Over the last 13 years I have grown fond of living in the Cleveland area. We have a great lake, we have an outstanding park system, our suburban schools are excellent, the cost of living can’t be beat, we have the best medical hospitals at our beck and call…I could go on and on. But one thing we don’t have an abundance of is bestselling authors popping in on tour. I was lucky to see Beth Hoffman a few weeks ago and tonight I had to make a choice between bestselling authors. Can you believe it? Janet Evanovich and Taylor Stevens were speaking half an hour apart and as much as I tried to make the math problem work I knew I’d have to choose. Taylor made it easy for me by inviting those on her email list to join her at TGIFridays from 5-6:30 before going to the library to speak from 7-8:30.
This was my second time meeting Taylor, the first time at Bouchercon last October, but this time I got to hear her speak so I was able to learn more about her growing up all over the world in a cult. If you want to learn more that life you can read the second book in the series (The Innocent), a book Taylor calls a thrillerized version of her life. “If it’s in that book, it happened, yes.” I admit that I still have to read this one, but it has moved to the top of my list. Here are a few pics from the evening.
If you get a chance to see Taylor speak you should take advantage of it. She is so open and really enjoys talking to people and sharing her experience with you. If you don’t have to opportunity to see her in person you should sign up for her email list. She shares publishing secrets and gives a lot of insight into how the industry operates. Sign up for her email list here. I had a fantastic evening and am so happy that I chose Taylor over Janet 🙂 I’ve got a signed copy of her latest, The Doll, ready to give away soon!