WoMen’s Literacy Cafe
with a wonderful Book Launch Party
that is taking place this month!
Please welcome character Tara Spencer to our blog today!
Tara is the star of The Awakening
We left Tara’s creator Lisa Lilly home while we spoke with Tara!
Welcome Tara!! Tell us about the book you are in!
My name is Tara Spencer. I?m a college student with plans to go to medical school. I have four younger brothers and sisters, so I know how much time and commitment kids require. That?s why I was determined to wait until after college to get married and have children, and why I told my fianc?, Jeremy, we had to wait to have sex until after I graduated college.
Then, somehow, I became pregnant anyway. No one could explain it, and no one believed me that I hadn?t had sex. Jeremy broke up with me. His sister ? my best friend ? was angry at me for not telling her ?the truth? about my pregnancy, even though I did. My parents thought I was losing my mind.
Only a stranger, Cyril Woods, believed me that I was still a virgin and didn?t know how I got pregnant. Cyril told me he belonged to a religious order that thought my child was the new messiah, fulfilling signs in the Book of Revelation. That sounded crazy to me, but he was the only one supporting me, and I turned to him when I was in trouble.
As soon as I learned the baby would be a girl, though, Cyril abandoned me. His order said that Revelations was clear ? only a male child could be the next messiah. They convinced Cyril I would be the mother of the anti-Christ, and I needed to be stopped from setting off the Apocalypse. I fled from my family, from Cyril, from everyone, searching for a safe place to give birth, and the answer to whether I and my child are meant to save the world or destroy it.
Wow Tara! That sounds like a very intense staring role! Let me ask you a few questions!
We all want to be different, so what is the one thing you wish your creator had done differently with you?
I wish I?d been left alone to have a normal life. I wanted to finish college, go to medical school. Maybe go into research and find a way to cure the type of cancer my youngest sister Megan has.
If I couldn?t change what happened ? getting pregnant ? I guess I wish I could be a little more suspicious of people. I believe in the people I love, and I feel that?s a good thing, but sometimes it?s a mistake. Possibly a fatal mistake.
If you could have added something to the story, and your creator would have let you, what would that have been?
I would have found better ways to protect the people around me from those who wanted to harm me and stop my pregnancy.
What do you love best about yourself? What do you like least?
I love best that I believe in myself and the people I care about, and I will go to the ends of the earth to do what I think is right.
What I like least is that sometimes I?m a little too trusting, and it comes back to haunt me. But I still think it?s better to give people a chance, rather than thinking the worst all the time.
What part of the book was the hardest for you and your creator to work through?
My parents? attitudes toward me and my pregnancy. I like to think that if my daughter told me she was pregnant and didn?t know how it happened, that I would just believe her and support her as she tried to figure out what to do and how this happened. Maybe it?s not so easy as that, but I wish it were.
Is there a sequel for this book? If so, what do you want to accomplish in the next book. If not, do you wish you could continue your story?
Yes, there is a sequel in progress. I want to find a way to live a happy life despite all that?s happened to me. I want to make the world a better place, both by becoming a doctor and by finding a way to understand the prophecy about me and use what I learn to help other people. But that means evading and fighting the same people and forces that tried to end my life and harm people I love. I hope I am strong and smart enough to do that.
Tara thank you so much for coming to visit us today! I’m really looking forward to checking out your story!
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