Steve Tyrrell Author Presenter Creative

Steve TyrrellSteve Tyrrell Author Presenter Creative

Meet Steve Tyrrell: children’s author, presenter, creative director of Digital Future Press.

SHH! Steve doesn’t know I wrote this blog about him … But he soon will. (Ha-Ha)

I’m so proud of Steve Tyrrell, loving husband to me, Karen Tyrrell, my best friend and father of our two kids … Steve holds two degrees, one in business, one in marketing.

 Little known fact … Steve attracts small children, wild birds and pets with his magnetic smile and personality wherever he goes.

Steve Tyrrell

Meet Steve Tyrrell

I owe everything to Steve Tyrrell

A decade ago, I reached rock bottom when parents bullied me as a teacher, triggering mental illness within me. Steve supported me through the other side to full recovery. His love and never-give-up attitude made me the resilient person I am today. He encouraged me to write two memoirs about our recovery …

Steve Tyrrell

With our two books Me and Her: A Memoir of Madness AND Me and Him: a Guide to Recovery

What’s Steve Tyrrell passionate about?

Steve is hopelessly addicted to reading. He reads up to 3 books a week. He’s an excellent cook, golfer, gym junkie, hiker, traveler, motivational speaker, comedic performer …  and writer.

Steve Tyrrell

How did Steve Tyrrell begin his creative journey?

Over 30 years ago, I met Steve when we were both students. He vowed one day he’d become an author and he did…  just two years ago.

What role does Steve Tyrrell play at Digital Future Press?

  1. Steve provides honest feedback and suggestions to all my eleven empowering books for adults and children. HERE


  1. Steve guest authored two chapters in each book of the Song Bird series for children. HERE

Please check out Song Bird Superhero (Song Bird #1)

The Battle of Bug World (Song Bird #2)

Song Bird #3 is coming soon

  1. Steve co-presented fun book shows with me (Karen Tyrrell) including pantomimes, puppet shows with costumes, props and humor.
Steve Tyrrell

Harry Help Grandpa Pantomime coming 7th Aug 10am Hyperdome library.

  1. Steve co-presented author talks on resilience, well-being and self-care to schools, libraries and conferences.
  2.  His favourite character is the evil Destructo which we co-created for the Song Bird series.
Steve Tyrrell

Steve Tyrrell … as the evil Destructo

What do YOU like best about Steve?

Steve is a humble person who would never think to write a blog about himself.

Well, I wrote this for him, to share my love and his talent.

Do you have a creative partner?

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LEAF Eco Festival Karen Tyrrell

LEAF Eco FestivalLEAF Eco Festival

YAY! I’m performing two FUN children’s books on stage at the LEAF Eco Festival on Sunday 27th May. Pinch me, I can’t believe it!

Logan Eco Action Festival (LEAF) is Logan’s largest environmental event. And it’s FREE!

TV celebrities will present enthralling shows at LEAF Eco Festival. I can’t wait to meet Australia’s favourite gardener Costa Georgiadis and celebrity chef Paul West from River Cottage Australia. Let’s explore how we can all reduce, reuse, recycle and create a healthier world and future.

LEAF Eco Festival

Come to Eco Kids Zone at LEAF Eco Festival

Meet Gecko Wildlife, Ocean Life Education, Bugs Ed, Queensland Body Artists Society, face painting and me.

Our events at LEAF Eco Festival

Steve Tyrrell and I are thrilled to perform  our latest book show with puppets, costumes, props and FUN on the undercover children’s stage.

Ready Set Discover Logan by Karen Tyrrell

MEET characters: Bungi the aboriginal boy, Yana the newly arrived girl … and KT Koala.

Where will they discover eco attractions in Logan?

LEAF Eco Festival

My picture book, Ready Set Discover Logan won an Arts Queensland grant and is sponsored by Logan City Council, the sponsor of LEAF festival.

 

LEAF Eco Festival Karen Tyrrell Show times

TIMES: 10.40 am AND 2.25 pm

PLACE:  Eco Kids zone, Undercover area, Griffith University, Meadowbrook Campus.

DATE: Sunday 27 May 2018

LEAF Eco Festival Karen & Steve Tyrrell Site 22

Come say hi at our book stall at the kids eco zone.

Steve and I are right next to Queensland Body Artists Society.

Find my AMAZING stall in the Eco Kids zone with ECO books, banners and SURPRISES!

FREE gift bags with purchases of Ready Set Discover Logan.

FREE honey bags with purchases of The Battle of Bug World OR Song Bird Superhero.

LEAF Eco Festival

WHO’s joining LEAF Eco Festival on 27th May 10-3pm?

Mark yourself as “GOING” to receive all the live updates at https://goo.gl/or9upN

Please add 27th May to your calendar and diary.

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Structural Edit Song Bird 3

Structural EditStructural Edit Song Bird 3

My children’s superhero novel, Song Bird 3 is zooming in soon!

I just finished collaborating with a professional editor on a structural edit to prepare Song Bird 3 for publishing at Digital Future Press.

Penny Springthorpe, ex Penguin editor worked with me on structural edits for Song Bird series: Song Bird Superhero and The Battle of Bug World.

Can Song Bird Superhero defeat the evil child genius?

 

Can Song Bird save the bees and the environment from Destructo?

I’m thrilled with the incredible Reviews for the Song Bird series by Karen Tyrrell author.                    So far I received *5 STAR Reviews from Reading Time, Buzz Words, Disney Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, readilearn, Just Write for Kids, Educate Empower, Goodreads and Amazon. HERE

What is a Structural Edit?

A structural edit improves your story structure by looking at the MACRO picture. It analyses how to enhance your story by asking: ‘Does your manuscript work as a book?’

In fiction, the structural editor will address:

  • Plot: Does the plot make sense? Is it believable? Is it satisfying or leave the reader frustrated?
  • Themes: Do the themes interfere with the plot or complement it?
  • Characterization: Are your characters well developed and believable? Are they cast in a role that fits their personality? Do they sometimes behave out of character?
  • Point of view/voice: Is the voice consistent or is it sometimes confused? Is the voice authentic?
  • Pace: Does the plot move forward at an appropriate pace? Should the action happen sooner or should the tension build more slowly?
  • Dialogue: Do your characters sound real when they speak? Is your dialogue cluttered with adverbs and beats? Do you use clunky dialogue to move the plot forward?
  • Flow: Is the narrative interrupted by dead-ends, tangents or too much back story? Are there missing plot points that would give the narrative greater integrity?

What’s the first step of a Structural Edit?

Make sure your story is already written with a strong story structure. I wrote Song Bird 3 within the framework of the Heroes Journey. Then its critiqued, Beta read and rewritten many, many times.

When its the very best it can be, I seek a quote. I sent away my entire manuscript in the exact order I wanted it to appear in my book. These pages included dedication, acknowledgement, author, books published and a back cover blurb.

First Reply

A week later, my editor replied with a set of deep questions on how to improve my manuscript to kick-start me thinking and brainstorming ideas. She prepared me for the intensive questions arriving next.

How is a Line Edit/ Copy Edit different?

First, my editor corrected spelling, grammar, punctuation and tense on the actual manuscript.

Structural Edit Song Bird 3

Structural Edit itself

Next, my editor made requests on the manuscript in comment boxes. She either explained why she changed something. Or she asked questions to clarify a story plot point or a character.

Structural Edit Song Bird 3

Response Sheet

Over the next two weeks, I carefully answered each question for the editor. I listed sections to be deleted, changed or added. I sent these responses away. A few days later, my editor returned my manuscript with all my changes included. Carefully, I proof read this version checking for any discrepancies.

6 Sizzling Secrets for a Structural Edit

  1. Create the most intriguing, riveting story you can, with characters you care about who leap from the page.
  2. Ensure your story is critiqued by Beta Readers and critiquers. Thanks to my writing group, Write Links. …  Rewrite yours BEFORE you send it to an editor. This will save time and money.
  3. Choose the most highly acclaimed editor in your genre.
  4. Read the structural edit notes and suggestions carefully before you begin. Allow the possibility of changes to absorb into your thinking.
  5. Answer the structural edit questions one by one, asking yourself, What If? Take your time.
  6. Check your responses and edits carefully before sending back the final version to the editor.

What comes next?

This week, I continue to work with my illustrator, cover designer and book designer on Song Bird 3. My Book designer will format the pages so they follow the same book design in the Song Bird Series. Book Cover Café will create a cover design based on another incredible illustration by Trevor Salter.

How did you/will you structurally edit YOUR book?

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The Trouble in Tune Town Review

The Trouble in Tune Town Review

Written by: Maura Pierlot

Illustrated by: Sophie Norsa

Review by: Karen Tyrrell

My Review is part of a Blog Blast with Just Write For kids. It features reviews and /or interviews with Kellie Byrnes, Vanessa Jean, Dimity Powell (Boomerang), Michelle Worthington, Megan Higginson and MORE … listed below …

Meet Maura Pierlot, author of The Trouble in Tune Town

Maura is an award-winning children’s author who won an IBBY award for The Trouble in Tune Town eBook. IBBY stands for International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY). She’s a playwright based in Canberra, Australia whose plays were performed in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.

Review of The Trouble in Tune Town

Meg is a Tune Town’s best performer. But she’s having trouble with rehearsing!

The flute sounds unbearable.

The piano notes disappear.

And the tuba notes vanish, searching for somewhere to belong.

In fact, all the music notes had run off their sheets.

Can Meg find the notes in time for your BIG concert?

Or will the whole performance be a BIG disaster?

The Trouble in Tune Town

The Trouble in Tune Town celebrates the fun and joy of music, told through imaginative fantasy and rhyme. It encourages children to relax, try their best and find joy in all that they do.

Sophie Norsa’s lively and colourful illustrations add to the charm of the story.

 The Trouble in Tune Town

Who is suited to The Trouble in Tune Town?

This book is suited to kids, teachers, families and all lovers of music.

Children will identify with a frustrated Meg, who wants to give up when she can’t play her song perfectly.

The picture book inspires kids to never, ever give up playing a musical instrument OR anything in life for that matter.

BONUS: Includes a glossary of musical terms, an introduction to musical theory.

Themes

Persistence • Overcoming frustration • Self-belief • Resilience • Belonging

Download your copy of the Teachers Notes here.

The Trouble in Tune TownBook Giveaway

To win a copy please leave a comment about The Trouble in Tune Town below.

Winner will be announced on 15th May, 2018.

**And the winner is … Paradise Kids **

Please contact me with your address for postage.

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Writers Group Convention Book Marketing

Writers Group ConventionWriters Group Convention held their inspiring network meeting with writers and writing groups from all over Brisbane.

I was thrilled to be a guest speaker, sharing my Super Power marketing tips for authors.

Dressed as my superhero book character, Song Bird Superhero, I shared my WHY – my personal motivation to write, to over 100 writers.

Writers Group Convention

‘When I was a school teacher I was bullied by my student and the parents of my student to breaking point.

These bullies tormented me:  making threatening phone calls, even stalking me. Each night, horrific nightmares haunted me. I became stressed, anxious and depressed. I totally broke down. I spent time in hospital, recovered and developed powerful coping skills.

I published my first book, Me and Her: A Memoir of Madness.

As a survivor of bullying and mental illness, I wrote 10 books to empower kids to live strong.’

I shared my personal WHY for each of books sharing how I won awards, grants and sponsorships.

Who organized the Writers Group Convention?

Gillian Lloyd organized the convention held at Enogerra Bowls Club.

Which groups attended Writers Group Convention?

I met inspiring writers from so many groups: Michelle Beesley, Ruth M Greening, Rachel Amphlett, Tania Joyce, Lauren Elise Daniels,  Gene Flynn, Noelle Clark, Di Hill, Mocco Wollert, Edwina Shaw, Lynne Lumsden Green, Carleton Chinner, Bernadette Rowley … and many more.

Groups included Society of Women Writers, Brisbane Writers Workshop, Brisbane Active Writers group, Writers Room Ashgrove, Chermside Writers Group, Redcliffe Writers and NightWriters writing Group.

I was thrilled four members of my writers group Write Links attended: Maria Parenti-Baldey, Lyn Blanch, Renee Hills, Jenny Woolsey … and moi (Karen Tyrrell).

Writers Group Convention

Write Links members: Lyn Blanch, Jenny Woolsey, Karen Tyrrell, Renee Hills, Maria Parenti-Baldey

What marketing tips did I share with the Writers Group Convention?

Below is a summary of my 40-minute talk on author promotion and book marketing.

A. What is your WHY? … Why do you write?

Connect with your reader on an emotional level.

  • ASK yourself: Why did YOU start writing? Why do YOU write?
  • Every blog on your website must overflow with intrigue and your WHY.
  • Where do you share your WHY? Public speaking, your website and social media.                    What is your brand? … What is your niche?
  • Join online and face to face groups

B. Pro-active Marketing Plan

WHO is your target audience? WHO will benefit from your book?

  • Where will you find your target audience? Face-to-face or online groups, book launches, meetings and in the community. Form strong friendships.
  • Plan your book launch and book events at libraries, bookshops, groups, clubs, conferences, festivals.
  • Create NEW markets for your books: library services (ALS, Peter Pal) conferences, expos, online bookshops, schools, via a distributor.
  • Create a powerful Press release: send to newspapers, magazines and radio.

C. Social Proof

Most POWERFUL marketing tactic to ease the minds of worried customers and increase book sales. Give customers proof your books are worth buying through group influence.

  • Win grants, awards, endorsements, reviews, sponsorships, partnerships, funding, mentorships and support.
  • Ensure your book is created with the highest publishing standard with an intriguing, well-written, well-structured story, professional editing, professional formatting, breathtaking/intriguing book cover/ illustrations, PLUS an intriguing blurb.

I sub-contract a team of professionals to create my books published by Digital Future Press.

“Best way to predict the future… is to Create it!”

Each year, I present a 4-hour detailed Book Marketing Masterclass. … plus I speak at Writers Festivals and conferences.

Karen Tyrrell creates empowering books to help you live STRONG.

I’m an experienced teacher, speaker, storyteller & workshop presenter. I’m a winner Of an Arts Queensland grant. My acclaimed books include Song Bird Superhero series, STOP the Bully, Bailey Beats the Blah, Harry Helps Grandpa Remember, Super Space Kids series, Me & Her: A Memoir of Madness, Me & Him: A Guide to Recovery.

I won 3 awards, 4 literary grants, 2 sponsorships & a mentorship with the Society of Editors (QLD).

Please CONNECT with me, Karen Tyrrell Author on Facebook and Instagram.

Which Book marketing tip was most helpful to you?

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Ready Set Discover Logan now available at Bookshops

Ready Set Discover Logan Now AvailableReady Set Discover Logan now available

I’m thrilled to pieces Ready Set Discover Logan received *5 STAR Reviews and is now available at Bookshops in Brisbane, surrounds and online.

Ready Set Discover Logan is a FUN guide for families on what to do in Logan.

Follow Yana, a newly arrived girl and Bunji an aboriginal boy as they discover friendship, acceptance and 14 incredible places in Logan.

Supported by Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Sponsored by Logan City Council

*5 STAR Reviews in Magazines …

★★★★★ Buzz Words Review

‘The essence of this book is about community, and the underlying message is one of friendship, acceptance, and merging of cultures…It recognises the First People of Australia and invites readers, particularly newcomers, to discover a new land, a new home, to enable them the feeling of belonging. Karen Tyrrell has created an avenue to help children adjust to what can be a difficult time.’ … By Wendy Haynes.

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★★★★★ Just Write for Kids Review

Ready. Set. Discover Logan is a unique concept combining the excitement of a children’s story, with an informative tour guide of the Southeast Queensland city of Logan… Author Karen Tyrrell covers a diverse range of themes within the story, including environment, friendship, technology, innovation, diversity, resilience and health…She’s also very cleverly turned, what is essentially a travel guide of Logan City, into an interesting and fun story of friendship and togetherness. A lovely and clever book!’…  By Nicole Madigan

Read HERE

Ready Set Discover Logan Now Available

Dami Im at Logan Commonwealth Games Baton Relay

★★★★★ Goodreads Reviews

Jacqui Halpin Author rated it ★★★★★

‘An exciting, engaging, and informative guide for children, that celebrates the cultural diversity of Logan, and the many natural and man-made wonders it has to explore.’

Read 5 ★★★★★ Reviews HERE

★★★★★ Amazon Reviews …

‘Join two kids as they spend a day discovering the wonders and fun of Logan, Queensland. Ready, Set, Discover is not only about all the activities of Logan, it’s about making friends and including others. Bravo to Karen Tyrrell for creating an engaging story for kids of all ages.’

… By Alison Stegert Author

Read 5 ★★★★★ Reviews HERE

Ready Set Discover Logan now available at State Library Bookshop

Stanley Place, South Bank Brisbane HERE

Ready Set Discover Logan Now Available

Ready Set Discover Logan now available Logan Art Gallery

Cnr Jacaranda Ave & Wembley Rd, Logan Central

Ready Set Discover Logan Now Available

Ready Set Discover Logan now available The Really Good Book Shop

Shop 4/1-3 Central St, Hillcrest … Order HERE

Ready Set Discover Logan Now Available

Ready Set Discover Logan now available Canungra Books & Arts

6 Kidson Ave, Canungra.

Ready Set Discover Logan Now Available

FREE Teacher Notes & Kids Activities

Download puppets, jigsaws, dot-to-dot, word search, STEM, Maths, science HERE

 What did you like the MOST?

A: The Reviews

B: The Bookshops

C: The FREE Activities

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Ready Set Discover Logan Events for Kids

Ready Set Discover Logan Events are coming soon!!

I’m presenting over 25 FUN events for children and families in Logan, as part of my Arts Queensland grant promise.

I’m well on the way! So far, I’ve organized 15 events in the coming weeks and more to announce soon. Here’s a sneak peek…

What is Ready. Set. Discover Logan about?

A refugee girl. An aboriginal boy.

How did they find friendship, acceptance, and 14 unique places in Logan?

Ready Set Discover Logan Events Libraries

I’m presenting FREE Ready. Set. Discover Logan storytelling events with LIVE performances with my puppet, KT Koala. There’ll be kid’s activities, surprises and FREE gift bags!

KT Koala, me and Cienna Plant.

Prizes for the BEST Spirit of Logan outfit.

  • Jimboomba Library: Wed 4 Apr –30pm
  • Logan West Library: Thu 5 Apr – 10am
  • Logan Central Library: Sat 14 Apr – 11am
  • Hyperdome Library: Sat 7 July –30 pm
  • Marsden Library: Sat 12 May – 11am
  • Beenleigh Library: Tue 15 May – 3pm

Harmony Day

I wrote Ready Set Discover Logan expressly to launch on Harmony Day.

My story tells the story of two multi-cultural kids Yana and Bunji who’s families finally unite on Harmony Day.

Bunji & Yana on Harmony Day

Ready Set Discover Logan Events Bridging Cultures Festival

Celebrate Harmony Day at the Bridging Cultures Festival.

I’m presenting a*LIVE* storytelling performance of Ready Set Discover Logan. My show includes a puppet show with KT Koala, story time, prizes, surprises and kid’s activities. I will sign a copy of my book  especially to you.

Bridging Cultures Festival features:
– FREE Entry
– $5 UNLIMITED Rides
– FREE Petting Zoo
– Live Music & Performances
– FREE Kids’ Activities – Face Painting, Sports and more
– PRIZES up for grabs
– A Festival for Families!

WHEN: Friday, 21 March 2-8 PM
WHERE: Mabel Park High School, Paradise Road Mabel Park.

Ready Set Discover Logan Events Neighbour Day

I’m celebrating Neighbour Day with Ready Set Discover Logan with two special events.

One, I’ll be storytelling to a children’s playgroup with my puppet KT Koala.

At another event, I will share the creation of Ready Set Discover Logan with the Islam Women’s Association. (IWA) via power point slides.

Ready Set Discover Logan Events

Ready Set Discover Logan Events Groups and Clubs

I will present Ready Set Discover Logan throughout the City of Logan at clubs. Some events will be closed, other events are open to the public. I’ll keep you posted…

Last Thursday, I spoke to Junior Chamber of Commerce on my Career Pathways culminating with my 10th book, Ready Set Discover Logan. This event was held at Beenleigh High School.

Ready Set Discover Logan Events

My Career Pathway by Karen Tyrrell

I speak to Marvellous Mature Women on resilience, self-care and my #10 books at Logan Central Library community room on 1st May, 2018. Inquiries:  Norma Kawak on Facebook.

 COMING SOON … Ready Set Discover Logan Events Schools

Currently, I’m taking school bookings for Author Talks on my Book Ready Set Discover Logan. Schools can choose storytelling sessions with my puppet KT Koala, a power point presentation of the creation on Ready Set Discover Logan, story writing workshops, children’s activities or any combination of the above.

Please leave a message on my contact page for more information HERE

Download FREE Kids Stuff and teacher notes HERE

Print or download: puppets, jigsaws, dot-to-dot, word search, grid search, comprehension, koala activities, teacher notes and MORE.

Where are my books available?

  1. Ready Set Discover Logan is available directly from me HERE
  2. From Amazon HERE
  3. Coming to Bookshops very soon. Please Stay tuned …

Love to see you at my events .. Which events do you like BEST?

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Ready Set Discover Logan Media BookGiveaway

Ready Set Discover Logan MediaReady Set Discover Logan Media Stories are Published!

I’m proud to announce the media published three News stories about my upcoming children’s book. Ready Set Discover Logan is written by Karen Tyrrell, illustrated by Aaron Pocock. I can’t wait to launch it at Logan North Library on 17th March 2pm

What’s Ready Set Discover Logan about?

A newly arrived girl in meets an aboriginal boy at the local library.

How can they discover friendship, acceptance and 14 unique places in Logan?

Ready Set Discover Logan Media in Albert & Logan News

Albert & Logan News published a story titled How to have FUN in Logan.

The story highlights 14 incredible places to play and explore. At the launch, there’ll be prizes for BEST Spirit of Logan outfit as well as storytelling, kids activities and FREE gift bags.

I will sign copies of my book.

Check out the photo of me with aboriginal elder, Uncle Barry Watson, cultural adviser to Ready Set Discover Logan . He’ll present Acknowledgement to Country at my book launch.

Read the FULL story on page 37, in the Lifestyle section.

Ready Set Discover Logan Media

Ready Set Discover Logan Media in Our Logan magazine

Our Logan Magazine featured a story on my Ready Set Discover Logan Launch in the March edition. Go to the Kid’s Corner section on Page 13. The feature highlights the Logan attractions and how two characters used a virtual reality headset to tour Logan.

The Magazine was delivered to over 100,000 letterboxes.
EEK! What if 100,000 people come to the book launch?? … Lol

Ready Set Discover Logan Media

Ready Set Discover Logan Media in Communities for Children

Communities for Children sent out a newsletter featuring their very own Aboriginal elder in residence, Barry Watson. He works as a community leader.  They promoted my upcoming book launch and storytelling sessions at Logan libraries. They mentioned 7 of the incredible attractions featured in Ready Set Discover Logan.

Ready Set Discover Logan Media

RADIO NEWSFLASH

Radio Logan 101 FM will interview me on Tuesday 6th March 9.40 am.

Tune in to find out Why I wrote Ready Set Discover Logan AND for a chance to win a FREE copy of my book.

After the interview, please ring through the answer to my radio question on 07 3808 8101.

Please put Tuesday 6th March 9.40 am in your diary. Good luck with the competition!

Ready Set Discover Logan Media

Who’s listening to my Radio interview on Tuesday?

Please let me know.

WHO’s coming to my Book Launch on 17th March 2pm? … RSVP … HERE

What did you think of Ready Set Discover Logan Media stories?

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The Alien Chronicles Series Book Giveaway

The Alien ChroniclesThe Alien Chronicles Book Giveaway

MEET Robin Thomas, author of ‘The Alien Chronicles’ series.

Robin wrote a teenage coming-of-age book series with an extra-terrestrial twist.

Since the dawn of time, man has gazed into space asking: Is there anyone out there?

What if aliens were closer than you think? … Much closer?

The Alien Chronicles

Book 1 Th Alien Chronicles Series: My Alien

Zoe’s perfect life is about to be ruined by Rion, an extremely annoying alien who insists they are connected for life.

What’s Zoe going to do about the Alien?

The Alien Chronicles

Book 2 The Alien Chronicles Series: The Alien Within

The Alien tells the secret of Orion, an alien boy who desperately wants to be human.

Zoe can’t remember the secret that Rion, the alien boy is hiding. And Rion sure doesn’t want to tell her he’s a 4000-year-old alien. High school romances go haywire after Rion’s Uncle Archimedes comes to school.

THINK: Close Encounters meets Mork & Mindy!

The Alien Chronicles

Interview Questions for Robin on The Alien Chronicles

  1. What motivated you to write The Alien Chronicles series?

One night, I scribbled down 3,000 words of what I thought was a short story. The strong voice wouldn’t go away. A few months later, I finished the story and before I knew it, I had written ‘My Alien’!

  1. How did you get into the mind / point of view of a teenage alien boy?

When I was writing about the alien, Orion (or Rion, as Zoe called him), I wanted a character that caused humorous situations and who was a complete contrast to Zoe. He was really smart in some ways, but clueless about how to interact with people. Yet, he tried so hard to fit in – like many teens do. To say I ‘created him’ isn’t quite right – I think he created himself!

  1. What positive messages for teenagers are woven into The Alien Within story?

In both the first book, ‘My Alien’, and the second, ‘The Alien Within’, I showed how it was okay to be different. The underlying theme of the series is the alienation that occurs in a lot of children and teens who don’t quite fit the mold. Empathy is vital to understanding that. At times, many of us, particularly teens, feel like aliens in the world.

  1.     What are three tips for writing a cohesive book series for children?

A: I wanted characters that could develop and grow over the course of the books.

B: It’s essential to have a theme that links the books. The concept of an alien trying to become human and the problems it created.

C: The voice needs to be consistent and the book covers too – for brand identification.

I, Karen Tyrrell agree with all of Robin’s tips on writing a book series. I did this for my Song Bird Series  for children.

The Alien Chronicles

Amazon Links for The Alien Chronicles

My Alien  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N97WMN6

The Alien Within https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077WPYZ5Y

Book Giveaway The Alien Chronicles

Robin is giving away a twin pack of The Alien Chronicles. If you’d like to win My Alien AND The Alien Within, please leave a comment below. Australian Readers ONLY.

** WINNER announced on March 9th

The winner is Ruth Garlick. Congratulations!

I will be sending your two books out to you soon!

Why do you want to win My Alien AND The Alien Within?

Please comment below …

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Ready. Set. Discover Logan Book Launch

Ready. Set. Discover Logan book is launching soon!

YIPEE! Ready. Set. Discover Logan book launch promises to be a spectacular event for children, families and Queenslanders.

 What’s Ready. Set. Discover Logan about?

 My picture book reveals the close bond between an aboriginal boy, Bunji and a newly arrived girl, Yana. Together, they discover friendship, acceptance and 14 incredible places to explore in the City of Logan.

Ready. Set. Discover Logan

Aaron Pocock created over 20 breathtaking illustrations of Yana and Bunji interacting with Logan’s urban green environment and innovative technologies.

Ready. Set. Discover Logan is dedicated to our new arrivals and the original people of Australia, the Aborigines and the Torres Strait Islander peoples.

What Awards did Ready. Set. Discover Logan receive?

Karen Tyrrell, Logan award-winning author (that’s me) won an Arts Queensland grant.

Ready. Set. Discover Logan

“This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.”

Logan City Council  & Mayor Luke Smith sponsored Ready. Set. Discover Logan

I met Mayor Luke Smith twice before:

1.When I judged a children’s writing Competition for Logan City Council

2. When I attended the Logan Eco LEAF Festival in 2017.

3.  Today I had an official photo shoot with Mayor Luke Smith, holding a display copy.  Photos will be sent to magazines, newspapers and media.

Ready. Set. Discover Logan

Mayor Luke Smith & I in his Mayoral Office

 My Logan book promotes pride, awareness and recognition of of the City of Logan.  My picture book is a MUST for every Logan family … Here’s the City of Logan logo proudly displayed on my book.

Who’ll be the guest speakers at my Logan book launch?

Uncle Barry Watson, aboriginal elder and children’s author, fully supports Ready. Set. Discover Logan. He’ll present ‘Welcome to Country’ at the launch.

Barry co-created an aboriginal painting featured in my book. His daughter’s painting featured in my book too.

Uncle Barry Watson supports Ready Set Discover Logan

A special delegate from Logan City Council will be the guest speaker. TBA

What’s the FUN-filled program for Ready. Set. Discover Logan book launch?

Join me, Karen Tyrrell (author) and Aaron Pocock (illustrator) to celebrate a fun-filled program of storytelling, surprises, prizes, kid’s activities and book signing.

I’ll share Kev Webb’s incredible wildlife photos and innovative scenes that inspired Ready. Set. Discover Logan and I’ll reveal how the book was created.

Prizes for BEST Spirit of Logan outfit

Adults and children will win prizes for dressing up in a Spirit of Logan outfit. Start putting together an outfit and a sign today.

For example:  I’m a Logan Explorer …

OR come dressed as a Logan koala, a hiker, a cyclist, a golfer or anyone or anything positive you’ve spotted in Logan.

 OR just come with an I LOVE Logan sign.

Ready. Set. Discover Logan Launch

When: Saturday 17 March 2.00 pm

Where:  Logan North Library

2-6 Sports Drive, Underwood

Light refreshments are provided.

Please RSVP for catering purposes
Call: 3412 4140 to reserve your seat

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