Tara Conklin is a local author/lawyer living in the Madrona neighborhood with her family, and her latest novel the House Girl has received a 3.92 rating through Amazon readers. Before Tara decided to focus on her fiction writing, she was a litigator in New York and London offices of a corporate law firm, dealt cards at a Casino in Costa Rica, and taught English at a school in Madrid. I’m sure through her travels and differing professional roles in life she will have an extensive pool of life experiences to develop future stories!
The House Girl is set in Virginia, in 1852 and tells a tale of a seventeen year old slave girl by the name of Josephine Bell, who after many years working as a nurse and slave to her sick mistress, an aspiring artist at a failing tobacco farm, decides to run. Fast forward to 2004, where Lina Sparrow, an uber ambitious first year law associate is given a highly sensitive case that could make her career take off. Lina must find the perfect plaintiff for a monumental class action suit worth trillions of dollars for descendants of American slaves. Through her father Lina untangles the story of Josephine Bell and a controversy stirring around the art world: are the iconic paintings long thought to be from Lu Anne Bell really the work of her house slave, Josephine? You be the one to find out! If you have read any of Tara Conklin’s writing, we welcome your feedback.