On Being a Writer AND a Mother

Confession time:

This summer has been a STRUGGLE for me.

For those who will judge me and leave nasty comments, you can stop reading now.  Because I'm being honest here and telling it like it is.  Judgers can go judge somewhere else.

See, I'm a self-published author who, over the last five years, has gained a decent following.  I have dedicated readers, many of them have read all twelve novels I've written, as well as my three short stories.  Many of them write reviews for me, many of them are part of my street team.  I've garnered a good following after five years of being on the market.

But I'm also a mother to two children, ages seven and five.

Finding the balance between the two has always been tricky.

I wrote my first book when my oldest was less than a year old.  I would literally breastfeed her with her little body balanced across my forearms while I typed out words on my laptop.  During nap time I would quietly sneak out of her room and return to my computer and type out words as quickly as I could while she snoozed.

The first book I ever published was written during the exact length of my pregnancy with my second child.  My self-imposed "finish by" date was a week before my due date.  Repeat the same process with child one, only my nap time windows were more spastic and varied.

And life continued.  I played with my toddler and infant, and then with my two toddlers, seeing as my children are less than two years apart.  And then gradually they moved up into preschool and I was so very grateful for year round preschool so they could go and play and learn in the summer and I had three hours a day, three days a week to keep spinning stories, and eventually start earning an income that helped support our family, and then I could play with my children and have a blast and have balance and not stress that I was neglecting one or the other.  Because we found a great routine that worked beautifully for our family.

But then something happened.  My kids got older.  My oldest just finished first grade and my youngest just finished his last year of preschool, and there's no more year round because now we're living in two places (I won't go into this too much, but we live on Orcas Island, WA in the summer, and in Utah during the school year).

Last summer (2014) was insane.  I wrote like you wouldn't believe.  How else would I have written and published four books in less than one year?  And I felt guilty because I was working all summer instead of playing.

Finding balance is difficult when you're a working mother.

So this summer, I vowed that I wouldn't work so much.  I was going to take time to go on adventures with my kids.  We'd go to the lake and the beach, and take hikes.  And we've done all that.  It's been a blast.  There's been loads of sunscreen, and sand everywhere in my car all the time, and a constant rotation of towels through the wash, and frogs, and so much laughter.

But it's been stressful for me.

Because there is a direct tie to the number of hours I put in working on writing and marketing and how much money I make.  If I take a few days off, I see a dip.  Direct.  Cut.  Dry.

Because get this: there are around 2,000 books published EVERY DAY.  That's over 700,000 books in one year. 

Not kidding.  I did some research on this today.  The numbers vary because it's difficult to track everything with self-publishing, re-prints, public domain works, etc.  I was finding sources that said anywhere from 800-5,000 per day, but the most reliable one I found works out to be 2,000 EVERY DAY.

So as you can see, the competition to be found and READ is fierce.  That's a lot of product in a market that is constantly changing, dropping, climbing, swerving in how many people are reading.  Reading avidly.  Finding the time to read.  Actually reading the books they one-click.

I feel it.  Every hour I'm not working.  I feel myself being buried.  I feel like I'm losing ground, that ground I've spent the past five years building.  The pressure to produce more and more and faster and faster is huge.

Thankfully, I do have a solid foundation underneath me.  Even though it feels like I'm losing it, it really is still there.  Not all, but MOST of those who have been with me from the beginning are going to wait.

And I thank them for it.

Because even though it's hard, even though it sometimes causes my anxiety to peak-taking the time off, being a mother is my most important job.  All the other stuff is going to have to wait.  Because I will never have another summer with these kids while they are seven and five again.

I love it.

I'm Keary Taylor.  I'm a writer, but mostly I'm a mother.  Finding the balance between the two is HARD.  But it's all about perspective and daily reminders in my children's laughter as they grow up every day.  They inspire me every day and it's my job to set an example for the kind of adults they will be someday.

To my kids: I will keep doing the very best I can.  I love you guys infinity.

HOUSE OF ROYALS - Available Today


If you loved BRANDED, you won't want to miss HOUSE OF ROYALS, Keary Taylor's newest dark, romantic read. 

Every town has its history and skeletons, but Silent Bend, Mississippi’s are darker than most. Ruled from the shadows by the House—the immortal Born and their aging, enslaved Bitten—everyone knows not to go out after dark and that the police will never look into crimes involving blood.

Alivia Ryan didn’t know the man who claims to be her father through a will even existed until she inherits the Conrath plantation. Instead of the sleepy house she expects, she finds a mansion and a staff who look at her with fear in their eyes.

Ian Ward tried to kill Alivia the first time they met, and then insisted he train her to defend herself against the House, who he claims will try to manipulate and take her in for their own political reasons. And the growing attraction between them will threaten their lives—Ian is a sworn enemy of the House.

In Silent Bend, people disappear, the threat of a demented King and the legend of his resurrecting Queen hang over everyone’s heads, and proving loyalty means far more than blood. You’d better watch who you trust in this town…


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House of Royals

Every town has its history and skeletons, but Silent Bend, Mississippi’s are darker than most. Ruled from the shadows by the House—the immortal Born and their aging, enslaved Bitten—everyone knows not to go out after dark and that the police will never look into crimes involving blood. 

Alivia Ryan didn’t know the man who claims to be her father through a will even existed until she inherits the Conrath plantation. Instead of the sleepy house she expects, she finds a mansion and a staff who look at her with fear in their eyes. 

Ian Ward tried to kill Alivia the first time they met, and then insisted he train her to defend herself against the House, who he claims will try to manipulate and take her in for their own political reasons. And the growing attraction between them will threaten their lives—Ian is a sworn enemy of the House. 

In Silent Bend, people disappear, the threat of a demented King and the legend of his resurrecting Queen hang over everyone’s heads, and proving loyalty means far more than blood. You’d better watch who you trust in this town…


Coming June 21, 2015

Join Keary's Angels (my street team) and my ARC team!

I have two very exciting announcements to share with you regarding Keary's Angels (my street team) and the launch of an all new ARC Review Team!

✰ Keary's Angels ✰
Keary's Angels (my street team) is going through a facelift! We are now accepting applications for new street team members and will be implementing a point system where you can get freebies just for helping me spread the word.

If you are interested in promoting my work while earning some pretty awesome swag and freebies, you can apply to be part of the team HERE.

✰ ARC Review Team ✰
Announcing the launch of my all new ARC Review Team! As part of this team, you will receive an Advance Reader Copy (ARC) of my releases. In exchange, you are asked to complete and post a review of each book received.

PLEASE NOTE: The ARC Review Team is for Keary’s fans and readers. This team is not intended for bloggers. If you are blogger that wishes to receive ARC’s from Keary in the future, please send an email to kearytaylorassistant@gmail.com.

If you are interested in being a part of the Keary’s ARC Reader Team, please complete the application HERE.

✰✰ Please note: submitting an application for Keary's Angels and/or the ARC Review Team does not guarantee acceptance to either team. All applications will be reviewed and all applicants will be contacted directly in regards to their application.

If you have any questions, please email kearytaylorassistant@gmail.com

HOUSE OF ROYALS - Coming June 21st!


Every town has its history and skeletons, but Silent Bend, Mississippi’s are darker than most. Ruled from the shadows by the House—the immortal Born and their aging, enslaved Bitten—everyone knows not to go out after dark and that the police will never look into crimes involving blood. 

Alivia Ryan didn’t know the man who claims to be her father through a will even existed until she inherits the Conrath plantation. Instead of the sleepy house she expects, she finds a mansion and a staff who look at her with fear in their eyes. 

Ian Ward tried to kill Alivia the first time they meet, and then insisted he train her to defend herself against the House, who he claims will try to manipulate and take her in for their own political reasons. And the growing attraction between them will threaten their lives—Ian is a sworn enemy of the House. 

In Silent Bend, people disappear, the threat of a demented King and the legend of his resurrecting Queen hang over everyone’s heads, and proving loyalty means far more than blood. You’d better watch who you trust in this town…

Pre-order links coming soon!

So, what do you think??  Are you excited for this one?  You FALL OF ANGELS fans are going to eat this one up!

BRANDED: Five years later...

Five years.

That's how long ago I published Branded.  To the day.

It was five years ago that I told my husband about this thing called "self-publishing," about an e-reader called a Kindle, about a company called Createspace that you could print your book with.

Five years ago since he told me "why not?"

Because five years and one month ago, I was about ready to give up on BRANDED.

I'd been trying to find an agent who would find me a publisher for five months.  I'd recieved around 60+ rejections.  Sure, there had been lots of requests to look at it.  But in the end, they all had passed. And I was pretty crushed.  Because I believed in this project.  I'd gotten such good feedback.  And I thought it could do something.

So my husband said "why not" and everything changed.

I made a ton of mistakes.  I knew nothing about formatting.  I didn't have an editor.  I had no clue how to market.  And I didn't know a single other person who had self-published.  This was 2010, before the publishing world changed so dramatically.  So boy did I have a lot to learn.

And here we are, five years later.  That book that 60+ literary agents rejected has had some 800,000+ downloads, thousands of reviews, and devoted fans.  I never saw that coming in 2010 when I was feeling like a failure.

So it's been five years that I've been in this business.  I've done well.  I'm incredibly blessed and I still marvel every day that I am where I am.  There's been times that my head got filled with too much hot air and I've been shot down by a bad review or a dip in income.  And I'm grateful for those fiery darts.  They keep me humble and remind me that I don't always know what the heck I'm doing.  That I am a constant student.  That nothing is ever certain.

Thank you all, so much for going on this five year journey for me.  You've made all the difference in my life.

As my thank you to you, I'm offering up five SIGNED copies of BRANDED.  This is open worldwide.  Enter using the form below.

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