Tara was born in Austin and raised in Georgia by military parents. They must have passed the torch of a wandering soul, as she spent nearly a decade teaching English in various corners of the earth.
Before giving her first lecture in front of forty fresh faces, Tara realised there was a lot to be learned about her native language. Thankfully, her passport needed love and she had a passion for words, so she moved to places like China, Russia and Spain, teaching and learning new ways to express oneself while re-learning her own slang. It kept her on her toes long enough until she turned up in northern England, hungry, with no other plans than to swap places with the students and re-embrace a language that beguiles her. She became part of the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester, with hopes of finally writing the book she’d yearned to write since she first left ‘home’—the Deep American South, where her novel is primarily set.
Tara is the first recipient of the PFD sponsored Manchester University Creative Writing Prize for Fiction. She lives in Georgia and is currently working on her debut novel, Underwater.