Tara A. Lake Interview!

When did it become mid-June? Oh, right, after early June and before late June.

Welcome back!

Today I’m happy to introduce you to Tara A. Lake, a new voice in dystopian sci-fi who’s making a splash! She lives in Southern Ontario, Canada, with her husband, two children and their many animals. Tara writes in such genres as: dystopian, speculative, soft sci-fi, post-apocalyptic and historical fiction. When she isn’t writing, Tara enjoys kayaking adventures and board game nights with her family, nature photography and painting.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I was in my early twenties and read a lot of non-fiction/self-help books. It wasn’t until I read the Twilight series (I’ll be honest… I pick Bella’s character apart now that I’m older and maybe a tiny bit wiser) that I decided I even liked fiction. But it was The Hunger Games that really made me want to tell my own stories, specifically, dystopian stories.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I’m not sure if I would call it a quirk, but I have a fairly messy writing process. I am a discovery writer and in my first novel, Age of The Almek, I used the first two drafts as a means to discover the story. I knew the essence and basic plot points, but I didn’t know what the character arcs would be, sub-plots or where the ending would take me.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

I often enjoy pulling some form of reality into my writing. Age of The Almek is based on a global water crisis, and that idea was inspired by today’s world-wide water issues. Sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint where ideas come from because we often have subconscious influences, but I love watching TV shows and movies for inspiration and learning. Like other writers, I just have random ideas floating around in my head. I may overhear a conversation at a local coffee shop and a light bulb will turn on. Recently, I’ve been reading books on the craft