Tarah Benner

Biography

Tarah Benner is the author of The Fringe and the Defectors Trilogy. Her obsession with dystopian literature began at the age of thirteen when she first read "Fahrenheit 451," and she's been preparing for the apocalypse ever since.

Tarah graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Journalism and lives in Columbia, Missouri. She enjoys reading, running, Krav Maga, kickboxing, and binge-watching "Scandal" on Netflix.

You can connect with her on Twitter @TarahBenner.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I've been writing stories my entire life. I remember illustrating my first "book" when I was about four and dictating it to my mom. It was called "Sarah's Snake" and was a blatant rip-off of the original "True Grit" with John Wayne. That's a true story.
Do you remember the first book that made you want to be a writer?
It was definitely "Harry Potter." The first few books came out when I was in grade school, and at the time, everyone was talking about J.K. Rowling's amazing journey from poverty to fame. She was the first author who made me realize that writing books was an actual job. By third grade, I'd confirmed that being a writer was a legitimate vocation (through watching "Harriet the Spy") and made it my life's mission to write a book.
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Where to find Tarah Benner online


Books

Exposure
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 99,220. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
When Harper discovered the truth about Bid Day, she inadvertently painted a target on her back. Now Constance wants her and her friends kept quiet at all costs. Harper and Eli are being sent out into the Fringe, where they’ll face damaging radiation, violent gangs, and be forced to fulfill Recon’s sinister duty. Out there, it’s kill or be killed, but the real danger lies inside the compound.
Outbreak
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 94,470. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
When Harper and Celdon escaped to compound 119, they thought they had a chance to start a new life away from Constance. What they found instead was a desolate wasteland ravaged by death. Back at their home compound, Jayden is speeding up deployments to keep the drifters at bay. Eli is struggling to save his older brother Owen, but keeping his secret means putting thousands of lives at risk.
Recon
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 75,400. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Eli knows the compound is corrupt, but when your job is to go out into the radiation-soaked Fringe so that others can live in peace, you don’t ask questions. Harper is a talented developer getting ready to embark on her career. But when her future is derailed, she’s forced to rely on an unlikely ally — the enigmatic Eli Parker. If the radiation doesn't kill them, the truth about humanity will.
The Last Uprising
Series: Defectors Trilogy, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 96,720. Language: American English. Published: July 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Don't miss the thrilling final installment of the Defectors Trilogy! Haven has been captured by World Corp, conditioned to hate the rebels. Her memories are gone. Her loyalties have shifted. Only Amory remains determined to bring Haven back over to the rebels’ side. As the rebellion comes to a head, Haven will be forced to choose: Fight the rebels or join them in the fight of a lifetime.
Enemy Inside
Series: Defectors Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 91,510. Language: American English. Published: July 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Sector X has fallen. The PMC is in upheaval, and there’s trouble in the rebel camp. When the rebels refuse to help Haven rescue Amory from the PMC, she must take matters into her own hands and cross enemy lines. But Amory isn’t a prisoner of war—he’s a test subject in a dangerous experiment. To save him, the gang will have to enlist the help of someone they don’t trust and face the enemy inside.
The Defectors
Series: Defectors Trilogy, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 92,460. Language: American English. Published: June 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
First came the virus. Then came the Collapse. Each vaccinated citizen is identified by a tiny microchip — the most intelligent piece of technology ever to be implanted in a human being. When her best friend Greyson is arrested for his undocumented status, Haven must go off the grid to save him. Along the way, she'll discover a revolution in motion and be forced to question everything she believes.

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