I’ve been a writer, and journalist, for many years, starting my journey into fiction in 2015.

In fact, the switch to fiction was sparked by a screenwriting competition funded by Meryl Streep.

In 2015, Streep announced “a screenwriters lab for women writers over 40,” which was sponsored by New York Women in Film and Television. It’s still going strong.

[source: http://variety.com/2015/film/news/meryl-streep-women-screenwriters-lab-1201475337/)

The first thing I did was contact the publisher of my non-fiction books, who also happens to be the person most responsible for my writing career. I wanted to find a writing partner. There wasn’t much time to get the screenplay done, because the deadline was looming.

I wasn’t surprised by my former publisher’s response: You don’t need a partner. I know you can write it.

It was exactly what I needed to hear.

The fun I had writing the screenplay stunned me.

The process of entering the screenplay competition ignited something inside me.

I also felt I had a natural place to start, given other work I’d done.

I spent 10 years in the dating, sex and relationship worlds. I was Relationship Consultant (my actual title) at the LA Weekly, then the nation’s top alternative newsweekly. From there I branched out. I spent years interviewing, writing, and talking to women and men about modern relationships, interviewing hundreds and hundreds of people.

I’ve been an avid reader of fiction my entire life, but writing romantic fiction was crossing into a fantasy world.

I excavated The Paris Review interviews with some of the great fiction writers of the 20th Century.  I craved the thoughts of experience.

“… You want to let go. You want to lose yourself in language, become a carrier or messenger. The best moments involve a loss of control. It’s a kind of rapture…” – Don DeLillo, The Paris Review

[source: https://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/1887/don-delillo-the-art-of-fiction-no-135-don-delillo]

One of my favorite articles on writing is by the great Elmore Leonard, for The New York Times, “Writers on Writing” (2001).  It is entitled, “Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle.”

I jumped into the romance genre with both feet, publishing my first novel in February 2016.


About Beltway Betrayers

Beltway Betrayers
by Taylor Marsh
Publisher: MM Press
Publication date: May 12th 2017
Genres: Adult, Psychological Thriller


There’s a secret.

A woman is heard whimpering in a parking garage.

A dark side to the powerfully rich is exposed.

And Alex Gantry is at the center of it all.

After several frightening events that shook Alex’s world, things have settled down.

So it seems…

Elite life coach, Alex Gantry, is enjoying her new life in the Washington, D.C. Beltway.

T.J. Gale, who’s part greenpreneur, part leader of a quick-strike unit of former military and intelligence professionals, has set her heart aflame.

Alex and T.J. are in love.

Enter Jett Spence, a man who once was part of T.J.’s world but who is now an unknown, because no one can tell whose side he’s on.

Two thousand miles away in Hollywood, Alex’s old haunts, the powerful producer Brian Marks is falling apart because he’s lost her. The woman he never thought would leave him is now in the bed of a younger man.

In New York City, T.J.’s ex-wife, Lisa, is looking to get even with the woman she thinks destroyed her marriage. Her vengeful father Davin Dalaney is eager to help because T.J. is no longer willing to ignore his criminal profits.

Brian is intent on getting Alex back.

Lisa wants to make her pay.

And T.J. is attempting to keep her safe.

Alex believes she can take care of herself, but being with T.J. has taught her it’s not always that simple.

From the Washington, D.C. Beltway to Los Angeles, California, the stakes couldn’t be higher.

 About the Author

Taylor Marsh writes smart, arousing romance while deciphering world events. She lives in the Beltway area of Washington D.C.

“Beltway Betrayers,” Book 2 of The Beltway Series, will be out in May 2017 and Book 3 of this series will be out in the fall.

She is a former Broadway performer and beauty queen who was the Relationship Consultant for LA WEEKLY, then the nation’s top alternative newsweekly. Taylor is the author of two traditionally published non-fiction books, “The Hillary Effect,” and her memoir, “The Sexual Education of a Beauty Queen.”

Taylor was profiled in The Washington Post and The New Republic for her coverage of Hillary Clinton during the 2008 Democratic primary season. She became a contributor to The Huffington Post in 2006, and has written for Washington, D.C.’s The Hill, as well as for U.S. News & World Report and for Zócalo Public Square in Los Angeles, among others. As a seasoned entertainer, communicator and speaker, Taylor has also been interviewed by The Los Angeles Times, Al Jazeera Media Network, The New York Times, BBC, CNN, MSNBC, and C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, among other outlets.

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One thought on “How I Came Up with the Idea for ‘Beltway Betrayers’ by Taylor Marsh

  1. Thanks so very much for featuring my new release. I so appreciate it.

    It looks great on your site!

    Happy Reading,
    Taylor Marsh

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