When I was five-years-old, I decided I would write a book.
In fifth grade, I decided I would be an author.
At age 27, I published my first novel with a mid-size publisher…
...And found the situation didn’t fit me at all—I was miserable!
For a decade, I struggled over how my writing dreams seemed to be such a mismatch with reality.
In 2012, I won a writing contest with a new publishing company. I had a fantastic eighteen months learning from talented editors and a great team until the publisher closed their doors. I had an almost published manuscript and a small band of former fans ready for my next novel, and I had to decide what would happen next.
So I took the plunge and self-published my second novel. And have loved the adventure this journey has led me on! The more I learn, the more rewards I have found through this experience.
My story as an author continues to be written, and just like any great story, there are conflicts, heroic quests, and personal character-building struggles and victories.
I am extremely grateful for every reader who has picked up one of my books. You, reader, have helped me along the way—Thank you!
If you are new to my works—Welcome! I hope you find a treasure here.
The magic of a book comes when a connection is made between a special reader who finds the story the author had hoped to share. I hope you are the one that gets to taste the magic here.
THE EXISTENCE SERIES
One invention and two men hoping to change the way humans connect—through memory exchanges—but days before it’s released, one man realizes it may do more harm than good.
Foster Grady pleads with doctors to give his dying wife a moment of reprieve. He wants her to experience his creation: the ability to relive their life together through his memories. But when doctors refuse, terminal patient, Ashyr Harmon, convinces Foster to give him the chance instead.
2021 Book Award SemiFinalists
The Kindle Book Review
Beyond the End
Nothing else exists—at least that’s what she’s been told.
Strong-willed teenager Leilani Grady is suffocating on her family’s island. She wants off, but her parents say the rest of Earth is destroyed.
When a stranger shows up, Leilani realizes her parents have fed her a life of lies.
Ashyr Harmon shares a complicated history with her parents—and now he wants Leilani’s help with saving his society. It’s her chance to escape the only place she knows. But Leilani must decide who she trusts: her flesh and blood or this man who promises to fulfill her dream.
Lies a Place
It’s the year 2050—the world is in turmoil—and the remaining societies are spiraling into self-destruction. . .
The highly-addictive EnRapture fulfills every desire but blurs reality. Ashyr Harmon, the man behind the invention, discovers a fatal flaw and now extinction is imminent.
Leaving her own struggling society, high-spirited teen, Leilani commits to saving Ashyr’s people.
But once she arrives, she disappears.
Thrust into a world of hallucinations and corruption, Leilani must fight to survive in the society she was supposed to save.
"Allred tells this remarkable story from multiple perspectives . . . The Other Side of Quiet is a powerful story about murder and secrets in a small Utah town "
- Deseret News, Book Review
The Other Side of Quiet
Mrs. Childs's creative writing students are expected to keep personal journals for self-expression.
But when clues from a murder investigation cause police authorities to confiscate the students’ journals, writing intended to be private is no longer. Words meant to liberate now condemn. And an innocent writing project, meant to empower students, as well as rescue Mrs. Childs from her own personal tragedy, now open deep conflicts within the class.
Whitney Award General Fiction
Kindle Book Award
Dr. John Sanders is about to begin his career as a clinical psychologist.
Full of optimism, he believes he can make a difference and is eager to provide hope to a group the world has deemed hopeless. Yet in John's quest to offer those in his care a second chance, he embarks on his own journey of self-discovery.
In his search, clear answers become scrambled confusion and the unimaginable truth is trapped in a complex web.
"Richly rendered , commanding stimulus, story line twists, snappy exchanges, hair raising excitement and satisfyingly puzzling uncertainty pack the pages of author Allred’s initial work with mesmerizing reader appeal."
"Allred shows excellent insight into the psychological interactions of her characters in this gripping mystery of greed and redemption."
- ForeWord Clarion Reviews
Dr. John Sanders has given Rebecca Brownell a new chance at life. After an isolated childhood, an abused adolescence, and an institutionalized existence, Rebecca is finally free to conquer her demons and build a promising life.
However, just as it appears Rebecca has achieved her dreams, eerily personal letters begin arriving in the mail. Letters sent from an unidentified source who knows far more about her past than anyone should. Letters which question and threaten Rebecca's sanity.
UnAuthored Letters is the inspiring tale of a woman's troubled past, a man's quest to protect her, and their fight against a mysterious foe. It's a story of trust strained by illness, love tried by lies, and promises terrorized by illusive danger.
Howey Award: Best Adult Fiction
Best Adult Author
Winner of The Blot Writing Contest
He’s not a friend, he’s my husband. And he’s gone.”
Kora and Tony intend to start over. But en route to Salt Lake City, their car breaks down near the struggling mining town of Helper, Utah. Then Tony abandons Kora in Helper.
Alone, broken, and angry, especially that her family was right in their judgment against Tony, Kora decides to stay in Helper and aid in its art-centered transformation.
But in working to save her new home, Kora learns first love only happens once. For a second chance at love, a much greater risk is required.
"HELPING HELPER is well-crafted romantic fiction about complicated relationships and loves lost and found. Set in the run-down town of Helper, Tara C. Allred has written an interesting, heart-warming read, replete with a nice ending. "