Booker T. Dozier Recreation Complex, 2025 Middlebelt Rd. Inkster, MI 48141
Saturday, September 17, 2011
12:00pm to 4:30pm
The Josie Odum Morris Literacy Project (JOMLP) is excited to bring you interviews with authors who are reshaping the literary world and our local community. Each week we will profile and interview one new author and artist who will perform at our upcoming Literacy Day Extravaganza.
We hope you get inspired!
To learn more about Debbie Taylor, visit http://www.leeandlow.com
The Josie Odum Morris Literacy Project, Inc.
P.O. Box 74
Inkster, Michigan 48141
Debbie Taylor, a native of Columbus Ohio, resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She attended Ohio Dominican College and holds degrees from Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State University. Her short stories for children appear in magazines including Cricket, Spider, New Moon and Pockets. Themes of her stories include the value of family and the importance of community. Her resourceful young heroes and heroines have found favor with nationwide audiences. Her first picture book, Sweet Music in Harlem, inspired by Art Kane's famous 1958 photograph of jazz musicians, was published by Lee and Low in 2004.
JOMLP: Who inspired you to pick up your first book?
Debbie Taylor: My mother inspired me to pick up my first book. It was surely my mother, Rosetta Harris, who first thrust a book in my hand.
JOMLP: What is your favorite book/author(s) and why?
Debbie Taylor: My favorite books include SNOWFLAKE BENTLEY, GALIMOTO, UNDERSTOOD BETSY, RAISING DRAGONS, ACROSS FIVE APRILS and A BAND OF ANGELS. They transport me to different realms.
JOMLP: When did you decide to become a writer? Why do you write?
Debbie Taylor: I decided to seek publication twenty years ago. I write because I have a passion to share stories that touch readers or listeners.