Taylor Martin -Editor
My name is Taylor Martin, your possible editor. If you choose.
Let me tell you a little about myself.
As a young child I was a voracious reader, I would bring my books to read during dinner, and was often yelled at for reading under the covers with a flashlight instead of sleeping. As with most children, I adored fairy tales and devoured as many of them as I could get my hands on. Of course, as I grew a bit older I found I enjoyed books with a bit more subversion and darkness than was available to me in the children’s section, and began to venture into the world of classics such as those by Dickens, William Makepeace Thakeray, and Oscar Wilde. As I’ve grown even older I find that I really love the Interesting stories happening in the YA genre, particularly those with a dystopian aspect, as well as fantasy, and a bit of sci-fi. But above all, I am most attracted to stories having to do with fairy tales, or are fairytale like.
I believe fairy tales are extremely important for developing our childhood psyche. In the beginning they give us examples of right and wrong, and in the end justice is served. I think this allows us to have hope that the real world can operate this way too. I believe that fairytales open the door to the imagination and allow us to believe that any impossible thing could happen if you are just at the right place at the right time.
Of course, as a woman, feminism is also very important to me, and I definitely gravitate more towards literature that is clearly influenced by those ideals. The world is definitely in need of more women’s stories, particularly BIPOC stories, and I am always interested in hearing more of them and bringing awareness to them.
In addition to my love of reading I grew up in a very musical family, and so developed a love of singing, and performing. In less pandemic times I enjoy performing musical theatre, jazz, and classical songs for the community. Something I hope to get back to as soon as it is safe to do so.
I live in Glendale, Arizona, and often suffer the unbearable heat with my husband and wild child.
I received my BFA from ASU in the winter of 2007, and almost immediately afterward the economy crashed. This may have led me down paths different from the ones I thought I would take, but I think I have ended up in the right place nonetheless.
I have worked with the author Jennifer Grym, and Little Off Center Press for the past 10 years. Which has been wonderful, because I get to read all of her work first!