Personally I love to read horror or mystery books. Steven King, Tami Hoag, James Patterson, Dan Brown, Anne Rice, Ted Dekker are some of the authors I enjoy. I do prefer to hold the actual book and page thru the pages by hand compared to a ebook or reading it on the Internet but I guess that is where I am a bit “ old fashioned “ Writing about the funny things my chickens, dogs or horses do daily came easy. I can sit and watch my animals interact with each other and their reactions to the surroundings they live in for hours and I end up laughing all the time. Laughter is good for the soul and many people tell me “ you crack yourself up “ . But if you can’t laugh at yourself , what or whom can you laugh at.
Melissa’s mother, Joan K Taylor, was always bringing a new animal home regardless to what our father, Arthur R Taylor, would say or think. Baby goats that had no mother, puppies from abused homes, horses that were left out in the fields with no food or water, birds that Lived in over filled cages and no room to move, Bunnies just because they were cute. She was always “rescuing “something and soon enough the whole family would fall in love and they all became pets . That Love for animals runs strong and deep within me and I cannot imagine my life without them. So many people don’t think animals have personalities or they are not that smart, I completely disagree. From my talented Grand Prix horses to my smallest chicken, each and every one of them has a story of their own. And somewhere along the way , I decided to write a story about them.
Being a “Children’s Book Author” was never a goal or path I thought I would choose. But a good friend , Melissa Richards , said to me once, “ you should write a book about Runti “ and that is exactly what I did. It opened a whole different side of me – a creative , imaginative side that I never knew existed.
By trade, I am a professional dressage grand prix rider and trainer. I have several students I teach year round , I travel to teach clinics, drive long distances to compete my horses in different states and I run a large farm in the community of White Fences in Loxahatchee FL called Legacy Farms.
I always say “ jack of all, master of none “ and that seems to best describe my life. I always have more balls in the air than I should be trying to juggle , but somehow I seem to get things done.
Marc Beauregard is a master painter and muralist. He received
his bachelor’s degree from College at New Paltz in New Paltz, New York. He also studied at the Kansas City Art institute and expanded his education at the L’Academia del’Arte in Italy, which has enabled him to master the art of trompe l’oeil with a proficiency matched by few. Marc often integrates a clean, contemporary style with old world subject matter. The dichotomy of visual elements stimulates the senses and evokes an aura of harmony between old and new. Marc is one of South Florida’s foremost commissioned artists ; he works privately with consultants, designers, and clients.
“In her debut, Taylor provides warm scenarios of friendship, growing trust, and simple pleasures,such as splashing in puddles. A pleasant look at chickens and their friends.”
” I love it… it creates a friendly, safe environment for a child’s imagination , while also giving some life lessons.”
“Runtimuffin is awesome – it’s funny when they all splashed in the puddles & Lasse had to chase Loui! I would recommend it to my friends because Runti makes lots of new friends & goes on adventures! And I like the illustrations ’cause they look alive!”
“A charming tale about life on a farm conveying how caring for each other can bring warmth and comfort to all – a life lesson on friendship.”
“A great read and addition to anyone’s collection. Melissa’s story is bright and captivating. Highly recommend!”
“As an animal lover at heart… It resonated. She has certainly had an unusual and interesting association with such a wide variety of animals. I love the part about her mother.”
“Very intricate and detail oriented! The illustrations accent the story in a very unique and playful way!”
“The book is beautifully illustrated and captures the unique personalities of each of the barn yard’s characters.”
“A beautifully written and illustrated book filled with life lessons that are sure to make you fall in love with Runtamuffin and all of her friends!”
“So happy to meet Runti! Loved it all.I thought it was pure Melissa filled with love and a determined grin! Congratulations!”
“We loved it! I loved Bodo’s character, the mighty protector. Scrambled was hysterical and of course, Runti &3 Mariett’s personality was exactly as We imagined to would be, and the mud puddles were awesome. Hope you’re planning on a sequel.”
“Runtamuffin is a delightful tale of a small, but fearless chicken who’s curiosity leads her to venture outside her natural instincts. This bravery enriches not only her life, but also the lives of all the friends she meets along the way. A book with many lessons for children of all ages!”