As a child, Tara Mayoros moved to Asia with her family. Her love of different cultures and travel began. In college she satisfied her wanderlust by moving back to China, filling her head with countless stories, and occasionally writing them down.
Years, marriage, children and many adventures later, she picked up her dusty pen and paper (or laptop) and realized that writing took her to different worlds and gave her the experiences that she yearned for. As an author, artist, baker, music teacher, gardener, and nature lover – she sees the beauty in the process, and the miracle, of creation. The Rocky Mountains are her home and they call to her whenever she finds herself in need of inspiration.
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t keep a journal and sketchbook. When I was younger I would search for the perfect journal with a lock and key—and a Unicorn. Unicorns had to be on the cover. To me, writing down my thoughts was secret and magical. I have boxes and boxes that are fun to go through now with my three children and husband who find my “secrets” funny. In elementary school and junior high, I remember entering school contests for poetry and would usually receive some sort of award. But then I would look around and realize, uh, everyone received awards. Still, the encouragement from a few key teachers, and a highly creative mother, kept me filled with wonder and support.
In high school, my family moved to Provo, Utah. Up until then, we had lived many places, including Taiwan. When I received my driver’s license, the freedom of the majestic mountains beckoned to me. This was before attendance affected grades. (Good thing, too!) Toting along my sketchbook and a particular pen (I am very picky about pens—they have to be just right), I hiked, often alone, all over the Wasatch, Uinta, Cascade, and Timpanogos mountains. It was pretty reckless and I found myself in trouble many times. (My parents don’t know the half of it.) Oh, but the writing—the writing and sketching was worth it. Miraculously, I earned good grades, constantly read, and was also the school artist. But I can honestly say that those quiet moments, watching the forest breath and animals scurry around my feet, was the greatest education I earned.
The first thing I did after graduating high school was attain a Visa and skip the country to live in China, teaching English. I traveled all over Asia while working on college credits. I would earn enough money for a bit and then travel somewhere else exotic. When I returned home, I attended U.V.U. I then moved to Montana and lived near a horse ranch where I moved horses through Yellowstone and Wyoming. My journals were my constant companions and I’ve referred to them many times in my writing now. Something about my free state of mind back then bled onto the page.
It wasn’t until about eight years ago, while I was living in Arizona, that my writing developed from rambles and poetry into characters and novels. As a mother of three young kids, it was (and still is) an escape. I could close my eyes and fulfill my wanderlust by going anywhere, or being anyone, by writing down stories.
Currently I teach guitar, paint, and work at a garden center (I love plants). I collect globes and maps. I have over one hundred globes. That is my way of traveling without going anywhere (for now). I love geography and experiencing new cultures. I keep myself very busy and my favorite thing to do is write. I love living in Utah again and get excited whenever it snows because I love to ski and snowshoe.
I have three published books. Two released in 2014. Broken Smiles (contemporary romance) and Eight Birds for Christmas (novella). I also have another book, The Christmas Bike, that released October 2016. I am currently working on six projects and they all have a bit of a fantasy element to them. It resonates back to my childhood (see post), although I haven’t yet written about Unicorns.
To contact Tara go to her Contact page.