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My desk is under a window with an awesome view of the Atlantic Ocean, which is either a distraction or an inspiration, depending on the day, but either way, it makes sitting down to write worth every moment.

  I am a lot of things - kind of depends on who you ask. As you might have guessed, I love to walk the beach and often bring things home with me so I guess that makes me a beachcomber. Most of the time my furry companion, Duffy, goes with me. He swims, I wade. We both love the beach and the ocean.
 
I'm a writer and lover of books and I belong to Florida Writers Association, Romance Writers of America and the Ancient City Romance Authors chapter, where I currently serve as secretary. I'm also a mom and grandmother. I have 4 children and a step-son and 14 grandchildren. I'm a returned Peace Corps volunteer, having spent two rewarding and exciting years in the South Pacific from 2002 to 2004. I'm also somewhat of an adventurer. Joining the Peace Corps at 54 might have given you a clue there, but I've enjoyed activities as diverse as jumping out of perfectly good airplanes, snorkeling over colorful coral reefs, climbing crumbling castle towers, crawling through lava tubes, and hiking over glaciers. I love anything that flies and thoroughly enjoy spending a day at the Highland Games or a renaissance fair.
 
History is another passion of mine, something any of my teachers back in high school would have found unbelievable. Memorizing dates and names never inspired me, but then I discovered historical novels where the names my teachers wanted me to remember suddenly became living, interesting people with stories to tell that I wanted to hear. I love visiting historical sites and always come home with dozens of photos which I keep promising to put in an album someday. I moved to St Augustine for a lot of reasons: it's warm here all year, it's on the ocean and I live on a barrier island with the beach in sight, but it's also the oldest city in North America which means it's just full of history. (We will be celebrating our 450th birthday in 2015.) I also enjoy getting dressed out in Spanish (or English depending on the era) colonial garb and participating in the many historical re-enactments that go on in this wondeful little city.

   

 

As for my writing, that's an adventure, too. The stories just need telling and sometimes my characters tell me what's going to happen instead of the other way around. During my time in the Peace Corps a number of essays about life and work in a different culture appeared in my local paper. You can read them under my Peace Corps tab. I've written several novels and made my first sale to Wing-Press - Whatever It Takes came out in June 2012. Bell Bridge Books released the first two books in my new Contemporary Romance series The Camerons of Tides Way - Falling for Zoe in April 2014 and Loving Meg in August. Early in 2015 Loving Ben, a Tide's Way short story will be released, then book #3, Trusting Will in April and a second short, The Wager. I've also written historical romance, time travel, and women's fiction.

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    Skye Taylor
    St Augustine, Florida
    skye@skye-writer.com

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