The Author To Be; Tara Lake!
Tara is a wonderful writer, and like most fellow writers/authors, we met through the magic that is Instagram. I love to meet new and inspiring people. And Tara is no exception. She is bright, caring and so, so supportive. She has a certain energy around her, and I can tell she cares so much for her work. She’s inspiring, and her encouragement, makes one do even better. So, thank you #writerscommunity for bringing her my way.
Even though, she isn’t publish yet, she’s still an author in my eyes. I think we transform into authors, the moment we take our writing as serious, as we would with any job. In my opinion, The Publication is only the first sucess, in a long list that’s to come in our author futures.
So, I would like you all to go take a look at Tara, and who she is as an Author!
So, as in my usual author interviews, I asked Tara 10 Questions about her work, and herself. And I loved each and every one of her replies;
- What’s the title of your most recent book?
Age of The Almek, Book one of The Almek Series.
2. How did you come up with the title of your book?
I wanted to name the civilization that was to survive the world-wide Water Crisis. While needing a primitive tone – The Almek were born.
3. Tell me about the main character(s).
- Vera of Favoured North: The main protagonist. She works as a scientist in Kala. Headstrong and reserved, she is the product of her environment. The eldest sibling with far too many responsibilities resting on her shoulders, some her own doing. Vera must uphold her family’s name, their position as Favoured and above all else – survive.
- Cole of Favoured Pollard: One of the best Pursuers in Tagondo and named The Mammoth Slayer. Cole is outspoken and with a childish sense of humor. Not much can rattle the nerves of Cole of Favoured Pollard.
- Murdina of Insignificant Cannelle: An old Scottish woman, who is sharp but caring. She is a mysterious woman, who often communicates ambiguously – baffling those around her.
4. Which genre is your book, and why did you pick that?
It’s an Adult Dystopian/Speculative Sci-fi. I am drawn to dystopian works. They seem to focus on human tendencies, deceptions and “this is what happens if we don’t change”, type scenarios. The spec sci-fi aspect is because there are science-based things happening. I enjoy a certain element of reality. I also love other worlds, so writing this book in a post-apocalyptic setting became about organically.
5. How does your book relate to your spiritual practice or other life paths?
My spiritual self is reflective, open and hopeful. Even though it is a dystopia, as a whole, this series will touch on those ideals.
6. What inspired you to start your story/stories?
Anything and Everything! It is sometimes hard to pin down just exactly where inspiration has come from, but here are a few: The vulnerability of our water on the planet and the idea that it is becoming a more precious resource, corrupt governments, and the potential in perseverance.
7. If you had to compare your book/books to a movie or a series, which would it be?
I’m heavily inspired by such works as The Hand Maid’s Tale, The Hunger Games, and Game of Thrones.
8. What’s your favourite thing to do besides writing?
Board game nights and kayaking adventures with my family and friends. I also enjoy painting and photography.
9. What do you do in case of Writer’s Block?
More recently I have found reading to be helpful. Somehow, reading a piece of work other than my own seems to clear my thoughts, and I am able to return to my work with a fresh pair of eyes. Also – I have found writer’s block for me, is merely a problem within the work that needs solving. Therefore, I will try to find the problem and resolve it.
10. What advice would you give to your younger self?
Trust your instincts. KEEP WRITING!
Here’s a bit about her book:
In a primal future, a civilization survives a world-wide water crisis; settling in the porcupine mountains of Michigan. The Masters who rule The Almek segregate the people into two colonies – Tagondo and Kala. For fifteen years they survive off of the aquifuge – an underground, uncontaminated spring – the only source of safe drinking water known on the planet. With a limited water supply, Mammoth Wolves threatening their safety, and the barbaric ceremonies of The Masters – they must find a new way to survive.
Thank You So Much Tara, for joining me for this interview today! 🙂