The fires of 2019, nature, trees and mysticism all played a part in the creation of Sarah Tegerdine’s short story The Tree Whisperer which features in the Tell ‘Em They’re Dreaming anthology released in December.
Sarah, said while she started writing stories for children after her first daughter was born, it was a 2015 workshop organised through Sunshine Coast Libraries with author Aleesah Darlison that set her more firmly on her path.
Prior to having children Sarah had worked mostly in corporate travel.
After moving to the Sunshine Coast after her husband picked up work here, Sarah worked for just over 12 months at The Bookhouse in Noosa before stopping to have her second child in 2019. Now she’s finding a new normal.
“As a mum of two little ones under 5, my daylight hours tend to be very busy with them.,” Sarah said.
“However, when all is quiet and the kids are sleeping, I slink off somewhere comfy and allow my head to download whatever comes to mind.
“I read as much as possible, research ideas, I think a lot and think some more, I search for competitions that appeal or challenge me.
“I have a fantastic husband so whenever I’m in the zone of getting something down I can just get on with it.”
Now settled at Peregian Breeze, Sarah said she was proud to have a story in the Tell ‘Em They’re Dreaming – Bedtime Ballads and Tall Tales from the Australian Bush publication which had been created by author Michelle Worthington as a way of helping other authors to be published and to fundraise for the NSW Rural Fire Service.
The book is available at Annie’s Books, Sandy Pages Noosa and online at Angus & Robertson, Amazon and Booktopia.
As for what’s next, Sarah said she was looking forward to a “lot more writing and submitting”.
She has another short story, science fiction, on the way to be published in 2021 in a science fiction anthology for adult readers – but intends to focus mainly on writing for children’s picture books, junior fiction and young adults.
To follow Sarah’s journey see @sarahtegerdineauthor on Facebook.