Opening Paragraph

Thanks to Charles French for inspiring this. In his post, he encourages authors/bloggers to talk about one of their books and share the opening paragraph. So here’s the synopsis and first paragraph from my latest book, My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds.


In September of 2005, Abbie Johnson married Bill Taylor. She was in her mid-forties, and he was nineteen years older. Three months later, Bill suffered the first of two strokes that paralyzed his left side and confined him to a wheelchair. Abbie Johnson Taylor, once a registered music therapist, uses prose and poetry to tell the story of how she met and married her husband, then cared for him for six years despite her visual impairment. At first, there was a glimmer of hope that Bill would walk again, but when therapists gave up on him seven months after his second stroke, Taylor resigned herself to being a permanent family caregiver.

Opening Paragraph


This couldn’t be happening, I told myself, as, in my underwear, I paced the upstairs hall in Grandma’s house between my aunt’s old bedroom and the bathroom. It was the afternoon of September 10, 2005. In the yard, I heard strains of music from the string duo my father hired for the occasion and the chatter of arriving guests. Soon the ceremony would start. Would I have to walk down the aisle on my father’s arm in my underwear? Where was my sister–in–law, Kathleen, who agreed to be matron of honor?


How about you? If you’re an author, please feel free to share the synopsis and opening paragraph from one of your books, either in the comment field or on your own blog with a pingback here. I look forward to reading your work.

By the way, if you use talking books because of a visual or other disability, My Ideal Partner is now available from the regional talking book library in Salt Lake City, Utah. The catalog number is DBU04558. I hope the book will eventually be available on the National Library Service’s braille and audio download site, but for now, your regional talking book library should be able to order it from Utah for you.

I now leave you with a recording of me singing a song I wish I’d had the nerve to sing at my wedding. Simply click the link below and enjoy.


Annie’s Song


My Books


My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds

That’s Life: New and Selected Poems

How to Build a better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver

We Shall Overcome

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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of three novels, two poetry collections, and a memoir. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at:

6 thoughts on “Opening Paragraph”

  1. From our book, Artful Alchemy: Physically Challenged Fiber Artists Creating.
    I had to share the first three paragraphs and I hope that is ok, for it says it all.

    “For those who have never had a disability, or perhaps have never had relatives who have had disabilities, it is almost impossible to understand what it means beyond the physical challenge itself. The idea of inequality, even today, is still prevalent.
    “Then there is the social isolation. When someone is severely challenged, he or she might not be able to get out of the house regularly and it might be difficult for the person to attend social events such as quilt guild meetings, exhibits or shows. The disabled person might be dependent on others to help him or her manage the most seemingly simple of tasks — getting out of bed, getting bathed, and sometimes even eating. Being dependent on others for one’s survival can cause a loss of self-esteem and a sense of being safe and capable all the time. It is important to understand these differences.
    “Another extremely frustrating experience many physically challenged people face is a misunderstanding related to how others communicate with them. If the person is in a wheelchair, people will sometimes talk to the person as though he or she is deaf or mentally slow. Sometimes people are just plain rude to them, wanting them to get of their way, sometimes staring rudely, or asking stupid questions. Many of us have witnessed people making fun of children or adults who are developmentally disabled. ”

    Thank you so much. I admire you in MILES because I know how difficult it is to be married to someone you love so much and for them to suddenly have something that disables them. Both my dear one, Richard, and I have our challenges. Him from a surgery on his neck where the surgeon warned him of the many things that can go wrong (and some of the worst which did), and me with my severe and permanent PTSD and recovering from cancer. We look after each other with so much love and understand all the things we each are dealing with. We also have a little family of small dogs, some with their own physical challenges like one who is deaf and has a collapsing trachea, and one cat too. They all sleep with us and so we keep each other warm and safe and we love each other just as we are and as we are not. Hugs and thanks so much for sharing your beautiful story. It is one of the most beautiful love stories I have read!

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