Meet the Artist: Writer Taylor Brown, Author of "In the Season of Blood and Gold"
Taylor Brown’s debut collection of short fiction came out in May of last year. In the Season of Blood and Gold, published by Press 53, includes twelve stories of dynamic characters and timeless landscapes. From alligator wrestlers, to Confederate soldiers, and a tattooed artist exploring the map to her heart and to her mother’s, the stories are impressive.
Writer Charles Dodd has said of the collection, “With ferocious economy and a great big heart, Taylor Brown writes one of the best debuts I’ve ever picked up. These are stories, verses, meditations, and accusations, everything in short you could hope to get from important fiction. This work demands your attention.”
In the Season of Blood and Gold was recently a finalist for the 2015 International Book Award (Fiction: Short Story). Fans of Taylor's writing can look forward to his first novel, Fallen Land, which will be released in January of 2016 by St. Martin's Press. Fun fact: the first chapter of the novel is the title story of In the Season of Blood and Gold. The novel tells the tale of two orphans on the run from Confederate guerillas near the end of the Civil War.
Taylor Brown stopped by WFDD to discuss his process and propensity towards writing about the South.