In this blog post I am excited to share my interview with Karen Tyrrell. Karen is an award-winning author from Brisbane and I particularly like her books because they promote mental health awareness. By total coincidence one of her main characters is named Bailey too! I am sure you will enjoy reading this and encourage anyone with children to look at her books*.
*I do want to add this is not an afflilated post or anything like that, my opinions are not for sale! I aim to promote and share work I believe in.
Meet Karen Tyrrell
My name’s Karen Tyrrell, a Brisbane award winning author of six resilience books, empowering adults and children to live strong.
Why do you write?
Writing is a compulsion for me.
When I was a teacher, I was bullied, harassed and stalked by my student and the parents of my student to breaking point. I couldn’t sleep at night worrying what they would do next. I became stressed out, anxious and developed screaming night terrors. I was incarcerated in a psychiatric hospital for long term treatment.
From my hospital bed, I started writing my first memoir, Me and Her: A Memoir of Madness asking myself why did this happen? How can I get better again?
Me and Her launched my writing career as a mental health and resilience author.
What motivates you?
I love to write stories that entertain through humour and intrigue while teaching how to empower yourself. My aim is to make a difference in people’s lives, by sharing messages of hope and recovery.
Many women reading this might be struggling with motivation or staying on track, what advice do you have for people to keep following their dreams?
Ask yourself what do you really want from life?
Create an actionable l plan on how you can achieve your goals. Start by developing long term goals, monthly goals, weekly goals and daily goals.
Plan every step on reaching your goal. Congratulate yourself on every success, no matter how small.
Start each day with your hardest-to-achieve daily goal and work on that first. All other goals after that will seem easy.
Ask yourself: who will mentor me and help me achieve my goal?
Connect with that mentor face to face and establish a supportive two-way relationship with them.
What are your hopes and future aspirations?
I dream my resilience books will make a difference in peoples’ lives. That my empowering messages will reach every man, woman and child. So they can create a positive wellness plans to keep themeselves happy, healthy and mentally balanced. Prevention is much better than cure.
ME ─ wife, mother, writer and teacher. HER ─ manic, psychic, healer to the living, telepathic to the dead ... and I was very psychotic.
A psychiatrist and a psychologist diagnosed me with PTSD, bipolar disorder and anxiety. When I accepted my diagnosis, embraced my treatment and learnt everything about my illness, my recovery began. I recovered by using pro-active coping skills, all part of my daily wellness plan.
At my yearly meeting with my psychiatrist my husband revealed he had kept secrets from me for over six years. What? I was devastated! When we were home alone, I yelled at him until I cried.
‘On that fateful blue-sky day, my life as I knew it fell apart.’
Me & Him: A Guide to Recovery
Steve’s new revelations changed my perceptions about Me & Her: A Memoir of Madness. I wrote the sequel Me & Him: A Guide to Recovery writing it in two parts. Part 1 a memoir revealing Steve’s secrets. For Part 2, I wrote a self-help manual sharing my recovery and coping skills. The same ones to keep you happy, healthy and mentally balanced. I shared tips on how to stress less, sleep better, how to stop negative triggers, develop a wellness plan, how to meditate, stop panic attacks, beat depression, and overcome anxiety. Phew!
Bailey Beats the BLAH
This picture book empowers kids with coping skills to beat depression (sad days) and anxiety (worry thoughts) and lift their mood.
‘Bailey HATES his new school. His tummy aches. He has no friends. His dog Fuzzy slobbers all over him. BLAH! How can Bailey change his BLAH to HA-HA-HA?
Simple coping skills to improve mood, confidence, social skills and school performance. Endorsed by Kids Helpline and aligned with Kids Matter school curriculum.
STOP the Bully
STOP the Bully shares bully prevention skills in an action-packed humorous adventure.
"Eleven year old Brian is hiding something.
Can Brian STOP the Bully without revealing his secret?"
Bully prevention skills raise children’s self-esteem, confidence and social skills. Endorsed by Kids Helpline and aligned with Kids Matter school curriculum.
Harry Helps Grandpa Remember
Harry will do ANYTHING to his grandpa, who has Alzheimer's. On Grandparent’s Day, Grandpa couldn’t remember Harry’s name. So Harry decides to discover and invent clever ways to boost Grandpa’s memory. Guaranteed to make you giggle, touch your heart ... and raise HOPE. Harry shares coping skills to improve memory and confidence.
Jo-Kin Battles the It
Jo-Kin is a hilarious space adventure for kids, illustrated by Trevor Salter ... Zooming to a galaxy near you on October 10. Goof ball Josh Atkins aka Jo-Kin wins the Super Space Kid contest alongside nerdy Sam Jones aka Sam-Wich. Their first Super Space Kid mission is to save the galaxy from a deadly alien, called the It. When the It kidnaps Captain Astra, it’s a frantic race against time. Can Josh save Astra, the galaxy and us all … before it’s too late?