About Tara

What to say about myself… Well, I’m a writer in the southwestern portion of the United States, sharing my home with three dogs.  I work both as a federal park ranger and as a freelance fiction editor.

I’m fascinated by the mythology of ancient peoples and with storytelling in general and have loved writing since I was a child. As a result, I obtained a degree in Southwestern Archaeology. My first excavation was in New Mexico on a site that had been occupied from the Late Archaic (around 500 BC) to the Formative (AD 1100).  I am now finishing a Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.

How does archaeology and story telling fit together? Well, I grew up with a mother who loved antiques and old cemeteries. Every time she’d get a new object, she’d sit and make up stories about what the person who first owned it must have been like. Or she’d lead us through graveyards, searching out the oldest headstones just to ponder who they were and how they lived. So, I inherited both a love of old things and the stories they tell us about people from her. And as humans, whether we realize it or not, we attach meaning to objects and places. Sometimes, we assign them power because of an event or person associated with them. And that’s really what archaeology is all about — discovering the stories that the objects and places we leave behind tell.

When it comes to both writing and my reading preferences, my genres are Epic Fantasy and Horror, and I often write stories that are a blend of the two. I’m currently working on building a fantasy world tin which my novels and all of my stories are set.  The short stories and novellas you’ll find here are part of Verdin’s mythology and history.