About Barbara J. Taylor

Born and raised in Scranton, PA, Barbara J. Taylor sets her novels in the hometown she loves and fills them with miners, evangelists, vaudevillians, nuns, gangsters, prostitutes, widows, musicians, dreamers, and a seer or two. Publishers Weekly named her first book, Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night, a “Best Book of Summer, 2014,” and described her sequel, All Waiting Is Long, as “Suspenseful,” with “… startling plot twists,” and “… a breathtaking ending.” Her latest novel, Rain Breaks No Bones, is the final installment in her Scranton trilogy.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Taylor taught English in the Pocono Mountain School District where she encouraged her students to read great works and create their own. In the latter part of her teaching career, she earned her MFA in creative writing from Wilkes University.

Taylor can usually be found with a notebook in hand and a pencil behind her ear, her way of telling the muse, “I’m ready when you are.”

Barbara J. Taylor