Author: Taylor Shaye (Lois Wilmoth-Bennett writing as Taylor Shaye)
Four-year-old Shari Ward saw life and death as a simple process. She explained it to her father as they watched a snake shed its skin. “Oh, I get it,” she said. “It’s like when people die.” “What do you mean, honey?” her puzzled father asked. “When you die,” she explained, with an air of authority, you get rid of your old skin then come back to life all over again. You’re brand new—just like the snake.” “That’s what I did, and my other mommy did, too.”
Throughout Shari’s lifetime she has experienced dreams and remembered events, often under hypnosis, from what she believes to be her past lives. Beyond Forever is not a biography; it is a novel, but much of the novel is based on true memories and dreams that cannot be easily explained away. Its main purpose is to entertain, and to make the reader ask, “Have I ever lived before?”
Lois Wilmoth-Bennett PhD (pseudonym Taylor Shaye)
After earning her Ph.D. from Kent State University, Dr. Lois Wilmoth-Bennett practiced psychology and eventually merged with Counseling Consultants, where she functioned as senior psychologist and supervisor of interns in a diverse range of Ohio nursing homes. Her work in the nursing home setting consisted primarily of consultation with doctors, nursing staff and residents, many of whom were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
She also began her writing career while raising her family in Ohio where her son still lives. Her two daughters have since moved to Florida, near where she later settled. Earlier publications were based on personal experiences as well as some non-fiction articles and weekly psychology columns, and were published in local newspapers and national magazines. It was there she did the research and started her first novel, Beyond Forever, based on facts but later fictionalized and published under the pseudonym of Taylor Shaye. It became the prequel for Deadly Visions, a more recent popular ebook novel.
Dr. Bennett moved to Central Florida in 1996 to care for her mother as she became more incapacitated with Alzheimer’s disease. Her years in Florida have led to a later-life career in editing and publishing novels with her business partner, Joan West, at Fireside Publications.
Lois Wilmoth-Bennett is the author of: Beyond Forever (under the pseudonym Taylor Shaye) Deadly Visions; and her latest non-fiction book, Death Tales: From the Land of the Living & The Shadows of the Dying are both available only as ebooks on Amazon Kindle. Dr. Bennett is best known for her non-fiction book, Essays: On Living with Alzheimer’s Disease: the First Twelve months, released in 2010 just one year after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. The book is written from a three-fold perspective, that of psychologist having worked with patients diagnosed with the disease; caregiver, from caring for her mother for a decade while she lived with AD; and now a patient herself. She spends her time writing and speaking to groups about subjects related to Alzheimer’s disease as well as doing periodic book reviews for The New York Journal of Books. Lois also edits and publishes a few books each year for other writers through Fireside Publications.