Meet My Book: Stop the Bully, by Karen Tyrrell

Today we welcome to the Aussiereviews blog, Karen Tyrell, a Queensland author who is here as part of her blog tour, to introduce us to her new book Stop the Bully. Welcome Karen.

  1. Give us the details – title, publisher, illustrator, release date.

 STOP the Bully by Karen Tyrrell Publisher: Digital Future Press             perf5.000x8.000.indd

Release Date May 31st 2014

2.       Why did you write the book?

I’m a survivor of childhood bullying and parent-teacher bullying. Bullying led to my “breakdown” but I returned as an author-teacher stronger than ever. I was compelled to write a book empowering children with anti-bullying strategies.

3.       How long from idea to publication?

14 months

4.       What was the hardest thing about writing it?

I wanted to deliver positive messages on bully prevention and solutions, at the same time write a fast paced mystery that would hook kids in.

  5.       Coolest thing about your book?

Kids Helpline endorsed STOP the Bully with their Logo, which sits proudly on the back cover with their phone number for kids in crisis. They offered a special quote for my review #1 page. Kids Helpline are guest speaking at my Brisbane and Logan book launches, providing FREE goodies for the children.

6.       Something you learnt through writing the book?

I widened my range of anti-bullying strategies to use in different situations. I discovered bully prevention websites, agencies, and radio stations which specialize in anti-bullying. I learned how taekwondo assists teaching assertive anti-bullying strategies. (My son and his girlfriend practice taekwondo.)

7.       What did you do celebrate the release?

I celebrated privately with my family, a weekend away at Noosa Heads Queensland. Plus I celebrated publicly at a launch party at BlackCat Books in Brisbane.

8.       And how will you promote the book?

During June 2-13 I’m promoting STOP the Bully via my Blog Tour with online interviews and reviews. I’ve giving away copies there and on Goodreads. Media will interview me on radio and in the press. On June 21st, I will launch STOP the Bully locally at Logan North Library. I’m presenting Author in School sessions for Gold Coast Writers Festival June 13, an author banding seminar for Queensland Writers Centre June 14, and on the Success Story panel at the CYA Conference July 5.

Download FREE teacher notes and FREE kids activities

9.       What are you working on next?

I’ve entered two picture books in writing competitions.

I plan to rewrite Josh and the It, Book 1 of my junior sci-fi series.

10.   Where we can find out more about you and your book?

STOP the Bully is available on Amazon

at good bookshops and via my website 


Thanks for dropping by, Karen.


You can learn more about the book by following Karen’s blog tour. You also have a chance to win a copy of the book at each stop (including this one) by leaving a comment. One comment on today’s post will be chosen at random to win a copy of the book.

STOP the Bully Blog Tour & BookGiveAway

Empower KIDs with assertive anti-bullying strategies!

WIN: Signed copies and eCopies of STOP the Bully.

Leave a comment on any of the 15 hops June 2- 11

The MORE comments you leave the MORE chances you WIN.

WINNERS announced on June 16 http://


Blog Tour June 2-11

2 June STOP the Bully Release Party & Reviews http://

Sally Odgers Interview

3 June Jill Smith Review

Charmaine Clancy Interview

4 June Sally Murphy QUICK Questions

5 June Melissa Wray Interview

Yvonne Mes Interview

6 June Ali Stegert Interview

7 June Kids Book Review CURLY Questions

9 June Bug in a Book Review

Jackie Hosking Interview

10 June June Perkins Interview

Robyn Parnell Interview

11 June Nicky Johnson Review

Literati Radio Interview 9am AEST