Writer. Author. Thinker. Storyteller.
Science Fiction Novel
Hello and welcome to my author page!
I completed my first novel "Nadir To Zenith" while living on a beautiful island in the Puget Sound of Washington. The year allowed me the mental space and time to complete this novel, six years in the making. "Nadir to Zenith" is the adventures of young heroine Aurora as she overcomes her struggles to be an individual in an alien world, but also fly squid vessels, travel through wormholes, and have teen crushes!
I created this website to foster a connection with a broader audience and thrilled to share my novel with you!
--Back Cover Book Summary:
The year is 2144, and Earth is now desolate and uninhabitable. Aurora, raised by the alien Torquinox on the distant planet Domina, thought she was living the idyllic life learning to be a squid vessel mechanic. Now at 16, she finds the Torquinox’s shared mind technology is intrusive and annoying. She longs to feel more human than alien. Aurora beginnings to question everything, even the story the Torquinox have told them of their rescue from Earth.
When the great alien alliance falters, and the alien Kean attack her once peaceful planet, Aurora doubts her role in the Torquinox society and dreads all she has to lose. She can only trust in Harvey, her long time crush, as she schemes an escape from Domina. They find an ally in Tatum, a Torquinox who once watched over them. With his assistance, Aurora is ushered into a new era of awakening and begins to have dreams of Earth once suppressed. Her escape plan is perfect until it falters. Will Aurora find the courage to make a new life she only dreamed?
"Nadir to Zenith" published: 4/11/2019
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NADIR TO ZENITH
Published April 11, 2019
I am extremely proud and honored to share "Nadir to Zenith," my latest page-turner with you. My close friends and family know how much work was put into getting this book ready for release and publication. This is the story of Aurora, a 16-year-old girl living on a distant planet called Domina. She and other humans were rescued from Earth as infants by the Torquinox, an alien species who saved them from uninhabitable Earth. Aurora communicates with the Torquinox through the shared mind with the help of alien technology at the base of her spine. She wants to be free of the shared mind, to have her own thoughts and feel like an individual. This is part of her struggle to find what it means to be truly human. I only hope, the heroine Aurora, will inspire young girls to trust their intuition, intelligence, and self-determination as they move into adulthood, no matter what planet they are inhabiting.
I am excited to finally share "Nadir To Zenith," with a wider audience and hope you enjoy it!
Please listen to my reading of chapter 1 excerpt, in the Soundcloud player.
Book Cover Art
Originally, my story was inspired by artist Rodney Sellars and his fantastical squid vessels. I love the art he created, and I thanked him profusely for his imagination and inspirations.
You can see his drawings and paintings,
and hear my chapter one reading in the video below.
Later during the writing process, I scoured the internet for painters of fantasy and science fiction and found this image 'Die Rote' by Thomas Bossert. He paints transportive images with oils, in his studio in Germany. I found this female image very moving and filled with emotion. The mood of the painting, fit the main character of my novel, as she struggled with emotions of being a teenager, and being part of the shared mind. Thankfully, Mr. Bossert permitted me to use his image for my book cover.
The Writing Process
Takes Patience and Perseverance
I have always been a fan of science fiction, and I wanted to challenge myself with writing in this genre. I started writing the novel, Nadir to Zenith, in 2013. The character's names and the setting came to me first, as if they already existed. Aurora was the main protagonist, a young girl with uncertainty and much to prove, living on a planet with aliens. Then I set out to plot out the chapters. I had multiple versions of the book outline. In 2014, I joined a writing group at the very early stages of the novel, which influenced my book development, and how I presented Aurora in the first few chapters. Thanks to the honest feedback of Louis and Dennis, I learned plenty about what I needed to fix. As I kept writing the novel over the years, often taking month-long breaks, I would return to my original chapter outline and be amazed at how much it had evolved. Finally, in 2017 and 2018, while working with a mentor program through Cornerstone Literary in Bath, England, I did the bulk of the serious re-writes and made the hard editing decisions. I was guided by an editor from Bloomsbury Publishing, one of the great publishing houses in England, to the final version you will be reading today.
Ambient Synth music by
This single from Guest Nebula album was composed and produced by Dennis Bestafka. The track 'Lyra' features me
reading from my novel: "Nadir to Zenith." The reading is more to be felt than actually heard clearly.
Get transported and soothed by this chill ambient track.
Over the years I was inspired to write period piece novels that captured the magic realism of my country of origin, Colombia, South America. The landscape and the culture oozed out of my pen with ease. Please find these tragic and beautiful love stories set in early Colombian history, on my Amazon Author Page. I look forward to your reviews!
MEET THE AUTHOR
Storyteller at Heart
Tarabud was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA to Colombian immigrants. As a child she lived with her maternal family in Colombia and grew up enfolded in the richness of Latin American culture. Later transplanted to California, she developed a bi-cultural identity that still inspires her creative work. She cultivated her love of story at California State University of Long Beach, where she completed a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature. Afterwards, she relocated to San Francisco Bay Area, and completed a Master's Degree in Transpersonal/Somatic Psychology from John F. Kennedy University, and practiced as a Marriage and Family Therapist. In the meantime, she self-published three works now available in the Amazon.com: La Botanica, La Semilla, and a poetry collection, In Moments Like These.
While living on Bainbridge Island in the Puget Sound, WA, Tarabud completed and self-published the young adult science fiction novel "Nadir To Zenith." In 2019, she relocated to Austin, Texas with her husband. When not writing, you can find her Voice Acting, singing in her bands Buona Sueño & SentinelDream, making handbags for her PrettyHawke Design, or posting recipes on her blog FoodieOutoftheCloset.