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TAYLOR STEVENS is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Vanessa Michael Munroe series. Published in over twenty languages and optioned for film by James Cameron's production company, Lightstorm Entertainment, the books are international boots-on-the-ground thrillers featuring a mercenary information hunter in a non-testosterone mix of Jason Bourne and Jack Reacher.

Stevens came to writing fiction late. Born into an apocalyptic cult, separated from her family at age twelve and denied an education beyond sixth grade, she lived on three continents and in a dozen countries before she turned fourteen. In place of schooling, the majority of her adolescence was spent begging on city streets at the behest
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Taylor Stevens It's possible... maybe one day. But I've always felt that the story of what happened throughout my childhood was bigger than just my own personal…moreIt's possible... maybe one day. But I've always felt that the story of what happened throughout my childhood was bigger than just my own personal experiences, which is why I wrote THE INNOCENT (Munroe #2).

Without a doubt, THE INNOCENT is fiction--all of the characters are made up and the story line itself is also made up. But, everything that happens in that book plot-wise as it pertains to the cult is a fictionalized account of something similar that happened to someone(s) [not necessarily me] in real life. The scenes inside the "havens," the beliefs, the lifestyle and sequestration, the way the characters think and behave, were as close to real life as I could make them within this genre-defined, word count-limited, fictional format and is the best answer I can give to those who ask what it was like for me growing up.

So I'm not saying I'll *never* write a memoir, but for now, THE INNOCENT is out there to fill in the blanks. :) (less)
Taylor Stevens Great question, Christine! I've got a few more in my head and would love to get them into book form but, ultimately, whether it happens or not will…moreGreat question, Christine! I've got a few more in my head and would love to get them into book form but, ultimately, whether it happens or not will depend entirely on readers who want to see Munroe again. :) Getting exposure for this series, especially as it progresses, has become increasingly difficult. The series needs sales to stay alive, but people can only buy books that they know exist and that's where reader support becomes so important. I'm incredibly grateful for all of the enthusiasm and tell-a-friend excitement that has gotten us this far. I've got my fingers crossed for more to come :)(less)
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“This doll-guy situation is an extreme of what I deal with in everyday life, where men believe that what they want I want, and they project that on to me and then blame me, curse me, when I don’t respond the way they’ve fantasized, like it’s some personal attack on them, like they’re entitled to something. Doll guy and dog guy and rape guy, the dangerous ones, they just go a step further and take it anyway. Then they blame you and the way you look for what they did. What’s worse is that a lot of the time, society blames you, too.”
Taylor Stevens, The Doll

“Lumani had never managed a failed delivery because, in the end, no matter how skilled or how hard they fought back, pressure applied in the right places caused even the strongest men to fracture.
But this one? He'd watched her. Studied her. Observed what maybe even Uncle, the reader of people, had missed. This one was already fractured, and the lines between her broken pieces were not fissures but scar material stronger than whatever had once filled those spaces.”
Taylor Stevens, The Doll

“But people like the doll guy who sells women and the dog guy who buys women, and other guys who, say, rape women, or maybe don’t go as far as violent rape but treat women like objects instead of people—sure, there’s a difference in the level of crime, but it’s all the same thing, where women become a canvas for throwing emotional baggage, Jackson Pollock style.”
Taylor Stevens, The Doll

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Taylor Stevens I'm so excited that THE VESSEL, a Munroe Novella, has become a reality. Out of all the Munroe stories, this one is my favorite.

Tying up a loose end from THE DOLL (but completely plot contained and without spoilers so anyone can jump right in) Munroe goes full blown predator. It's pretty raw and brutal and, because the story moves along so fast, this quarter-length book still packs a full-book wallop.

I wrote THE VESSEL as a personal side project, so I wasn't really sure what would end up happening with it, but this sucker just went live in eBook format for .99 (don't know how long that price will remain.)

Can't wait to hear what you think about it! June 10th! :D ... https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...


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Taylor Stevens If you love Munroe and feel more readers should discover this series, the Goodreads Choice Awards allows for write-in entries ;) If you go down to the bottom of the page for the write-in part, and type "The Doll by Taylor Stevens" and it should allow you to click the title for your vote.


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Taylor Stevens Thank you so much, Yetunde, that means the world to me! Not everyone gets Munroe, so it's really wonderful connecting with those who do :) ... the next book, THE INNOCENT, is very different from the first. It's far more personal, and more cerebral than "edge of the knife," although there's action there, too. But if what you enjoyed about INFORMATIONIST was Michael Munroe, then I think you'll enjoy the second one just as much, if not more, than the first one. And now the third one is just around the corner, too. Whew! :)

Yetunde wrote: "Hi Taylor:

I just wanted to tell you how much I adore Vanessa/Michael. I've only read The Informationist, but for me she is right up there with my top favorite thriller stars; Lincoln Rhyme/Amelia..."



Yetunde Hi Taylor:

I just wanted to tell you how much I adore Vanessa/Michael. I've only read The Informationist, but for me she is right up there with my top favorite thriller stars; Lincoln Rhyme/Amelia Sachs and Lucas Davenport.


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Gally Taylor wrote: Well, for what it's worth, even authors who are bestsellers (read: me!) still feel those same things :) One book I found...

Thanks for pointing me to your blog and The Artist's Way, and also for being so nice and accessible :] I recently began wandering Goodreads and author blogs for writing tips and book recommendations, but so many authors just use Facebook (can't stand that thing) and they rarely respond. So I think your blog and email newsletter are a great idea, the most personal way of online communication. I'm definitely going to read the articles under the "Writing" tab of your site too!


Taylor Stevens Gally wrote: "Taylor wrote: Thank you SO MUCH for the compliments! Giving writing advice is so difficult for me because I feel like most of the time I'm just winging it. Without having taken writing classes or c..."

Well, for what it's worth, even authors who are bestsellers (read: me!) still feel those same things :) One book I found very helpful for creativity was "The Artists Way." Also, I do write about the business of writing and about my journey and I get a lot of feedback from aspiring authors that it is helpful to them. You can get to it at: www.taylorstevensbooks.com/connect.php


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Gally Taylor wrote: Thank you SO MUCH for the compliments! Giving writing advice is so difficult for me because I feel like most of the time I'm just winging it. Without having taken writing classes or courses, I do it on gut instinct and mostly it's by "feel".

Actually, that sounds like great advice, thank you! My "creative well" has been dry for a long time and I didn't realize why until recently: I'm so worried about getting published one day that it's keeping me from enjoying writing. I worry that my writing is unrefined, that no one will be interested in my story or characters, that I'm just lacking something inside professional writers have. But that's no way to live. I gotta follow my gut instinct and just WRITE. Okay, I'm going to type "GUT INSTINCT" in big bad bold letters on top of my manuscript so it's the first thing I see when I open the file ;]


Taylor Stevens Gally wrote: "This news just made my day! Thanks for giving us a heads up, I can't wait to read The Doll. Michael is one of the most complex, intriguing, badass characters I've read. I'm also impressed by how..."

Thank you SO MUCH for the compliments! Giving writing advice is so difficult for me because I feel like most of the time I'm just winging it. Without having taken writing classes or courses, I do it on gut instinct and mostly it's by "feel".


Taylor Stevens Zoë wrote: "Hi Taylor

Thanks for Friending me here. I'm so looking forward to our panel at Bouchercon next month. It seems to be creeping up rapidly!"


I know, right!? Just flying upon us! See you soon :)


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Zoë Sharp Hi Taylor

Thanks for Friending me here. I'm so looking forward to our panel at Bouchercon next month. It seems to be creeping up rapidly!


message 2: by Gally

Gally This news just made my day! Thanks for giving us a heads up, I can't wait to read The Doll. Michael is one of the most complex, intriguing, badass characters I've read. I'm also impressed by how quickly your books come out; I know a lot of authors publish something about once a year, but their work seems rushed sometimes and I don't feel that way about your work. Your writing is as sharp and polished as a blade. Any tips on how to write more efficiently?


Taylor Stevens I've never done an update on Goodreads before. Super excited because I just saw that The Doll (Vanessa Michael Munroe #3) with a June 4 release date has finally showed up in the listings. Still no cover artwork posted, but the cover I have is far more than I could have hoped for! :)


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