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Saturday, 7 June 2014

Blog Tour: 12 Curly Questions with author Karen Tyrrell

Kids' Book Review is pleased to be a stop on the blog tour for Karen Tyrrell's new junior fiction novel, STOP the Bully. After you read through Karen's answers to our 12 Curly Questions, make sure you check out the links to the other stops on her tour as well as Karen's own website, where you'll have the opportunity to win a copy of this book which delivers a positive, anti-bullying message to young readers.

1. Tell us something hardly anyone knows about you.
STOP the Bully isn’t the first junior novel I’ve written. Josh and the It, my sci-fi novel, was under consideration by a leading publisher for 14 months. My vow is to rewrite Josh, infusing it with a positive mental health message.

2. What is your nickname? 
Kaz. My sister loves to call me this.

3. What is your greatest fear?
That all my hard work is in vain. That my latest book is a flop.

4. Describe your writing style in ten words. 
Emotive. Fast-paced. Controversial. Original. Thought-provoking. Unexpected. Empathetic. Dramatic. Honest. Captivating.

5. Tell us five positive words that describe you as a writer.
Trail-blazer. Passionate. Motivated. Diligent. Determined.

6. What book character would you be, and why?
Amelia the taekwondo champ from STOP the Bully. She empowered herself with strong anti-bullying self-talk. Amelia helped other children stop the bully.

7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why?
1966. Go back to my childhood bullies and stop them in their tracks. I’d empower myself to change my life history. I’d never allow a bully to destroy my self-confidence again.

8. What would your ten-year-old self say to you now?
Let’s sit beneath the willows on the river bank and dream. ‘I can be anyone. Achieve anything I desire. Dream. Imagine. Achieve.’  My childhood Karen would remind me to live every day in the moment.

9. Who is your greatest influence? 
My childhood self. The child within: full of wonder, imagination and determination to succeed.

10. What/who made you start writing?
Parents of my school student bullied me to breaking point. Police incarcerated me into the psychiatric system. Finally I ‘escaped’ joining a writing group and Queensland Writers Centre, determined to publish my recovery story. STOP the Bully is my fourth mental health book.

11. What is your favorite word and why?
Imagine. Our imagination opens up all kinds of possibilities. Imagine if we could achieve all our dreams!

12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Any novel from Kate Forsyth.

STOP the Bully is available from Amazon and is endorsed by Kids Helpline and aligned with Kids Matter. You can download free STOP the Bully children's activities and teachers' notes from Karen's website, and you can follow Karen on Facebook

STOP the Bully Blog Tour, June 2 - 11

2 June
Karen Tyrrell - STOP the Bully Release Party & Reviews
Sally Odgers - Interview
3 June 
Jill Smith - Review
Charmaine Clancy - Interview
4 June
Sally Murphy - QUICK Questions
5 June
Melissa Wray - Interview
Yvonne Mes - Interview
6 June
Ali Stegert - Interview
7 June
Kids' Book Review - 12 Curly Questions (that's us!)
9 June
Bug in a Book - Review
Jackie Hosking - Interview
10 June
June Perkins - Interview
Robyn Parnell - Interview
11 June
Nicky Johnson - Review
Literati Radio - Interview 9am AEST

If you are an author or illustrator who thinks they are BRAVE enough to answer our questions, 
OR if there is an author or illustrator you would like to hear from, LET US KNOW! 
We will see if they are up to the task. Just email: susanATkids-bookreviewDOTcom


  1. Hi Tania,
    I loved this interview with Karen. Like her, I love the word "imagine," and I totally dig Kate Forsyth's books. Great questions!

  2. Thanks Ali,
    for popping in to check out my questions.
    Amazing we have love the same author and KEY word IMAGINE to dream with ... Karen :)

  3. Thanks Kids Book Review,
    for giving me those very CURLY questions to think upon.

    Thanks KBR for supplying STOP the Bully with your awesome quote...

    ‘STOP the Bully offers readers specific strategies for dealing with bullying at school’ - Kids Book Review.
    ... Karen :)

  4. Thanks KBR for a great interview with Karen. Her journey is certainly inspiring and I sincerely believe her work will helps others 'Stop the Bully' in their lives.

    1. Thanks Cecilia,
      for following the tour. Wonderful to hear your positive words of support.

  5. This was a great interview, Tania. I feel I know you better now, Karen. You certainly are inspiring. :)

    1. Hi Lady Blogger,
      lovely to meet you.
      Thanks so much for checking out my interview and my new book, STOP the Bully ... Karen :)


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