Street magic performer. Hog-calling champion. Award-winning ice sculptor. These are all things Tara Lazar has never been. Instead, she writes quirky, humorous picture books featuring magical places that adults never find.
- I THOUGHT THIS WAS A BEAR BOOK (Aladdin/S&S, Aug 2015)
- LITTLE RED GLIDING HOOD (Random House Children’s, Oct 2015)
- NORMAL NORMAN (Sterling, March 2016)
- WAY PAST BEDTIME (Aladdin/S&S, Fall 2016)
- 7 ATE 9: THE UNTOLD STORY (Disney*Hyperion, 2017)
Tara is represented by Ammi-Joan Paquette of the Erin Murphy Literary Agency.
Her last name rhymes with “bazaar”—you can listen to Tara pronounce her name on TeachingBooks.net. She’s not Tara Laser-beam (although that would be awesome).
5 Unusual Facts About Tara:
And the not so unusual stuff…
Tara loves children’s books. Her goal is to create books that children love.
She writes picture books and middle grade novels. She’s written short stories for Abe’s Peanut and is featured in Break These Rules, a book of life-lesson essays for teens, edited by author Luke Reynolds.
Tara created PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month) as the picture book writer’s answer to NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). PiBoIdMo is held on this blog every November. In 2013, PiBoIdMo featured 1,150 participants and over 100,000 web hits.
Tara was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2010 and has permanently lost feeling in her feet and legs. She has an inspirational story to share about overcoming a devastating illness to achieve your goals and dreams. Tara can speak to groups big and small, young and old—just contact her for more information.
She was recently named to the Rutgers University Council on Children’s Literature. Tara is a member of SCBWI and speaks at conferences and events regarding picture books, brainstorming techniques, and social media for authors (backed by 20 years experience in internet marketing, from the time when gophers and usenet trumped the web). Her former career was in high-tech marketing and PR.
She also teaches for The Writer’s Circle Workshops.
Tara is a life-long New Jersey resident. She lives in Somerset County with her husband and two young daughters. If they had a dog, it would be a small white fluffy thing named Schluffy.
HOW TO CONTACT TARA:
- Email: tarawrites (at) yahoo (dot) com
- Twitter: @taralazar
- Pinterest: pinterest.com/taralazar
- Facebook: facebook.com/authortara
Want to ask Tara a question about writing for children? Visit her Padlet!
Currently Reading: See my GoodReads
Currently Eating: Oatmeal with cranberries and pecans
Currently Dreaming: About summer
Currently Playing: Go Fish, Disney Princess version