Friday, November 27, 2020





Boy-meets-girl and they fall madly in love. 

She is desperate to be a wife just like all her friends...and he would do anything to feel like a man.

But as soon as they wed, their innocent romance takes a shocking and horrific turn. 

Strap in for a roller coaster ride about the dark side of marriage and parenthood in this haunting poetic thriller. 

Fair warning, these tales are not for the faint of heart.

Book Details

Title: Tales of Woe

Author: Tay Reem

Genre: contemporary poetry

Publisher: Owens Publishing House (October 3, 2020)

Print length: 128 pages


A few of your favorite things: my bamboo steamer for mandatory random dim sum nights with my closest friends. My first ever CD gifted to me for my 6th birthday . . . “Baby One More Time” – Britney Spears. I also still have the love letters my old high school sweetheart handwrote me that I’ll always cherish.
Things you need to throw out: I have a pair of chunky Louboutin studded boots that always declare war on my feet, they can go. My old cheerleading trophies can also go along with my giant hoop earrings.

Things you need in order to write: I prefer silence when I write and a crunchy snack.
Things that hamper your writing: my phone.

Things you love about writing: creating new worlds where nothing happens unless I write it. Getting comments and messages from my followers about how they felt reading my work.
Things you hate about writing: feeling like I am never finished finding the best way to say things.

Easiest thing about being a writer: writing.

Hardest thing about being a writer: writing well.

Things you love about where you live: it’s so quiet, there are always children laughing outside, the staff is always so helpful and there is a giant palm tree outside of my window.
Things that make you want to move: being so far away from my friends.

Favorite foods: spaghetti and meatballs, dumplings, chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes . . . I’ll honestly eat pretty much anything.
Things that make you want to throw up: raisins and olives. Disgusting.    

Favorite song: “L.O.V.E” by Nat King Cole.
Music that make your ears bleed: anything with a harmonica.

Favorite beverage: Raspberry Green Tea Lemonade from Starbucks.

Something that gives you a pickle face: Kombucha. Disgusting.

Something you’re really good at: telling stories!

Something you’re really bad at: spelling. I never said I was perfect.

Something you wish you could do: I’ve always wanted to learn how to surf.
Something you wish you’d never learned to do: I wish I never learned how to smoke. I don’t do it anymore, but I wish I never started. It has never helped me in life.

Last best thing you ate: mac and cheese from Catch LA. It was so good, I still dream about it.

Last thing you regret eating: an entire pack of half a dozen cupcakes. I knew it was a bad idea, but I did it anyway

Things you always put in your books: violence.
Things you never put in your books: basic boring characters.

Favorite places you’ve been: Barbados, Naples and London because of the food, the shopping, the people and the incredible scenery.
Places you never want to go to again: Denmark. Not my favorite.

Favorite things to do:
I love visiting beautiful wineries and going to tasking rooms, especially on a warm day. Watching the sunrise and the surfers in Newport Beach is something I do often. Off-roading has quickly become a new favorite activity.

Things you’d run through a fire wearing gasoline pants to get out of doing: washing dishes, going to Sunday school, and ab workouts.

Things that make you happy: late 90s – early 00’s pop music, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies from Potbelly’s and finally achieving runners high.
Things that drive you crazy: when I’m looking for parking and think I’ve finally found a spot but it’s actually a fiat or a motorcycle parked deep into that spot making it look like it was open, so at first I’m relieved to finally stop circling the lot only to be disappointed then quickly enraged by how tiny fiats are and how annoying that its drivers always pull all the up when they park them, fooling hopefuls like myself every time.

Proudest moment: when I held the final version of my book in my hands.

Most embarrassing moment: when I got really drunk and accidently called the police on myself.

Best thing you’ve ever done: when I moved from Maryland to California.

Biggest mistake: deciding to get my doctorate. It ended up being a waste of time and money.

Most daring thing you’ve ever done: move my entire life across the country because I was tired of the cold.

Something you chickened out from doing: some of my friends invited me to cliff dive, and I had to respectfully decline.

The last thing you did for the first time: I drove a speedboat for the first time not too long ago. It was the most fun I’ve had in a while.

Something you’ll never do again: I’ll never let anyone discourage me from doing anything I want to do ever again.


Tay Reem was raised in a small town in Maryland. She studied psychology at Morgan State University and later earned her Master’s in the same field. After many years working as a behavioral insights analyst, she left the corporate world to pursue her dream of becoming an author instead. Inspired by her own childhood and every day human experiences, Reem channels her empathetic side as fuel for her work. Her academic background in psychology and previous job as a behavioral analyst, prepared her for a universe of complicated characters portraying the light, the grey and the dark side of humanity. Her next book is set to do just that - tell real narratives about regular people who do what any of us would do given the right circumstance.  When she’s not thinking of her next big story, you can probably find her on a hiking trail in the hills or off-roading in the desert. She currently resides in Southern California where she is hard at work on her second book.

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