Poet and Children's Book Author
Hi! I'm Taylor
Hi! I'm Taylor Darks, otherwise known as T. B. Darks, author of the new and upcoming picture book Be Black Girl Be. I am originally from Cincinnati, Ohio but now I live in Tallahassee Florida. I am a very proud Florida A&M Alum #Go Rattlers and am now in graduate school getting my doctoral degree in Sociology. Some of my favorite things to study are race, public policy, and Black Feminist Thought. And, although it may not seem like it, much of what I learn through my studies and about myself is conveyed in my books! I love hearing what my readers think so please visit the contact page! Even if it's a brief hello, or to tell me how much you liked my books I would love to hear from you!.
Fun Facts About Me
My Favorite Food
One of my favorite food from Cincinnati Ohio is Skyline Chili! Better know for their cinnamon flavored chili on spaghetti, my personal favorite are the cheese coneys. If your ever in Cincinnati make sure to try and and don't forget to get a scoop of Greaters Ice Cream too!
My Furry Sidekicks!
I had two furry sidekicks: Nailah and Binx! With my hectic life as a doctoral student and writer they keep me company most of the time. Their dynamic has definitely been the inspiration for several of my children books!
My Favorite Book
My favorite book (right now) is Children of Blood Of Bone! As my writing style and subject change I was immensely inspired by this series! The Literal Black Girl Magic in this book was amazing and seeing myself as the main character of a fantasy novel was nothing short of surreal. Maybe you'll get a novel from me sooner than later!
Who do I Write for?
Although I don't consider myself to fit inside of any particular genre children's books are definitely the most fun. But, I specifically write for quirky black girls and those who need a little bit (or a lot) of a push to feel confident in themselves and to see themselves as the main characters of their own stories. The first book I read with a black f=female author was Ong of Solomon by Toni Morrison in 11th grade. Before then I had never understood the depth and layers writing could contain and the endless meanings it conveys.
As someone who didn't see themselves in the books they read growing up it is an honor to be a part of this generation of authors who are expanding this genre of black joy, representations, and realities.