rob towner - author / illustrator

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Hey friend. My names rob. Nice to meet you and thanks for stopping by my website.

While I’ve got your attention, I should probably introduce myself. I’m a children’s author and illustrator. It’s a pretty cool job. I get paid to make up stupid, immature stories (mainly for my own amusement), I get to draw awful, ridiculous pictures of animals, I get to meet other authors and illustrators who I think are cool, and sometimes I even get to visit school assemblies across Australia to talk to children about how important reading and writing is. Did you know that studying extra hard and getting good grades in school is by far the coolest thing anyone can do? It’s true. School is the coolest. But anyways, yeh. That’s me in a nutshell. I make children’s books.

And guess what… making children’s books isn’t the only fun thing I like to do. Some other things I like to do include: eating pea and ham soup, playing chess, saying the word ‘wowee’, listening to jazz, watching my favourite tv show ‘Survivor’ and snorkelling in the ocean.

If I could be any animal in the entire world, I would probably be an elephant beetle. That way I could prance around the beach all day squirting salt water in my face.

If you have read all the way up to this point, there’s some blog posts below if you feel like checking them out. If you want to be double cool, you can also help me out by subscribing to my newsletter below. I promise not to spam you. I’ll just flick you an email whenever I create a new story.

The Magic of Hanukkah - A Bedtime Story

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!

Thursday, March 21, 2013 by Rob Towner
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My Interview with Susanne Gervay

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.

Saturday, March 16, 2013 by Rob Towner
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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!

Sunday, March 10, 2013 by Rob Towner
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My Interview with 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

Sunday, February 24, 2013 by Rob Towner
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