Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
Welcome back to Taylor Talks!
Talking to other writers, building my social media following, and working on my novel really has me thinking about books. I've always loved books. For as long as I can remember, reading has been one of my favorite things to do. When I was younger, if I got into trouble for something, my dad would tell me that my punishment was that I wasn't allowed to read for fun. I had a serious addiction to reading.
As I've gotten older, my tastes in stories have changed slightly. I've gone from series about girls and their horses to books about girls finding summer romances. I've also turned to writing more as I've gotten older.
I can remember two distinct times when being a writer suddenly appealed to me. The first was in seventh grade, when I picked a story starter out of a bag and had to come up with a whole story. I took something about finding footprints on the beach and turned it into a story about two kids who find giant footprints and end up meeting a pair of giants. It turned out to be a really good story, my mom provided illustrations for me, and I got great reviews from my classmates. I thought that maybe I could write for real when I got older. Then in my senior year of high school, we were given the task of writing fractured fairy tales; we had to take a fairy tale and change it in some way. I took Hans Christian Andersen's "Thumbelina" and changed the plot line so much that the only way you would recognize the story was because of the name and the fact that she was the size of a person's thumb. Everyone else in my class had written a fractured fairy tale that was either a page or two pages once it was typed. My story? It was eleven pages long. I was so proud of that story, and after I wrote it, I started actively pursuing ways to become an author.
When I was looking through boxes of old papers from elementary school a few weeks ago, I found a lot of writings that I had done. Little stories that I wrote for fun, journal entries for school that had turned into elaborate accounts of an event, and the memoir I wrote in fifth grade about my brother's adoption. All of these different writings from different grade levels showed me, and reminded my mom, that I have always been a writer. I may have not realized it at the time, but I've been a writer my whole life. It's no wonder that books and reading have always been so important to me; to be a good writer, you have to be a good reader.
I'm now only five people away from hitting 100 likes on my Facebook author page! I'd really love it if you would support my writing career by taking a few seconds and liking the page yourself. Thanks so much!
My family has been doing foster care since I was three years old. I'm the only biological child in my family, though I now have five permanent siblings. Having nineteen siblings over the course of my lifetime has been an incredible experience, and I'm hoping that by sharing some of the ups and downs of being the only bio kid in a foster family, other foster families or people looking into doing foster care will be able to learn a bit of what life can be like. I also like to share what life is like on my journey to becoming a published author, as well as where my schooling and career choice are taking me.