Acclaimed author Taylor Moore to speak at Texas High Plains Writers program
AMARILLO, Texas — Local author Taylor Moore — fresh off the release of his critically acclaimed debut thriller, “Down Range” — will be the featured guest at the September meeting of the Texas High Plains Writers.
The program will begin at about 10 a.m. on Sept. 18 at Sharpened Iron Studios at 1314 S. Polk St., just south of downtown Amarillo. The program is free for members, and guests can pay $10 at the door. Copies of “Down Range” will be available at the meeting for purchase and to be signed by Moore, courtesy of Burrowing Owl Books.
Moore, an Amarillo resident and sixth-generation Texan, is a former analyst and operations officer with the CIA and consultant for the Department of Defense. Moore then went on to help secure mineral rights as a landman in the Texas Panhandle before becoming a full-time author and speaker.
“We are beyond thrilled to have an author of Taylor’s caliber speaking for our members and guests,” THPW President Rick Treon said. “It’s been a while since we had someone come in who’s just had such a major debut released by a Big Five publisher. And the fact that it’s set right here on the High Plains makes it that much more exciting for us.”
Moore signed a two-book deal with William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, in May 2020. “Down Range” is the first book in Moore’s series about an undercover DEA Special Agent Garrett Kohl who must help protect an Afghan orphan and his family from the ravages of the drug trade near Canadian, Texas. Book 2 in the series is in production but no release date has been set.
His debut has been called “intense,” “riveting,” and “stunning” by New York Times bestselling thriller authors such as Mark Greaney, Brad Taylor, and Don Bentley.
Moore’s presentation will include his publishing journey, and how many years it truly takes to become an “overnight success” in traditional publishing.
For more information about Taylor Moore, visit his website at taylormoorebooks.com.