Supanova Brisbane 2018 Superhero Books for Kids

 Supanova Brisbane 2018Supanova Brisbane 2018 will host my Superhero Books for Kids at booth #26. I’m thrilled that superheroes, cosplayers and kids will drop by!

Supanova Brisbane 2018 Superhero Books for Kids will feature my latest novel ‘Rainforest Rescue – Song Bird.

In fact, all my FUN Superhero Books for Kids will be available including Song Bird Superhero, The Battle of Bug World, Rainforest Rescue from my Song Bird series and books from my Super Space Kids series.

 Supanova Brisbane 2018

I will sign copies of Song Bird at my special exhibitor stand in Artists Alley. I, Karen Tyrrell will be dressed in my complete Song Bird costume: blue feathery wings, red wig, red boots and all.

Recently, I made several guest appearances with guest author Tree Man- Steve Tyrrell.

 Supanova Brisbane 2018Song Bird gets her superhero powers from singing, science and self-belief.

Look out for Supanova Brisbane … Superhero Books for Kids

I will sign copies of my Song Bird series and Super Space Kids Series …

 What’s my Supanova Brisbane 2018 Superhero books about?

★★★★★ Battle of Bug World (Song Bird)

Can Song Bird STOP the bully, save her sister, the bees & the environment? Reviews: CBCA Reading Time, Buzz Words,

★★★★★ Song Bird Superhero (Song Bird) 

Bullied girl, Rosella Ava Bird dreams of flying. Can she stop the bully & empower herself through song, science and self-belief? Reviews: Disney Princess & Touchstone Mags

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★★★★★Jo-Kin Battles the It

Geeky Josh Atkins (code-name Jo-Kin) wins an online competition to become a Super Space Kid. The It kidnaps Captain Astra, threatening to destroy the Earth. Who will rescue her and save the galaxy?

★★★★★ Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra

Reluctant hero, Jo-Kin never wanted to be a Super Space Kid, until Lord Terra kidnaps his Commander’s little sister and starts destroying the galaxy. Can Jo-Kin defeat the all-powerful Lord Terra face to face?

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What’s on at Supanova Brisbane 2018?

You’ve seen the shows, now meet the stars! Supanova Comic Con & Gaming is Australia’s biggest pop culture convention, showcasing the very best in film, television, comic books, video games and more!

The weekend-long event offers a perfect day out for families, with all-ages entertainment in the form of ‘cosplay’ (costume-role play), fan clubs, musical performances, creative master classes, wrestling, tournaments, competitions, celebrity Q&A panels, and an exhibition hall full of shopping possibilities.

 Supanova Brisbane 2018 Karen Tyrrell

It’s also a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet your favourite Supa-Star celebrities. You can even take home a keepsake of your moment in the form of a photo and/or autograph

Supanova is a fun filled event for all ages! Kids 12 and under are  free with any paying adult!

 Supanova Brisbane 2018

Supanova Brisbane 2018 BOOK DEALS

  1. Buy Rainforest Rescue …  you get a FREE Rainforest Show bag.
  2. If you buy ALL #3 Song Bird books you get a SUPA discount. SAVE $10
  3. I have three SUPER specials  for the Super Space Kids series …
  • Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra ONLY $5SAVE $10
  • Jo-Kin Battles the It ONLY $10SAVE $5
  • Buy BOTH Super Space Kids books for $10 … SAVE $20 … While STOCKS LAST

 Supanova Brisbane 2018

Supanova Brisbane 2018

KIDS under 12 are FREE!

FIND: Superhero Books for Kids AKA Karen  & Steve Tyrrell at Booth #26.

WHEN: 9 November 1-7pm … 10-11 November 10-6pm

WHERE: Brisbane Convention Centre, Merivale St & Glenelg Street, South Brisbane

Click GOING to the Face book event page HERE

Get your tickets HERE

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Columbines Tale Write a Book Series Book Giveaway

Columbines TaleColumbines Tale (The Tales of Tarya #2) by Rachel Nightingale. Its published by Odyssey Books.

 “Suspense, magic, fantasy tale of intrigue.”…  Karen Tyrrell (me)

Meet Rachel Nightingale, author of Columbines Tale and The Tales of Tarya series.

Rachel Nightingale is a writer, playwright, educator and actor. With a passion for storytelling and the theatre, her first fantasy series centres on both.

Columbines Tale Blurb

For three hundred years the travelling actors of Litonya roamed the land entertaining crowds. But secretly leaving devastation in their wake. Is Mina the only person with the magical power to stop them?

In the ethereal otherworld of Tarya, Mina begins to master the rare, inexplicable powers attached to her gift for storytelling. She discovers she can touch dreams, influence the real world, and perhaps find out who is manipulating Tarya for dark purposes. In the waking world Mina is on the run, beset by divided loyalties between the travellers. She’s caught between two men she could love, and a brother who desperately needs her help.

Columbines Tale

Columbines Tale How to Write a Book Series – Interview by Karen Tyrrell

  1. Columbines Tale is book 2 of the Tales of Tarya series. In 20 words can you explain what happened in book 1, Harlequin’s Riddle?

When Mina discovered the secret behind the performances of the travelling players, she found herself in a lot of danger.

  1. How did you to develop Mina’s story in book 2?

In the second book Mina is still looking for her missing brother, but she is also driven by a need to undo the damage done by at least one of the travelling players. She needs to work out the best way to do this, but this leads her to even more hidden secrets about the world of artisans.

  1. How did you plan your entire book series so you would have enough content for a series?

At the heart of the series is a mystery – who is doing terrible things in the name of art, and why? Mina is basically uncovering the clues to answer those questions, one piece at a time. She can only find out new pieces of the puzzle as she gets better at travelling in Tarya and understanding what she is seeing.

To do that, she has to develop her own gifts as a storyteller. All of that takes time. In planning the series, I had to work backwards – I had to know what’s really going on. Then I worked out what to reveal when, and fit that in with Mina’s journey. And of course, Mina’s growing up and travelling for the first time. So there are other discoveries too, including romance.


  1. How do you keep tabs on your character traits, and details of the settings so they remain consistent through the whole book series?

I have a fairly big word document that I’ve set up with headings so I can jump to the right section straight away. That sets out all my characters, relevant history, physical places, and places within Tarya as well. Writing a story over three books, continuity is so important, so I’m constantly going back and double-checking what something looks like, or what powers are possible in different parts of Tarya.

If I think I can hold it all in my head, I’m going to get something wrong, like when Nadia (the cover artist) checked Mina’s eye colour with me for the second cover and I gave her Miranda’s eye colour instead! Luckily a dash of paint and it was easily fixed!

5. Can you please share 5 tips on how to write an intriguing book series?

  • If you’re writing a story over several books you definitely need to plot. Don’t fly by the seat of your pants. If you plan it all out, you can put little clues into the first book that will only make sense once the mystery is solved in the final book. That’s the sort of thing I find intriguing.
  • Having interesting characters who grow and change will also help – otherwise people will get bored with following their adventures, no matter how exciting the events.
  • I think posing questions and not answering them straight away is good – it keeps people curious. Is Mina ever going to find her brother? Who tried to kill her?
  • Knowing how to pace the story is also important. With three books you can include a lot more, but you don’t want it to drag, so you need to keep it moving. Okay, that’s four!
  • Make the relationships interesting I’m already getting feedback after the second book about Mina’s connection with a couple of different characters, and what’s going to happen there, but I can’t say anything more because… spoilers!
  • Old inkstand with feather near scroll and Venezian mask on canvas background.

Columbines Tale Books on Tour Schedule

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Columbines Tale Book Giveaways

Win a FREE ebook of Columbine’s Tale by leaving a comment below on why you want to win a copy. 2 FREE copies to be won.

This is a game of skill not chance. Competition open to anyone around the world. Winners announced next Friday 2 Nov 5 pm.

Winners Columbines Tale

Announcing the winners of Columbines Tales Book Giveaway

Ani Peters

Georgina Ballantine

I’ll be in contact soon about your prize

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The Forever Kid Review Book Giveaway

 The Forever Kid Review by Karen TyrrellThe Forever Kid by Elizabeth Mary Cummings … Illustrated by Cheri Hughes.

Published by Big Sky Publishing. Picture book for kids 4-8.

‘Uplifting, thought provoking, heart-warming.’

 The Forever Kid

 Author of The Forever Kid

Meet Elizabeth Mary Cummings author of The Forever Kid. Elizabeth was awarded a psychology degree and a Masters of Education. She writes children’s books about resilience, empowerment and anti-bullying. (Similar themes to myself, author Karen Tyrrell.)

 The Forever Kid

The Forever Kid – Review

Johnny is The Forever Kid and he’s celebrating his birthday. Only problem is, he’s passed away. His family still gather and lovingly celebrate his birthday. They continue Johnny’s favourite party traditions by sharing very special memories of him. They experience a sense of closeness and comfort on his special day of remembrance.

 The Forever Kid

Johnny will forever be The Forever Kid in their hearts and memories.

Elizabeth’s picture book gently tackles how children can deal with grief. I love the quote below on how she wrote this book.

I draw on messages of hope, of resilience and of the power within each of us to understand our emotions even with these strong emotions of grief and loss and to be able to keep living.’

Cheri Hughes illustrates the book beautifully, sensitively … and tenderly.

 The Forever Kid


Grief, memories, loss, family love, resilience, traditions, hope.

Target Audience

The Forever Kid is for children, especially those who are dealing with grief over the loss of a loved-one or sibling. Perfect for families, teachers, social workers and counselors to gently open up discussion and feelings on grief and loss.

 The Forever Kid

Books on Tour

The book is part of a Books on Tour. Check out reviews, blogs and interviews below on websites.

Monday Oct 1 – Sunday Oct 14
Fri Oct 12

 The Forever Kid


Book Giveaway – The Forever Kid

I’m giving away a free copy!!  So, please leave a comment below for an opportunity to win. Competition is based on skill, not chance, so leave your best comment on why you want to win. Australia Only. The winner will be announced next Friday 19th October 5pm.

 The Forever Kid

 Why do you want to win a free copy?

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And the WINNER is … Zewlan Moor … Please message me with your address

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Song Bird Book Series How I Wrote it

Song Bird Book SeriesSong Bird Book Series How I Wrote it

Who would believe that bullying, child empowerment and self-belief would inspire me to write my Song Bird book series?

How? In grade six, a frenemy (half friend-half enemy) bullied me continuously, eroding away my self-confidence. I found solace by singing in the school choir and becoming a science nerd, empowering me to believe in myself and ignore the bullying.

These personal experiences inspired me to create Song Bird Superhero (Book 1) and my favourite character, Rosella Ava Bird aka Rosie.

Once Rosie found her empowerment, she formed a dynamic trio with friends Amy Hillcrest, a disabled girl in a wheelchair … and stuttering, geeky school captain Ben. All three kids love Maths, Science, Engineering and Technology – STEM.

Together, they support each other and fight bullies and save the bullied and the school.

Song Bird Superhero became a success with young readers, and they implored me to write the next adventure in the book series.

I made Rosie an environmental superhero, an eco-warrior. She found that if she can stop the bully, Frank her next-door neighbour, she can do anything.

She believes in herself and friends that they can save the environment and stop environmental villain, Destructo.

I wrote Song Bird: Battle of Bug World to show kids the effects of climate change and the simple things they can do themselves to save the bees and care for the planet.

In Rainforest Rescue, Destructo returns to wreak havoc on the rainforest and the trees. It’s up to Song Bird to solve the secrets about disappearing friends, strange mythical creatures and why the rainforest is dying.

How did I create the Song Bird Book Series?

 I include eight key characters in every story- friends, family and enemies.

For my main character, Rosella Ava Bird (bullied), and her side-kicks Amy Hillcrest (disabled) and Ben (low self-esteem), I have detailed character notes and interviews, keeping tabs on their appearance, description, back story, flaws and favourite expressions. As the series progresses, I give them increasing self-confidence and problem-solving abilities. I do the same for Rosie’s family and class teacher, Miss Darling AKA Wonder Girl but to a lesser degree. I want her character to remain mysterious.

Why did you choose eco themes for the Song Bird book series?

As a teacher, environmental issues were part of my class teaching and my personal lifestyle and interest. For twenty years, I have hiked through Gondwana rainforests and national parks in Mt Tamborine, Springbrook and Lamington National Park behind the Gold Coast.

I want families to hike in our rainforests and find their own health benefits, It’s the perfect way to de-stress, get fit, and breathe in nature.

#5 Top Tips in Creating a Book Series

  1. Write your first book with a series in mind. As you write book 1, scribble down ideas for books 2 and 3.
  2. Create a series title or make the character’s name the series title e.g. Song Bird, Jo-Kin.
  3.  Craft your first book with an extremely likeable hero main character, a character who readers will strongly identify with. Create a sidekick and/or a team to fight the bad or evil characters or to fight challenges. Create a strong sense of place with each scene.
  4. In book 2, introduce new characters, new challenges and new scenes to keep the story fresh and exciting.
  5. Keep track of your characters, their dreams and fears, their description and their character tags. Keep these consistent over your series.

What’s the message of Song Bird book series?

Children can empower themselves to live stronger, to make a difference in their own lives and in the world around them. I continually preach, take risks, have a go, and never give up.

Rainforest Rescue Book Trailer:

Rainforest Rescue is available at Amazon, Booktopia, good bookshops OR with a FREE Rainforest showbag at

Karen Tyrrell writes empowering books to help kids live STRONG through humour and self-belief. She’s an experienced Brisbane school teacher, workshop presenter and motivational speaker. Karen won an Arts Queensland grant for book Ready Set Discover Logan. Karen’s acclaimed books include Song Bird series, STOP the Bully, Bailey Beats the Blah, Harry Helps Grandpa Remember and Super Space Kids series.  Karen won 3 awards, 4 literary grants, 3 sponsorships and a mentorship through the Society of Editors

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What writing tips would you like to share?

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Rainforest Rescue #6 BEST New Adventure Book in the World

Rainforest Rescue #6 BEST New Adventure BookRainforest Rescue #6 BEST New Adventure Book in the World  

OMG! My heart pounded with both disbelief … and with pride!

It’s Official:  Rainforest Rescue was rated #6 BEST New Adventure Book in the World according to Bookauthority (4/9/2018). Scroll Down to #6 … HERE 

HOW did Rainforest Rescue #6 BEST New Adventure Book in the World?

As featured on CNN, Forbes and Inc – Bookauthority identifies and rates the best books in the world, based on public reviews, recommendations, ratings, mentions and sentiment.

Rainforest Rescue #6 BEST New Adventure Book

What’s Rainforest Rescue #6 BEST New Adventure Book in the World … about?

Rainforest Rescue empowers kids to become eco warriors, caring for trees, rainforests and national parks. My 9th children’s book, Rainforest Rescue educates kids on indigenous culture, Dreamtime mythical creatures, bush tucker and positive role models. Thanks to Uncle Barry Watson, aboriginal elder for being my cultural supervisor … and Queensland National Parks for being my role model.

Gondwana Rainforest is dying.
Mythical creatures materialize.
Kids disappear.
Song Bird travels to when time began, to battle her enemies.
Can Song Bird unlock the secret before the world ends?

Rainforest Rescue #6 BEST New Adventure Book

Rainforest Rescue #6 BEST New Adventure Book … Amazon Reviews HERE

HUGE thanks to reviewers: Alison Stegert,  Georgina Ballantine, Christine Titheridge and Lana James.

Rainforest Rescue #6 BEST New Adventure Book in the World … Goodreads Reviews

Special thanks to reviewers: Jacqui Halpin, Kathryn Morgan, Ruth Garlick and Jimboomba.

Rainforest Rescue #6 BEST New Adventure Book

Rainforest Rescue #6 BEST New Adventure Book in the World … Media Stories

Special thanks to those who reviewed Rainforest Rescue, published my blogs, interviewed me. Thanks to those who wrote their own story based on an interview. Thanks for getting Rainforest Rescue into the Blogosphere!!

Kids Book Review published my Guest Post on Inspiring Eco Awareness in children HERE

Weekend Notes by Belladonna wrote a story about my personal motivation and my empowering books. Plus she shared my Rainforest Rescue events HERE

Magazine, She Society published a story about me.

“Meet The Author Empowering Children Australia Wide”   HERE


 ECO teacher, Vanessa’s reviewed Rainforest Rescue on Educate. Empower. HERE

Norah Colvin, educator shared her review of Rainforest Review at Readilearn HERE

Write Links, Brisbane interviewed me on how I published Rainforest Rescue  HERE

Print Media published stories in their newspapers and magazines …

Special thanks to Haven magazine, Tamborine Times, Scenic News, Albert & Logan News and MORE.

 Sign Rainforest Rescue #6 BEST New Adventure Book in the World

Meet Karen Tyrrell author AKA Song Bird Superhero and Steve Tyrrell AKA Tree Man this week. FREE Rainforest show bag, compliments of Queensland National Parks with every purchase.

7 SEP 10-1 Big B Bookshop, Big B Arcade, 16/50 James St, Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast.

8 SEP 1-4 Under the Greenwood Tree Bookshop, 92 Main Western Rd, Mt Tamborine

ORDER Rainforest Rescue with FREE rainforest show bag

 Go to

I’ll post you a signed copy of Rainforest Rescue anywhere in Australia.

What do you think … Rainforest Rescue #6 BEST New Adventure Book in the World?

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Amazon Launches Rainforest Rescue Worldwide

Rainforest Rescue on Amazon ReleaseAmazon Launches Rainforest Rescue Worldwide

Last Saturday, I launched Rainforest Rescue to a crowd of fans, supporters, friends, family … and little superheroes.

Amazon Launches Rainforest Rescue

★★★★★ Rainforest Rescue is now available on Amazon as a print and eBook.

Amazon Launches Rainforest Rescue (Song Bird 3)

Half-Bird … Half-Girl … ALL SUPERHERO

Gondwana Rainforest is dying.

Kids disappear.

Mythical creatures materialize.

Song Bird travels to when time began, to battle her enemies

Can Song Bird unlock the secret before the world ends?


PRAISES – Amazon launches Rainforest Rescue

★★★★★ Friendship, Resilience, Ecology – Songbird Does It All  With a song in her heart and a friend at her side, a girl can do anything—just like Song Bird Superhero! Karen Tyrrell’s engaging stories tackle tough issues with imagination, humour and hope.–Ali Stegert, children’s writer & former school counsellor

★★★★★ The latest and best in the Song Bird series by Karen Tyrrell – Rainforest Rescue ‘Every nail-biting moment in this story you can’t put down, will have you either fearing or cheering for Song Bird and her friends.’ Norah Colvin: Educator at readilearn

PRAISES  –  Amazon Launches Rainforest Rescue   – Song Bird Series

★★★★★ ‘Fast-paced adventure taking ecological issues, turning them into an engaging story.’ – CBCA Reading Time

★★★★★ ‘Friends who stand together ALWAYS have Super powers.’ – Jackie French

FREE Teacher Resources and kids activities for Rainforest Rescue HERE

ORDER Rainforest Rescue (Song Bird) with FREE Rainforest Bag HERE

Order a signed copy. Comes with Rainforest bag courtesy of my sponsor Queensland National Parks.  Special deal available anywhere in Australia.

Amazon Launches Rainforest Rescue SHOP

Order Rainforest Rescue from Australia, USA, UK, Europe, Canada, Japan, India, Brazil  HERE

READ  10 pages of  Rainforest Rescue (Song Bird) on Amazon HERE

BUY Rainforest Rescue (Song Bird) as a print book HERE

BUY Rainforest Rescue (Song Bird)  as an eBook HERE

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Rainforest Rescue School Visits Tips

School Visits Karen TyrrellRainforest Rescue School Visits … by Karen Tyrrell

I’m presenting my eco warrior junior novel, Rainforest Rescue (Song Bird 3) on school visits.

What’s Rainforest Rescue about?

Half-Bird … Half-Girl … ALL SUPERHERO

Gondwana Rainforest is dying.

Kids disappear.

Mythical creatures materialize.

Song Bird travels to when time began,

 To battle her enemies

What’s really happening?

Can Song Bird unlock the secret before the world ends?

What does Rainforest Rescue teach children?

  1. Inspires kids to care for trees, rainforests, National Parks and the environment.
  2. Educates kids on aboriginal mythical creatures, bush tucker and World Heritage Gondwana Rainforests both ancient and present.
  3. Empowers kids to connect with their inner superhero to work as a team to care for the environment.

Book Week

August is Book Week month! Thanks to schools for booking me for a school visit. I’m presenting author talks to primary schools, colleges and special schools for my 9 children’s books. My formats include pantomime with costumes, power point talks, writing workshops and interactive dramatic readings from the Song Bird Series.

School Visits Karen Tyrrell

 How do I Present Rainforest Rescue School Visits?

I will present the following …

  1. Tips on how children can care for trees, rainforests and National Parks.
  2. Multi-media presentation on Aboriginal mythical creatures and rainforests … plus my animated book trailer HERE
  3. Show & Tell my rainforest  treasure including fossils, aboriginal clap sticks, crystals, lichen, pods, seeds, ferns and bush tucker from the rainforest.
  4. Author talk with costumes, props, interactive dramatic readings from Rainforest Rescue presented by myself and Steve Tyrrell (guest author).
  5. Power point on how my eco warrior novel, Rainforest Rescue was created.
  6. Writing workshops on Write a Rainforest Rescue story.
  7. I offer Free resources to schools from Queensland National Parks (my sponsor).
School Visits Karen Tyrrell

Part of my Rainforest treasures

Kid’s activities for Rainforest Rescue School Visits

I created detailed teacher notes and kid’s activities for FREE download. Available 18 August HERE

 Where do I present Rainforest Rescue School Visits?

I’m available for school visits in Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich and Gold Coast.

How do you book Rainforest Rescue School Visits?

Please leave a comment on my CONTACT page with your name, school and your request. HERE

Any questions? 

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Book Signing Rainforest Rescue Events Pre-Orders

Book Signing Rainforest Rescue events

Eco warriors, I’m signing copies of Rainforest Rescue (Song Bird 3) across Brisbane, Gold Coast, Logan and New South Wales  … I’m taking PRE-ORDERS  HERE

Rainforest Rescue empowers kids to be eco warriors, caring for trees, rainforests and national parks.

My 9th children’s book, Rainforest Rescue educates kids on indigenous culture, mythical creatures, bush tucker and positive role models.

Gondwana Rainforest is dying.
Mythical creatures materialize.
Kids disappear.
Song Bird travels to when time began, to battle her enemies.
Can Song Bird unlock the secret before the world ends?

Please watch Rainforest Rescue You Tube Book trailer HERE

Book Signing Rainforest Rescue

So excited! I present interactive book reading and author events for children and grown-ups in libraries, bookshops, schools and at a writer’s festival. Children will receive a free rainforest eco warrior goody bag courtesy of Queensland National Parks (while stocks last).

Book Signing Rainforest Rescue Launch

Come to the launch of Rainforest Rescue with interactive multi-media storytelling, a dramatic experience in Superhero costumes and surprises.

Meet Karen Tyrrell AKA Song Bird Superhero (author) Trevor Salter (illustrator) Aboriginal elder Uncle Barry Watson (cultural advisor) and Steve Tyrrell AKA mythical creature from Rainforest Rescue (guest author).
Come dressed as Song Bird, a superhero or something Rainforesty or mythical.
Autographed book Sales. Refreshments.

18 AUG 10 am Logan West Library RSVP HERE

School Visit with Song Bird- The Battle of Bug World

Book Signing Rainforest Rescue at Book Week

During book week, I’ll be visiting schools in Logan, Brisbane Ipswich and the Gold Coast. Steve and I perform interactive pantomimes and  author talks plus we present writing workshops.

Plus, I personally autograph every book ordered at schools.

If you’d like to book a school visit. Please leave a comment on my contact page HERE

Book Signing Rainforest Rescue at Book Shops

Meet Karen Tyrrell author AKA Song Bird Superhero and Steve Tyrrell AKA mythical creature from Rainforest Rescue. FREE Rainforest eco warrior bag with every purchase.

19 AUG 12-3 Canungra Books & Art, 6 Kidson St, Canungra HERE

25 AUG 9.30-12.30 Dymocks, 322 Moggill Rd, Indooroopilly HERE

8 SEP 1-4 Under the Greenwood Tree Bookshop, 92 Main Western Rd, Mt Tamborine HERE

Dymocks Indooroopilly with Renee for Song Bird Superhero

Book Signing Rainforest Rescue at a Writers Festival

15 SEP 10-5 I’m the key note speaker on Book Marketing at West Words Fest, Outback Cultural Centre, Dubbo. Steve and I are presenting detailed book marketing strategies.

Tickets HERE

Book Signing Rainforest Rescue Library Event

Come to Rainforest Rescue interactive multi-media storytelling, dramatic readings in Superhero costumes … and surprises. Meet Karen Tyrrell AKA Song Bird Superhero (author) and Steve Tyrrell AKA mythical creature from Rainforest Rescue (guest author).

TUES 25 SEP 10 am Hyperdome Library … RSVP Event page coming soon

PRE-ORDER Rainforest Rescue with FREE eco warrior bag  HERE 

I will post you a signed copy of Rainforest Rescue anywhere in Australia.

Which Book Signing Rainforest Rescue event will you attend?

Love to meet you. Please RSVP to links above.

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Self-Care for Authors Increases Productivity

Self-Care for Authors & Writers

OMG! I’m launching my empowering eco fantasy book, Rainforest Rescue (Song Bird 3) in just three weeks-time!

The pressure is mounting!

How to Remain Stress-Free and Increase Productivity?

I have SO much to do … I need to organize media interviews, book reviews and book signing events at bookshops, schools, libraries and festivals. I await delivery of books, costumes, bookmarks and banners.

Launching a book is the most exhilarating, exhausting and emotionally draining time in my life. I’m spending long hours behind the computer, on the phone and at meetings.

So, I must ensure I don’t experience a meltdown if things don’t go according to plan.

Self-care might be my saviour!

What’s Self-Care?

Self-care is the mindful practice to nurture your mind, body and spirit each day. It’s about taking daily time out to relax, unwind and recharge.

What’s my Credentials to share Self-Care tips?

I’m a survivor of parent-teacher bullying and mental illness. I know how easy a teacher can suffer anxiety, stress and sleeplessness when things go wrong. That’s why I wrote Me and Him: A Guide to Recovery, 30 Steps to Wellness.

I created well-being and self-care blogs and articles for health magazines.

Me and Him: A Guide to Recovery by Karen Tyrrell

How can Self-Care help me as an Author?

How can self-care turn my health and productivity around?

 Self-care empowers me, Karen Tyrrell, to care for my well-being while writing, organizing and presenting a rigorous schedule of events.

As the launch of my 11th book, Rainforest Rescue draws closer, I focus on stressing-less, sleeping better and staying well.

For me, my physical, mental and emotional health becomes my top priority.

Why do Authors and Writers need self-care?


#10 Self-Care tips for Writers

  1. Care for your back by investing in a sturdy office chair that supports your back and neck. Adjust your chair and desk to the right height for you. Maintain correct posture when typing. Make sure your arms are extended out and aren’t bent at the elbow. This is to relax the ulna nerve which stretches from your neck to your fingers. Stand up frequently, stretch your legs and exercise. Alternatively, invest in a standing desk.
  2. Care for your hands, your most important tool as a writer. Learn finger and hand stretches to relieve repetitive strains. See a hand physio for any concerns.
  3. Take care of your voice. Writers supplement their income by presenting author talks and writing workshops. So, be careful not to shout or strain your voice. Drink lots of water and see a specialist if you experience voice loss.
  4. Engage in relaxing activities you really enjoy, such as going for a walk, taking a bath, having a cuppa, gardening, listening to music or reading. Schedule it into your daily routine so that it becomes a natural part of your life. Try to squeeze in yoga or meditation before starting your day. Visualise a safe, peaceful space e.g. a comforting room, a beautiful beach or lovely bush setting, and spend 5-10 minutes imagining this in your mind.


5. Maintain your friendships. Connect regularly with friends and family.Plan something to look forward to, a holiday, day trip or an outing with friends.

6. Ask for help. If you are experiencing stress or worry, talk to someone about it. Speak to a friend, family member, you GP or a counsellor. Ask for help when you need it and accept help when it’s offered – realise you can’t do everything.

7.Get regular exercise. This will reduce stress levels and improve your health. Find an activity you enjoy. Exercising with others can help you to stay motivated. Aim for at least 20 minutes a day; even a 10-minute walk will benefit you.

8.Eat a nutritious, balanced diet. This helps with energy levels and stress management. Avoid consuming too much caffeine or sugar. It may help you to feel more energised in the short term but can have negative effects in the long term.

9. Be kind to yourself. A positive and compassionate attitude can help you manage difficult times. Encouraging and rewarding yourself for getting through a difficult period or achieving a goal will reinforce your self-confidence.

10.Get good quality sleep. Minimize screen time to sleep well at night. Go to bed and get up at the same time each day. Switch off all electronics at least an hour before going to bed so you can wind down. If you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, try a relaxation technique or quiet activity until you feel sleepy again.

For me, I plan to take time out to relax each day.

What about YOU?

What’s your ACTION plan for self-care?

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West Words Fest Book Marketing Masterclass

West Word FestWest Words Fest Book Marketing Masterclass

Want to maximize your income and optimize book sales and distribution?

Come to West Words Fest

Karen Tyrrell (that’s me) and Steve Tyrrell will present a FULL day Book Marketing Masterclass.

As award winning author, I share my marketing secrets as I teach you to how to promote, sell and distribute your book to the world as you develop your own pro-active marketing plan.

I’ll cover topics like book marketing, author platform, website SEO, social media influence, book launches, book reviews, blog tours, media releases, book sales and distribution.

My marketing class applies to every genre, indie published or mainstream.

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West Words Fest Key Note speaker

I’m thrilled to announce I’m key note speaker at the festival. I’m a Brisbane triple award winning author and publisher of eleven books, motivational speaker and workshop presenter.

My award-winning memoirs and children’s books are available in bookstores, online and via distributors.

I launch my children’s eco fantasy novel, Rainforest Rescue (Song Bird 3) at the festival.

Please watch Rainforest Rescue book trailer HERE

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Who is Karen Tyrrell?

I, Karen Tyrrell, am a survivor of parent-teacher bullying and mental illness. I write books to empower children to live strong. I’ve won 3 awards, 4 grants, 2 sponsorships, and a mentorship from the Society of Editors. My #11 empowering books will be available for sale at the festival.

I presented #5 Book Marketing Masterclasses .. This will be my 6th one.

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What is West Words Fest?

Each year, West Words Fest celebrates writing and publishing at Dubbo NSW over three days. This year, the workshop theme will be Romance Reboot.

My Saturday masterclass will help all genres.

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West Words Fest Program

Agent Consultation – One on One Pitch with Alex Adsett (agent)

Saturday 15 Sep – 10- 5pm – Book Marketing Masterclass – Karen Tyrrell

Saturday 5- 8pm – Free Your Inner Character Workshop – David Reiter

Sunday 2- 5pm – Writing Swoon-worthy Heroes’ Workshop – Wanda Wiltshire (YA Fantasy)

West Words Fest SAVE THE DATE

WHEN: September 15th 10am- 5pm
TICKET: includes Lunch
PLACE: Western Plains Cultural Centre, Community Arts Centre, Dubbo NSW.

Tickets HERE …

Who  wants to Market their Books to the world?

Please grab your tickets ^^^ and spread the word.

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