I am a very recently retired, multi-award-winning staff writer for a weekly community newspaper chain in metro Detroit. I became hooked on romance fiction when my 11th grade English teacher rejected the book report I wrote, saying the book was much too easy for me, and insisted I read and report on Daphne du Maurier’s “Rebecca.” I read Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone With the Wind” that previous summer.
After some life-changing health issues, and covering over a dozen murder and criminal sexual conduct trials, I decided to write the kind of stories I like to read, stories with happy endings.
I love the romance genre and love letting my characters take control of their stories. I am a member of the Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America. I write under the pen name of Tara Eldana.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Michigan, the Great Lake State, surrounded by water. There is usually at least one scene by the water in my novels.
When did you first start writing?
I am a multi-award winning staff writer for a local newspaper, recently retired after 20 years and began writing fiction, seriously about 10 years ago. following some life-changing medical issues. I decided to write stories I live to read, love stories with happy endings.