Taryn Noelle Kloeden

Mountain Range Illustration


Hi, I'm Taryn! On this website you will find information about my books, short stories, research publications, and more! Thanks for stopping by and hope you find something that speaks to you.

Silhouette of a Flock of Birds


Taryn is a lover of nature and all things furry and feathered. As an anthrozoologist and PhD candidate in environmental science, she is dedicating her life to understanding and protecting animals, both human and nonhuman. This zeal for the outdoors combined with a lifelong love affair with fantasy and horror stories led her to create the YA dark fantasy series, The Fenearen Chronicles. Taryn lives on a micro-farm in Virginia's beautiful Shenandoah Valley and is full-time faculty at Purdue University Global.


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  • BS psychology with biology minor (summa cum laude) - College of William & Mary
  • MS anthrozoology (with honors) - Canisius College
  • PhD environmental science and policy - George Mason University

Publications and presentations

  • Categorizing Professionals’ Perspectives on Environmental Communication with Implications for Graduate Education in Environmental Communication

  • Conference Presentation at Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies: Vultural Differences: Social science applications to black vulture predation research
  • Lightning talk for Smithsonian’s Earth Optimism Summit 2020: International and Interdisciplinary Collaboration on Nomadic Herders' Adaptations to Climate Change in Northern Mongolia.
  • International PhD Workshop for Sustainable Development presentation: Vultural Differences: A multispecies ethnography of black vulture predation on cattle in Virginia


Wild Wolf Animal

Hex Breaker

The Fenearen Chronicles Book One

YA Dark Fantasy


Twice Blessed

The Fenearen Chronicles Book Two

YA Dark Fantasy


Dream Walker

The Fenearen Chronicles Book Three

YA Dark Fantasy


Collections featuring Taryn

Hand Drawn Flowers


"May Your Bones Remember"

"Bean An Eich-Uisge"

Hand Drawn Flowers



"The Monster of Lake Bakwansek"


"The Horned God:

Reflections from the Hedge"

Hand Drawn Flowers

Selected Free to Read Short Stories



I regularly work with libraries, bookstores, and clubs to provide engaging workshops. Please reach out to me if interested!

Upcoming events:

  • 10/14/2023: Eat Local Read Local @ Cascades Public Library 11:00-2:00
  • 10/13/2023-10/29/2023: The Blue Ball Inn Haunted tours @ 1970 Brucetown Rd, Clear Brook, VA. Fridays-Sundays 6:00-Midnight.

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contact me


(540) 454-7596



Vintage Hand and Moon Tattoo