1- Hi Abbie and thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell me a little about yourself and your background?
I’m visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was partially paralyzed by two strokes. Before that, I was a registered music therapist and worked for fifteen years in a nursing home and volunteered at other facilities that served senior citizens. I also facilitated a support group for the visually impaired, taught Braille, and served on the advisory board to a trust fund that allows blind and visually impaired persons in the state of Wyoming to purchase adaptive equipment. I write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. I’ve published a novel and two poetry collections. I hope to eventually publish a collection of short stories.
2- Since you are a published poet as well as a novelist, what do you have to say about two different aspects of writing?
Writing prose and poetry are two different things, but I enjoy both. At one time, I wondered if I should stick to one genre but realized that would only squelch my creativity.
3- When did you decide that you want to be a writer?
In the earlier part of this century while I was still working at the nursing home, I started writing as a hobby, but with my busy schedule, it was hard to find time to write. When I married my late husband in 2005, he convinced me to quit my day job and write full time, and I’ve been doing that ever since. Continue reading “AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Abbie Taylor”