Taylor Gordon is a fiction writer from Georgia who holds her MFA from the University of Wyoming. She is a ghost story aficionado with a sea monster obsession. When she is not writing, she can usually be found painting landscapes, kneading bread dough, or going off in search of transformative experiences.
She has published short pieces in high school and college literary magazines, and contributed to several literary reading series. She recently completed a collection of fabulist short stories, and is currently drafting her first novel.
Q: If you could travel back in time, which of the great writers would you like to meet and why?
A: I’d want to have a piece of pie with Shirley Jackson. She inspired every (post)modern writer I love. I’d love an opportunity to pick her wicked brain.
Q: What is the first book you remember reading or having read to you as a child?
A: My favourite book as a child was Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. I carried my Sendak-originated longing for a stranger world into adulthood.
Q: Do you have a lucky writing talisman? If so, what is it?
A: I like to light a candle when I sit down to write, and only blow it out when I’m done for the day.
Q: If you could teleport yourself anywhere, real or fictional, where would it be and why?
A: I would teleport to C. S. Lewis’s Wood Between the Worlds.
Joanna’s mother figured out she was pregnant before Joanna mustered the courage to tell her, and after kicking Joanna around the house, she kicked her out. Joanna had been working as a cashier at the Food Lion for about six months by that point, and had recently bought herself a rusted old Camry, so when …