Author Willis, Tara L.
My name is Tara Willis and I was born in 1984. I grew up in the Bristol Bay area of Bush Alaska, the eldest of four. I like to think I was born with a pen in my little newborn hand. As a very young child, I used to “write books,” by drawing a stick figure scene on a page, labeling the pages 1, 2, and so on, always including the title on the first page. By the time I was seven or eight, 20-30 page “books” were common. Nothing gave me more pleasure than drawing the stories that I was still too young to really write. At the age of nine, I penned six, short, comical stories, known as “The Durumple Tales.” At ten, I wrote my first novel, a twenty chapter, historical fiction novel of sorts, then entitled “Captured in Communist Russia.” My inspiration was my fifth grade history textbook. This particular manuscript has been rewritten several times, and is now in the middle of an extensive renovation in preparation for future submission.
I wrote the first draft of “Carry Me Home” when I was fourteen years old and have rewritten and revised repeatedly off and on for many years, while I also focused on writing other novels, short story collections and a treasury of free verse poetry, as well.
While at first I had planned this work to be a single novel, I finally decided that this book should be extended into a trilogy. I finally deemed “Carry Me Home” fit for submission earlier this year, and I am currently in the middle of simultaneously writing both the prequel and the sequel to this novel, “Wait Until Sunset” and “Praying for Daylight.”
Besides writing, I hold an AAS degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Alaska-Anchorage, and I very much enjoy working with young children. Other passions and interests include studying foreign languages, culture and history which is probably what has drawn me to writing historical fiction novels. I am also an avid reader and very much enjoy coin collecting, baking, spending time with family and friends and attending plays at Valley Performing Arts.
The best advice I can give to any aspiring writer is this: “Don’t be afraid to jump; because you can fly!”
Carry Me Home
Following the passing of their invalid father, the poverty-stricken Montoya family...[read more]