Monday, July 16, 2018

Taylor Higgins Visits Section 36!

Section 36 Bruins has its first visitor! Taylor Higgins is a former Bruins Ice Girl, a former pageant queen, and she just published her first book! I’m thrilled that she took the time out of her schedule to
discuss those topics with us, and I’m sure you’ll love everything she had to say!

So, let’s see what happens when Taylor Higgins visits Section 36!

You were a Bruins Ice Girl during the 2014-15 season. What made you decide to try out for that team?
I've been skating as long as I've been walking. Figure skating has always been a major part of my life, as well as the game of hockey. I thought, "What better way to combine my passion for being on ice with the pride I have for my city and its people?" Auditioning to become a Boston Bruins Ice Girl was the easiest, most logical decision I've ever made. I was selected as a member of the team during my very first audition with the organization and my time as an Ice Girl has left me with nothing but unforgettable memories.

Do you have a favorite memory from that season?
It's impossible to narrow it down to one, specific memory. Visiting the Hope Lodge in Boston, a free lodging community that offers its patients (who do not reside in the area) accessibility to the treatment they need without the worry of food and shelter, was incredible. The facility and its residents have stayed with me after all these years. Then of course, there was nothing better than walking around TD Garden in uniform when suddenly, the Bruins goal horn sounds, Kernkraft 400 is playing so the loud the building is practically shaking, and the fans are erupting with excitement.  

You spent a year as Miss Teen Massachusetts United States. What did you enjoy about holding that title?
Miss MA Teen US was the first pageant I'd ever competed in. Once
crowned, I did not waste a second of the honor bestowed upon me. Myself, along with my Miss (Hi Julianna!), went to work immediately, assuring ourselves that our reign would live on even after we crowned our successors. We worked tirelessly to become a staple in our community, introducing the US organization to brand new events, charities, and opportunities in the process. After paving the way, both the USA and America organizations have since began the same involvement in identical occasions. Of course I enjoyed many rewarding appearances, but the people we met and the changes we made as a team is one of my favorite things about that title. 

You recently published your first book. What can you tell me about Between the Stitching?
Between The Stitching, my first publication, is a game changer of a story. Join me in black and white as I lead you through professional baseball, broken people, severe love, and the raw consequences of great loss. This book is currently available for purchase on Amazon. 

Why did you decide to write it?
Originally as a healing outlet for myself. Writing is something I find to be valuable and therapeutic, but in this case specifically, I wrote this book to implement change into our world. Love should be valued in ways that it's not. Being heartbroken makes you vulnerable in the most beautiful way possible. Broken hearts are simply individuals who gave the right kind of love to the wrong person. Between The Stitching has a message for everybody, so grab yourself a copy and find out which part of you needs strengthening in this dark, yet hysterical nonfiction. 

Who should most read your book?
Anyone who has ever suffered loss of any kind will benefit from this story, I guarantee it. If you're a baseball fan on top of it, even better! I promise you it will be unlike any book you've ever read before. I recommend this to mature audiences only. 

What has the writing process meant to you personally?
Writing is a journey. It is a way to allow other people into your world to experience your dealings first hand as if they were witnesses to everything you've endured. It is my way of inspiring, teaching, changing, and creating. I've connected with wonderful people near and far, and I offer comfort to those in need. Writing is the greatest gift of all. 

What does the future hold for you?
I intend to keep writing! The response I've received in the past few days since the book was published has been overwhelming. Not only are people enjoying my work, they are feeling from my work as well. They say you've done your job as an author if you can make your readers feel. My readers have laughed out loud and cried out loud - they've felt anger and they've felt love. I touch on so many different emotions in Between The Stitching, and I make sure each reader is onboard for the emotional rollercoaster. Because of the impactful response, I will absolutely continue my writing. 


I love the sound of that!

I want to give huge thanks to Taylor for doing this interview. I also want to thank her for providing the pictures to accompany the interview. They certainly make the interview a lot more fun to read.

Of course, I encourage you to grab your own copy of Taylor’s book, Between the Stitching. When you do, be sure to let me (and Taylor) how much you liked it! As she said, you can find it on Amazon, so go buy your copy now!

Thanks again for visiting, Taylor, and good luck with your book!

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