Abbie Johnson Taylor

Biography

Abbie Johnson Taylor is the author of three novels, two poetry collections, and a memoir. Her work has appeared in Magnets and Ladders, The Writer's Grapevine, 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. Before that, she worked as a registered music therapist with senior citizens in nursing homes and other facilities. She also facilitated a support group for blind and visually impaired adults, taught Braille, and served on the advisory board to a trust fund that provided adaptive equipment to blind and visually impaired children and adults. Please visit her website at http://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com

Smashwords Interview

How do you discover the eBooks you read?
I find books to read mostly by word of mouth. I follow several blogs that review books regularly, and occasionally, friends recommend books they've enjoyed.
What is your writing process?
You can edit something till the cows come home and never get anything published. So, 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.
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Where to find Abbie Johnson Taylor online

Where to buy in print

Books

Why Grandma Doesn't Know Me
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 68,140. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother has dementia, is in a nursing home, and barely recognizes the girl. But one Halloween night, Grandma tells Natalie a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. What follows is an emotional tale of long-hidden feelings, brief infidelity, and a teenage girl’s discovery of and meeting with her biological father—and what happens after that.
The Red Dress
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 57,440. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
In high school, Eve wears a red prom dress that her mother made, then catches her boyfriend and her best friend in the act. In college, she’s bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. Her relationship with her mother never recovers. Her mother’s resentment and Eve’s guilt are still there, 25 years later, when a trio of events forces Eve to confront the past in order to face the future.
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

author    blindness    caregiver    children    christmas    class reunion    college    fatherhood    high school    infidelity    love    marriage    paternity    romance    stroke   

Abbie Johnson Taylor's favorite authors on Smashwords

Joan Myles
Latest book: One Goes to the Sea.
Published November 11, 2021.

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
  • Insight Out:One Blind Woman’s View of Her Life on Jan. 02, 2020

    I met Mary several years ago through Behind Our Eyes, an organization of disabled writers, of which I’m president. Unlike her, I tried a few of the physical activities in which she participated, fell once or twice, and gave up. I admire her courage and determination. Anyone reading this book will be enlightened and educated.
  • Bubba Tails on July 23, 2020
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    Bubba Tails is a fun way to educate children and the young at heart about guide dogs. King Campbell tells his story in a way all can understand. The book includes information about The Seeing Eye, so parents and other adults can learn more about their work and how they can help. The last story in the book, “Wish of the Wee Golden One,” could be made into an animated Christmas film. I strongly encourage people of all ages to read this book for entertainment and enlightenment.
  • Fifty Years of Walking with Friends on Feb. 01, 2021

    Years ago, I met the author, DeAnna Quietwater Noriega, through Behind Our Eyes, an organization of disabled authors to which I belong. Before that, she worked with my late husband, Bill, on the Colorado Council of the Blind. I’ve enjoyed reading her poems and stories, most of which were about her guide dogs and Native American heritage. Fifty Years of Walking with Friends didn’t disappoint me. Through DeAnna’s narrative, I was with her and her dogs through their trials and tribulations. I laughed a lot at the dogs’ antics and got mad once when a rehabilitation center where she worked banned one of her dogs because people were complaining about his barking when someone entered her office. I love the way DeAnna’s poems are inserted throughout the book. My favorite is one in which she compares one of her dogs, a chocolate Lab, to a cup of cocoa. Even if you don’t have a guide dog, and maybe even if you don’t like dogs, you’ll find Fifty Years of Walking with Friends heartwarming, educational, and entertaining.
  • One Glittering Wing on April 20, 2021
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    I met the author, Joan Myles, years ago through Behind Our Eyes, a writers' organization to which I belong. Her work, filled with plenty of vivid imagery, has always fascinated me. I reviewed her first collection, One with Willows, here after it came out. In One Glittering Wing, I like the way Joan incorporates the collection’s title into her poem, "Death." I can relate to the poems, "Walls," "Tammy," and "Shivah" as a result of my personal experiences. My favorite is "Dancing with Emily Dickenson," which inspired me to write a poem about dancing with Billy Collins. Other poems touch on nature, human relations, and additional subjects sure to resonate with many readers. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the poetry of life.
  • Born From Stardust And Other Poems on Jan. 13, 2022
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    I like how the author groups some of the poems in this collection by subjects such as the beach, storms, and the pandemic. My favorite is “To Be Beside the Sea” because it reminds me of happy times when visiting my brother and his family in Florida and going to the beach. “When Mummy Missed Story Time” tugged at my heart, making me thankful I was not a small child during this pandemic. I also like how she begins her collection with the title poem, “Born from Stardust,” and ends with “In the Mountain Valley.” Even if you don’t like poetry, you’ll delight in the stories these poems tell.
  • One Goes to the Sea on April 12, 2022
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    I like the vivid imagery and word play in this author's poetry. This collection has a nice mix of rhyming and non-rhyming poetry. The title, One Goes to the Sea, is referenced in her poem, “The Journey,” and it’s easy to see the connection. According to Joan Myles's bio at the end of the book, she “has always been a child of Wonder as well as a spiritual seeker.” This comes through in her poetry, which I highly recommend, even if you’re not into spirituality.