I write Young Adult Fiction, mostly Dystopian/Sci-Fi novels with a splash of Romance and a hint of sarcasm. I’m also a graphic artist, wife, mother, and Red Vine lover. I grew up in the Deep South surrounded by bayous, magnolia trees, crawfish and great people. My culture is a huge part of my life, and you can see some of those details in my writing.
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(August 2013. Interviewed By: http://claricesbooknook.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-interview-tara-elizabeth.html)
1) How long have you been writing? I dabbled a little when I was in school, but I began to write more seriously in 2010.
2) When did you publish your first book? I published my first book, EXALTED, in July 2012.
3) It is my understanding that you grew up in the south. What (if any) impact has that had on your writing? Yes, growing up in Louisiana does have an impact on my writing. EXALTED is set across Texas and Louisiana, and Emma (from ZOO) is from Louisiana. The south is truly unique and I love it.
4) What was your inspiration for Exalted? The main character, Mena, inspired me. I imagined her before the story ever came about. She is so strong, both physically and mentally. I want to be more like her.
5) Is there any single thing (or person) that has been your biggest inspiration? My grandmother inspires me. She had a talent for writing and never pursued it. I hope I am making her proud.
6) What advice would you give to those wanting to become a published author? Just write. Get your story out. Then you can worry about all the other stuff.
Other Works & Achievements Include:
- Zoo was on Amazon’s Top 100 Best Sellers in Teen & Young Adult Dystopian eBooks for over a straight year. It still occasionally bounces back up on the list! 🙂
- All three books of the Exalted Trilogy having been riding in Amazon’s Top 100 Best Sellers in Teen & Young Adult Science Fiction & Dystopian Romance eBooks for multiple months since the release of United.
- Second Place Winner for Fiction Short Story in the BWG 2015 Members Only Contest. (Piece was titled: Drowning in Air)
- Cover Art Designer for the Bayou Writers Group Anthology – Volume 2 (2015)
- Chief Editor & Cover Art Designer for the Bayou Writers Group Anthology – Volume 1: JOURNEYS (2014)
- Z00, Exalted and Denounced were feature in LSU’s Alumni Magazine (Summer 2014 Edition).
- Judge for the 2014 & 2015 Louisiana Education Loan Authority’s (Lela’s) scholarship contest.
- Zoo was featured in the November 2013 “Titles for Teens” Newsletter for the Saskatoon Public Library. The article is called “New YA Books You Should Totally Read!”
- 2013 On the Wall Contest Winner at the Bridge to Publication Conference in Lake Charles, LA. (Piece was titled: Fate)
- 2013, 2014 & 2015 Editor of Gator Bites and author of flash fiction pieces in the brochures.
- Judge for 2013 Emporia Middle School Creative Writing Contest.
- Cover Art Designer for author Donna Hawk’s Novels: The Key to the Iron City, The Mortgatha Trilogy 3-in-1, and Desert Gold.
- Cover Art Designer for author Joshua K.H. Murray Novel: Setting Sun Volume 1.