I am a jack of all trades. I work as a curriculum designer but started in the food industry, moved to tutoring and then pest control. This carries over into my writing as poems about everything and anything from arthritis to the spider I killed in a grumpy man's basement. Overall I try to live life to the fullest, giving everything and everyone a chance.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the California foothills. This provided ample experience with the outdoors so I made up stories with my friends about how we were all wizards or heroes saving the world. This lead me to having many characters to choose from when it comes to epic fantasy and YA Literature.
When did you first start writing?
Since the beginning of time. I can't remember a time I didn't have some sort of story or poem waiting to exist for others to enjoy.
Of Masks and Tears is the debut poetry collection by Jacob Taylor. In it he explores the emotional journey of youth in an intimate visceral way. Within you will find poems of abject depression followed by the song of the phoenix rising from the ashes of despair.