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Mary Ellen Taylor

Author of The Union Street Bakery

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Novelist Mary Ellen Taylor has spent most of her life in her birthplace, Richmond, Virginia, though she’s also lived in Alexandria, which is where she fell in love with “Old Town,” the setting for each of her contemporary novels, The View from Prince Street, the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Spring 2015 Okra Pick At the Corner of King Street, Sweet Expectations and The Union Street Bakery.


In addition to writing, cooking and baking are important creative outlets for Mary Ellen and she’s been known to name recipes in honor of her characters. She recently earned her Baking and Pastry Arts Certificate at the University of Richmond’s Culinary Arts Program.
Adoption issues are another interest of Mary Ellen’s and that’s reflected in her Alexandria-set novels. Adoption is, in fact, at the center of both The Union Street Bakery and At the Corner of King Street. Her daughter and grandmother were both adopted and, in recent years, she’s been active in bringing attention to challenges inherent in adoption, including concerns faced by adoptees in adulthood. Mary Ellen received her degree in English from Virginia’s Hollins University. After a decade of working in marketing and sales, she left to devote her time to writing. Today, in addition to her books as Mary Ellen Taylor, twenty-four of her romantic suspense novels and five novellas written as Mary Burton have been published and have earned spots on The New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. Her latest bestseller, I’ll Never Let Your Go, was published in November 2015.
Mary Ellen and her husband spend time alternately enjoying and lamenting their newly empty nest and spoiling their miniature dachshunds, Buddy, Bella and Tiki.
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