Abbie Johnson Taylor

Biography

Besides My Ideal Partner, Abbie Johnson Taylor is the author of a novel and two poetry collections. Her work has appeared in Magnets and Ladders, Labyrinth, and other journals and anthologies. She is visually impaired and lives in Sheridan, Wyoming. For six years, she cared for her late husband, Bill, totally blind and partially paralyzed by two strokes. This is the topic of her latest book, My Ideal Partner. Please visit her Website at http://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com .

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
You can edit something till the cows come home and never get anything published so here's what I do. I put down a story or poem without worrying about typographical errors or anything I might want to change later. Then, I go back and edit. Since my late husband was a baseball fan, I've adapted the three-strikes-and-you're-out method. This means I usually read through something three times, making changes as I go. I read my work aloud as often as I can during this process. Even after something is published, while reading it, I always think of something I could have changed so it has to stop somewhere.
How do you approach cover design?
Being visually impaired, if I were to design my own cover, it would look like something the cat dragged in, and I don't even have a cat. The cover of my first book was designed by the publisher. Subsequent covers consisted of photos taken by friends. So far, all my book covers have turned out pretty well so I'll always rely on others for this instead of trying to do it myself.
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Books

My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, And Cared For The Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 53,030. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
In September 2005, Abbie Johnson married Bill Taylor, 19 years her senior and blind. Three months later, he suffered the first of two strokes that confined him to a wheelchair. Here, the author tells the story of how she met, married, and then cared for Bill for six years, detailing both the happy times and the hard ones. After one month in a nursing home, Bill Taylor passed away in October 2012.

Abbie Johnson Taylor's tag cloud

blindness    caregiver    love    marriage    stroke   

Smashwords book reviews by Abbie Johnson Taylor

  • The Demmies: A Novel on Dec. 15, 2017
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    I met the author, Ann Parsons, several years ago when she joined a writers’ group to which I belong. She began writing this story in the 1970’s. After joining our group, she decided to start work on it again and sent chapters to our email list. Even so, knowing how the book ends, I found it hard to put down and might have pulled an all-nighter in order to finish it more quickly. You don’t have to be a science fiction buff to appreciate this story of oppression followed by freedom. In a way, this book is similar to Aldus Huxley’s Brave New World except in this case, the demmies are only conditioned not to trust big folk, and the ending is more positive. The Demmies is the first of a trilogy of books Ann has written about these little ccharacters. I hope she publishes the other two books in this series. I want to read more. Abbie Johnson Taylor, Author of We Shall Overcome, How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver, That’s Life: New and Selected Poems, and My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds Website: http://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com
  • Love Letters in the Grand: The Adventures and Misadventures of a Big-City Piano Tuner on Dec. 15, 2017
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    Since I play the piano, I was fascinated by the author’s explanation of the inner workings of the instrument, as he related his various experiences. I liked his descriptions of Madison Square Garden and Lincoln Center where he was sent to tune pianos. As a registered music therapist, my favorite piece was “Song for Adrienne,” in which his playing of a familiar Christmas carol touched the heart of a young woman in a psychiatric hospital. I loved his quote at the end. “Life is like a piano. It has highs and lows, but when all is said and done, it is an instrument on which we all must play our tunes.” Abbie Johnson Taylor, Author of We Shall Overcome, How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver, That’s Life: New and Selected Poems, and My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds Website: http://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com