Tarl Telford


Tarl Telford (1976—) was named after a character in a science fiction novel. From his earliest age, he was destined to be a writer.
He is a novelist, poet, playwright, screenwriter, and technical writer. Inspired by such authors as C.S. Lewis, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, H.P. Lovecraft, and Louis L’Amour, at a young age he felt the call to adventure and began writing stories.
Tarl is the author of multiple screenplays, a handful of novels, several stage plays, a few short stories, and one really, really long poem.
He dreams big and looks forward to a bright future with his red-haired wife.

Smashwords Interview

How did you get your start writing?
I knew at twelve years old that I wanted to write books. I loved the Forgotten Realms fantasy novels. It was a big world full of possibility. I crafted my own stories to take place in that world. As time went on, my ideas shifted, and I wanted to make movies, comic books, and write screenplays. Adult life brought responsibilities, but I kept dreaming, and I kept writing in my free time.
Then I got a job as a technical writer. That is when things really changed for me. Writing for a living wasn’t just a dream anymore. The process of technical writing requires taking information created by others and putting it into a format that is understandable and clear to the target audience.
The discipline and understanding required for successful technical writing helped me to distill the stories I had created and craft a story out of them. Once I had a good story, I wrote the book. I enjoy the process of writing, designing, and formatting, which makes all-in-one solutions like CreateSpace (for print on demand services) and Smashwords a good fit for me.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
I grew up reading Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Louis L’Amour, Piers Anthony, Alan Dean Foster, Anne McCaffrey, Madeleine L’Engle, and so many more. All of those authors were quite prolific, so there were plenty of books to read. As I got older, I got into the Star Wars Expanded Universe books. Those showed me that there were many more stories that could be built into a story universe. All of these stories helped me to get to the point where I could expand Oz into a greater world.
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Smashwords book reviews by Tarl Telford

  • Two Pockets on June 24, 2010

    Two Pockets is a story of Miriam, a Hasidic Jewish girl who learns to be a carpenter. In the process of learning the construction business, she meets some good people who do not share her faith. Most of the adherents to her faith mentioned in the story are meant serve as contrast to Miriam's free spirit. The exploration of the Jewish characters in the story made Miriam's willful "decent" into the Gentile world look positively angelic. Though her father rants and raves about her choice of occupation and her associates, he ends up with more pressing worries. Being of a strict faith myself, I enjoyed this story right up to the very end, where the main character willfully rebels even further, and, in this reviewer's opinion, betrays her faith. The story is well written. The characters are easy to understand. The peppering of Yiddish throughout gives a distinct flavor to the piece. For many, the ending will probably be vindicated. For myself, I enjoyed the piece up to penultimate page. While my disappointment in the character is real, I also recognize that this is the mark of a good writer - I cared about what the character did. I would read this author again. Three stars for reasons explained above.