Tara Lynn Masih

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Tara Lynn Masih is editor of the Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction (a ForeWord Book of the Year), The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays (winner of a Skipping Stones Honor Award; a New England Book Festival award; a Benjamin Franklin silver medal award; and a ForeWord Book of the Year Award), and author of Where the Dog Star Never Glows, a National Best Books Award finalist. She is the founding series editor of The Best Small Fictions, and My Real Name Is Hanna, her debut novel for young readers and adults set in WW II Ukraine, is due out Sept. 2018 and received a 2018 SKIPPING STONES HONOR AWARD and appears on Goodreads' 2018 Ultimate Fall YA Reading List and their Best of the Month Sept. YA list.

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Tara Lynn Masih Thanks for the compliment, Michael. Yes, I am working on a YA novel. The novel is something I've been unable to tackle these past years, the result of…moreThanks for the compliment, Michael. Yes, I am working on a YA novel. The novel is something I've been unable to tackle these past years, the result of my being a single mother for much of them. I know there are many mothers/fathers who manage to find the time to complete novels, but my work habits and attention span are different. I finally have the time to not get too distracted from my writing as my son is off to college. Fingers crossed it will appear on Goodreads at some point! And congrats to you on your own successes in publishing. I know better than most what an accomplishment it is to finish a novel.(less)
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I was shocked but gratified to see My Real Name Is Hanna was selected by Goodreads, my favorite social site, to be included on their fall Ultimate YA Book Guide.

It's being called out in Historical Fiction. I'm thrilled! My Real Name Is Hanna by Tara Lynn Masih

How can I thank the many bloggers and reviewers who took the time to give my little book some legs? I can't reach them all, so can only hope they'll see this post and know how... Read more of this blog post »
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“Being a doctor he didn't want for choices, but also being a doctor he understood the fragility of bone and sinew that encompassed the even more fragile organ of the heart. He envisioned Therese's as being wound in intricate, tight, vinelike veins that he would slowly make sense of and unravel.”
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“First you jump off the cliff and build your wings on the way down.”
Ray Bradbury

“Writing isn't about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it's about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It's about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.”
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“Art is not a sack race.”
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“Being a doctor he didn't want for choices, but also being a doctor he understood the fragility of bone and sinew that encompassed the even more fragile organ of the heart. He envisioned Therese's as being wound in intricate, tight, vinelike veins that he would slowly make sense of and unravel.”
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“There open up, deep inside a city, reflected streets, streets which are double, make-believe streets. One's imagination, bewitched and misled, creates illusory maps of the apparently familiar districts, maps in which the streets have their proper places and usual names but are provided with new and fictitious configurations by the inexhaustible inventiveness of the night.”
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message 32: by Tara

Tara Maria wrote: "Hello Tara
Im very pleased to meet you :)"


You too, Maria! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.


message 31: by Maria

Maria Espadinha Hello Tara
Im very pleased to meet you :)


message 30: by Hannah

Hannah Greendale Hi, Tara!

Thanks so much for your kind message about my review of A Boy in Winter. Will you please PM me so we can talk more about reviewing your forthcoming book?

Thanks! :)


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Tara Cheryl wrote: "Thanks for the friend invite, Tara. An author...my favorite people!"

Aww, that is so nice to hear! Musicians are great people, too :-). And artists, and...


message 28: by Cheryl

Cheryl Kennedy Thanks for the friend invite, Tara. An author...my favorite people!


message 27: by Tara

Tara We are doing a giveaway for Best Small Fictions 2017:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...

The Best Small Fictions 2017 by Amy Hempel


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Tara Majenta wrote: "Hi, Tara! Friend Request Accepted, thanks for Requesting! Congratulations on your books! I hope you're having a good week. Happy reading, writing, and everything else. Blessings!

Best wishes from ..."


Thanks so much! Deep into writing mode...


message 25: by Majenta

Majenta Hi, Tara! Friend Request Accepted, thanks for Requesting! Congratulations on your books! I hope you're having a good week. Happy reading, writing, and everything else. Blessings!

Best wishes from Majenta


message 23: by Tara

Tara The wonderful Matchbook Stories is doing a giveaway: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2.... Includes my story Ella: Now and a story by Etgar Keret. They are fun to own! 5 cc so 5 chances.


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Tara K.E. wrote: "Thanks for the GR friendship, Tara!"

You're so welcome! Thanks for the support.


message 21: by K.E.

K.E. Saxon Thanks for the GR friendship, Tara!


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Tara Vincent wrote: "Just purchased The Book Thief hearing good things about it!"

Enjoy! Haven't gotten to it yet.


message 19: by Vincent

Vincent Just purchased The Book Thief hearing good things about it!


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Tara Teresa wrote: "Tara, I just read a great review at "The Mom Egg" of your Where the Dog Star Never Glows. Wonderful!

http://themomegg.com/themomegg/Book_R......"


Thanks once again for reading!


message 17: by Teresa (last edited Apr 12, 2012 10:00AM)

Teresa Tara, I just read a great review at "The Mom Egg" of your Where the Dog Star Never Glows. Wonderful!

http://themomegg.com/themomegg/Book_R...


Savannah Tara, thank you for the friendship.


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Tara Catie wrote: "Hi Tara,

Thanks for the friend request! Look forward to seeing what you're reading."


You too, I'll try to keep up ;-).


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Catie Hi Tara,

Thanks for the friend request! Look forward to seeing what you're reading.


message 13: by Teresa

Teresa Tara wrote: "I think it's great that you read so much and keep authors posted. We don't hear enough from readers. "

For good or bad, I have no qualms about contacting writers. I contacted both Margaret Forster and Ali Smith after reading books of theirs, and got responses from each. What did I have to lose? :)


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Tara Teresa wrote: "Tara wrote: "Thanks, Teresa! Our paths keep crossing, don't they??? Glad you read that journal and that you found the story."

I used to feel like I was 'stalking' Pia Z. Ehrhardt over the internet..."


I think it's great that you read so much and keep authors posted. We don't hear enough from readers.


message 11: by Teresa

Teresa Tara wrote: "Thanks, Teresa! Our paths keep crossing, don't they??? Glad you read that journal and that you found the story."

I used to feel like I was 'stalking' Pia Z. Ehrhardt over the internet, because I kept crossing her path. Now I feel that way about you. I promise it's not 'intentional,' ;) but I can't imagine having better literary company!


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Tara Teresa wrote: "I was reading the latest issue of "Status Hat" and was excited to see and read a story by you there. To anyone else reading this comment who might be interested, the story is here: http://www.stat..."

Thanks, Teresa! Our paths keep crossing, don't they??? Glad you read that journal and that you found the story. I was impressed with the issue as a whole. Love how they represent all genres on one theme.


Teresa I was reading the latest issue of "Status Hat" and was excited to see and read a story by you there. To anyone else reading this comment who might be interested, the story is here: http://www.statushat.org/create/statu...


Sridhar Babu Hi..Tara wish you a happy women's day!!! (better late than never)


Sridhar Babu Hi Tara,
Thank you very very much for adding,accepting me as your friend, thanks for your comment in book excerpts too..you have around 162 friends,and it requires a great talent to locate friends comment and to answer it.


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Beth Hi Tara,
Thanks for befriending this fellow author on Goodreads!


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Tara Just want to wish all my goodreads friends a happy and safe holiday, with lots of time to relax and read! Thanks for the support in 2009.


Jessica Nice to meet you Tara!
jessica


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Tara Hi Barbara:

Thanks, liked your review of the new TC Boyle book.

I'll let you know when the book will be ready. I hear mid-May?

Not sure why goodreads was giving you a hard time on the comments page. Hopefully a one-time glitch!

T


Barbara (Will goodreads let me comment on your page today?!?)

Hi, Tara!

I always love seeing what you've been reading! You've been very influential on my to-read list.

Definitely let me know when I can order your new book.

~B


message 1: by Tara

Tara Dear Friends:

Thanks for joining and I wish everyone a happy holiday and lots of quality reading time over vacation!

Tara


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