Tara is a fantasy author, arts and engineering graduate who is currently studying South African patent law as a candidate attorney. She first earned an honors bachelor of arts in theology, art and international studies from Loyola University Chicago (summa cum laude) before completing a bachelor of electrical and electronic engineering at Stellenbosch University.

Tara received the Karl Rahner Award for Excellence in Theological Studies from Loyola University Chicago for having the highest aggregate in theology and the Jac van der Merwe prize from Stellenbosch University for producing the most innovative final year project. She has also presented on creative writing at TEDx Stellenbosch and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa society.

Tara’s publications include The Merman’s Mark and Rebel Fires, the first two books of the Merman trilogy.