Tara Dairman is a novelist, playwright, and survivor of the world’s longest honeymoon (2 years, 74 countries!). Thanks to her travels, parts of her first middle-grade novel, All Four Stars, were written in a mall in Brazil, a guesthouse in Morocco, and coffeehouses in Argentina, Cameroon, Gabon, and Tanzania. Revisions took place in the slightly less exotic locale of her parents’ basement in New York.
The book, which tells the story of an 11-year-old restaurant critic moonlighting for New York’s biggest newspaper, was published in 2014 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin. It has won many accolades, including a Crystal Kite Award from SCBWI, and has been named an Amazon Best Book of the Month and A Mighty Girl Top Book of the Year. A sequel, The Stars of Summer, was published in 2015, and a third book in the series, Stars So Sweet, will be published July 19, 2016.
Tara’s plays have been produced professionally in New York and Dublin, Ireland, as well as at various universities, and have been shortlisted for prizes such as the Heideman Award (Actors Theater of Louisville), the Jerome Fellowship (The Playwrights’ Center, Minneapolis), and the Princess Grace Award. She has a B.A. in Creative Writing from Dartmouth College and is represented by Ammi-Joan Paquette of the Erin Murphy Literary Agency.
With the traveling bug appeased (for now), Tara has finally settled down in Colorado, where she lives with her family and their trusty waffle iron.
(Photo credit: Tiffany Crowder @ Crowded Studios.)