One of six children, Tara was born in Kildare, Ireland, but spent her formative years moving around a number of army bases in the Middle East. The family returned when Tara was in her later teens. All the while Tara harboured a passion for writing, but she also harboured a passion for music, dancing and unsuitable boyfriends. Trading Dublin for London, Tara embarked upon a series of temporary jobs and even more temporary men. She recalls doing her own bit for the United Nations, with boyfriends from France (a singer), Spain (a bullfighter), Saudi (a minor royal prince who did a nice line in Tiffany's), and Algeria (a doctor in a famous rehab clinic, who needed rehab himself). She finally settled down with her first husband, a very charming, good looking Spanish-Moroccan with whom she had absolutely nothing in common except a fiery temperament. Nevertheless, that marriage produced two sons and a cat. It ended in 2000.
In 2005, Tara, together with her sons (and the cat) moved to the beautiful harbour town of Ramsgate, on the East Kent coast. Shortly after, she met the "real love of her life" Dr David Moore. They were married in Sorrento in April 2008.