Pray for Life's Monsters (Author Interview)

How were the illustrations done in Pray for Life’s Monsters?

I collaborated with a phenomenal illustrator. I shared what I envisioned and enabled her to incorporate her creativity with my vision.


What inspired you when writing Pray for Life’s Monsters?   

Life inspired me. We all experienced life on a whole new level during the pandemic. A level that brought on a new set of fears that we all will have to learn how to cope with and overcome to maintain peace, joy, and love.


How did you come up with the story in Pray for Life’s Monsters?

Ever since I was a little girl, I struggled with anxiety. It could have been the most minor thing, but to me, it was huge, and I would worry myself until it went away. One day, Alessa’s story just came to me as I was working through a personal issue. Once the book was published, I was preparing to have surgery. Of course, the anxiety kicked in, but then I remembered the book I just wrote and was reminded to Pray for Life’s Monsters.


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Pray for Life’s Monsters?

When you think of a monster, you automatically think of something dark. I did not want my book to be dark. I tried to incorporate comedy within the illustrations, so it was a challenge to create an image that would be both scary and funny simultaneously.


What do you like to do when not writing?

I live in Brooklyn, and I love to pick up my camera, pretend I am a tourist, and take random pictures of people, places, and things.


Where can readers find out more about your work?

The book is available on Amazon right now, and I have another coming out this month. As new stories are published, you will be able to learn about them by following me on Instagram @dr.tarakent or at