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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.

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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


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!

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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.

eric vale

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?


  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.

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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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National Action Day Against Bullying and Violence

CT-A40xUwAY5BA6National Action Day against Bullying and Violence will be held Friday, 18 March.

National Action Day is Australia’s key anti-bullying event for schools. It encourages students to ‘take a stand together‘ against bullying and violence in schools, the classroom and beyond.

A huge media campaign is hosted by Ian Thorpe, Olympic hero.



What am I, Karen Tyrrell author doing for bully prevention?

I’m a Brisbane award winning author of empowering children’s book STOP the Bully, experienced teacher, a public speaker and resilience presenter.

My books Bailey Beats the Blah, STOP the Bully, Harry Helps Grandpa Remember and Jo-Kin Battles the It show children how to live strong, be resilient, and cope with life stress.

STOP the Bully + author posterSTOP the Bully addresses bully prevention skills, self-esteem, confidence and social skill development. It is endorsed by Kids Helpline and aligned with Kids Matter school curriculum.
Dressed in my taekwondo suit, I talk to Brisbane Primary and High Schools as an advocate for anti-bullying.

Last week, I proudly presented a Bully Prevention talk to 400 Marsden High School children based on my lived experience as a survivor of bullying. I shared my book STOP the Bully, bully prevention, cyber bullying and coping skills. The next day I spoke to parents informing them about bully prevention strategies.

Books in Homes presentation with Stop the BullyMy talks are entertaining and informative and resonate with children.

The Reporter newspaper published a story HERE

Find out  about my bully prevention talks  HERE

Download FREE Teacher Resources &  Activities  HERE

Which schools are set for National Action Day?

Marsden State High School (See my story above)

Beenleigh State High School

I presented a bully prevention program at Beenleigh High school  followed up by creative writing and brainstorming activities.

Groves Christian College Kingston purchased STOP the Bully  for years 7 & 8 as an English text.

Rochedale South State School …

Rochedale South presents a pro-active bully prevention program within the school.

Bethania Lutheran School

Bethania built a “Buddy Bench” where lonely and bullied kids go to find  friendship and support.

And many, many more schools

Bully Prevention Resources

Schools register here: National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence


How’s your school educating and preventing bullying?

Leave a comment on my contact page to find our MORE

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Kids Poetry Book Magic Fish Dreaming

bannermagicfish2DISCOVER Kids Poetry book Magic Fish Dreaming, luscious creation of multicultural poet, June Perkins and illustrator Helene Maggison. Together, they created an exquisite illustrated book of poetry for children, Magic Fish Dreaming.

I’ve backed June’s book on a Kickstarter crowd funding campaign, purchasing a copy of this book. June and I are active members of writing group, Write Links in Brisbane Queensland. June supports all my resilience books including Jo-Kin Battles the It and Harry Helps Grandpa Remember.

I interviewed June to find out more about her children’s poetry book, Magic Fish Dreaming

 Karen: Tell me about your poetry book?

June: It’s a poetic celebration and exploration of nature, people and imagination in Far North Queensland.  Within you’ll discover creatures like cassowary, gecko and crocodile, and the fun and dreams children can have there.

 June Perkins & Helene Maggison creating Magic Fish Dreaming

June Perkins & Helene Maggison

 Karen:  Why did you write Magic Fish Dreaming?

 June: It evolved naturally from living in Far North Queensland for nearly a decade.  I mentored writers of all ages, but especially young writers, in the arts of poetry. I realized I had a ‘place’ theme happening in my poetry.  Writing the poetry of the  North, became a great way to focus on all the things that make people want to live in the Far North.

I wanted children to love poetry and realize it’s as diverse as their personalities and styles.

 Karen: What makes Magic Fish Dreaming stand out from other kid’s  books?

June: Magic Fish Dreaming doesn’t focus just on rhyme but on its Far North Queensland place setting.  I like ‘place based writing’, showcasing the diversity of Australia to the world. Magic Fish Dreaming is a book, kids can grow up with.

898cd90dd0fbf4cd0b44970afad8142b_original (1)Karen: Why did you choose Kickstarter to crowd fund Magic Fish Dreaming?

June: Children need the power of poetry, nature, and beauty in their lives.

I wanted the FREEDOM of publishing my own book. I chose a gifted illustrator sensitive to diversity and conveying place, to interpret the poetry visually. I was so happy to discover illustrator, Helene Magisson’s work.  When I received the  samples from her, I just knew she was the illustrator I wanted to work with.

 Karen: How can people support Magic Fish Dreaming?

June: Supporters can pledge, pre-order a book for themselves and a friend, or something special from our Kickstarter campaign.  After that they can encourage others they know, teachers, schools, libraries, friends to support our book and give us shout outs on social media.

Councillor Vicki Ward supports Magic Fish Dreaming

Councillor Vicki Ward supports their kickstarter project

I urge you to back June’s Kickstarter project Magic Fish Dreaming. HERE

Only 10 days to go! June needs to reach  $9K or Magic Fish Dreaming WON’T go ahead.  Buy a copy HERE

Did you support  this gorgeous picture book for children?

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Writing Secrets with Author Jacqueline Harvey

images-2I interviewed prolific children’s author Jacqueline Harvey revealing her writing secrets and habits for success. I’m a huge fan of award winning author Jacqueline Harvey following her successful writing career. Jacquie published over 27 children’s books including two book series Alice-Miranda series and the Clementine Rose series.

Currently I, KarenTyrrell am writing a book series for girls and begged to know all of Jacquie’s writing secrets and habits.

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Jacqueline Harvey

Karen: How do you plan and write for success?

Jacqueline Harvey: I reflect on the plot and characters as long as I can. I write an outline incorporating the ‘big ideas’. I have a good grasp of how things will end before I launch into the story.

Along the way, I do research and sometimes add or delete characters. If there’s a great idea that supersedes the original plan then I’m happy to be swayed by that.

Karen: What’s your winning daily writing routine?

Jacqueline Harvey: I plan a year ahead with touring and writing commitments. I produce 2 Alice-Miranda and 3 Clementine Rose books per year. This equates to around 200,000words before editing. I’m about to start touring in Australia at the end of the month and I will be away 4-6 days a week in different states for almost 5 weeks. I’m off to the UK, Hong Kong and Singapore for five weeks at the start of October.

I must be very disciplined and the Outlook calendar is my planning tool. I count how many days until the next deadline and work out how many words I need to write each day to meet it. I prefer to have chunks of writing time between touring but it doesn’t always work out like that.

I often find myself editing on the road. Many times I’ve finished writing and editing books in hotel rooms! If I’m at home, I’m at my desk between 7 and 8am. My day usually ends round 6pm.

harvey, jacquelineKaren: How do you develop your story ideas for success?

Jacqueline Harvey: The Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose series are firmly entrenched in my head. I don’t have trouble coming up with new ideas. Sometimes it’s a newspaper story or something topical will spark a thought or it can be an experience I’ve had while travelling. It’s always fun coming up with new characters (especially the baddies) to throw into the mix.

Currently I’m writing Alice-Miranda in China based on my own travel experiences t but incorporates the world of acrobatics.

Screen-Captures90-001Karen: What are your most successful writing habits?

Jacqueline Harvey: Discipline – You must spend time getting those words down and that means hours in front of the computer. For many years writing was a hobby – something to work on during the term breaks or weekends, hoping one day it would become a career. My school job always had to come first and having approached my career in that way to begin with, makes me appreciate the opportunities I have now even more – it also helped with the discipline aspect too!

Read aloud – I read everything out loud when I’m revising to hear if the characters are working.

Know your audience – I was a teacher and Deputy Head before I became a full time writer. I love working with kids and I enjoy getting back into the classroom or talking to children at events and via email. They tell me exactly what they think and it’s important to give children credit and time.

Allow yourself opportunities to observe life and daydream

Be organized – Know what’s coming up and adhere to routines allowing me to achieve my goals.

Develop good relationships with your publishing team, booksellers, your audience – be true to yourself and to them.

Be grateful – I really appreciate how fortunate I am to do something that I love.

Jacquie’s latest titles are Alice-Miranda to the Rescue and Clementine Rose and the Special Promise.

Clementine-RoseThanks Jacqueline Harvey for your brilliant writing tips and success habits. I’m gobsmacked by your discipline and organizational  ability!

Readers & Writers: What writing tips resonated with you the most?

How does Jacquie inspire you to write and strive harder?

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