Taylor Reynolds writes hot, contemporary romance that often features active military or veteran characters. She is a native Californian who currently lives in Northern Virginia with a dog and a cat.
Seriously, who doesn't love Glamour Shots?
Though most of my childhood was spent in Northern California, I've lived or traveled all over the US, Europe and beyond in my 30-some years due to my military service and the insatiable desire to go somewhere new all the time.
My professional experience has run the gamut from restaurant server and cruise reservations supervisor, to corporate recruiter and deployed site manager. I spent five and a half years in the US Army as an Arabic linguist, which has afforded me plot ideas and scenes for scads of future stories.
Books and travel are two of my most favoritist things, along with making up words (see: favoritist), delicious food, sarcasm, and learning. Happily, I've found it pretty easy to combine all those things into fantastic vacations and adventures.
I'm that crazy dog lady you've heard about, and because I don't want that title from the strangers who live in the neighborhood, I try to keep my pack relatively small. Right now I have one Shiloh Shepherd and one cat, but there are always plans to expand the little menagerie in the next few years. If you want to see Arrow's fluffy face more often, you can follow her and Carlos el Gato on their Facebook page.
I started writing young and finished my first manuscript when I was about 12 years old. In the story, two friends go horseback riding, drink some creek water, and end up transported 100 years into the past. I'm sure there was a plot, though I have no idea at this point what it was. I do remember that somehow the CIA was involved at the end of it all. Because of course.
I don't remember exactly which novel was my first romance, but I do remember finding my mom's books around the house when I was around 12. I guess I was finally ready to move on from the Black Stallion series but not quite ready for Stephen King yet. I'm pretty sure a Kathleen Woodiwiss novel was my first historical - maybe The Flame and the Flower or Ashes in the Wind. And Shanna is still on my keeper shelf.
I also recall two series books - a Harlequin called Rain of Diamonds by Anne Weale, and a Silhouette with a title I simply can't remember. I'm pretty sure it was a Special Edition, it was set in Houston, the heroine was an interior designer who redid the hero's house, the hero had a ranch in East Texas where they "camped" in a little trailer, naugahyde was mentioned at some point, dressing casually in jeans seemed almost beyond the heroine's ability to be not-uptight, and they hung out at Mickey Gilley's bar...or maybe they saw him perform in a bar...or maybe they just heard one of his songs in a bar. If you recognize that book, lemme know!
For a long time I absolutely refused to read a Nora Roberts book because I'd tried multiple Danielle Steel books and didn't like them...so I assumed I wouldn't like all best sellers. I maybe wasn't the most logical teen. But I finally picked up Honest Illusions and that was it. I was hooked. I've been a voracious romance reader ever since. And I've been honored to meet La Nora Herself in person several times since then!
The unofficial unbio
And here is my list of favorite stuff...
Books: All of them. Seriously. You can't ask a bibliophile to pick a favorite book. Outside of romance, I'll devour anything Bill Bryson writes - he could rewrite the dictionary and I would read it front to back. Nelson deMille is wonderfully sarcastic. Mark Bowden creates gripping stories from current events. And I'm happy to read anything about linguistics and language as well as canine behavior and training ('cause of the crazy-dog-ladyness mentioned above).
Music: I like a little bit of everything. I can listen to Bach's Cello Suites on repeat forever and the only artist I've seen in concert more than once (three times so far) is Jason Mraz. Other faves include Linkin Park, Rob Thomas, Three Doors Down, One Republic, Beastie Boys, Bruno Mars, Adele, Justin Timberlake, Ludacris, Jay-Z, Ed Sheeran, Three Days Grace and club music (dubstep, electronica, house, etc) in general.
Movies: My taste in movies is completely opposite of my taste in books. Things I read I would never want to watch on the big screen, and the movies I love I cannot imagine reading. I crack up at the comedy of guys like Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, and Jonah Hill. Monty Python and the Holy Grail is classic. The Bourne movies are always at the top of my list, as is anything with Leonardo Dicaprio or Denzel Washington. Though romance isn't my preferred genre in cinema, who can resist Love Actually? In general, I really like ambiguous endings (Inception was great for that with the spinning top), not-happy endings (Drive) or even when a main character is killed off, and I'm always ecstatic when a contrived romance isn't forced into a movie plot. I adore action movies like Taken, The Italian Job, Wanted and Man on Fire with no romantic elements.