Common Magick, fiction, Issue 34, March 1, 2016
When did you start writing? I've been making up stories for as long as I can remember. As a child I acted out elaborate plots with my dolls or the neighborhood children, and as a teenager I kept a detailed journal whose events were only sometimes true. However, it wasn't until it was time to pick my college major (Creative Writing) that I started calling myself a writer or seriously working on putting my stories down on paper.
When and what and where did you first get published? My first major publication was in Issue 17 of Shimmer Magazine, with my story "The Desire of All Things."
What themes do you like to write about? I love writing about the intersection of magic and the real world. I like to use magic as something the story's characters use to struggle with or come to terms with their world, but not to "fix" everything. Magic in a flawed world? After all, even our own flawed world can be magical and wondrous.
What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? So I could write pages and pages about this, but my current absolute favorite novel, and one which influenced my writing of "Common Magick," is John Crowley's Little, Big. I adore the Victorian Era, and I adore fairies and fairy tales, and stories about the forest and the waters and the wild, and stories about New York, and family sagas, and long novels I can get lost in, with quiet magic, and this one has all of those things tied up in a big, beautiful bow. Before reading Little, Big, it never even occurred to me that other people might be interested in stories of magic that are set in Victorian times; it was something I had never seen done by a modern author. It was like someone gave me permission to go wild.
Jordan Taylor grew up in a small town in the American South, where she was raised on equal parts Jesus and fairy tales. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Kenan, and their corgi, Ein, where, when she isn't writing, she spends too much money in bookstores and drinks copious amounts of tea. Her work has recently appeared in Shimmer Magazine, Fantasy Scroll, and Fireside. Visit her at jordanrtaylor.com/.