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 thirty-five trying to get published.

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A life of activism is the inspiration for my writing. My novels, short stories, and poetry reflect the years I spent fighting for civil rights and women’s health as well as managing political campaigns. The experiences I had and the courageous women and men I met became the raw material for character; their dilemmas helped me outline plots and there was always romance!


These passions kept me from exploring a literary career which had begun with producing scripts for local Children’s Television. Finally, when I took over a family business, and had free evenings, I returned to school and began to write seriously.


A graduate of Southern Methodist University, I also 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. Several of my short stories and poems have won various literary awards.

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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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