About the author

kneeling in the snow


Tasche 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, Fullerton 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 Vancouver, Washington. 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, Tasche gives her character, Tara, a fictitious life all her own. The sequel, 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.    


What’s in a name?

People often ask me why I spell my name so funny. First of all, I didn’t come up with it, my parents did. My name is pronounced Tasha, but is actually spelled like the German word for bag—as in handbag, pocket book, purse, or attaché case.

Let’s stop and think about that for a minute.

When I was in fourth grade, our class got a new student. He and his family had just moved to our tiny town all the way from Germany. Thomas Wittek was nine years old and spoke English very well, but with a strong German accent. On his very first day in class, upon learning my name and its spelling, he immediately let out a giant guffaw and pointed at me, “Tasche? Ha ha ha! You’re an OLD BAG!”

At recess that day, he told anyone who would listen that my name meant bag, and that I was in fact an old bag, and what a stupid name that was. Who, in their right mind, would name their kid Old Bag? He was incredulous. Needless to say, I went home that day crying to my mother over the traumatizing event.

My dad was taking German in college while he and my mom were dating. When deciding what to name their new fluffy black kitten, my dad looked up KIT, which was short for kitten—and also my mom’s initials—in his German-English dictionary. A synonym for kit is bag. They saw the word ‘tasche’ and fell in love with it. They decided it was the perfect name for their kitten. Later, after my parents were married and I came along, they still liked the name, and thus I was christened with it as well. So, when people ask how I was named, they usually get the short version, “I was named after a cat.”