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WELCOME AUTHOR TAYLOR BENNETT
5/5/2018 1:40:00 AM by: Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK:  Porch Swing Girl

AUTHOR:  Taylor Bennett

PUBLISHER:  Mountain Brook Ink

GENRE:  Contemporary YA

SERIES OR STAND ALONE:  Series

TARGET AGE:  12-18

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR TAYLOR BENNETT TO PATTI’S PORCH. THIS TEEN AUTHOR TALKS ABOUT GOD’S PLAN FOR THE PUBLICATION OF HER DEBUT NOVEL.

 

NO COINCIDENCE

 

by

 

Taylor Bennett

 

They say the Lord works in mysterious ways and I believe that. As I’ve traveled the road to publication, I’ve found that God truly does work things for good—usually in a way that I could never have dreamed of.

 

When I first began to pursue publication for my debut novel, Porch Swing Girl, I chose to query publishers who would be at a writer’s conference I was attending later that summer. Choosing to take advantage of that conference’s “advance submission” opportunity, I eagerly drafted a query and pulled together my synopsis and sample chapters.

 

Then I had to choose who to send it to—I could only query three editors.

 

Two of my dream publishing companies happened to be attending, as well as several other editors and agents who were interested in YA fiction. I could take my pick. And, for whatever reason, I decided on Mountain Brook Ink, a fledgling company with only a handful of YA titles under its belt.

 

It was a random guess, a wild-card choice.

 

And Mountain Brook Ink was the only publisher to touch it.

 

But touch it, they did—and I ended up with a three-book contract!! It was completely unexpected. It wasn’t what I’d dreamt of. But working with Miralee Ferrell, my editor, has been nothing short of amazing. She has helped me so much throughout my journey and I’m a much better writer because of her individualized attention during the editing process.

 

The entire experience reminded me of just how much God cares for His children—how He has each of our days planned out perfectly. I never could have imagined that I would find a publisher that I “fit” with quite like I do with Mountain Brook Ink. I’m proud and honored to be one of their authors, and I very much look forward to publishing even more books with them.

 

Porch Swing Girl back cover copy:

What if friendship cost you everything?

Stranded in Hawaii after the death of her mother, sixteen-year-old Olive Galloway is desperate to escape. She has to get back to Boston before her dad loses all common sense and sells the family house. But plane tickets cost money—something Olive gravely lacks.

With the help of Brander, the fussy youth group worship leader, and Jazz, a mysterious girl with a passion for all things Hawaiian, Olive lands a summer job at the Shave Ice Shack and launches a scheme to buy a plane ticket home before the end of the summer.

But when Jazz reveals a painful secret, Olive’s plans are challenged. Jazz needs money. A lot of it. Olive and Brander are determined to help their friend but, when their fundraising efforts are thwarted, Olive is caught in the middle. To help Jazz means giving up her ticket home. And time is running out.

 

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Homeschooled since kindergarten, Taylor Bennett is the seventeen-year-old author of Porch Swing Girl, which was released by Mountain Brook Ink on May 1st. When she’s not reading or writing, Taylor can be found playing her violin or taking walks in the beautiful Oregon countryside. She loves to connect with readers online:

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Comments

Taylor Bennett From Oregon At 5/11/2018 2:56:41 PM

Kim and Vivian—thank you both for your sweet comments!! I appreciate both of them more than you know.

Taylor Bennett From Oregon At 5/11/2018 2:55:27 PM

Pat, you are too sweet! I truly hope you enjoy Porch Swing Girl :)

Pat Zabriskie From Buckeye, AZ 85326 At 5/8/2018 6:09:07 PM

Can I adopt Taylor as a granddaughter? I love her breezy, friendly voice. I'm 80 and I read YA! Your book blurb took me right in. I want to know how Olive gets home. Keep writing, the world needs some sweetness.

Kim From Griffin Georgia At 5/5/2018 9:46:50 AM

May God continue to bless you and inspire you!

Vivian Furbay From Colorado At 5/5/2018 5:13:56 AM

Sounds like a good story and finding out what jazz's need is and what happens.

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1/17/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

What Did You Mean By That?
1/14/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Wildlife Video
1/10/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

My Best Reads of 2013
1/8/2014 1:28:40 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Dumbest Kid in School
1/3/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Good-bye to 2013
1/1/2014 1:35:09 AM  by: Patti Shene

Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
12/22/2013 7:00:40 PM  by: Patti Shene

One Spectacular Christmas Display
12/19/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Where are You Going This Advent Season?
11/29/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Shared Experience
11/24/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Facing the Monster
10/25/2013 12:46:47 AM  by: Patti Shene

Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
9/27/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I'll Be Happy When...
5/14/2013 11:49:55 PM  by: Patti Shene

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
5/5/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I Can't Do This!
5/2/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

BREAKING THE RULES
4/28/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
4/21/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vulnerability to Fear
4/17/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Faith and Fear
4/15/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Those Temporary Interruptions
2/21/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
2/7/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Starsongs Giveaway Contest
2/3/2013 2:04:28 AM  by: Patti Shene

Taking Stock
1/30/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Janet K Brown
1/26/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Winter - Bah Humbug!
1/22/2013 10:18:37 PM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
1/19/2013 10:35:41 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
1/16/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
1/12/2013 4:00:39 PM  by: Patti Shene

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
1/9/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The last Day of the Christmas Season
1/5/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Accountability in the Extreme
1/2/2013 12:38:47 AM  by: Patti Shene

The day after Christmas
12/26/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
12/22/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
12/19/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
12/15/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
12/12/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
12/8/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

News From Nashville & Beyond
12/4/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
11/13/2012 2:10:37 PM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Home!
11/13/2012 2:00:24 PM  by: Patti Shene

Confessions of a first book editor
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Going Home
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

GPCWC in Restospect
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene