Tarl Telford


Tarl N. Telford (1976- ) was born on a high shelf, swaddled with books and nursed with knowledge. He is a novelist, poet, playwright, screenwriter, technical writer, sometime artist, and all-around creative guy. The eldest of nine children, Tarl quickly found a quiet place next to the encyclopedias. Inspired by such authors as C.S. Lewis, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, and Louis L’Amour, at a young age he felt the call to adventure and began writing stories.
Tarl annotated The Wonderful Wizard of Oz novel as part of an interactive app project. His research inspired the creation of The Hidden History of Oz, a prequel series set in Oz in the decades before Dorothy.
Tarl is the author of multiple screenplays, a handful of novels, several stage plays, a few short stories, and one really, really long poem that’s probably way too deep for an unadventurous reader. The Glinda Letters is his fifth published novel.
He dreams big in a small town in Texas 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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First Nail (An Omby-Amby Adventure)
Series: The Hidden History of Oz. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 14,450. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Young soldier Omby-Amby abandoned everything in his homeland to join the Wizard's cause of freedom. He has battled for freedom, but no amount of blade training can prepare him for his greatest challenge--facing those he left behind. Omby-Amby returns to his conquered homeland--now enemy territory--where the past pierces the present, and destiny rests on the strength of a single nail.
The Glinda Letters (The Hidden History of Oz, Book Four)
Series: The Hidden History of Oz. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 63,660. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
The Glinda Letters is an epistolary novel composed of letters written by Glinda and sent to the Wizard, Oscar Diggs, while he is in a self-imposed exile in Emerald City. Through these letters, Glinda reveals her true soul to Oscar, bathed in tears, scorched in anger, and tempered with the fine fury of decades of wisdom. She grows from the angry child into the fearless sorceress sworn to protect Oz
Emerald Spectacles (The Hidden History of Oz, Book Three)
Series: The Hidden History of Oz. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 179,990. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Literature » Fairy tales
Glinda's experiment drove the Wizard to his doom. Even with the most powerful witches in the Land of Oz at her side, Glinda's unconquerable will may not be enough to drag the lost Wizard back from the gates of death.
Crown of the Dreamer (The Hidden History of Oz, Book Two)
Series: The Hidden History of Oz, Book Two. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 134,040. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Literature » Fairy tales
Glinda's tragic experiment brought the Wizard's nightmares to life. Now he's off on a mad quest with her sworn enemy--the Wicked Witch of the East--and Glinda must him bring back, no matter what the cost.
The Witch Queens (The Hidden History of Oz, Book One)
Series: The Hidden History of Oz, Book One. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 108,590. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Literature » Fairy tales
With only three spells, two clever friends, and a wizard with a dream, Glinda will learn that the one thing in Oz more powerful than magic is freedom.
Ghosts of Serpentariis and Other Somnificient Musings
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,160. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - single author, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Ghosts of Serpentariis and Other Somnificient Musings draws the reader into an imaginative symphony of poetic dreaming vistas. The title poem follows a foolhardy dreamer daring the depths of deepest imagination. On this journey he unlocks secrets, both light and dark, and fights to redeem his mortal soul. Additional poems explore the neverending battle between light and dark within the human mind.

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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.