About Mary Ellen Taylor
A southerner by birth, Mary Ellen Taylor’s love of her home state, Virginia, and its past is evident in her contemporary women’s fiction, from The Union Street Bakery to Sweet Expectations, At the Corner of King Street, and The View from Prince Street to her latest, Winter Cottage, which debuts September 25th. Her protagonists, like so many people, search for their place in the world, exploring issues of family, home and belonging. Inevitably, Mary Ellen’s stories intertwine with those of the places in which they’re set, and the mysteries at their cores span past and present.
Born in Richmond, Mary Ellen has spent most of her life there. She grew up in a family that loves stories of all kinds, from a well-told anecdote to a good yarn or a tall tale. It may have been inevitable that she would embrace her storytelling heritage, walk away from her job and challenge herself to become a published author.
“I realized early on the tremendous power stories have to inspire laughter, love, sorrow and even fear. It didn’t matter if they were found in the pages of a book, spoken in hushed tones around a campfire, or shared at an old-fashioned family reunion. Stories create connections, and I knew that’s what I wanted to do,” says Mary Ellen.
Along with writing, cooking and baking are important creative outlets for Mary Ellen, who’s been known to name recipes in honor of her characters. Just a few years ago, she earned her Baking and Pastry Arts Certificate at the University of Richmond’s Culinary Arts Program. “In some ways, I liken baking to my efforts as a writer. You need to learn the basic tools of the trade before you can push the envelope and create a distinctive sweet dessert or savory novel.” Her two passions —writing and baking—merged for the first time in The Union Street Bakery. Ever since then, she’s been slipping favorite recipes into her novels.
In addition to women’s fiction, Mary Ellen is known nationally as the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of suspense suspense novelist Mary Burton.
Mary Ellen and her husband spend time alternately enjoying and lamenting their empty nest and spoiling their miniature dachshunds, Buddy, Bella and Tiki.