Author has written 64 stories for X-Files, Lost, Friday Night Lights, Homefront, Nashville, Early Edition, and Pride and Prejudice.
I am a writer in "real life." I write fanfiction for fun, to be inspired with new ideas for characters and plots, and to practice my character development skills. If you enjoy my fanfiction, please consider buying and reading one of my novels. I write for somewhat different audiences under two different names. My Molly Taggart books are secular, contemporary romances. My Skylar Burris books are literary fiction with romantic and spiritual themes.
Writing as Skylar Burris:
When the Heart Is Laid Bare, Double Edge Press, 2015.
Coach Calder Johnson's wife has, according to the hospital social worker, expired. Expired. Like a credit card. Not like a human being. Calder hasn't had a true friend, other than his wife, in twenty-four years. So if he's going to heal, he'll have to learn to let someone inside. Unfortunately, Calder's catalog of potential friends swells with unlikely candidates. There's Jacoby Reynolds, the blunt Anglican priest who watched his wife die, and Lynn McIntire, the beautiful but strangely efficient single mother next door. Then there's Justin Robinson, an embittered teen Calder wants to recruit for his high school football team. Enter also Connie Myers, the new Calvert High principal, an attractive yet hard-edged woman who's determined to shake up the status quo. Only when Coach Johnson's heart is finally laid bare will he learn that you can find friendship—and love—in the most unexpected places.
Conviction: a sequel to Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice, Double Edge Press, 2nd Edition, 2013.
"This book is wonderful...The characters are rich (and believable for the Regency period) the plot is delightful and you'll find Georgiana Darcy to be a moving heroine." --POD-DY Mouth (girlondemand.blogspot.com/)
"While Ms. Burris disclaims being able to imitate Jane Austen's wonderful wit, I was surprised to discover that she possesses a very clever and cunning wit of her own." --Austenesque Reviews (janeaustenreviews.blogspot.com)
"Jacob Markwood could give Mr. Darcy a serious run for his money in the romantic lead department. . . This is a must read for any Jane Austen fan." --Sara Mills, Christian Fiction Review Newsletter
An Unlikely Missionary, Double Edge Press, 2nd edition, 2013
Long and Short Romance Reviews describes this sequel to Pride and Prejudice, which focuses on Charlotte Collins, as "deep and thought-provoking" and notes that "the beauty and savagery of the setting and time period are artfully intertwined into the plot."
"As always," writes Austenesque Reviews, "Ms. Burris's representation of Austen's characters is flawless and her new additions are well-drawn and intriguing. I greatly enjoyed the twist at the end of this story. It caught me completely off-guard.”
Writing as Molly Taggart:
Roots that Clutch (a novel in paperback and Kindle editions)
Jeb Anderson is entranced by his brother's lively sister-in-law, but he can’t act on that. His ex-wife wants him back, and they have children. Life isn’t like the simple country love songs he writes to turn a quick buck. It’s thorny and it’s tangled, like family roots, like the poetry that haunts his soul. Jeb recently managed to reconcile with his estranged brother over their father’s coffin, so maybe he can rebuild a marriage with his cheating ex. Or maybe he’s making the worst mistake of his life. Roots that Clutch is a contemporary tale of family, reconciliation, and the obstacles we must overcome on the path to mature love.
Off Target (a novel in paperback and Kindle editions)
Sophie Mitchell may be the top marksman on her high school rifle team, but she has bad aim when it comes to boys. Her best friend Cory tells her that she doesn’t have to date, but how else is she supposed to fit in? Even her own mother thinks she’s eccentric. What seventeen-year-old girl isn’t interested in romance? So Sophie resolves to date even while she remains bullet-proofed from love. As Cory observes her amorous adventures from downrange, he worries that, these days, Cupid might be making armor-piercing bullets.
Off Target is a sweet and funny coming-of-age story that can appeal to readers of young adult romance, new adult romance, romantic comedy, or cotemporary romance. The story will speak to anyone, young or old, who has ever learned through love.
The Caterer's Husband (a Kindle novella)
High school soccer coach Aaron Mitchell has grown comfortable with his role in his largely traditional marriage. So when his wife takes over a successful catering business and begins to talk of a return to college, he fears being left behind. After all, she's his only true friend. Maybe he needs a buddy of his own, a bromance to bring the romance back to his own marriage. This romantic novella is a light and tender story of married love, male friendship, and comic misunderstandings.