Goldie Taylor

Novelist & Nonfiction Writer
Political Analyst & Speaker
Travels from: Atlanta, GA

“Goldie Taylor has delivered the juice with Paper Gods.” – Jon Allen, bestselling author of HRC and Shattered

Goldie Taylor is perhaps best known for her work as a cable news political analyst, and is also the editor-at-large at The Daily Beast and a former executive consultant to the presidents of both NBC News and CNN Worldwide. Having been a senior leader with global agencies– Edelman Public Relations and GCI Group—Taylor has cross-sector experience delivering integrated consumer brand marketing, digital engagement, public relations and social innovation programs.

Taylor is the author of In My Father’s House (Wheatmark Press, 2005) and The January Girl (Warner Books/ Hachette Grand Central, 2008). After a 10-year hiatus, her third novel–Paper Gods— was released in October 2018 by St. Martin’s Press. Taylor is currently working on her first non-fiction title: In Defense of Bullsh*t.

Taylor has been a featured political analyst on NBC News, MSNBC, CNN and HLN and has been a guest on programs such as HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, The Dr. Phil Show, The Steve Harvey Show, and Good Morning America. She appeared in “Light Skinned Girls,” a documentary released by the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) and “Eyes on the Prize: Then and Now” on PBS.

Then too, Taylor has been a frequent guest on a full host of local and national radio shows, including NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and has been regularly published in print and digital publications. In recent years, she has written dozens of guest op-ed columns for Salon, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Creative Loafing, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, TheGrio, Huffington Post,,, Ebony and Essence among others.

A sought-after public speaker, she has addressed audiences at— among others— the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Harvard University, Morehouse College, Emory School of Law, Spelman College, Princeton University, Duke School of Law, National Association of Black Journalists, University of Missouri School of Journalism, The King Center and the Cambridge Speaker Series.

A self-educated cultural anthropologist, Taylor is a pioneer in culturally-relevant, purpose-driven marketing and was the chief architect of P&G’s “My Black Is Beautiful.” Taylor, an avid runner, lives with her family in Atlanta and Brooklyn.

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Paper Gods

All Points Books |

The mayor of Atlanta and a washed-up reporter investigate a series of assassinations, and uncover a conspiracy that reaches into the heart of the city’s political machine.

Mayor Victoria Dobbs Overstreet is a Harvard-trained attorney and Spelman alum, married to a celebrated heart surgeon, mother to beautiful twin girls, and a political genius. When her mentor, ally, and friend Congressman Ezra Hawkins is gunned down in Ebenezer Baptist Church, Victoria finds a strange piece of origami–a “paper god”–tucked inside his Bible. These paper gods turn up again and again, always after someone is killed. Someone is terrorizing those who are close to Mayor Dobbs, and she can’t shake the feeling that the killer is close to her, too.

“A moving and unflinching portrait of a city and its many layers of power…Taylor has created a hero we see all too rarely: black, female, powerful.” —Tim Teeman, Senior Editor of The Daily Beast

“From buttermilk fried okra to bibles and bullets, the story comes out the gate moving and never lets up.” —Eric Jerome Dickey, New York Times bestselling author of A Wanted Woman

The January Girl

Grand Central Publishing |
In this powerful novel, a ten-year love affair is tested after Thandy finds out her lover is cheating on her not only with his wife, but with another woman as well.

Men couldn’t help but be drawn to her exquisite beauty and incomparable grace. But Thandy knew Dr. Jackson Gabrielle was different the minute they met. And indeed, Jack knew that this enchanting creature was meant for him, despite the fact that he was already married.

Thandy and Jack’s decade-long affair might have been continued indefinitely, the hard-working attorney and the high-profile surgeon scraping together moments for each other out of their crazed schedules, if Thandy hadn’t learned from Jack’s bitter wife that he had taken up with yet another woman. Thandy moves on, leaving Jack in Atlanta for a big job in Chicago. Jack, used to getting everything he has ever wanted with ease, is forced to figure out what it takes to hold on to something he loves. And Thandy, having fought her whole life for everything she has achieved, realizes the true measure of her strength. But fate intervenes and sets into motion a series of events leading to a shocking climax that forever changes everything.


The Art of Conscious Capitalism

How to build purpose-driven organization that transforms the enterprise, community and lives.


In Defense of Bullsh*t

How life’s most inane annoyances shape character, spur growth and sustain change.


Leading from the Middle

Advancing big ideas when you don’t have the title or the budget.


Writing to Right

How and why you should put your life on paper.


Confessions of a Reformed Cable Pundit

From daily television appearance to becoming a full-time writer. How I survived the transition.


Breakfast with Ghosts

Why “living” with my characters is the best way to get them to come alive on the page.

Honors, Awards & Recognition

Former editor-at-large at The Daily Beast
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