Tamara Merrill


Tamara Merrill is a true left brain/right brain woman. She excels at most anything “crafty” and is considered a talented teacher of both computer skills and painting. She has been (among other things) a writer, a school teacher, an administrator, a computer programmer, and an artist. During the 60’s and 70’s she published multiple short stories in the popular women’s magazines of that era. But then the need for cash intervened and Tamara got a “real job” and stopped writing fiction. Now Tamara has stopped reading excessively (she admits to a book a day habit) and has begun writing again.
Releasing September 19, 2019, SHADOWS IN OUR BONES, is a work of historical fiction. Greed, societal forces, religion, eugenics, and racial prejudice came together in a shameful and shocking way on a small, wooded island off the coast of Maine in the early 1900s. The atrocious events that occurred on Malaga Island continue to echo through the years. Their impact is felt in many ways and by many lives. This work tells that tale in a compassionate, true. voice.
The Augustus Family Trilogy, is a family saga that tells the tale of loves, loss, and coming of age. The three books FAMILY LIES, FAMILY MATTERS, and FAMILY MYTHS encompass the years 1937 - 1985. Tamara currently resides in Coronado, CA.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I've been writing my whole life. As soon as I could print I started making books.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I actually do. It was a picture book about my dog. Not much plot but I was 4.
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Where to find Tamara Merrill online



Shadows in our Bones
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 73,560. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
In the early 1900’s racial prejudice, eugenics, and religion influenced the beliefs of most Americans. On the island of Malaga, off the coast of Maine, greed and these societal forces came together in a shameful and shocking way. In this work of historical fiction generations of pain and suffering are discovered and addressed.
Family Myths
Series: Agustus Family Triolgy. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,820. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Historical » USA
The dramatic final chapter of the Augustus Family Trilogy. Once again an Augustus is protecting themselves and the family name with lies. In 1960, rich, pampered, Elizabeth Augustus leaves college and disappears into the developing, San Francisco, California, hippy scene. Beneath the shield of her lies, Elizabeth's deceptions become her truth and the truth of all who know her.
Family Matters
Series: Agustus Family Triolgy. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 39,020. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
In book two of the Augustus Family Trilogy, World War II has ended and life is returning to normal for the mighty Augustus family. The history, built by the Augustus family on lies and secrets is falling apart and so is the family.
Family Lies
Series: Agustus Family Triolgy, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 96,290. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
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Every family has secrets and the Augustus family is no exception. What happens in the family has always stayed in the family but as the world rushes toward World War II society is changing and when Sharon Chatsworth begins to hint about the Augustus secrets in her gossip column the family must face the secrets or be torn apart.