Official Bio



Taryn Bashford grew up in the somewhat damp climes of England, attending St Martin’s School in Shenfield, Essex, where she enjoyed English Literature, editing the school magazine for six years and competing in many sports including swimming, track & field, cross country, badminton, basketball and hockey.


After high school Taryn worked as an au pair in New York City before studying English Literature at Exeter University in Devon. Taryn hoped to get into journalism or editorial but found the 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 had a stint backpacking around the world including six months as a chalet chef in 

Colorado, and skipping across 42 states in the USA, plus China, Egypt and Europe) 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 with husband Mark, to Sydney Australia where they hoped to enjoy a more laid back lifestyle. 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 Australia to facilitate her new role as a health freelancer on a food intolerance website, and in the hope she could turn her hand to writing full time.


This finally happened in 2013 when Taryn wrote Sassy Jam (unpubished) which won Varuna House’s Writing Fellowship later that year and then in 2014, 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 Taryn finished the three book Sassy Series (unpublished) before turning to the world of tennis and completing THE HARPER EFFECT. 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 and in conjunction with Pan Macmillan Publishing in February 2016.


Literary Agent details:

Curtis Brown, Sydney, Australia


Jill Grinberg Literary Management,

New York City, USA



Publisher Details:

Pan Macmillan, Level 25, 1 Market Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 AUSTRALIA

Phone: +61-2-9285-9100


Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. 307 West 36th Street, 11th Floor New York, NY 10018 UNITED STATES

Phone: : (212) 643-6816



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.

The Astrid Notes

Astrid Bell 
Dutiful daughter. Classical singer. Secret pop songwriter. And suffering from stage fright.

Jacob Skalicky. 
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.



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