Dear Readers: 2015 Will Be The Year I Bounce Back

Every January 1st, like many people, I feel like I have a fresh start. I’m going to throw away all the crap from last year and get twice as much done this year. I’m going to be more positive, eat less chocolate (yeah right), save up for that epic trip somewhere far and inspiring, and—most importantly—start living today and stop worrying about tomorrow. And of course I’m going to write, like, three books and sell them all.

But if 2014 taught me anything, it’s that this THING we hear all the time is very true. Your life can change very quickly. And when it does, you’re forced to take a good look at yourself and what really matters. Everything I had a year ago—all of my future plans, my life in Oregon, my comfort—I no longer have today. I thought I’d have Encore finished by March (ha). I was going to grad school, trying to get my M.Ed. I’d planned on rewriting this story I’m dying to get out to you all and FINISHING it.

But then life happened. And now I have a new reality. I live in Las Vegas again, a place I ran from screaming 10 years ago, because my mom, who is dealing with a lot of serious health issues, needs my love and help. I’ve also resumed my career in the multimedia field. So between uprooting my life, taking care of my mom, and starting a new job…2014 pretty much gave me no time to write. I honestly didn’t have any mental energy left to make ENCORE the book I want it to be. And I apologize, because I know how many of you have been waiting eagerly for ENCORE. I’ve gotten your frustrated emails and Tweets—believe me, I want this book to come out as badly as you want to read it. Probably more so 🙂

The good news? I’m starting 2015 settled. I’m moved in. I’ve fallen into the groove with my job. My mom will soon be getting a surgery that we’re hoping will change a lot and allow her to function again. And…I’m wrapping up ENCORE. I’d hoped to get it done as a goodbye to 2014, but I didn’t quite make that goal. So, while the release date is up to my publisher and I can’t promise anything, my hope is that Jasmine and crew will be in your hands very soon! Thank you so much for your patience, and I’m so sorry for making you all wait an extra year. I’ve put a lot of HEART into this book, so I hope it’ll be worth the wait for you 🙂

Even though this last year has been hell—I did learn some important things about myself.

1. I need to stop setting all these goals on Jan 1st and stick to one simple thing. One thing I KNOW I can accomplish. This year that one thing is getting up, brushing myself off, and continuing to be a writer. Because, being a writer is, you know, who I am. So, I’m going to write—and, most importantly, I’m going to stop editing myself so much because I no longer have the TIME to do that.

2. To be the writer I want to be, I need to give some things up. So, I’ve decided to take a hiatus from editing and other freelance work. And, you know, Netflix will still be there when I finish my next book.

3. My day job has shown me how much I miss video editing/production, making music, graphic design, photography—and all the things I used to do. Taking a break from writing actually makes me a better, more productive writer. So, I’m going to do my multimedia thing by day, write by night, and go to sleep feeling accomplished (as long as my characters don’t start talking to me—I hate it when they do that)

4. I will always eat too much chocolate. So, I’ll just do a few more jumping jacks.

Happy New Year, all! May you hear from me more often 🙂


ENCORE teaser

For those of you who are waiting for Encore…here are some lyrics Jasmine was inspired to write while on the road. It has not been an easy journey for anyone in C-Side…

 We Were Stars


There’s a burned out Barracuda on the way to Lake Mojave

Rusty bones and a crumpled hood

She was something else, back in the day

Cherry red with glossy black seats

She didn’t back down, even when you pushed her

She sang until the end

And she didn’t go quietly

She was still breathing when the last flame went out


Live in the moment

Sink or swim

It’s all you can do

New Book!

Hi all,

My newest book, FOXGLOVE (a Twin Peaks-esque murder mystery), has sold to the lovely Stacy Abrams and Alycia Tornetta at Entangled Teen! No release date yet, but we’re thinking Fall 2015 🙂

The Publisher’s Marketplace Announcement:

Tara Kelly’s FOXGLOVE, in which a townie girl works to uncover the true killer behind a series of murders involving rich summer residents when evidence points to her best friend and secret crush, all while tensions in town start to turn explosive, to Stacy Abrams and Alycia Tornetta at Entangled Teen, by Jennifer Laughran at Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

I’ve never worked so hard on a book, and I’m so happy that it’s found a home with two super enthusiastic editors!

Where’s Encore? When is my next book coming out?

It’s been a really tough year for me, guys. I won’t go into all the setbacks. I’ll just say they’ve been significant and have seriously impacted how much time I’ve had for writing. This is why ENCORE has been delayed, and–for that–I apologize. Please know I’m doing everything I can to get it out to you and it WILL be coming out.

I also have written another book called Foxglove. You can read more about it here:

I am incredibly proud of this book. It’s the product of almost 3 years of sweat, tears, all nighters, and times when I had to fight not to give up. And I think it’s my best work yet. I can’t wait to share it with all of you, whether it’s later this year or a couple years from now (if a publisher picks it up).

That’s all for now. May my next update be sharing release dates!


My Cat Talks About the Writing Process



Okay, I have an idea. This is serious business. Really SERIOUS.



I’m trying it out. Digging it. I think? 



Oh, God. This sucks!



Wait, I have a new idea! This is totally going to work!



…this isn’t going to work.



Grr. I really NEED this to work. 



I’m getting tired…




That’s it. I’m done. Goodnight.