Taryn Bashford currently works as a writing coach and mentor for Queensland Writers Centre and as a creative writing tutor at the University of Queensland.
She is also available for hire for writing workshops, school author in residence days, conference talks, and one-on-one coaching. For more information, please contact her via the contact form.
"Taryn’s creative writing sessions with Toowoomba Regional Libraries were fantastic. Taryn has great content to share on the entire process of creative writing, editing and publishing which she presents in an easy and conversational style."
Toowoomba Region Libraries
"Taryn's story writing workshop was jam packed with fantastic advice for budding writers and I know our students got a huge amount out of it. Taryn was engaging and generous, sharing her process and journey as a writer; she also tailored the workshop exactly to our needs. We were left with lots to unpack in subsequent lessons, and as a teacher it was also great PD."
Brisbane Montessori School
Taryn Bashford grew up in England, attending school near London where she enjoyed English Literature, editing the school magazine, and competing in many sports including track & field ; she represented English Schools in the 400m event.
After high school, Taryn worked as an au pair in New York City before studying English Literature at Exeter University in Devon. She paid her way through university with a job at BBC Radio Devon, the first step in what Taryn hoped would be a career in journalism or editorial. On graduating with honours, England's recession meant these jobs were in short supply.
She targeted publishers, none-the-less, and ended up in an advertising sales role at Haymarket Publishing. Eight short years later, at the age of 29, (having fitted in a stint of backpacking around the world including six months as a chalet chef in
Colorado), she was heading up Carlton Television’s Internet Agency and was one of the youngest CEOs in London.
Having reached her career goals, Taryn decided she needed to get back to her writing. She emigrated to Sydney, Australia where she hoped to enjoy a more laid back lifestyle which might allow time for writing. However one recruitment business and two children later, Taryn was no further toward her goal of becoming a full-time writer. The family moved to Queensland to facilitate her new role as a health freelance writer, and in the hope she could turn her hand to writing as a career.
This finally happened in 2013 when Taryn wrote Sassy Jam (unpublished) which won Varuna House’s Writing Fellowship later that year and then in 2014, the same novel won the Publishing Introduction Program with Varuna House in conjunction with Scribe Publishing. Taryn was also awarded a local art’s council grant for promising new artist. Taryn finished the three book Sassy Series (unpublished) before turning to the world of tennis and telling Harper's story. The Harper Effect was one of the winners in Pitch Wars USA 2015 and was short-listed for the Publishing Pathways competition run by Varuna House in conjunction with Pan Macmillan Publishing in February 2016. Pan Macmillan offered Taryn a two-book deal and published The Harper Effect in December 2017 in Australia, and Skyhorse Publishing took it to the American market in June 2018. Taryn's second YA novel, The Astrid Notes, was published in 2019.
Taryn also writes outside of the YA market, turning her hand to romantic suspense in The Tide Trilogy. Currently, she is researching and writing a historical novel set in the world of female artists in 1800 Paris.
The Astrid Notes
Dutiful daughter. Classical singer. Secret pop songwriter. And suffering from stage fright.
Trust Fund Kid. Indie singer. Immensely gifted performer. And refusing to sing again.
Are they polar opposites? In his grief and fury at the world, Jacob certainly thinks so.
But when Jacob loses everything and Astrid uncovers a shocking family secret, they may need each other to make sense of their lives.
The Harper Effect
The story of a girl who learns to win from a boy who has lost everything...
Harper Hunter doesn't know how it came to this.
Her tennis dreams are collapsing; her coach says she doesn't have what it takes to make it in the world of professional tennis.
Her new doubles partner is moody, mysterious and angry at the world. Why, and what is he hiding?
Harper's in love with Jacob, her neighbor, but he's her sister's boyfriend. Or, he was. Harper could never betray Aria with Jacob ... could she?
As her heart and dreams pull her in different directions, she has to figure out exactly what she wants. And just how hard she's willing to fight to get it.