Born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia, reading was Tara’s escape from the loneliness of being an only child and by the age of 8, she was penning her own stories.
By the time Tara graduated from high school, she’d decided to turn her dream of writing novels into a reality; however, life doesn’t care about our dreams, because it often has its own plans in store for us. Tara’s writing aspirations were put on hold while she got married and gave birth to two beautiful boys – one diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder – volunteered with disability organisations, and worked in numerous tedious jobs, such as a telemarketer, a retail assistant and a barista.
In between fundraisers, playdates and housework, Tara continued to read (and read, and read, and read). She also began to write a YA novel, which reignited her passion for creative writing. The novel, Clubland, was highly praised by the editorial team of Hardie Grant Egmont’s Ampersand Prize in 2011, but only just failed to make the shortlist for publication.
This prompted Tara to enrol in the TAFESA Adelaide Centre for the Arts, where she earned an Advanced Diploma of the Arts (Professional Writing) in 2017 after four years of studying.
Tara has not yet had any work published, but she hopes to amend this soon. She currently have two short story collections and three novels (two of which are the first in fantasy trilogies) in progress.
Tara doesn’t write for one specific genre – her work ranges from YA and contemporary fiction, to thrillers and chick-lit, to fantasy trilogies and family sagas. It all depends on the story, or sometimes the characters, whichever comes into formation first.
Tara also writes screenplays, reviews, biographical articles, memoirs and essays.
She can read, write and speak basic French, mais elle espère un jour parler couramment.
Tara currently lives in Adelaide, South Australia with her family.
1. The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom
2. The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
3. The Casteel family saga by Virginia Andrews
4. The Mermaid’s Sister by Carrie Anne Noble
5. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
6. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
7. The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston
8. Tully by Paullina Simons
9. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
10. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey