Tara grew up in a family of storytellers. Her mother loved antiques and old cemeteries. Every time she'd get a new object, she'd make up stories about the life of the person who first owned it. Sometimes she'd lead us through graveyards, searching out the oldest headstones just to ponder who they were and how they lived.
Her grandmother would also tell us stories from her childhood in the backwoods of the Appalachians. One of the first tales she remembers was that of Raw Head and Bloody Bones, a chilling story her grandfather had been fond of telling.
So, in short, Tara inherited both a love of old things and the stories they tell us about people from them.
And to be honest, they are the reason she's become a Speculative Fiction writer and blogger, working specifically in the Dark Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction sub-genres. Tara wholeheartedly attributes her love for darker fiction to her grandmother's stories while her mother inspired her to earn her first degree in Archaeology.
Currently, Tara is working on a Dark Fantasy novel as the thesis for her second degree, an MFA in Creative Writing. She earned my Bachelors Degree in Archaeology in 2012. In her spare time, she freelances as a geek culture journalist and book reviewer in addition to blogging. You'll find some of her work on sites like Geekisphere, Tangent Online, and Medium.