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.

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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.

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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 www.karentyrrell.com

24 May Writing Kids Comedy, Melissa Wray http://melissawray.blogspot.com.au

25 May Create a Powerful Hero Character, Alison Stegert https://ali-stegert.com

26 May Creating Teacher Resources, Romi Sharp http://www.justkidslit.com

27 May Book Review, Robyn Opie Parnell http://robynopie.blogspot.com.au

30 May Book Review, Jill Smith https://authorjillsmith.wordpress.com

31 May Creating Themes in Kids Books, Kate Foster http://www.katejfoster.com/blog

1 June Illustrate a Children’s Novel, June Perkins https://gumbootspearlz.org

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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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New Release Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra on Amazon

 New Release Jo-kin vs Lord TerraNew Release Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra (Super Space Kids 2) launches on Amazon with ★★★★★ Reviews.

I launched New Release Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra (Super Space Kids 2) at Logan North Library on Saturday 14th May. The room was jam–packed with little and BIG Space Cadets. HERE

 New Release Jo-kin vs Lord Terra

New Release Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra is a FUN thrilling space adventure for kids with out-of-this-world FUN!

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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?

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

 New Release Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra in Bookshops

Jo-Kin is now available in bookshops including Dymocks, Angus & Robertson, Mary Ryans, The Book Garden, Riverbend (from Friday) and many MORE  …. Here

 New Release 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 and Goodreads HERE

 FREE Teacher Resources and Kids Activities HERE

Download FREE teacher notes and kids activities. With STEM science, astronomy, creative writing activities, humour & family themed comprehension , quizzes, brainstorms and colour sheets.

ktyrrell-jokin-lord-cover-web-3debookBuy  Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra  on Amazon HERE

Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra (Super Space Kids 2) is now available as an ebook and in paperback across the world. In Australia, USA, UK, New Zealand, France, Germany, India, Japan and MORE  HERE

Can you please launch Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra into the cosmos?

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Book Signing at Dymocks Angus & Robertson Mary Ryans

OUT MAY 14 Terra BookYAY! I’m book signing Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra at Dymocks, Angus & Robertson, Riverbend and Mary Ryans book stores.

I can’t wait to meet you and personally sign your copy.

What is  Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra (Super Space Kids 2) about?

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?

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

 Book signing 14 May

Book signing 14 May

I’m book signing my five resilience books for children…

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

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

Bailey Beats the BLAH

This picture book empowers kids to beat depression (sad days) and anxiety (worry thoughts) and lift their mood with pro-active coping skills.

‘How can Bailey change his BLAH to HA-HA-HA?’ Endorsed by Kids Helpline

STOP the Bully      

 STOP the Bully shares bully prevention skills in an action-packed humorous adventure.                      

Can Brian STOP the Bully without revealing his secret? Endorsed by Kids Helpline

Harry Helps Grandpa Remember     

Harry will do ANYTHING to help his grandpa, who has Alzheimer’s. Guaranteed to make you giggle, touch your heart … and raise HOPE.  Winner of a RADF grant.

 Jo-Kin Battles the It (Super Space Kids 2)

Jo-Kin (aka Josh Atkins) and the Super Space Kids battle the It to save captain Astra and the galaxy. ‘Action-packed, creative, brilliant’ — Buzz Words.

I’m book signing my Mental Health memoirs

When I was a teacher, I was bullied and stalked by parents at my school to breaking point. I became mentally ill. I wrote two empowering memoirs on my recovery, ME & HER: A Memoir of Madness and Me & HIM: A Guide to Recovery.

My mission is to raise awareness on the effects of bullying and to give hope via my recovery.

karen-tyrrell-bannerMe & Her: A Memoir of Madness.   

“In 2005, my mad half was born.’

ME ─ wife, mother, writer and teacher.
HER ─ manic, psychic, healer to the living, telepathic to the dead … and I was very psychotic

What Book Signing events will I present?

Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra, my FUN space adventure will launch at Logan North Library on Saturday May 14 10.30 am HERE

On May 19 I share Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra  at the Riverbend Teachers Book Club, Bulimba.

 Book signing Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra

Book signing Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra 14 May

May 20 … I’m Book Signing at Mary Ryans, Park Road Milton 11-1.

May 21 … I’m Book Signing at Dymocks Garden City Westfields 11-1.

May 22 … I’m Book Signing at Dymocks Carindale Westfields 10.30-12.30

May 28 … I’m Book Signing at Dymocks Indooroopilly Westfields 10-12

June 11 … I’m Book Signing at Dymocks Chermside Westfields 10-12.30

June 25 … I’m Book Signing at Angus &Robertson Ipswich Riverlink 10.30-1 pm

How to recognize me at my Book Signing events?

Karen Tyrrell with Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra

Karen Tyrrell with Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra

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Win Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra Book Giveaway

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Win Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra via a Goodreads book giveaway.

Win Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra,  a FUN illustrated space adventure jam-packed with Super Space Kids, robots, aliens, thrills, STEM science, resilience, team power, brain power … and FOOD!

Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra by Karen Tyrrell, illustrated by Trevor Salter, launches on May 14 at Logan North Library OR at a galaxy near you.

Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra by Karen Tyrrell

Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra by Karen Tyrrell

“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?”

 How do you WIN Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra?

Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra by Karen Tyrrell

Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra by Karen Tyrrell

It’s easy! Just follow these steps.

  1. Join Goodreads- only takes a minute HERE
  1. Invite me Karen Tyrrell to be your Goodreads friend  HERE
  1. List Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra as a book you’d like to-read HERE

Check out all the book reviews and 5 STAR ratings while you’re there!

  1. Enter the Win Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra Giveaway HERE

Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra front & back covers

Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra front & back covers

Winner will be announced on the 12th May. Good luck.

WOOHOO! Can’t wait to see your name pop up on my Goodreads page!!

Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra is the sequel to Jo-Kin Battles the It (Super Space Kids 1)

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Fun Book Launch Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra

Fun book launch Jo-Kin vs Lord TerraBLAST off to the FUN book launch: Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra (Super Space Kids 2). Children’s author Karen Tyrrell pilots her second FUN and thrilling space adventure with STEM science. Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra is the exciting sequel to Jo-Kin  Battles the It (Super Space Kids 1).

Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra

Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra by Karen Tyrrell

BLURB

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?

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

Illustrated by Trevor Salter.

Jo-Kin is aligned with Kids Matter and STEM science in the Australian curriculum.

FUN Book launch

Karen will present an interactive story telling session with SURPRISES, interviews, hilarious skits and book readings plus FREE prizes, surprises and out-of-this-world FUN.

Who is Karen Tyrrell?

Karen Tyrrell is an award winning author and teacher of five children’s resilience books. Jo-Kin Battles the It, STOP the Bully, Bailey Beats the Blah, Harry Helps Grandpa Remember.

Karen’s books empower kids to live strong. Karen presents pantomimes, story-telling, writing workshops, author talks in schools, libraries and festivals.

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

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

What’s on the FUN Book Launch program?

Trevor Salter, illustrator makes a guest appearance sharing his secrets on illustrating the cover. He’ll show super hero Jo-Kin, his girl side-kick Captain Astra and the evil alien Lord Terra.

Plus he’ll reveal sneak peeks of exciting illustrations INSIDE the pages of Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra.

Will there be robots, aliens, gadgets  and incredible machines?

 FUN Book launch Prizes Galore!

Come dressed as your favourite spaceman,  super hero, robot or alien. Start digging through your dress-up box for a cape & mask, a helmet & boots OR a pair of antennas.

PRIZES:  for the best super hero, robot or alien for adults AND children

Over ten prizes to be WON!

 FUN Book launch Crafty Activities

Zoom over for FREE Crafty, science and writing activities for kids to enjoy.

Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra

Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra by Karen Tyrrell

Book Signing

Karen will personally sign your own copy of Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra.

FUN Book launch: Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra

 Where:  Sky-rocket to Logan North Library

2-6 Sports Drive, Underwood … it’s in a galaxy near you!
When:  Saturday 14 May 10.30 am … countdown begins

Coffee, tea and refreshments provided FREE

 How do you RVSP?

1. Call: 3412 4140 to reserve your seat

2. RSVP to the Facebook event HERE

Help launch Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra into the cosmos!

Are you joining me for intergalactic FUN?

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Digital Future Press signed a Contract

contract I, Karen Tyrrell signed my FIRST contract on behalf of Digital Future Press. Digital Future Press, my indie publishing imprint now has a book distributer.

I’m so excited I can barely breathe.  Hubby Steve and I had discussions with a distributer for over 3 months!

Yes, it took that long for me to be 100% sure.

Fingers crossed: this contract will be the right one.

For me, this contract was BETTER than one with a mainstream book publisher or an agent.

WHY? I have total control over my books, my writing and my publishing business.

What Books will be distributed for Digital Future Press?

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

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

STOP the Bully

Bully Prevention with humor. How Brian STOPS the Bully. Endorsed by Kids Helpline

Bailey Beats the Blah

How Bailey turns his BLAH to Ha-Ha-Ha. Coping skills. Endorsed by Kids Helpline

 Harry Helps Grandpa Remember

Harry helps his Grandpa remember. Memory and coping skills. Winner RADF grant.

Jo-Kin Battles the It

Jo-Kin & the Super Space Kids save the Galaxy from the It. Teamwork. Brainpower.

Jo-Kin vs Lord TerraCOMING SOON

How can Jo-Kin escape Lord Terra?

‘Zany space adventure makes your tummy rumble and your heart race.’ –  Jacqui Halpin Author & Write Links group leader

Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra

Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra by Karen Tyrrell

 Why does Digital Future Press want a Distributer?

In 2015, my husband Steve Tyrrell joined Digital Future Press as a director and my business adviser. My books are currently stocked in most stores in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Dymocks Penrith. Steve as my roadie, actively participates in my pantomime, storytelling and signing events.

Steve couldn’t keep up with the demand of physically distributing books to stores. Plus keeping track of all the consignment orders and invoices. A distributer will streamline our outreach.

Steve Tyrrell

Steve Tyrrell

Where will my Books be distributed?

My children’s books will go into book shops, libraries, schools and festivals throughout Australia and New Zealand.

What will the Contract do?

 My distributer will actively promote and supply my books at these outlets.

Today, I shipped books to my distributer to start the process rolling.

Contract Tips for Writers

Remember there’s more than one pathway to publishing other than the traditional publishing model. Consider becoming an indie publisher.

  1. Research the company who’s serving the contract. Thoroughly.
  2. Talk to authors who signed with the company and request information on their experiences.
  3. Make sure you understand what every clause in the contract means and how it will impact on you.
  4. Ask a lot of questions until you are 100% sure this contract will help you and your business.
  5. Seek legal advice if unsure of the contract agreement. I recommend Alex Adsett.
  6. Signing a contract with a book publisher or an agent can be wonderful  too. Its all about the contract. But remember there’s more than one pathway to publishing! Good luck :)

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New Book Cover Reveal Now

Cover-revealBlast off! I’m revealing my brand NEW book cover of my FUN space adventure for kids.

Bursting with STEM science, humor, resilience, action, team power, brain power … and FOOD!

Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra by Karen Tyrrell: an illustrated novel

 New Book Blurb

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?

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

Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra,  Super Space Kids 2, sequel to Jo-kin Battles the It.

Jo-Kin Battles the It /Super Space Kids 1

Jo-Kin Battles the It: Super Space Kids 1

Ta-dah! The NEW book cover for Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra

New Book Cover Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra by Karen Tyrrell

Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra by Karen Tyrrell

Special Thanks to my Dream Team

Jo-kin vs Lord Terra is published by Digital Future Press, edited by Penny Springthorpe, illustrated by Trevor Salter, designed by Anthony Puttee of Book Cover Cafe.

Thanks to my Beta readers Steve Tyrrell, Alison Stegert and Jacqui Halpin and to my crit buddies from Write Links.

New Book Cover Feedback

Does it attract your attention? Does it create Mystery?

Does Jo-kin vs Lord Terra appeal to you? … and to your kids?

Does the book cover and blurb entice you to PEEK inside?

Will the cover STAND OUT on the book shelf?

LOVE to hear what you think …

I’m biting my finger nails here … and praying for positive Book Karma. Please let me know!!!

Coming to a galaxy near you… SOON

PLEASE spread the NEWS to everyone you know.

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Karen takes the It to Ipswich

 Jo-Kin Flyer Dymocks Carindale

YIPEE, I presented a skit based on my kid’s scifi book  Jo-Kin Battles the IT  to Carole Park State School, Ipswich. Then I gave out FREE books from Australian authors to children, part of my role as a Books in Homes literacy volunteer. Carole Park State School is a delightful multi-cultural school with only 200 students.  All students received three books each, thanks to their sponsor Mainfreight.

IMG_4778What positive Messages did I share with Ipswich?

“My name’s Captain Astra: Guardian of the galaxy, protector of your brain … champion of the book.

“In reality my name is Karen Tyrrell. I’m an award winning resilience author.

“Reading helped to empower me to live STRONG and to dream BIG.

“It’s cool to Read and Succeed.”

Book Giving as a Books in Homes volunteer

Book Giving as a Books in Homes volunteer

What Book did I read to Ipswich children?

I read my picture book, Bailey Beats the Blah, sharing coping skills for anxiety and depression.  Kids responded to Bailey’s mood with BLAH: thumbs down or HA-HA-HA: thumbs up. Bailey is endorsed by Kids Helpline.

KarenTyrrell-Bailey-Cover-Print-530pxwA Lot of Books, Ipswich Mall

Afterwards I dropped off copies of Harry Helps Grandpa Remember and Jo-Kin Battles the IT to a bookshop, A Lot of Books, Ipswich Mall. I delivered re-ordered copies of Me and Her: A Memoir of Madness, Me and Him: A Guide to Recovery and STOP the Bully – endorsed by Kids Helpline.

IMG_4833Angus & Robertson Riverlink Ipswich

I enjoy a close relationship with Angus & Robertson Riverlink, Ipswich. All my resilience books are available there for purchase. Soon, I’ll announce a book signing event there.

Jo-kin Battles the it, STOP the Bully, Bailey Beats the blah and Harry Helps Grandpa Remember at Angus & Robertson Riverlink

Jo-kin Battles the it, STOP the Bully, Bailey Beats the blah and Harry Helps Grandpa Remember at Angus & Robertson Riverlink

I’m in discussion with Ipswich City Library about the possibility of presenting a pro-active mental health talk to Ipswich in the future.

I LOVE the positive vibe of the City of Ipswich and plan to present many more author talks.

Carole Park State School interacts

Carole Park State School interacts

5 TOP Tips for Author Talks

  1. Prepare your talk well in advance. Inject as much humor and positive interaction into your spiel as possible.
  2. Go in character; wear a brightly coloured costume and a crazy wig or hat. Practice your character’s voice and a skit or dramatization until YOU are the character.
  3. Bring your book banner and books. Plus copies of your teacher notes and follow up kids activities. Download HERE.
  4. Get the kids to react to your presentation in a positive physical way. Try hands up to a question or a survey OR a thumbs up / thumbs down reaction to a text .
  5. Give out bookmarks as prizes in your pop–up quiz. Allow kids to ask questions about your writing process.
Carole Park kids love READING

Carole Park kids love READING

 Tomorrow I present STOP the Bully, bully prevention talk to Shailer Park High School.

Did my positive messages about reading and resilience resonate with you?

Which Author Talk tip was helpful to you?

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Michael Gerard Bauer Writing Secrets

bauer-michael-gerard-5498bfdf717bcMeet Michael Gerard Bauer Australian award winning children’s author. His popular books include The Running Man, the Ishmael trilogy and Just a Dog. His most recent publications, the very funny Eric Vale and Secret Agent Derek ‘Danger’ Dale series for younger readers, are fully illustrated by his film-maker son Joe Bauer. Michael is in high demand for author talks at schools. His books, which are regularly set as school texts, are sold in over 40 countries and translated into 12 languages.

I, Karen Tyrrell attended Michael’s comedy workshop at the CYA conference, inspiring me to write humour in my children’s resilience books.

I interviewed Michael to reveal his writing secrets and how he connects with his audience.

Karen: Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Michael: Inspiration can come from anywhere at any time. I liken it to coming across one interesting piece of a jig-saw puzzle and then trying to figure out what the rest of the picture is, one piece at a time.

My books have been variously inspired by childhood memories, a magazine photo, the opening line of a novel, an old movie, the name of a dog, and in the case of the Eric Vale books, incorrectly typing ‘epic fail’ one day as ‘eric fail’. Each of those gave me that feeling that there might be a good story there, if I could just find the other pieces put it all together.

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Karen: How do you fully develop these ideas?

Michael: I get interested in that initial thought or idea and start wondering and asking myself questions about it. The answers I make up usually create many more questions. A story slowly grows as you start finding other bits of the jigsaw that fit.

I do a lot of thinking and wondering about a story before I ever write anything and I can’t type the first word until I have seen an ending of some sort. I usually do three drafts but I also do a great deal of editing and rewriting of those drafts along the way. I’m a slow writer. I like my first draft to be as close as I can get it to the final story.

Karen:   How do you write comedy and tragedy that touch our hearts and our funny bones?

 Michael: Well they say there’s a fine line between comedy and tragedy and I think that’s true. I love to laugh and I’m a big comedy fan, but I’m a pretty emotional person – I even tear up watching reality TV! – so I guess that comes through in my writing.

I think if you genuinely are passionate about the story you are telling, and you relate to your characters, not simply as your creations, but as real people, then you’re more likely to connect emotionally with your readers.

sisKaren: What’s your TOP tips for author talks in schools?

Michael…

  1. Be prepared, be enthusiastic and be yourself.
  2. Incorporate props and images into your presentation.
  3. Inject humour when you can but only what you feel comfortable with. Kids know when you’re trying too hard to be funny.
  4. TELL STORIES– most important. Stories can help the students to get to know you as a person and as a writer. And everyone loves a good story.
  5. Get the audience involved– with readings, acting out a scene, questions etc.

Michael’s next book ‘The Pain, my Mother, Sir Tiffy, Cyber Boy & Me’ is out in May.

scan0005Connect with Michael Gerard Bauer on his website or on Facebook: Michael Gerard Bauer Author.

Which writing and author TIPs from Michael Gerard Bauer resonated with you?

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Writing Teacher for Queensland Writers Centre

QWC_Logo.jpeg_1_2008YAY! I’m now a Writing Teacher for Queensland Writers Centre. I will be presenting writing workshops at Brisbane City Libraries on behalf of Queensland Writers Centre.

YIPEE! I present my first gig this Saturday.

I’m presenting Introduction to Memoir Writing. I will teach the fundamentals of memoir writing, with interactive  writing exercises to evoke the places, people and events of your memory in a compelling fashion.

memoirWhat Credentials do I have to Teach Writing?

My name’s Karen Tyrrell, award winning author and publisher of six books ( 2 memoirs and 4 children’s books). I present writing workshops and seminars for Queensland Writers Centre, Moreton Bay Libraries, Logan City Libraries, Toowoomba Writers Festival, River City Writers Conference, CYA Conference and Gold Coast Writers Festival. I’m a teacher with over 25 years of experience.

karen-tyrrell-bannerWhat Credentials do I have to Teach Memoir?

I’m the triple award winning author of Me and Her: A Memoir of Madness and Me and Him: A Guide to Recovery. I won a mentorship with the Society of Editors. These memoirs reveal a teacher’s recovery from parent-teacher bullying and mental illness.

“In 2005, my Mad half, HER was born.” Opening sentence to ME & HER : A Memoir of Madness

Review of ME & HER : A Memoir of Madness …

“Brisbane teacher ended up in a psychiatric  facility. Make a great movie!” Spencer Howson: ABC Brisbane Radio

Memoir Workshop River City Writers Conference

Introduction to Memoir Writing

WHEN: Saturday, 19 March 2016, 10:30am – 12pm

VENUE: Sunnybank Hills Library

Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown, Cnr Compton & Calam Rds, Sunnybank Hills

Bookings:  Ring 3407 0571 to reserve your seat

RSVP:  Facebook event  HERE

Seats Going FAST!!

Do you write Memoir?  Do you know someone who does?

Are you coming along to this FREE event?

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