Patti's Porch

WELCOME AUTHOR TAYLOR BENNETT
Saturday, May 5, 2018 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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DINOSAURS AND THE BIBLE
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WELCOME AUTHOR GINA WELBORN
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POINT TO POINT TO POINT
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FOUR
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WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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BY THE NUMBERS
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WELCOME AUTHOR ADA BROWNELL
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WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART THREE
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WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA DeMARINO
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SITTING IDLE
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It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
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WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
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WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
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AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
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WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
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UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
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REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
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AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
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SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
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WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
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MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
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PLAY BALL!
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JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
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ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
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THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
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HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
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HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
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WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
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INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
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WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
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INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
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Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
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Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
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Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
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What We Can Learn From the Olympics
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Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
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Baby, It's Cold Outside!
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A Matter of Perspective
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Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
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Monopoly!
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welcome author Cheri Swalwell
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What Did You Mean By That?
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Wildlife Video
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My Best Reads of 2013
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The Dumbest Kid in School
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Good-bye to 2013
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Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
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One Spectacular Christmas Display
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Where are You Going This Advent Season?
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Shared Experience
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Facing the Monster
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Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
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I'll Be Happy When...
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Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
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I Can't Do This!
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5/5/2018

BREAKING THE RULES
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5/5/2018

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
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Vulnerability to Fear
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Faith and Fear
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Those Temporary Interruptions
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Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
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Starsongs Giveaway Contest
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Taking Stock
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Welcome Author Janet K Brown
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Winter - Bah Humbug!
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Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
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Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
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Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
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Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
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The last Day of the Christmas Season
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Accountability in the Extreme
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The day after Christmas
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It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
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The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
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Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
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Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
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The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
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News From Nashville & Beyond
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Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
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Welcome Home!
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Confessions of a first book editor
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Going Home
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GPCWC in Restospect
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Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
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I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
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Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
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An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
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Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
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