Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Magic of Hanukkah

The last instalment of the Romy’s Garden Adventures series was a Christmas themed tale which celebrated the magic of Christmas. So, just so I don’t seem biased to one religion, I thought it might be nice to do the next adventures as a Hanukkah special. Yeeeehaw! Go Judaism!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Writer Interview

Today I got the chance to sit down with one of my favourite Australian children's book authors Susanne Gervay to answer some questions about my background in storytelling. Here's how the interview went.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

My visit to St Dominic's

Today I had the unbelievable pleasure of visiting the St Dominic’s Centre for Hearing Impaired in Mayfield NSW to read the first chapter of my upcoming children’s book ‘Animal Friends’ at a special school assembly. I even had my own sign language interpreter!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Animal Friends CHAPTER TWO

As promised, Chapter Two of my upcoming children's book Animal Friends. Available on Amazon July 2013. Would really appreciate any feedback good, bad, constructive in the comment section below.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Animal Friends CHAPTER ONE

Ok guys. Here’s a sneak peak at the first chapter of Animal Friends, which will be released in July 2013. Would really appreciate your feedback and thoughts in the comment section below. Hope you like. I’ll give you all Chapter Two in March… Lots of love. Rob Towner.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sydney Morning Herald

I recently got a shout out in the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper for my self-publishing efforts to push a children’s book in to Amazon’s best-seller’s list. The article written by Susan Wyndham titled ‘Exclusive world is now an open book’ is an amalgamation of several self published Australian author interviews.

The list reads as a veritable who’s who of Australian authors and it was a huge honour for me to be included in the story. Such other authors included Ben Hourigan, Matthew Reilly, Rachel Bermingham, Kim McCosker, and Dr. Robert James.

It was especially nice to be flying the flag for self-published children’s book authors as all other writers belonged to other genres.

Click here to read the full article.

Excerpt from the article is as follows:
Newcastle digital communications worker Rob Towner's self-published picture book Romy's Garden Adventures: Christmas City was Amazon's No.1 downloaded children's e-book, among the top 10 children's books and top 100 titles last month.

The catch? Towner was giving it away as a pre-Christmas promotion. Now buyers have to pay $2.99 for the e-book or $11.95 for the paperback.

He has had ''a tonne of success using alternative channels of communication'', and his site comes first when you Google ''kids author''.

''It's not about making money or sales,'' he said. ''It's about the love of telling a story.''

Romy’s Garden Adventures: Christmas City, the book that featured in Amazon’s Top 100 books list, is available now. The story addressed theme’s of friendship and fun during the festive season.

You can also read the follow up book, Hannukah Antarctica exclusively for free right here. In this particular adventure, some favourite characters return for an epic southern hemisphere adventure including Colonel Mustard the Sausage Dog and Pengita the Penguin.

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author in sydney morning herald article

Saturday, September 1, 2012

My fiction in a Christian school

inappropriate children's book on display in a christian school


For the kindergarten Autumn showcase at Hilton Head Christian Academy in South Carolina USA (which will be on display in the school lobby for the months of September/October), students were asked to bring in a photo of themselves along with their favourite toy for all their classmates to see.