Roger Ewing Taylor grew up in Holliston, Massachusetts. Always a lover of nature and the outdoors, he spent much of his childhood playing in the forests and glades of New England which has been the setting for most of his books.
The Last White Faerie is a young adult series that takes place in rural Vermont. Book I, Menace of the Witch Queens describes how a young, adolescent girl faerie named Daphne learns that she is the chosen champion to defend humans and faeries against the rise of evil which begins with the witch queens. Daphne’s adventures continue in book II, Tales from the Faerie Kingdom which will be available in early 2016. The first five chapters of Menace of the Witch Queens and the first tale from Tales from the Faerie Kingdom are both available on this site.
Birchwood is a novel of magical realism that takes place in suburban Maine. A mysterious giant of a man with no memory or past appears in the small town of Birchwood, Maine. He immediately meets thirteen-year-old Mary Whitney who hasn’t spoken a word in more than a year. Who is this visitor? Why are some people frightened of him? What key does he hold to the mysteries enveloping this community?Vain, shallow characters dominate the town’s social structure. Mary’s mother has spent a lifetime in the grip of alcoholism. Mary’s father is seldom at home. Albert Hicks, an overweight deputy, suffers from feelings of inadequacy. Robin Cohen, Mary’s new schoolteacher, harbors feelings of separation and isolation. The town’s sheriff, Louis Cranston, struggles with his own inner demons of guilt and loss that reach back to his early childhood. These are only collateral symptoms of the darkest secret of all that’s locked behind the silence of a young girl.The key to the mystery may rest with the body of a murdered man found on the shores of the black lake from which the stranger appeared. The fate of a girl, a town, the world, and perhaps heaven itself are entwined within the dark secret that lies at the heart of Birchwood.
Source of the Nile takes place in New Hampshire. As a dark winter of despair seems to close in on the world. . . Nine-year-old Diana Cerchier has decided to go on an adventure. She wants to follow the brook behind her house back to its source. Inspired by her own spirit of adventure as well as the legends of past explorers who sought the source of the mighty Nile, she begins her quest on a late autumn day. Diana’s journey will take her through wonders and perils that reflect an all too fallen humanity that has lost touch with the source and the light. And so as the darkness descends, the last hope for the world lies in one little girl. To save the world, she must find the Source.
Aside from his novels, Roger Ewing Taylor has also written a memoir, Notes from the Element, about his travels cross country in America and Canada and his experiences in our national parks. All of Roger Ewing Taylor’s books are available through our e-store.
Roger Ewing Taylor currently resides in Los Angeles where he teaches at a public middle school. He is a seventeen year veteran teacher who has been trained extensively in Common Core strategies.