Self-Care for Writers Increases Productivity & Creativity

Self-Care for Writers

YIPEE! Last week I, Karen Tyrrell zoomed superhero adventure, Song Bird #4 to a professional editor. Exhilarated, I rode a wave of excitement.

On Sunday, I hiked Palm Grove at Mt Tamborine National Park to boost my self-care, breathing in fresh ionized air. To prepare for an enormous writing week ahead!


  1. This week, I begin an intensive structural edit for Song Bird #4, collaborating with my editor. She’ll send over 100 requests for clarification.
  2. Next Saturday, I present my first writing Masterclass for 2019. My goal for 2019 is to present empowering Writing Masterclasses for writers. I present workshops for Queensland Writers Centre and Brisbane libraries. HERE
  3. This week, I’m ramping up support for my Facebook group We Are Writers HERE
  4. AND I’m organizing a book launch with extensive Book Tours for Song Bird #4

The pressure is mounting!

How to Remain Stress-Free … productive and creative?

I have SO much to do … arranging media interviews, book reviews and events at bookshops, schools, libraries and festivals.

Launching a book is the most exhilarating, exhausting and emotionally draining time in my life.

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 for Writers?

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. Keep calm and love yourself.

What’s my Credentials to share Self-Care for Writers?

I’m a survivor of parent-teacher bullying and PTSD. 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 articles for health magazines around the world.

I write empowering books for children. STOP the Bully teaches kids bully prevention strategies. Bailey Beats the Blah helps kids to overcome sad days and worry thoughts.

Kids Helpline endorsed them both.

How can Self-Care for Writers help me as an Author?

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

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

As the launch of my 12th book, Song Bird #4 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 tips Self-Care 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. Visualize 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.

  1. Maintain your friendships. Connect regularly with friends and family. Plan something to look forward to, a holiday, a day trip or an outing with friends.
  2. Ask for help. If you are experiencing stress or worry, talk to someone about it. Speak to a friend, family member, your GP or a counsellor. Ask for help when you need it and accept help when it’s offered – realise you can’t do everything.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 plan for self-care?

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Write & Publish a Children’s Book Brisbane

Write & Publish a Children’s BookWrite & Publish a Children’s Book Masterclass

Kick Start 2019 with Write & Publish a Children’s Book. 2019 is YOUR year to dream BIG and make your children’s book happen.

I, Karen Tyrrell Author, will guide you on how to Write, Plan, Pitch & PUBLISH a children’s book.

PLUS I’ll show you how to successfully publish your book via #7 Pathways.

Write & Publish a Children’s Book

Program for Write & Publish a Children’s Book  

I will guide you step by step through interactive hands-on activities.

WRITE – Unforgettable Characters and a page-turning Story.

PLAN – How to plan your Story step by step.

PITCH – How to write a POWERFUL Pitch.

PUBLISH – How to Publish via #7 pathways including how to WIN a Grant.

Write & Publish a Children’s Book

Karen Tyrrell Author

Karen Tyrrell’s Credentials for Write & Publish a Children’s Book

She is the award-winning author of 11 empowering books.

She won 3 awards, 4 literary grants, 3 sponsorships and a mentorship through the Society of Editors (QLD). She won an Arts Queensland Grant.

Karen presented Writing Workshops for ALEA Meanjin Writing Camps, Brisbane City Libraries, Queensland Writing Centre, Moreton Libraries, Writers Festivals, bookshops, schools and libraries

Check out her published 6 children’s novels,  3 in the Song Bird Superhero series,  plus STOP the Bully,   Super Space Kids series  winning endorsements and *5 STAR reviews.

Check out Karen’s picture books, Bailey Beats the Blah, Harry Helps Grandpa Remember, Ready Set Discover Logan two of which won government grants.

Karen’s an experienced Brisbane school teacher, gifted & talented teacher and motivational speaker. Karen spoke as a key note speaker at Brisbane Convention Centre, teacher’s conferences and in corporate workplaces. She’s listed with 3 speaker agencies.

Write & Publish a Children’s Book

What’s Included … Write & Publish a Children’s Book

HALF DAY Masterclass includes morning tea & lunch.

Topics include: HOW to write unforgettable characters, a page-turning story to hook in the reader, win grants, plan your story, write a powerful pitch and MORE.

Maximize your chances to Write & Publish a Children’s book!

That’s right, you’ll learn writing and publishing strategies in a step by step guide. I’ll teach you how to write, plan, pitch and publish your children’s book to the WORLD.

EARLY BIRD Ticket includes FREE Children’s book


Write & Publish a Children’s Book


WHAT: Write & Publish a Children’s Book Masterclass

WHERE: Garden City Library, Level 4 Westfield Shopping Centre, Kessels Road, Upper Mt Gravatt, Brisbane, Queensland 4122

WHEN: 9.30 am -1pm

INCLUDES: Half Day Masterclass includes morning tea and lunch.


Testimonials for Karen Tyrrell Author

‘Karen’s workshop is informative & comprehensive … everything you need to know.’

Jacqui Halpin Author

‘Karen generously shares her insight and experience …Jam-packed full of useful information … she’s eager to answer any questions as they arise.’ – Chrissy Buyers Author

‘Karen shared her knowledge & helpful tips.’- Norah Colvin Readilearn Resources

Book Marketing Masterclass attendees


    • Yummy morning tea and lunch.
    • Half- Day Masterclass
    • TOP book writing, planning, pitching and publishing strategies.
    • Interactive networking and brainstorming in-roads.

EARLY BIRD Ticket includes FREE Children’s book



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2019 Make it Your Year Writing Goals

2019 Make it Your Year2019 Make it Your Year … 2019 is going to be MY year too!

I’m setting Achievable Goals for 2019, Guaranteed for success!

As an award-winning empowerment author, writing workshop presenter and speaker (Karen Tyrrell) I’m aiming HIGH determined to attain my goals and dreams! My passions for writing, speaking and empowerment will drive me in 2019.

2019 Make it Your Year

Karen Tyrrell Author

I’m creating my own luck and capitalizing on every opportunity.
With determination, I’m planning ahead every step of the way, setting realistic, achievable goals.

No Pie in the Sky dreams for me

I’m focusing on my achievable goals.  I’m planning the practical steps to reach there. It’s time to reset my targets, as the New Year comes hurtling towards me.
My wish is to make 2019 my MOST memorable year yet, one to be proud of.

2019 Make it Your Year

ASK Yourself: What’s your Main Goal in 2019 Make it Your Year?

Squeeze your eyes shut and visualize your Big Picture for 2019.
Which goal drives you the most?

What do you want to achieve ABOVE everything else?

Concentrate on your main goal FIRST…

Now set practical mini-goals you can complete in three months or less.
Your brain will react to genuine personal goals that are S.M.A.R.T.

Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Specific.

Display your goals at eye level as a constant reminder and incentive.  Show on a whiteboard or vision board above your computer … and/or on your fridge.

2019 Make it Your Year

Aim High in 2019 Make it Your Year

2019 Make it Your Year

3 MONTH GOALS for Writing Success

  1. Write every single day with passion and conviction and everything else will follow.
  2. Tick off daily attainable goals in your diary and congratulate myself on every SUCCESS along the way.
  3. Rewrite & Redraft every writing project you’ve created to the HIGHEST publishing standard possible.
  4. Send away completed projects to writing buddies for feedback, writing competitions, Beta readers or editors.
  5. Follow up on VIP emails … Take advantage of every constructive opportunity presented to you.
  6. Extend your writers platform, reaching out to your community: face-to-face and via social media.
  7. RESEARCH … RESEARCH … RESEARCH every writing project, every opportunity that ignites your interest. Understand how the publishing industry works from the inside out.
  8. Join a pro-active writing group or sign up to a writing course that will assist you to achieve your goals.
  9. Network and Critique with writers who have a similar passion to you. Create pro-active partnerships.
  10. Be creative … envisage a brand-new project that excites you.

2019 Make it Your Year

So, I’m setting those positive goals in motion RIGHT now.

And remembering how far I’ve come …

Once I was a bullied school teacher… Parents at my school harassed me to breaking point, triggering PTSD within me. Now I’m an award-winning author of #11 books.

I won 3 awards, 4 grants, 3 sponsorships and a mentorship from the Society of Editors.

I published 2 award-winning memoirs …

ME & HER: A Memoir of Madness and  Me & HIM: A Guide to Recovery

And 9 books for children

Including 3 picture books:  Bailey Beats the Blah, Harry Helps Grandpa Remember, Ready Set Discover Logan

And children’s novels STOP the Bully, Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra, Jo-Kin Battles the It

Song Bird Superhero, The Battle of Bug World (Song Bird 2), Rainforest Rescue.

OMG! 3 Speakers Agencies have signed me up to present author talks, writing workshops and pantomimes in schools and festivals in 2019. HERE

Steve & Karen Tyrrell from Digital Future Press

My Personal Goals for 2019 Make it Your Year

  1. Publish an action-packed sequel to my Song Bird superhero series for children with themes of adventure and mystery with courageous heroes. COMING SOON
  2. Launch that same book in a Book Tour  all over Queensland in schools, libraries and festivals.
  3. Share my books to a wider audience including MORE author events, MORE schools, MORE libraries, MORE bookshops and MORE networks.
  4. Maintain my OPTIMUM happiness, health and life balance. This MUST be my over-riding #1 PRIORITY.
  5. Mentor writers to achieve their writing and publishing goals through my Write and Publish a Children’s Book Masterclass. Write, plan, pitch and publish your children’s book. I share #7 ways to Publish a Book.  Half Day Masterclass on 19 January, 2018…  9.30-1.00 PM.


RSVP Facebook Event HERE

Wishing you all a VERY happy, healthy and SUCCESSFUL 2019!
Thanks for your AMAZING friendship, support and encouragement in 2018.

 What’s your plans for 2019…  your year of success?

What’s your S.M.A.R.T Goals for 2019?

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Write & Publish a Children’s Book Masterclass

Write & Publish a Children’s Book Masterclass

Calling writers of children’s books.

Karen Tyrrell, multi-awarded author presents Write & Publish a Children’s Book Masterclass.

Kickstart your writing in 2019 with practical ways to write and publish your children’s book.

Karen Tyrrell Author Presenter

Program: Write & Publish a Children’s Book Masterclass 

Karen will guide you on how to plan, write, pitch and publish a children’s book.

She’ll show you how to create unforgettable characters. And a page-turning story that hooks in your reader.

As a bonus, Karen will guide you on #7 ways to publish.

She’ll share tips for winning grants and becoming an author-preneur.

Presenter: Write & Publish a Children’s Book Masterclass

Karen Tyrrell is the acclaimed author of 9 empowering books for children. (Plus she wrote 2 sucessful memoirs.)

Karen won 3 awards, 4 literary grants, 3 sponsorships and a mentorship through the Society of Editors (QLD).

Check out Karen’s picture books, Bailey Beats the Blah, Harry Helps Grandpa Remember, Ready Set Discover Logan. Two of which won government grants. Bailey  Beats the Blah is endorsed by Kids Helpline.

Karen published 6 children’s novels, 3 books in the Song Bird Superhero series, STOP the Bully,    2 books in  Super Space Kids series .  She won endorsements and *5 STAR reviews.

She’s an experienced Brisbane school teacher, gifted & talented teacher and motivational speaker. Recently, Karen spoke as a key note speaker at Brisbane Convention Centre, at A writers festival, a teacher’s conference and in corporate workplaces.

She’s listed with 3 speaker agencies.

Karen presented Writing Workshops for ALEA Meanjin Writing Camps, Brisbane City Libraries, Queensland Writing Centre . Plus she presented events at Moreton Libraries, Writers Festivals, bookshops, schools and libraries.

Attendees: Book Marketing Masterclass 2018


‘Karen’s workshop is informative & comprehensive. Everything you need to know.’

– Jacqui Halpin Author

‘Karen generously shares her insight and experience. Jam-packed full of useful information. She’s eager to answer any questions as they arise.’ – Chrissy Buyers Author

‘Karen shared her knowledge and helpful tips.’- Norah Colvin Readilearn Resources

Event Write & Publish a Children’s Book Masterclass

WHEN: Saturday 19th January 9.30-1pm

WHERE:  Garden City Library

Kessels Road,

Westfield Shopping Centre

Upper Mount Gravatt, QLD 4122

INCLUDES: Morning tea & a light lunch

30 SEATS ONLY … SEATS are going FAST

TICKETS at an unbelievable price …   HERE

RSVP on Facebook event page   … HERE

Who’s kickstarting their writing and publishing in 2019?

Who wants to Write & Publish a children’s book?

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Christmas Book Signing Author Karen Tyrrell

Christmas Book Signing Author Karen TyrrellChristmas Book Signing Author Karen Tyrrell

Join the Christmas FUN as author Karen Tyrrell transforms her Song Bird Superhero character into Song Bird Christmas angel. Co-author, Steve Tyrrell transforms his Tree Man character into Christmas Tree Man.

Christmas Book Signing Author Karen Tyrrell

Both will wear Merry Christmas costumes, jingling all the way!

Meet Karen as she signs her empowering eco children’s books at Annie’s Books On Peregian, Peregian Beach, Sunshine Coast on 16th December.

Which Books at Christmas Book Signing Author Karen Tyrrell?

Karen’s acclaimed books include the Song Bird series Song Bird Superhero, The Battle of Bug World and Rainforest Rescue.

Grab your FREE Rainforest showbag with the purchase of Rainforest Rescue. Courtesy of Queensland National Parks.

Kids Helpline support Karen’s books STOP the Bully and Bailey Beats the Blah with positive messages on bully prevention and living strong.

Alzheimer’s Australia & the Queensland Government support Karen’s picture book Harry Help Grandpa Remember, which won a grant.

The Super Space Kids Series (Jo-Kin Battles the It and Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra) teaches kids perseverance, STEM science, astronomy and working as a team through humour.

Come to Christmas Book Signing Author Karen Tyrrell event

WHO: Karen Tyrrell author & co-author Steve Tyrrell

WHERE: Annie’s Books On Peregian

8 Kingfisher Drive, Peregian Beach QLD 4573

WHEN: Sunday 16th December 10am – 12pm

RSVP: Facebook Event Link  …

Christmas Book Signing Author Karen TyrrellWho’s joining the FUN at Christmas Book Signing Author Karen Tyrrell?

Who’s spreading the WORD?

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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

 Supanova Brisbane 2018

★★★★★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?

 Supanova Brisbane 2018

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

Who’s going to Supanova Brisbane 2018?

Who else has a booth?

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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

Monday Oct 22

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Tuesday Oct 23 HERE

Thursday Oct 25

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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?

Please comment below, LIKE on Facebook, twitter or Google +

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.

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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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Rainforest Rescue #6 BEST New Adventure Book in the World

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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