We had the good fortune of connecting with Jennifer Taylor and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jennifer, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The most important factor behind my success as an author is to stay true to my style of writing. When I was writing my first novel, “Missing Picture”, I was very excited and shared the manuscript with a few friends and family members before I published. I was egar to share with the world but wanted to first get the opinion of those closest to me. Needless to say, the feedback was all good and I felt was honest but the feedback also came with suggestions to use the writing styles to some novels they had read. I’m happy to say that I chose very early on in my career as a writer to stay true to my style of writing. My first novel, “Missing Picture” was so well received that I was lead to write two more novels leading to a trilogy. My style of writing is unlike any other author. My characters are rich, sparks emotions, unpredictable and keeps my readers engaged and wanting more. The second novel in the trilogy, “One Who is Loved” and the third novel in the trilogy, “At What Cost” does not stray from my style of writing. The one sentence that is often echoed among from my readers, ” I love your stories, I want more, I love your style of writing.” Sticking to who I am as a writer is definitely the success factor behind my brand.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a writer of fiction literature. My style falls in the mystery, suspense, and thriller with a touch of romance category. I’ve been writing short stories since I was eight years old. Then, I wrote short stories about my journey from home to school, and in college I wrote letters to God which turned into mini stories. I’m most proud of the fact that I’m gifted to bring my stories from my imagination to paper. I’m very excited about a trilogy that I have written. “Missing Picture”, One Who is Loved” and “At What Cost.” I get even more excited when my readers are egar for the next book. My website will tell you a little about me and more about the trilogy. www.jennifertaylor.us It was not easy to get to where I am today professionally as a writer. You have to have a passion for writing and dedication to writing. There’s not a day that goes by without me writing something. I have a labtop next to my bed and a pen and pad next to my bed so that I can capture those thoughts and ideas that come to me in the middle of the night. The challenges that I faced early on were centered around publication. I overcame those challeges by reading. There’s a lot of information on the internet about self publication and traditional publication. I went with self publication because I felt it was a better fit for me. I had taken the time, excitment and energy to write so I wanted to get it out to the world. Traditional publication does not afford such a schedule. I’ve learned to drown out the noise of naysayers. I’ve learn to accept that I write good stories and more importantly, I’ve learnd to stick to my style of writing. Since publishing, my trilogy, Missing Picture, One Who is Loved and At What Cost, I get calls everyday from scammers saying that NetFlix is interested in a movie deal, this traditional publisher is interested, just to name a few. I’ve fallen prey to at least one. I’ve learn to continue to focus on what I enjoy doing and that is writing for the entertainment of others. I want the world to know that I simply enjoy writing and entertaining. My stories are filled with rich characters, unpredictable story lines and will keep readers engage and turning pages.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
During the pandemic, my favorite spots have been hanging with a few friends on my deck or theirs. We’ve been cooking and trying new recipes, including new drink recipes. I’m a pescatarian so it has been interesting. Prior to the pandemic, I must admit that I was always a backseat riders, allowing my friends to chose the palaces we go. I’m blessed to have exciting friends who know the best restaurants and hangout spots in the city. Some of our ventures have been to restaurants in The Shops of Buckhead, Virginia Avenue, Ponce City Market and The Belt-line, to name a few. I had the opportunity to travel to Milan, Italy a few years ago. I found the people to be fun, relaxed, welcoming and exciting. The food and drinks were amazing and there was never a dull moment. On the other hand, I do enjoy living in Atlanta, there’s good food and alway something fun to do whether you enjoy sitting in the park, going to the theater, dancing, or dining out.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My parents who are amazing and instilled in me to always be my best self and to treat others with love and respect. My children for their support and encouragement, and a host of friends and relatives for being there, supporting and encouraging me to keep the stories coming from the very beginning of my writing career.

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