About the author
BioTasche Laine was born in Wichita, Kansas, but relocated to the Pacific Northwest nine months later. She grew up in the Portland and Seattle areas. She left home at eighteen, traveled a bit, then got her undergrad degree in Broadcast Journalism from Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow School of Communication, and two teaching credentials from California State University a few years later. She has worked a series of jobs including proofreader, newspaper and TV news reporter, Boeing tour guide, producer, editor, technical writer, middle school and high school English teacher, and studio teacher to child actors in Hollywood. After raising her daughter and spending many years in sunny southern California, she recently moved back to her roots to pursue writing, and now resides in the Pacific Northwest, near Portland. Her newly married daughter is a senior at California State University, Fullerton, and Tasche visits as often as she can. CLOSURE is a 2018 International Book Award winner, in recognition of excellence in writing, for Readers’ Favorite. It is a fictional memoir based on Tasche’s own life, and her first book. In her second novel, CHAMELEON, Tasche gives her character Tara a fictitious life all her own. A 2020 Book Excellence Awards Winner for Female Empowerment, CHAMELEON takes Tara’s ‘normal’ life and turns it into a psychological, domestic thriller. From the Author Closure is based on events from my life and has been fictionalized to protect the identities of the people involved, as well as for literary effect. Even though this story is deeply personal, it would not let me rest until I told it. I feel an obligation to tell it, to be a voice for those who feel silenced, as part of my story deals with adversity and serious social issues. I hope that readers will see this book as more than just a story about two kids who fell in love. Because life is so much more complicated than that. Yes, there is a love story here, but it is also a life story. I was inspired to see it through to publication because I feel I have been given a second chance—I almost lost my voice to a thyroid tumor, and my life to kidney cancer—I survived both, and now I’m making a difference.