FRIDAY’S FANTASTIC FINDS ROUNDS UP WITH: Author and Former Caregiver Abbie Johnson Taylor Writes About Life and Love #Interview

FRIDAY’S FANTASTIC FINDS ROUNDS UP WITH: Author and Former Caregiver Abbie Johnson Taylor Writes About Life and Love #Interview

Author and Former Caregiver Abbie Johnson Taylor Writes About Life and Love

November 17, 2021

This is the month to write. Write. And write some more. November is National Novel Writing Month more commonly known as NaNoWriMo. Authors take on the challenge to write a novel (at least 50,000 words) by the end of the month. Although I am not a book author, I love reading audiobooks and engaging with authors. So, in honor of NaNoWriMo I chatted with a good writer friend Abbie Johnson Taylor. In the interview below Abbie shares why she became an author, her writing routine and gave nuggets of wisdom for newbies. Enjoy!

Abbie Becomes an Author

Empish:  Why did you decide to become an author? What was it about writing books that piqued your interest?

Abbie:

To enjoy this magnificent interview with author Abbie Johnson Taylor please visit: https://empishthomas.com/2021/11/17/author-and-former-caregiver-abbie-johnson-taylor-writes-about-life-and-love/

News Nuggets: New from Abbie Taylor Johnson
Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me
By Abbie Johnson Taylor
Copyright 2021
Independently published with the help of DLD Books

The cover of the book features an older woman sitting in a wicker chair facing a window. Outside, it is bright, with plants on a terrace. There is also a plant behind the woman inside. The woman has white hair, glasses, a red sweater, and tan pants. The border of the picture is a taupe color and reads "Why Grandma Doesn't Know Me" on the top and "Abbie Johnson Taylor" on the bottom.

Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

Excerpt from Chapter 1

I hated walking with my mom and sister down that long, bright hallway in the nursing home where my grandma lived. The white tile floor and the ceiling covered with fluorescent lights reminded me of school. The only difference was that there were handrails on either side that old people could hold onto while they walked, so they wouldn’t fall.

The blare of television sets from just about every room we passed, laughter and chatter from the nurses’ station, and announcements over the PA system made me wonder why Dad called this place a rest home. The sharp aroma of disinfectant reminded me of the monthly trips I’d made to the dentist years before to have my braces adjusted. I nearly gagged as I remembered the goop they put in my mouth so they could take impressions of my teeth before the braces were put on.


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To learn where you can get your copy, visit: https://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com Please feel free to email me at: abbietaylor945@gmail.com

5 Comments

  1. A lovely post and extract, Patty. Happy Friday.

    1. Thank you, Robbi. I’m glad you enjoyed the interview and hope you like the book.

  2. Thank you, Patty, for reblogging this. I hope you enjoyed reading this interview as much as I enjoyed answering Empish’s questions.

    1. Hi Robbie, thanks so much for visiting the post and for commenting to say you did and that you enjoyed it.
      I thought it one of the best interviews I’ve ever seen Abbie do.

      1. Well, Patty, I shouldn’t take full credit for this. Empish came up with the questions. I just answered them. But thank you, anyway.

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