Resilience Talk for Depression and Anxiety

resilience articleResilience talk by Karen Tyrrell: award winning mental health author, teacher and speaker.

Have you ever felt depressed? Worried? Anxious? Or stressed?

Don’t worry! My resilience talk with coping skills will empower you to live strong.

Come to Karen’s empowering resilience talk on how to be happier, healthier and mentally balanced.

Karen will share how she recovered from severe mental illness, bullying, bipolar, anxiety, depression and PTSD.

Karen has just returned from speaking to 250 teachers at a Teacher’s Conference in Sydney. She taught teachers resilience skills and how to avoid teacher burnout. HERE

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Resilience: the courage to come back

This event is organized and promoted by Ipswich City Libraries.

Their What’s On Booklet announces: Resilience and Depression?

Join author Karen Tyrrell as she shares her journey in overcoming depression.

What is this resilience talk about? 

School teacher, Karen Tyrrell shares how bullying at work triggered mental illness in her.
Join this 3-time award winning author as shares her journey in overcoming depression, anxiety, stress, PTSD and bipolar.
  • Karen reveals practical skills for coping and recovery.
  • Positive tools and exercises to empower
  • Q & A session

Karen’s books are endorsed by The Black Dog Institute, Kids Helpline, Ex-CEO of Queensland Alliance of Mental Health, Alzheimer’s Australia, teachers, counsellors and MORE

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 My resilience background

I’ve won three mental health awards for my books: Me & Her: A Memoir of Madness, Me & Him: A Guide to Recovery,

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For children …

STOP the Bully, Bailey Beats the Blah, Harry Helps Grandpa Remember, Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra and Jo-Kin Battles the It


I will present a rivetting Power Point presentation with photos and tips. I will personally sign your books.

My husband Steve Tyrrell will be on the book display table. He’s won his own battles with work stress and depression.

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FREE Resilience Talk for Depression and Anxiety

WHEN: Thursday 18 August 10-11.30

WHERE: Barry Jones Auditorium 40 South Street Ipswich

BOOKING: Ring 3810 6815 to book your seat.  Seats are going FAST … so be quick!!

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Imagine FREE Kids Pantomime and Writing Workshop

ImaImagine Karen Tyrrell's BooksImagine: an interactive pantomime kids will love!

Imagine: writing a children’s book to connect with your imagination.


Come to my FREE Kids Pantomime and a FREE Writing Workshop in Imagine Month.

Nov_Sci-fi_FantasyAugust is jam packed with FREE events to inspire your imagination at Logan North Library—

A FUN interactive kids pantomime with prizes and a ‘How to write a Kid’s Book’ workshop for grown-ups.

IMAGINE scifi & fantasy characters and stories weaving their magic spell.

Who loves writing about dragons, fairies … or superheroes?

I’m presenting two FREE events to ignite your imagination …

 13 August Super Space Kids Pantomime 11am

Captain Astra

IMAGINE you’re a Super Space Kid saving the galaxy.

Me, Author Karen Tyrrell shares Jo-Kin Battles the It AND Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra Pantomime. I’ll be dressed as Captain Astra: Super Space Kid.

TERRA + IT Covers

Evil alien, Lord Terra will make a special appearance, wielding his SUPER evil powers.

PRIZES for BEST Super Space Kid, Super Space Hero, alien or robot.

FREE crafty activities and creative writing.

Come join the FUN! … Seats will go fast.

 WHEN: 13th August 11am

WHERE: Logan North Library

2 Sports Drive, Underwood

BOOK your seat on 3412 4140

Are you bringing lots of kids?

 IMAGINE: How to Write a Kids Book with Author Karen Tyrrell 30 August 6pm

Imagine a story!

Imagine a story!

Karen Tyrrell award winning author will guide you how to IMAGINE, Create and Write a children’s book.

I will share my secrets in writing children’s stories that KIDS love.

Karen is the award winning author of 5 Children’s books: Jo-Kin Battles the It, Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra, STOP the Bully, Bailey Beats the Blah and Harry Helps Grandpa Remember.


Jo-Kin Battles the It, Harry Helps Grandpa Remember, STOP the Bully, Bailey Beats the Blah

Come join the FUN! … Seats will go fast.

WHEN: 30th August 6pm

WHERE: Logan North Library

2 Sports Drive, Underwood

BOOK your seat on 3412 4140

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Redgum Book Club Sells Karen Tyrrells Books

LC - Redgum LogoRedgum Book Club is selling 4 of my children’s books in their catalogue.

This term, 70 thousand school-children carried home a glossy Redgum Book Club catalogue featuring my books.

Pinch me! I can’t believe it. This is one of the most incredible things to happen to me as an author.

Last week, Term 3 catalogue traveled home with kids across Australia to wish upon. My fingers are crossed that kids, teachers and families will order my resilience books, empowering kids to live strong.

Jo-Kin Books at Redgum Book Club

Jo-Kin Books at Redgum Book Club

My books on Redgum Book Club …

 Jo-Kin Battles the It (Super Space Kids 1)

ktyrrell-jokin-cover-lsi.inddJo-Kin is a compelling illustrated space adventure empowering kids to become the hero in their own lives. It’s packed with gruesome monsters, killer robots, talking cars and multiple gadgets. Jo-Kin must capture the IT before the IT destroys the galaxy.

 Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra (Super Space Kids 2)

ktyrrell-jokin-cover-promo-web-lgeReluctant hero, Jo-Kin never wanted to be a Super Space Kid. Not until Lord Terra kidnaps his Commander’s little sister and starts destroying the galaxy. Re-united, Jo-Kin leads the Super Space Kids on an inter-planetary hunt for Lord Terra until meeting for a legendary battle on Planet Deelish-us. Can Jo-Kin defeat Lord Terra face to face?

Harry Helps Grandpa Remember

ktyrrell-harry-cover-promo-webuse-lgeCan Harry help his grandpa remember?

In a beautifully illustrated humorous story explores memory and coping skills for all affected by memory loss and dementia with care and compassion. Winner of RADF grant. Aligned with Kids Matter school curriculum.

STOP the Bully

perf5.000x8.000.inddHow does Brian STOP the Bully without revealing his secret?

This book empowers kids with bully prevention skills in a humorous fast paced story. It is endorsed by Kids Helpline and aligned with Kids Matter school curriculum. Free teacher resources.

Check out my books on Redgum Book Club catalogue on pages 3, 9 and 13 using the arrows …



ALL my books are available from the Redgum Book Club website HERE

Thanks Redgum Book Club for believing in my resilience books and giving them a go.

I never thought this would happen. Redgum contacted me last Friday to say my books were listed.

Harry Helps Grandpa Remember on Page 3

Harry Helps Grandpa Remember on Page 3

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CYA Conference 2016 Winners

Winners-announcementI celebrated the ultimate event in my Writer’s year …

The Australian CYA Conference 2016 at Southbank TAFE, Brisbane celebrated its 11th birthday. A one-day action-packed creative retreat for writers. Refreshing. Exhausting. Exhilarating.

I shared this amazing day with my writing buddies and colleagues, participating in writing courses. I scribbled down blueprints for my next writing projects, revitalizing my creative brain to the MAX.

 CYA Conference 2016

Who WON first place in the CYA Conference 2016 Writing Competitions?

Picture Book Preschool …

Oh, So Many Kisses! – Maura Finn,

Picture Book Primary School …

The Midnight Feast – Kim Astill

Picture Book Non Fiction …

Loop the Loop – Jenny Gahan

Chapter Books – Younger Readers

Vikings Behaving Badly – Catherine Pelosi

Chapter Books – Older Readers

Ist Over Ice Under Sea – Marian McGuinness

2nd Winifred Weatherby Saves the Century – Alison Stegert

Young Adult

Bram – Helen Shorrocks

Graphic Novels, Illustrated Picture books & Illustrated Middle Grade Novels

Six Sleepy Mice – Heidi Cooper Smith

Published Author 

Bessie And Mo : Hat : Freya And The Scaredy-Dog – Karen Collum

 Pitching to Publishers & Agents…

Writer friends from my Brisbane writer’s group Write Links pitched their stories to editors and publishers, receiving positive feedback and encouragement, Fingers crossed they ‘ll receive a contract too.

 CYA Conference 2016

Jillanne. Amanda Francy, Leslee Ann Hewson, Dimity Powell from Write Links

 CYA Conference 2016

Sam Sochaka & Melanie Hill. Photo: Peter Alert

What WINNING ideas did the Presenters teach me?

James Phelan —How to write popular fiction. — Find & keep your audience when there’s SO much media competing for attention.
Aleesah Darlison  —Write It! Pitch It! I learned valuable insider tips and tricks for writing chapter book stories and getting published.
Dee White — Waging WAR with your characters — Putting your characters into conflict. PLUS Conquer critiquing and finding fabulous feedback.
Brian Falkner— Grab ’em by the b@#%s! Ratcheting up the suspense and tension.
Publisher Panel: — Industry editors and publishers shared exactly what they’re looking for in The First Page: hooking them to read on.

James Phelan, Brain Falkner, Yvonne Mes, Megan Forward, Katrina Germien, Shannon Horsfall, Dee White, Chrissie Krebs, Aleesah Darlinson

Success Panel Winners …

Congrats to Yvonne Mes, Shannon Horsfall, Megan Forward and Chrissie Krebs who divulged their truly inspirational and surprising journeys on how they became published.

Yvonne Mes Write Links — published  Oliver Grumbles  and  Meet Sidney Nolan.

Shannon Horsfall Write Links –published Was Not Me on 3 July.

Megan Forward published — A Patch from Scratch.

Chrissie Krebs published – This is a Circle and Whats Weird about Santa’s Beard.

 CYA Conference 2016

Congratulations Shannon Horsfall, Alison Stegert and Yvonne Mes from Write Links

My Success Story …

Two years ago, I , Karen Tyrrell shared my own Success Story at CYA Conference with publishing Bailey Beats the Blah and STOP the Bully. Both resilience books winning endorsements from Kids Helpline and a mental health achievement award. Since then I launched picture book, Harry Helps Grandpa Remember, winner of a RADF grant. Plus I published  Super Space Kids series: Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra  and Jo-Kin Battles the It.


Who were the REAL Winners of CYA Conference 2016?

We who attended, who were willing to embrace the wealth of experience, knowledge and inspiration from TOP publishers, agents, illustrators and authors.

CYA Conference 2016 delegates shared a unique opportunity to shape our writing lives and craft us into the writers we could be.

Only if we believed!

 CYA Conference 2016

Thanks to organizers Tina Mare Clark & Ally Howard. Photo: Peter Alert

What was your favourite experience at CYA Conference 2016?

How were you INSPIRED?

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Gold Coast Writers Literary Luncheon

 Gold Coast WritersYIPEE! I, Karen Tyrrell will be a Guest Author at the Gold Coast Writers Literary Luncheon. I’ll be chatting with writers over a relaxed lunch, sharing my writing secrets. Can’t wait to find out the WINNERS of the short story writing competition.  AND hear the dynamic guest speaker too.

Thanks Jill Smith, author and committee member for inviting me to be part of this incredible event.

Gold Coast Writers

Gold Coast Writers

Who’s Guest Speaker at Gold Coast Writers Literary Luncheon?

MEET Madonna King dynamic award-winning journalist, author and commentator.  She headed the top rating current affairs program on the ABC for six years. She won several national ABC awards for her journalism.

Madonna’s fifth book is a biography of federal treasurer Joe Hockey. Last year she authored the biography of Australian of the Year and inventor of the cervical cancer vaccine, Ian Frazer.

Who is Karen Tyrrell Guest Author?

 Karen Tyrrell with Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra

Karen Tyrrell with Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra

Karen Tyrrell is a Brisbane award winning author of seven empowering books, an experienced school teacher, a Key Note speaker and writing workshop presenter. Karen is a survivor of bullying and PTSD. Karen’s books are inspiring page turners, often humorous, showing how to live strong and be resilient. Her memoirs are: Me and Her: A Memoir of Madness and Me and Her: A Guide to Recovery…

IMG_4147Children’s picture books: Harry Helps Grandpa Remember and Bailey Beats the Blah.

Children’s novels: STOP the BullyJo-Kin vs Lord Terra  and Jo-Kin Battles the It.

Karen won three Mental Health achievement awards, three literary grants, and a mentorship with the Society of Editors. She presented talks at CYA Conference, Queensland Writers Centre, Gold Coast Writers Festival, Toowoomba Writers Festival, River City Writers Conference, Moreton Bay Libraries, schools, libraries, hospitals, corporate and community organizations.

Who else are Guest Authors at Gold Coast Writers Literary Luncheon?

Brett Alegre-Wood: Best-selling property investment author with 20 books ‘No Hype-No BS approach.’

Anita Bell: Best-selling author of finance book Your Mortgage, and fantasy series as author A.A. Bell.

Angela Sunde: Children’s author & illustrator of Pond Magic and Snap Magic. Illustrator: The Coral Sea Monster

Elaine Ousten: Children’s book author & publisher at Morris Publishing.

When & Where is the Gold Coast Writers Literary Luncheon?

Saturday 23rd July 11-3 pm

Southport Yacht Club. 1 Macarthur Parade, Main Beach.


Gold Coast Writers

Why don’t you join us?

Secure your tickets: Members $45; Non-members $50. Purchase  HERE

I’m really looking forward to meeting you.

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Sydney Tour Karen Tyrrell Author


Karen Tyrrell Author tours Sydney with books to empower kids to live strong.

Pinch me! I can’t believe it. I’m speaking at a Teacher’s Conference. … I’m story telling at a library AND I’m book signing at a Dymocks book shop… all in Sydney.

WOW! How did this Sydney Tour happen?

A Teacher’s Conference invited me to be a key note speaker on coping skills for teachers. They wanted me to share my recovery story from parent-teacher bullying and mental illness to empower teachers to prevent burnout.

Principal Anthony Pitt (conference co-ordinator) requested I share wellness tools from my award winning resilience books Me and Her: A Memoir of Madness and Me and Her: A Guide to Recovery.

I can’t wait to “teach” the teachers practical life skills and self-care in workshop groups.

I’m traveling from Brisbane to Sydney with my husband Steve in a car loaded with banners, books … and HOPE.


Steve & Karen: Me and Him: A Guide to Recovery and Me and Her: A Memoir of Madness

 Why does this Sydney Tour mean so much to me?

I was born in the City of Sydney. I moved from Ultimo to Mt Pritchard when I was five. I attended Mt Pritchard East Public School and Liverpool Girls High as Karen Cox, maths and science geek.  Steve Tyrrell and I married on a boat on Sydney Harbour. Later we bought a house in St Johns Park where we raised our young family. I taught at Fairfield West School full time and later at surrounding schools as a relief teacher.  My dad and sister live there still.

Love to connect with family and friends in Sydney :)

 Karen Tyrrell Author …Sydney Dates

14 July 10.30-11.30:  Story telling Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra Wetherill Park Library

Join the FUN at Stockland Wetherill Park.  I’m presenting an interactive story telling session with my FUN space adventure Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra (Super Space Kids 2).

WIN Prizes for best super hero, space hero, alien or robot.

Zoom over for FREE Crafty, science and writing activities.

Are you joining the FUN?

Jokin vs Lord Terra Story telling Wetherill Pk flyer Sydney

16 July 11.30-1.30 Book signing books Dymocks Penrith 

Meet Captain Astra aka Karen Tyrrell and THOR aka Steve Tyrrell.

Come take a selfie!

I’m signing copies of all seven of my resilience books. Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra , Jo-Kin Battles the It,

STOP the Bully, Harry Helps Grandpa Remember, Bailey Beats the Blah, Me and Her: A Memoir of Madness and Me and Her: A Guide to Recovery.

Terra Flyer Books at Penrith Sydney

18 July 9-3pm Sydney South West Teachers Conference (invitation only)

On Monday Pupil Free day I’m the Key Note speaker and later I’m presenting workshops on teacher coping skills.


Teachers from Fairvale Public school with Captain Astra from Jo-Kin Battles the It

WHO’s joining the FUN?

I can’t wait for this exciting tour to begin.  I really want to catch up with family, friends, teachers, kids … and my Facebook friends.

Please let me know if you can come along to one of my FREE events.

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Writing Competition Winners for Logan City Council

Port_and_lighthouse_overnight_storm_with_lightning_in_Port-la-NouvelleAnnouncing the winners of Logan City Council Writing Competition.

My name’s Karen Tyrrell, Logan resilience author. I awarded prizes to children who participated in the  School Storm Preparation writing competition. The judging panel was composed of Logan Mayor, Luke Smith, SES Officer, Jim Ferguson and I.  We  shortlisted excellent entries from  schools, until making our final selections.  We decided on a class story which featured all of the Get Ready Logan tips.

get-readyA very timely event after the recent fierce storm battered Logan and East Coast Of Australia with torrential rain, flooding and strong winds.

How do we Prepare for a Storm?

  1. Prepare your home and family prior to an emergency.  Then you’ll recover and be less likely to suffer during a disaster event.
  2. Tie outdoor furniture down and check roof tiles.
  3. Trim trees and cut down overhanging branches.
  4. Drive cars into a garage or cover cars with blanket.
  5. Create an Emergency Kit for humans and pets.
  6. Listen to radio 101 FM for storm updates.
  7. Don’t drive cars onto flooded roads.

Writing Competition Winners

As author judge, I was looking for the best example of a collaborative story based on selection criteria set by the Logan City Council.

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1st place was awarded to Calvary Christian College, Springwood, Class 6C

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Class 6C with Jim Ferguson and Karen Tyrrell

2nd place was awarded to St Paul’s School, Class 5F

3rd Place was awarded to St Paul’s School, Class 6A

Mayor’s encouragement award has been allocated to Beenleigh State School, Class 5B.

Class 6C’s story ‘Ben & Felicia Prepare for a Storm’ shared practical ‘Get Ready Logan’ tips. This story read as a cohesive story, with a high level standard of presentation with pictures illustrated by the students. Class 6C worked as a team producing their story collaboratively.

6C Class Captains with "Ben & Felicia prepare for a storm"

6C Class Captains with “Ben & Felicia prepare for a storm”

How do you Create a Collaborative story?

  1. Ensure everyone knows what the selection criteria are or what the story goal is.
  2. Brainstorm ideas for a story line, characters, plot and scenes.
  3. Write a sequential story collaboratively ensuring the story is cohesive.
  4. Allocate group member tasks to complete i.e. writing, typing, illustrating, collating.
  5. Assess story using selection criteria.  Look for originality, realism (if needed), visual appeal, Is it interesting? easy to follow, unique style, well-written, does it achieve its message goal etc.

The winners were announced on 6th of June at the Logan Uniting Church building on Dennis Road. I delivered a 5 minute interactive talk immersing the children with FUN emotive actions and reactions.

Karen Tyrrell talks to Calvary Christian College

Karen Tyrrell talks to Calvary Christian College

Jim Ferguson and I gave each student a copy of their book and a small pack of “Get Ready Logan” goodies.

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6C students holding their book and their Get Ready pack.

I presented Class 6C a signed copy of Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra, my Fun space adventure with positive resilience and problem solving skills.

Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra

6C Student receives prize: Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra

 Writing Competition MEDIA

Please stay tuned for stories in The Reporter newspaper and in Logan City Council bulletins.

PLEASE Watch out for announcements of the official book launch in October.

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Winners Blog Tour Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra

WinnersAnnouncing Winners Blog Tour Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra (Super Space Kids 2), Fun space adventure.

Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra is the sequel to Jo-Kin Battles the It.

ktyrrell-jokin-cover-lsi.inddBlast off with gadgets, robots and funky food in a hilarious outer space adventure that enlightens you with STEM science, the power of teamwork, problem solving, and resilience.

Reluctant hero, Jo-Kin never wanted to be a Super Space Kid. Not until Lord Terra kidnaps his Commander’s little sister and starts destroying the galaxy. Jo-Kin reunites the mighty Super Space Kids for an inter-planetary hunt for Lord Terra, finally meeting in a legendary winner takes all battle on Planet Deelish-us.

Can Jo-Kin defeat the all-powerful Lord Terra face to face?”

★★★★★ Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra is now available with REVIEWS

  1.  ★★★★★ Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra is available on Amazon in print and ebook HERE
  2. Get your signed copy posted from me. Please leave me a message.
  3. Grab your copy from selected book store. Stores include:  Dymocks stores, Mary Ryan Milton, Angus & Robertson Capalaba, Riverbend, BookFace Pacific Fair and MORE

Thanks to hosts of Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra Blog Tour

 Special thanks to all authors who hosted Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra Blog Tour & Book Giveaway, my out-of-this-world book reviews, interviews and blog posts.

Special Thanks to Alison Stegert, June Perkins, Kate Foster, Robyn Opie Parnell, Melissa Wray, Jill Smith, and Romi Sharp.

Winners Blog Tour Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra

 Winners Blog Tour Jo-Kin vs Lord TerraDrumroll…

The winners are …

2 signed Copies: Megan Higginson and Lynda Lees

3 ebooks: Sofia Goodsoul, Merran Jones,  Meryl Harris,

Signed Artwork from the illustrator: Norah Colvin

Congratulations to all. I’ll  zoom away your prize ASAP.

WINNERS Please Send me  your address or email so I can send your prize ASAP.

 Winners Blog Tour

Download FREE teacher notes and kids activities HERE

Get your Free STEM science activities, teacher notes , Creative writing activities PLUS activities on humor, family and MORE … download HERE

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Writer Burnout How I Stopped It


Writer Burnout !!! Today I planned to announce a HUGE Writing project … which would have instigated Writer Burnout. Luckily, my writing buddies and family saved me, begging me to take time-out.

WHY? … For a month, I’ve thrown myself into a relentless schedule of events surrounding the launch of my children’s FUN space adventure Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra.

Terra PROMO 1 174 KBLaunching my new release, Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra was thrilling but exhausting.  A whirlwind launch at Logan North library, an Amazon release, and six book signings at Riverbend and Dymocks stores.  My next one at Dymocks Chermside June 11.This grueling schedule was followed with an online Blog Tour. Phew! …  I’m exhausted thinking about it.

I always keep a smile on my face regardless of the techno gremlins tormenting me in the background.

My resilience and patience has been tested of late with technological difficulties:-

  • An alleged computer virus
  • Facebook glitches resulted in my inability to post photos and “share”
  • Amazon didn’t release my book on the agreed date
  • Issues with my new book being “temporarily out of stock” … What the!!

My stress levels back-flipped and spiraled.

The beginning of stress was tightening and weighing down my shoulders. I could see the black chasm of Writer Burnout.

 Writer Burnout

Thankfully, with the help of family and friends everything is now sorted out and working PURR-fectly. Jo-Kin is available online and in book shops. Thank you Universe :) :)

 Writer Burnout

As a writer, I’m extremely driven and motivated.  I could happily work 10 hours a day writing and speaking at events … But should I?

For my mental health, I’m taking time out to write, to spend more time with my family and exercise every day. I can’t wait to return to Mount Tambourine Rainforest for my Sunday hike, my Mental Health rejuvenation day.

 Writer Burnout

Me rejuvenating at Mount Tamborine

    How to STOP Writer Burnout

  1. Listen closely to your writer friends and family. Ask for their advice and take it.
  2. Pace yourself with events and deadlines. Give yourself downtime between events.
  3. Look at the BIG picture of your writing and the project you working on. Remind yourself that your health comes first- remember Balance and Mind Body Spirit.
  4. Plan your launch and events well in advance. Plan downtime too. Not back to back events.
  5. Accept that life: you, people, computers, and online networks aren’t perfect. Cut yourself and others a bit of slack.
  6. Pay attention to detail when filling in online forms, especially anything to do with release dates. Your release date should be at least two weeks before the actual launch date, allowing time to fix any techno glitches. This small error had triggered some unforeseen techno problems listed above.
  7. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Use humor to empower yourself to lower your stress levels.
  8. Ground yourself in nature. Everyday take time out to commune with nature. Take a brisk walk in the sunshine. Feed the birds. Play with your pet. Take slow deep breaths in the fresh air.
  9. Live totally in the moment. Enjoy your writer’s journey. Savour every new experience. Greet new people. Warm yourself with their smiles and laughter.
  10. Celebrate every success, no matter how small it is. Congratulate yourself on every milestone.  :)

Celebrate every success!!

Celebrate every success!!


I’ve completed my empowering NEW novel for girls, based on my personal story … I’ll announce it properly at a later date after I regain my energy.

Today I sent it to my Editor. Please stay tuned. :)

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How did you restore yourself?

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Book Giveaway Jo-Kin vs Lord Tera Blog Tour

Terra OUT NOWBook Giveaway! I’m celebrating the release of Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra (Super Space Kids 2) out NOW on Amazon and in book shops across the galaxy with a FREE Book Giveaway.

I, Karen Tyrrell, award winning  resilience author of seven books launch Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra, an illustrated action-packed comedy space adventure for kids 7-12. Illustrated by Trevor Salter. Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra is the sequel to  Jo-Kin Battles the It.


Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra on Amazon HERE

Blast off with gadgets, robots and funky food in a hilarious outer space adventure that enlightens you with STEM science, the power of teamwork, problem solving, and resilience.

Reluctant hero, Jo-Kin never wanted to be a Super Space Kid. Not until Lord Terra kidnaps his Commander’s little sister and starts destroying the galaxy. Jo-Kin reunites the mighty Super Space Kids for an inter-planetary hunt for Lord Terra, finally meeting in a legendary winner takes all battle on Planet Deelish-us.

Can Jo-Kin defeat the all-powerful Lord Terra face to face?’

★★★★★  Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra REVIEWS

★★★★★ Zany, action-packed space adventure about grit, mateship, courage … and intergalactic nachos. Who knew outer space was so delicious?

–Alison Stegert Author & School counsellor

★★★★★ ”Action-packed space adventure will make your tummy rumble and your heart race.

–Jacqui Halpin: Author & Writing Leader @ Write Links

★★★★★ “Adventurous book I recommend for children ages 7 to 12. It encompasses everything children value – super space heroes, flying machines, action between the “good guys and bad guys” and an exciting plot that includes a mission to an edible planet. Read Full Review HERE

★★★★★ Reviews on Amazon  HERE & Goodreads HERE

FREE Teacher Resources and Kids Activities HERE

Download FREE teacher Resources and kids activities including STEM science, creative writing, teacher notes; thinking skills for humor & family themes; comprehension, brainstorm, quizzes, and colour sheets.

Captain Astra

Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra Blog Tour & Book Giveaway

To celebrate Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra  launch I’m hosting Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra Blog Tour and Book Giveaway. Co-hosts will share out-of-this-world book reviews, interviews and blog posts.

I will zoom out signed copies of my book Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra and galactic prizes via the websites below. Please leave a comment on any of the websites BELOW to WIN.

23 May Amazon & Blog Tour Launch

24 May Writing Kids Comedy, Melissa Wray

25 May Create a Powerful Hero Character, Alison Stegert

26 May Creating Teacher Resources, Romi Sharp

27 May Book Review, Robyn Opie Parnell

30 May Book Review, Jill Smith

31 May Creating Themes in Kids Books, Kate Foster

1 June Illustrate a Children’s Novel, June Perkins


Connect with the author Karen Tyrrell



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Book Giveaway

WIN two signed copies of Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra OR 3 eBooks OR signed artwork from the illustrator, Trevor Salter.

For a chance to WIN prizes … Just leave a comment BELOW or on any of the ABOVE websites.

REMEMBER: Leaving comments on more than one site, radically increases your chances to WIN a prize.

Winners announces on 6 June.  Good luck :)

The Blog Tour starts today … Please comment BELOW to win prizes.

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