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It’s the 14th century. The dawn of the Renaissance.  Alfred — the eponymous second son — comes of age in the enlightened court of his grandfather, convinced that his life will be unremarkable.  His grandfather, however, foresees for him a special destiny.

Learn more about The Second Son Chronicles

 

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DIY MFA  A community of aspiring and experienced authors where I have the honor to write the Historical Fiction column, “Past Perfect.”   Read the articles

DFW Writers Workshop  Over 200 published and aspiring writers from across the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex. Read-and-critique sessions every Wednesday night. Sponsors of DFWCon, one of America’s best writing conferences, 23-24 October 2021.

Ink & Insights  Four years on the Judges Panel for this writing contest provided a great opportunity to see the work-in-progress of some talented authors.

Award-winning Author of the Second Son Chronicles

“A fine-grained and emotionally satisfying medieval adventure.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Overall, this was a lovely read that shows Taylor’s skills as a wonderful storyteller – one that knows how to lure the reader into wanting to continue with Alfred’s tale.” — Karen Brooks, author of The Locksmith’s Daughter

“Written in elegant prose, with an intricate storyline that is woven together like a fine medieval tapestry.”  — Authors Reading

“An absolutely sensational renaissance novel filled with dry humor, heartfelt moments, and exceptional characters.”  — Sublime Book Review

“Taylor deftly depicts the fragility of a society in the grip of a madman… the next installment promises a massive emotional payoff.” Kirkus Reviews

“A masterful story… With a shocking ending that leaves readers hanging on the author’s every word…” — Pacific Book Review

Upon This Throne is another outstanding complement to the chronicles, continuing the saga with warmth, intensity, and historical detail. As always, the quality of the writing is exceptional.” — Sublime Book Review

“A healthy blend of drama, politics, history and action make the story engaging on every level, and the protagonist’s journey makes for brilliant storytelling and character progression.” — Pacific Book Review

“As always, the characters, their interactions, and their development are flawless, and the weaving of her storyline is expertly done.” — Sublime Book Review

I’ve always loved history and have been an avid reader of historical fact and fiction from the first biography I read when I was nine years old.  As a writer, I find that the past offers rich sources for character, ambiance, and plot that allow us to escape into a world totally unlike our daily lives.

History’s not my only interest, though. You can learn more about me on my Bio page.