August 16, 2018
Catch my latest interview for the CNIB Newsletter; I've also included it below!
Blind Sighted – Tara Nanayakkarra
I don’t use a white cane every day and I can’t read braille. I live in the netherworld, between the completely blind and the fully sighted, so it’s hard to imagine that, with less than 10 per cent vision, I have near perfect colour perception. According to doctors I’ve had over the years, there is a pin prick of light that enters my cataract-clouded lens, allowing me the glory of colours of all shades and hues, and I run with it. I love colour-coordinating my clothes and, when my husband and I bought our house, we went to town matching paint colours with ceramic tile, counter tops and furnishings. I love a bright, cheerful decor, not only because it helps me see better but also because it brings positive energy to our space.
Acquaintances don’t know what to make of me. They tell me I “look so normal”, they have no idea about my vision. Does this mean that if you have any kind of impairment you aren’t considered “normal.”?
Then there are others, who notice my squint and lack of eye contact and feel that I need to be treated like an invalid. They often speak to me in patronizing tones and offer well-intentioned help when I don’t need it. I will happily accept assistance crossing a busy intersection or navigating a set of descending steps. I don’t however need someone to automatically take my elbow and guide me on flat surfaces be it, inside or out.
Unsolicited opinions and perceptions are not the way to go. Instead, be friendly without being patronizing. Offer help if you think you see a need. If the need is not there, I will decline with a smile and a friendly word of thanks, gratefully that you cared enough to ask.
Better to be blind and see with your heart, then to have two good eyes and see nothing. - Helen Keller
April 11, 2018
My latest author event - a night of reading at the CNIB for low vision clients.
June 20, 2017
And yet another of Dawning of a New Garden in Herizons Magazine. Check it out!!!
May 8, 2017
I was featured for an article in Atlantic Books Today. Find it here!!!
January 11, 2017
There is another review of Dawning of a New Garden. Check it out!
December 26, 2016
Today, The Miramichi Reader publish a review of Dawning of a New Garden. Check it out! http://miramichireader.ca/2016/12/dawning-new-garden/
September 10, 2016
Here's the details on my book signing at Chapters in St. John's on October 7, 2016 and my reading at the Ship Inn on October 4, 2016.
August 2, 2016
My Toronto book launch date is set: September 28, 2016. See the details below.
June 18, 2016
My latest novel, Dawning of a New Garden will be available from Inanna Publications on September 30. I'm really excited!
September 1st 2015
Cardboard Dreams is now available in eBook at
August 28th 2015
Great news! Cardboard Dreams is now available for hard copy pre-order at
July 20th 2015
I'm finishing the proofing of the final galleys of my new novel Cardboard Dreams. Hopefully it will be sent off to the publisher by Wednesday, for an early fall publication. Stay tuned for more details.....
Feb 16th 2015
Here I am at the CNIB this morning, linking my website to my business Facebook page. Now it should be easier to follow my posts.
Jan 31st 2015
It's official. My new website is up and running for public viewing. I'll blog about my day to day life as a writer. I'll also talk being a visually impaired mother who loves to cook for the family. Stay tuned for more...
The new year brings good news. My latest book Dawning of a New Garden will be released by Inanna next year. Although it is a follow-up to Priya's World, it can read as a stand alone novel. We see Priya ten years later in St. John's NL with a whole new set of issues and challenges to overcome.
As I detach emotionally from the novel, I will turn my attention to an online novel, as yet untitled that I will be posting chapter by chapter for all my web fans and friends. Stay tuned for more details as I forge ahead with my online adventure.