“Paths to Publishing” Series | Interview with Sam Taylor

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Author Bio: “Sam Taylor grew up in Arizona’s desert and now lives among Connecticut’s trees. She writes fantasy novels for teenagers, and magic is always at the heart of her stories. (What world isn’t better with a bit of magic?) For her writing, Sam has won the Tassy Walden Award for New Voices in Children’s Literature and twice received the Young Adult Romance Writers of America Rosemary Award. She’s worked as a proofreader, copywriter, and instructor of university writing courses before deciding to write her own books. We Are the Fire is her debut novel. When she’s not writing, Sam spends her time being mom to the world’s cutest boys, whirling through dance workouts, and baking too many cakes. She does not possess fire magic, but does have one fire-colored cat.” (Bio and headshot from the author’s website.) 

Website: https://www.samtaylorwrites.com/

Twitter: @jsamtaylor

Instagram: @jsamtaylorauthor


“Paths to Publishing” is a new interview mini-series from Pine Reads Review. Join Hannah Miller and Wendy Waltrip as they chat with industry professionals from all backgrounds about the various ways to break into the literary world. Keep an eye on our website and social media for more updates on this ambitious project! Our next interviewee is the fabulous author-agent Miranda Paul, whose video will be posting on Friday, March 12th. 

A huge thank you to Sam Taylor for the following interview where she chats about her non-traditional journey as an author, how to build epic fantasy worlds, her debut novel We Are the Fire (out now from Swoon Reads), and more! Read our review of this fiery YA fantasy here

PRR Assistant Directors, Hannah Miller and Wendy Waltrip 

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