What is Steam Trains and Ghosts?

Hello. My name is Margaret Taylor and Steam Trains and Ghosts is my personal blog. I’m currently a postdoc at the University of Minnesota. I’m also an avid writer of science fiction and fantasy stories, which I publish on Smashwords and Amazon.

This blog grew out of an effort in the spring of 2008 to publicize my first novel, Grizelda. It went well, and now I’ve caught the blogging bug. Here you can find news and information about my creative efforts, including Grizelda 2008), The Confederacy of Heaven (2010), and my latest, Cannon Fodder.

Besides writing, this blog contains a fair bit about my other obsessions, like cooking, plants, and generalized nerdiness.  Expect me to rant about slime molds, cats, the incompleteness paradox, and Alan Rickman piloting a dirigible.

The lovely logo in the background was crafted by MN-based art student Mark Reif. You can find his website here at The Whole 9.

If you’ve got something to say about Steam Trains and Ghosts, I’d love you to drop me a line!



If you’d like to connect with me on social media, here are the places you can find me:

Goodreads is your best bet. I love to connect with people about good books on that site.

I’m an active member of MinnSpec, a Meetup group.

I tend to use Facebook to connect with people I already know. If you send a friend request and introduce yourself, though, then you’re somebody I know.

0 thoughts on “What is Steam Trains and Ghosts?

  1. Bard Bloom

    Hi! I just read “The Confederacy of Heaven”, and enjoyed it greatly. (Review at bard_bloom.livejournal.com, if you like). I liked it enough so that I just acquired Griselda by largely-honest means.

    (I write fantasy too: my free web-serial is at sythyry.com).

    Thanks very much!
    — Bard

  2. Al Charron

    Just finished reading The Confederacy of Heaven a great read enjoyed it very much and think it could use a follow up as in what becomes of Nasan, Capt. Lunde. Do they get Systems Integrated working, what becomes og the 12 clans. So much more could be a couple more books in this theme after all there are still exiled Stars arouind

  3. haley

    Hello! Grizelda and the confed of heaven were wonderful! Unlike anything i have read before but they both left with such terrible cliffhangers… i hope to see much more from you in the future and really appreciate your work!

  4. The Creative Kitty

    Your description of your blog is so comforting. I’m interested in so many things but always thought my blog should be restricted to just one thing. Now I see I can explore other things and be successful! 🙂

  5. Scott MacGillivray

    Just got an e-reader so now I can take my e-books on the road. I have just downloaded your novel “The Confederacy of Heaven” it is a great read so far. I hope to read more of your work in the future. Thank you.


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