing it on one word at a time!™

New Blog for Writers

I decided to start a new blog specifically for rendering helpful tips to aspiring authors–things I’ve learned over the years that have helped me grow in my craft. Every day (or every other day), I’d like to submit a little something that may be beneficial to writers in general. Will try to keep it short, but sweet. The name I’ve chosen for the new blog is ‘Tanya R. Taylor’s Writer’scape’. I guess you can think of it this way: When you sit down at the computer or with a notepad in hand about to jot down details for your manuscript, you escape into the world that you’ve created. Real writers actually become a part of the world they have created while it is still under development, thus the name: Writer’scape.

Here’s a link to the new blog just created recently: https://writerwordpresscom.wordpress.com/. Go ahead and join me there too. Be sure to click ‘Follow’; It’s always nice to have you :).