When I was young, I was terrified by words. I felt dumb, as if a part of me was broken, unable to write and read correctly, praying every day my teacher wouldn't call on me to read out loud. I did my best to hide from the world of words (and math), choosing creativity as the primary way I demonstrated my intelligence. It wasn't until I applied to college a decade later that I'd learn I was severely dyslexic. Needless to say, becoming a writer was never on my list.

 

My career spanned through the ranks of designer, animator, film editor, and then creator of the entertainment industry's go-to software for creative collaboration. I surrounded myself with storytelling, yet never my own. So when a random bedtime story turned episodic, my oldest daughter suggested I write a book. Somehow, I agreed.

In the end, I was left with the manuscript for Clara Poole and the Long Way Round, then a portal adventure called The Land of Ends, and most recently my third book Sprout, a speculative fiction about a girl with an unusual abnormality. I only wish I started sooner.

 

I find endless joy in writing for middle-grade readers, who are no longer children but not quite adults. It is a bridge in time before self-awareness and teen relationships take over when things like magic still have profound importance. I hope my stories help keep that moment around a little longer.

 

When I am not writing, I create horrible songs to embarrass my two daughters and drive my beautiful wife to question why she ever married me.

Taylor's favorite things

BOOKS

Phantom Tollbooth, The Secret History, Harry Potter, Watership Down, The Hobbit, The Ten Thousand Doors of January, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, A Monster Calls, The Alchemist, A Monster Calls.

MOVIES

Goonies, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Big Fish, Super 8, Edward Scissorhands, Pan's Labyrinth, JAWS.

THINGS WE NEED MORE OF (In no order)

Nonsense, egg sandwiches, original music, thunderstorms, fish n' chips, snorkeling, ski trips, Belgian ale, long talks in the kitchen, dogs, more dogs, Foo Fighters, fried chicken, Lyle Lovett, a bit of daily wonder, and a whole lot of gratitude.

Erin Clyburn

Howland Literary

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Taylor Tyng

Children's Author

taylortyngauthor@gmail.com

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