About the author

kneeling in the snow


Tasche Laine was born May 23, 1966 in Wichita, Kansas. At nine months old she relocated to the Pacific Northwest with her family, and grew up shuttling back and forth between Portland and Seattle.

Tasche left home at eighteen, traveled a bit, then got her degree in Broadcast Journalism from Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow School of Communication. After graduating from WSU in 1989, she worked a series of jobs from Reporter to Boeing Tour Guide.

She married, and her daughter was born in 1998. Much to the dismay of the doting grandparents, she and her husband moved to sunny Southern California with their baby a year later, where she soon became a high school English teacher. She earned two teaching credentials at California State University, Fullerton. Tasche continued to teach—both in the classroom, and as a Studio Teacher, to child actors in Hollywood. June 2017, she picked up and moved back to her roots to pursue writing, now residing in Vancouver, Washington.

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. She is currently working on a new project, giving her character, Tara, a fictitious life all her own. In this harrowing sequel, Tara’s ‘normal’ life is about to get a whole lot scarier. Watch for CHAMELEON in stores soon.

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.”