Saturday, January 20, 2007

Meet Jennifer Taylor

Jennifer is an awesome lady. Read and see for yourself.

What do you write and why?

I've completed five novels and started three. All of them are historicals ranging from Scottish Medievals to Regencies and American history. I write historicals because I love history and the idea of escaping to another place and another time. I think of history as His Story, God's story. When we study history, their clothes, food, knowledge and societal customs seem so far removed from today's culture, yet real people lived those lives. I like to recreate what those lives might have been like and how God might have used people to change lives just as He does today. God is the only true link between history then and today, as well as our future.

Having said that I just started writing my first contemporary in Women's fiction. This is a new area that God is leading me into. This particular book as been in my heart for nearly thirteen years and I didn't feel experienced enough to write it until now. As a reporter in college, I covered a series of stories about a young girl who had Leukemia (bone marrow cancer). I learned a lot and got to know her family. She died on her eighteenth birthday, and her story is the inspiration for my new book, "By His Plan."

Tell us about your family.

I have been married to a wonderful husband, Dwayne, for 13 years. He has patiently tolerated my writing over the years, and now that I have switched to Christian fiction, he even reads all my manuscripts. He started his own business four years ago,
Good News Fire Safety Services. I work full-time and I write at all hours of the night and on weekends. We have one daughter, Celina. She is in third grade and a wonderful delight. She was born with a seizure disorder and she is the inspiration for one of the historical novels I have started with a heroine who has seizures. My daughter no longer has seizures and she no longer takes medicine. I'm so proud of how much she has overcome.

You've recently moved to the Charlotte area. (at least I think so, correct me if I'm wrong) What do you like most? Least?

I love Charlotte. There is so much to do here. The people are friendly and my daughter is making lots of friends. What I like most is that Charlotte has more opportunities than anywhere else I've lived in North Carolina. There are more jobs here and they pay better. Without a doubt, I like the traffic least. My other concern is the re-organization that is taking place in the school system. While change is needed, a few decisions have concerned me.

Where do you see yourself in five years.

Oh, I knew a question like this was coming! I used to plan everything. I knew exactly where I was going and where I would be and when I would get there. Only things haven't exactly worked out as I planned. Now I'm learning not to plan so hard. I've been writing fiction for eleven years with a three year break between 2003-2005. I had planned to be published by the time I reached 30. Now, I know how unrealistic this was, but I really had my heart set on it. So when my 30th birthday rolled around five years ago, I was really crushed. I had never set out to do something that I couldn't accomplish. Five years from now I'll be forty. I try not to think about hitting forty.

Since you're living in the NASCAR capital I have to ask. Do you like NASCAR? If so who's your favorite driver. If not, do you see yourself ever going to a race.

I have no opinion on NASCAR one way or the other. Which is really strange, since my husband's family grew up in Richard Petty country in Randolph County, NC. My brother-in-law went to school with Kyle Petty. I grew up in Guilford County, NC (Greensboro) and went to school with some of Jeff Bodine's family. We don't watch racing and we have no plans to attend a race.


  1. Thanks for the info. very interesting. This blog is going to be great, I think it already is!
    Thank you guys and look forward to some really good insight
    God bless,
    kay hodges

  2. Kay!!!
    My dear friend. Thanks for being faithful to our blog.
    Keep visiting, girl!!

  3. Great interview, Lindi and Jennifer! It's fun to get to know you better, Jennifer.

    I had to laugh at the, "Where do you see yourself in 5 years?" question. :) I had an agent ask me that in an appointment one time, and it was so unexpected! It makes sense that she would ask it, but in all the years I've done pitches, I had never had anyone ask me. Luckily, I pulled myself together and was able to answer. :)


  4. I also meant to say hi to Kay! We're glad you're back to visit. :)


  5. Jennifer,
    I enjoyed reading your interview and learning more about you. I laughed about your comment on racing. My dad's side of the family was all into racing and actually had a race car they drove at our local race track. My grandmother still watches the NASCAR races today, many, many years after the family hung it up. For me, I was never touched with the interest in it. But I enjoy seeing the excitement on the fans faces when they're at a race or talk about it!