Nick Taylor Is On A Mission!
I first met Nick Taylor when we moved to Charlottesville, VA about 9 years ago. He was in the UVA MFA program at the time, and I remember asking him if he’d always wanted to be a writer. He answered “No.” He went on to tell me that his most natural abilities are in mathematics and that writing, for him, was much harder.
“So why did you become a writer instead of going into a math related field?” I asked him.
“Because writing was much harder.”
I like that in a man.
Needless to say, Nick Taylor is a very, very good writer. His first novel, The Disagreement, was snatched up by Simon and Schuster in a bidding war. A quiet, Civil War epic (if there can be such a thing), it was called “powerfully entertaining and moving” by The Richmond Times, and “a remarkable novel” by The Daily American. Famed Doubleday editor Nan Talese, upon passing on the novel, actually told Nick’s agent, “I think I’m going to regret this.”
And she would. The Disagreement went on to win the 2009 Shaara Award for Civil War Fiction.
Nick is truly one of the most versatile writers I know. From the Civil War, to the California missions to the sleazy underbelly of Palo Alto, Nick inhabits every world and every genre as if it were his birthday suit. I got to read a draft of his gum-shoe noir baseball mystery, The Set-up Man (Doubleday! Coming out next summer) last Spring and it blew me away. Could’ve been written by Raymond Chandler – he’s that good.
Bu that’s talk for another blog post. I’m here today to tell you about Nick’s second novel, Father Junipero’s Confessor. It debuts this September 13th, and is one hell of a tale.
Led by the zealous Fray Junípero Serra, missionaries Francisco Palóu and Juan Crespí vie for their master’s fickle favor as a chain of missions creeps north up the fog-enshrouded coast of Alta California.
A master stylist and a meticulous researcher, Nick Taylor vividly captures the atmosphere of early California as he dramatizes the politics of the era: the horrifying and tragic gaps in understanding between priests and natives; the vicious power plays between crown and church; and the fervor, ambition, and desperation that fueled European settlement of the region. This novel’s publication coincides with the celebration of the 300th anniversary of Junípero Serra’s birth.
So, please – reserve your copy, read it, review it, talk it up to your friends. They’ll thank you. You’ll look smart and fabulous. And you’ll have had one of those rare, precious, book-reading experiences that leave you breathless.
Nick Taylor is the author of the historical novels The Disagreement (Simon & Schuster, 2008) and Father Junípero’s Confessor (Heyday, 2013).
Nick’s work has earned a Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship and the Michael Shaara Prize for Civil War Fiction. He has also received support from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the William R. Kenan, Jr., Fund for Historic Preservation.
Currently Nick serves as Associate Professor of English and Director of the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies at San José State University.
In 2014, Doubleday will publish his first thriller, The Setup Man, under the pseudonym T.T. Monday.
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