Taylor Morris: A Self Portrait
Taylor Morris Revealed
About Taylor Morris
Previous occupations:friendly dry cleaning assistant who couldn't count back change; world's worst waitress who learned to count back change but always forgot to submit food orders; happy but intimidated assistant editor at a teen magazine
Favorite job:My favorite past job was definitely working at Jump magazine--for girls who dared to be real!
High school and/or college:I went to Martin High School in Arlington, TX and college at Emerson College in Boston, MA.
Name of your favorite composer or music artist?:Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, and I'm not saying that to be snobby. It's the coolest piece of so-called classical music you'll ever hear. It's like hardcore rock for violins and cellos.
Favorite movie:One favorite movie? Please. But I love Gone With the Wind. And The Breakfast Club. And Amadeus. And The Princess Bride...
- Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
- A. Reading, writing, and traveling make me very happy.
- Q. What is your motto or maxim?
- A. You'd be surprised what you can get in life just by asking.
- Q. What’s your greatest fear?
- A. One of my biggest fears is disappointing my editor and never getting to write again!
- Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
- A. Right this second, I'm in New York City and frankly don't want to be anywhere else. Tomorrow, though, I might wish for Berlin. Or Paris. Or Santorini.
- Q. Which living person do you most admire?
- A. Admire/jealous. Same thing, right? I'm insanely jealous of Meg Cabot and Sarah Dessen and wish I was just like them. You know, a hugely successful author?
- Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
- A. "You know?"
- Q. What do you regret most?
- A. Throwing out my high school diaries just before graduation. I thought they were stupid.
- Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
- A. The ability to write an instant best seller. Or to be a stellar photographer.
- Q. What is your greatest achievement?
- A. Getting published, for sure! There's so much competition and talent out there, and I really believe it takes talent with a healthy dash of luck to get published.
- Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
- A. My insecurity. It's based on nothing and can be debilitating.
- Q. What’s your best quality?
- A. You're asking a girl who has a major case of insecurity to tell you her best quality??
- Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
- A. Scarlett O'Hara. Shrewd, but awesome.
- Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
- A. Chuck Bass. Sleaze will never be the same.
- Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
- A. Inappropriate profile pictures.
- Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
- A. Official World Traveler
- Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
- A. Soloist at American Ballet Theater
- Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
- A. Pizza--I'm never not in the mood for pizza. Or Mexican food.
On Books and Writing
- Q. Who are your favorite authors?
- A. Here we go: Meg Cabot, Maureen Johnson, Sarah Dessen, Rachel Cohn
- Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
- A. Of all time?? Impossible. How about of this week? Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah Girl at Sea by Maureen Johnson Cures For a Heartbreak by Margo Rabb
- Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
- A. Gone With the Wind--gets better every time.
- Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
- A. Write lots and often; rinse and repeat.
- Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
- A. Is that you on the cover of your book?