I am beyond excited to share my debut middle grade novel, Maggie and Abby’s Neverending Pillow Fort, coming 4/3/18 from HarperCollins Children’s. (Sequel to follow early summer 2019!)

Maggie and Abby’s Neverending Pillow Fort is a story of best friends, bruised egos, secret societies, guacamole lasagna, and–jazz hands!–magically linked-up pillow forts.

See below for the jacket copy!

(Cover Artist: Monique Dong, Editor: Elizabeth Lynch)

ISBN: 978-0-06-264431-2

Pre-orders now available! IndieBound; AmazonBarnes & Noble


Six. Weeks. That’s how long Maggie’s been waiting for her best friend and partner in crime, Abby, to come home from Camp Cantaloupe. Half of summer break may have been lost, but Abby is finally heading back! Only when Abby arrives, she’s. . . different. She doesn’t want to play any of their usual epic spy games. All New Abby wants to do is talk about camp things and plan campy activities—she even has the nerve to call Maggie’s massive, award-worthy pillow fort a “cabin.”

But at least Abby’s excited to build a “cabin” of her own. And when Maggie discovers that a pillow in the back of her fort mysteriously leads right into Abby’s new one, the two friends are suddenly just an arm’s length away. Soon they’re adding links and building more forts, until Maggie looks behind one pillow too many and finds herself face to face with. . . the authorities.  Turns out their little pillow fort network isn’t the first to exist. It’s not even the second, or third, or hundredth. A massive network of linked-up pillow and sofa forts already spans the globe, and the kids who run it are not happy with Maggie and Abby. And they are not fooling around.

With just three days to pass the North American Founding and Allied Forts Alliance’s outrageous entrance tests or lose the links forever, Maggie and Abby pull out all the stops to try to save their network. But the kids on NAFAFA’s Council have their own agenda, and it just so happens Maggie’s fort might actually hold the key to a mystery that’s gone unanswered for generations. There’s only a little bit of summer left to burn, and Maggie and Abby are determined to win back their pillow fort freedom. But can their friendship—and their scrappy homemade network—survive the mission?



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Will Taylor is a reader, writer, honey bee enthusiast, and former trapeze flailer. He lives in the heart of downtown Seattle surrounded by all the seagulls and nearly all the books.

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Any business inquiries should be directed to my agent (and fellow Ravenclaw) Emily Keyes at Fuse Literary.

What’s Up?

Events, Updates, and General Doingses!

January 2018: It’s back to the editing cave this month, with four weeks to go before Maggie and Abby & the Shipwreck Treehouse needs to be in tip-top shape and heading back to my dear, wonderful, forgiving but strict editor, Elizabeth Lynch. It’s still way too tangled to share any juicy hints about the story, but I did have to buy an old-school world map for my wall just to sort it all out, so that should give you some idea.

My 9th-graders will be choosing what they want to write their picture books about soon, so for my visit this month we’ll be looking at how to come up with story ideas you really truly want to write about (hint: follow your emotions), and how to shape those ideas into functioning stories. An important change to our course this year is that while the final books will need to follow a basic picture book format, the story inside can be about anything they want. Class brainstorming has already raised powerful issues these kids are seeing in their daily lives and communities, and I can’t wait to see them begin bringing them to the page.

December 2017: Hahahahah!

November 2017: This month’s focus is picture books. I’m heading back into the classroom next week for part two of my picture book writing project with two freshman English classes at a local high school. Last visit we did an overview of literary analysis using picture books as a guide, with in-depth analysis of Where the Wild Things Are and Trombone Shorty. This time we’ll do some quick drafts of our own stories and study word choice and emotion using Marianne Dubuc’s The Lion and the Bird, Matt de La Peña and Christian Robinson’s Last Stop on Market Street, and Long Way Down, by Jason Reynolds.

I’m also seizing the time while my editor looks over Shipwreck Treehouse to polish a couple picture book manuscripts of my own. Keeping them secret for now, but fingers crossed someday I’ll get to shout all about one or maybe even both of them here!

The big book event this month is the launch of Alex R. Kahler’s stunning new series, starting with Runebinder! (I’ve read it; it’s fabulous.) The official launch is at Books of Wonder in New York with Libba Bray and David Levithan (so fancy!), but I’ll be cheering wildly at the party at University Book Store in Seattle on Nov 20th. Bonus: the brilliant Lish McBride will also be presenting! If you haven’t read her darkly hilarious Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, I cannot recommend it enough.

Happy reading!

October 2017It was a wonderful month for book events. I got to see Kelly Jones launch Murder, Magic, & What we Wore, Catherynne Valente read from The Glass Town Game, and the Read for the Record celebration for Liz Wong’s Quackers. I also got to meet Dan Gemeinhart, one of my absolute writing heroes, at the Washington State Book Awards (and cheer him on as he won for Middle Grade)!

I also finished the first solid draft of the sequel to Neverending Pillow Fort, tentatively titled…*drumroll*… MAGGIE & ABBY AND THE SHIPWRECK TREEHOUSE. More adventures, more complications, more misunderstandings, and more Samson! Coming June 2019!



I’m sorry, what was your name again?

This is for reals my most frequently asked question. I have the hardest time saying my own first name, probably due to ten years of playing the French Horn and “tah-ing” all my Ls. Nine times out of ten baristas and deli clerks have to ask me to repeat myself, and then I get flustered and it comes out even worse and they end up raising their eyebrows and writing Wolth or Gill or Willon on my cup. Lately I’ve given up being honest with people I’ll never see again and just picked a nice crunchy, spitable name like Zach or Patrick or Bellatrix and called it good.


Children’s books, huh? Do you hope to be good enough to write real books someday?

I’ve only been asked this once, to be honest, and luckily it was a family member so my answer got to be thorough, but it seems to be something a ton of my writer friends get asked. If anyone comes at you with this ridiculous question, I recommend the classic response: “Would you ask a pediatrician if they hope to be good enough to work on real people someday?” (head tilt)


Why the bees?

I have a fair number of bee tattoos. As Eddie Izzard would say, “Help! I’m covered in bees!” I have them because to me bees are pure, ancient, lightning-grade magic. Bees curl and hum through some of my favorite stories, never quite landing, and if I had to say in one phrase what drives me as a writer, it would be this: I’m just following the bees.

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50-word: Will Taylor is a reader, writer, honey bee fan, and former trapeze flailer. He lives in Seattle surrounded by all the seagulls and nearly all the books. When not writing, he can be found hawking caramels for a local chocolate company or completely losing his cool when he meets longhaired dachshunds.

90-word: Will Taylor is a reader, writer, honey bee fan, and former trapeze flailer. He has a degree in Sacred Architecture, a collection of Peanuts strips where Snoopy is on the phone, and an antique key he’s carried everywhere since he was ten just in case it’s magic. He lives in the heart of downtown Seattle surrounded by all the seagulls and nearly all the books. When not writing, he can be found hawking caramels for a local chocolate company or completely losing his cool when he meets longhaired dachshunds.













photo credit: A.R. Kahler