Janet Taliaferro

Novelist, Poet, Short Story Writer & Activist

I spent the first fifty years of my life trying not to be a writer and the next twenty-five trying to get published.


I write novels, poetry, and short stories. In broad-brush terms, I have written about alcohol and drug addiction, and more importantly, recovery and the influence of twelve-step programs, incest, racial and religious tolerance, abortion, and war.

In previous lives, I was a political activist and business owner and have remained an avid Planned Parenthood supporter over the years. I graduated from Southern Methodist University and hold a Master’s Degree in Creative Studies from the University of Central Oklahoma, where I received the Geoffrey Bocca Memorial Award for graduate writing.


virgin hill

Sheila O’Connor, Brooklyn born and convent educated, leaves the East Coast for her freshman year at college at Southern Methodist University. Her three suite mates are familiar with what is an alien world to her. But Sheila has her own secrets, which will affect all of them before the year is out and continue to echo even when the women meet for a 13th reunion.

A collection of short stories set in different urban landscapes. The stories deal with everything from day-to-day challenges to life-changing situations. Most of the stories have a twist in the plot.

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