Andy W Taylor was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario before moving to the Greater Toronto Area where he spent several years getting an education and seeking his fame and fortune. After receiving an education, but very little of the latter, he returned to northern Ontario, this time trading his childhood steel town for the mining town of Sudbury.
Andy’s stories explore the “what ifs” of speculative fiction and often taken on fantasy, science fiction, or horror elements as needed. A member of the Sudbury Writers’ Guild since 2007, Andy is a former President of the Guild and enjoys working with the local community of writers to help them achieve their writing potential. Andy is a graduate of the Viable Paradise workshop (2015) and attended the Sudbury Theatre Centre’s Playwright Junction workshop (2013-14).
Andy’s short story “Second Harvest” was published in FictionVale’s May 2014 issue called “Episode 3: A Different Outcome”. With elements of alternate history and horror – “Second Harvest” is about a Canadian World War I nurse returning to the homefront and is forced to confront her role in the war. Andy’s short stories “Frozen” and “Mother’s Day” appeared in the Sudbury Writers’ Guild Anthology Sudbury Ink, published in 2016.
In 2017 Andy was one of six people who had poems accepted to be a part of Sudbury’s “Raining Poetry Project”. The poems were painted onto sidewalks around town with a special ink that only appears when wet. Andy’s poem from this project was also published online in the December 2017 edition terra north/nord.
When not inventing imaginary people and worlds, Andy works for a large multi-national mining company as a Senior Environmental Analyst.