Taryn Bashford

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Taryn lives the typical writer’s life with supportive husband, teen children, and characters from her latest book insisting they help make dinner. This can be disconcerting as Jacob is always sticking his fingers in the cheese sauce and Harper can’t cook.


Taryn’s been an English Literature Honours student, an Advertising Manager and a CEO of an internet company, but she plans to write inspiring, engaging novels until the day she can no longer type.


Taryn is from a family of athletes, musicians and academics and is fascinated by teens that surpass the norm in their field. This is what she likes to explore in her writing—remembering that elite teens have flaws too.


Currently a tri-athlete, Taryn is also an adrenaline junkie and during her last writer’s retreat, found herself dangling on an abseiling rope 2000m from the ground.



I’ve attended the CYA Conference every year since I decided to become more serious about my writing. For three years I gained advice, I met editors and agents and writers, and I improved my writing. The Conference was a date that was in the diary before I started each year. Finally, thanks to the CYA Conference, I met my literary agent, Tara Wynne of Curtis Brown.


I had a lot of fingers in a lot of pies, my novel The Harper Effect having recently won a couple of writing competitions (Varuna House’s Publishing Pathways and Pitch Wars USA), but Tara quickly turned my achievements into an actual two book deal with Pan Macmillan. She also found me a literary agent in New York who subsequently signed me up with a US publisher for the same novel.


The Harper Effect will be published in time for Christmas in Australia and in May 2018 in the USA and Canada.


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