Author Spotlight – Tara Benham

The Debut Collective editors are all fanning themselves after a marathon of final edits on the 5 book anthology series and now our authors are all hard at work polishing their stories. It’s getting closer and closer to our release date!

Today’s author is also prepping for the release for the first book in an exciting new series! I’ve gotten some behind the scenes peeks at the synopsis and let me tell y’all, this one sounds like a fun, high stakes ride with a Soul Collector, a devilishly handsome demon, and the human whose fate hangs in the balance… oh, and did I mention the devastating earthquake setting? Trust me, Fallen sounds like a must read. Available April 19th!

I’m so pleased to share the following interview with contributing author, Tara Benham!

taraPlease share a little about yourself and your background.

I have a degree in photography and in occupational therapy. I was born, raised and still live in the same small town in Ky. I literally work 8 miles from my house.  I have always been creative. I can remember writing stories, putting on plays, making science “experiments” and singing growing up. And let’s face it, aside from the plays that’s pretty much my life even now.




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Please share information on any published or upcoming books.

I have one book out currently, “At Night’s End”. It is a YA science fiction, dystopian story.

My next book is the first of three in a new series. “Falling” is about the angel Soul Collector, Bayla, and her newest mission. Publishing on April 19th!

“Freedom for October” is my short story in the anthology.


Which Debut Collective anthology/anthologies will you be published in?

I am in the Hostile Takeover anthology.



Share a brief teaser or logline for your story/stories.

October was a child test subject for the government. She was rescued at a young age, but at sixteen she learns that not everything is as it appears.


Share an insight into your main character. What made you want to write a story from their perspective?

October is strong, and as the story progresses she comes into herself and stands for what she believes is right.


tara cover 2What genre(s) do you write and what draws you to that genre?

I write YA. Mainly science fiction and paranormal romance, but I can’t say I won’t ever branch out. I may or may not have a contemporary adult in the works.


Describe a typical writing day, or is there such a thing for you? Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day? Write in Scrivener, notebooks, or on cocktail napkins?

There’s nothing typical in my days. Other than attending my day job. Other than that I write as inspiration hits. Music is a must though.


Are you a plotter (outline plot) or a pantser (prefer to run with an idea)?

Total pantser. I couldn’t plot if I had to.


What book(s) are you currently reading or would you recommend?

I can’t read much when I’m writing.  Recommendations, haha what kind of time do you have? I love “Tomorrow, When the War Began”, by James Marsden.


What is your favorite writing/reading related quote?

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” -George R. R. Martin


Tell us 5 random facts about you:

1) I took classical piano for 8 years, but I haven’t played in 20.

2) I am more likely to respond to you in lyrics or movie quotes than I am in actual sentences.

3) I am addicted to Dr. Who.

4) I have a twisted sense of humor and often sensor myself internally to avoid that awkward, “why am I the only one laughing” situation.

5) My favorite color is black.


Does music influence your writing? If so, can you share a song that inspired your Debut Collective anthology story?

Music is my life. I have to use music to get in the mood to write. My song for Freedom for October was Through it All by From Ashes to New.


What advice would you give to aspiring writers? How has participating in the collective and the anthology project inspired or pushed you creatively?

Keep writing. Nothing has to be perfect the first time. That’s what editing is for, trust me. Also, get a tribe. You’ll be glad to have the support of others in the same boat. This anthology story was a challenge for me, but the DC group is one of my biggest supporters!


How can readers discover more about you and you work?


Twitter: @TaraLB01