Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with the characters we love and want to call friends.
Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you Tara Benham!
I am an Occupational Therapist during the day, and spend my evening writing, and weekends doing photography. I’m not sure if it’s over creativity, or just creative ADD, but it’s all fun. I live in KY with my fur baby. I love to read. My favorite genres are YA, Science Fiction (not just YA) and Fantasy. I have a goal to have 6 more books (2 sets of trilogies) release in the next 3 years.
I love reading author bios. Many of them did not start out as writers. Sometimes people stumble upon the craft. Did you always want to be a writer? Yes. I can remember growing up writing little books for myself and telling my family crazy stories. My #1 bucket list item for years was to write a book and I’ve gotten to scratch that off and add new items!
Why did you choose to write your genre? It’s what I love to read and it seems as though those are the characters that speak to me when writing.
What is the strangest story you’ve ever written? I’m going on a suspense/horror standalone currently with the working title The Black Trials and I’m having to research a lot about dreams, Eastern Europe and Chernobyl.
What are you currently working on? I have The Black Trials as well as Rising which is book 3 of The Soul Collectors Series.
What motivated the plot of your latest book? I have always been fascinated by Chernobyl. And then after a convo with my best friend, I decided that if the government could see our dreams we’d be screwed. And it just started from there.
What was the hardest story for you to write? I haven’t written it yet. I can’t decide if I will but it’ll be based on overcoming rape. [Interesting.]
What process do you use to plan your novels? Planning? Ummmm luck? Haha I am notorious for unplanning (is that a word? Is now…). I am a complete pantser.
Who has been your favorite character to write and why? I love Bayla the MC from The Soul Collectors Series. She’s strong and sassy, and it’s fun to write how someone who’s learning about emotions would see and feel things.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? I don’t know if it was writers block or more just decreased motivation. I got a jump start after Utopia ’16 and have been writing pretty steady since.
Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? Almost all of my characters have some piece of me. Except for Denver (At Nights End) or Alissa (Falling) even because they’re both very unlikable people.
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? Why? I’ve been playing around with adult contemporary and horror ideas just to challenge myself and write something out of my normal. It’s always good to learn and grow.
Which authors inspire you? Oh, there are so many. Chanda Hahn, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and my tribe members. Everyone has their own strengths that inspire me.
What novel would you read multiple times? My most read is Pride and Prejudice, followed closely by The Hunger Games and Twilight.
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? (Person could be a fictional character) Mr. Darcy because he’s dreamy. In real life, I would love to meet Henry the VIII. I’m slightly obsessed with English History.
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What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? I love most animals. I love pandas and puppies.
What is your favorite color? Black, since as long as I can remember.
When you’re not writing… Oh how I wish I could write full time. Le sigh. Maybe some day. Her days are filled as an occupational therapist.
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Thanks for being here my friend!
Join me next week when Heather Anastasiu drops by.