Curtis Taylor

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Curtis Taylor is a writer and publisher. He served as coauthor for author Betty J. Eadie’s bestselling Embraced By the Light. It is the first book endorsed on the Oprah show and led to her creation of the Oprah Book Club. The book also sold more than 15 million copies worldwide. To read more about his work with Betty J. Eadie, click here.

Taylor co-founded Aspen Books, which has published authors such as Orson Scott Card, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Dean Hughes, and Daniel Peterson.

Taylor was born in Fukuoka, Japan, while his father served in the United States Army. After returning to the U.S., he was raised in Modesto, California. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Brigham Young University and served as a full-time missionary in Japan for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

His first book, The Not-So Private Eyes was co-written with Todd Hester, and published by Randall Books (a company he eventually worked for) while he and Hester were in college. He would devote himself to writing full-time and then would return to BYU to take more courses and work until he published his next book; this was his pattern for four published volumes.

For almost twenty years, he suffered the effects of Lyme disease, which cost him financial and personal losses. When he had a few good hours of a day, he worked on his novel, American Grace. He wrote other novels that he eventually sold as digital copies and their popularity began to grow. He has written The Counselor (a murder mystery) and its sequel, A Grand Conspiracy. He offers this explanation of his Latter-day Saint characters: “It’s what I know. It’s who I am. I believe we have something good and unique to offer, and I want to share it.”[1]

With his improved health, he restarted his company, Aspen Books, which is publishing a book by Susan Easton Black and a series by Donlu Thayer.

He is married to the former Janet Scott.