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.

I got published in Freshwater’s Covered Magazine!

Covered Magazine is a new free magazine that gets delivered to homes across Freshwater NSW every month. The magazine includes local news, a section for kids, epic deals for local businesses and lots more (I think). Pretty cool. Definitely bathroom reading material worthy.

You can read my story MILKSHAKES CAN TALK in the online version of the first issue of Covered Magazine here – http://www.allbasescovered.com.au/summer-launch-edition

See page 68.

More stories to come.

Monday, December 29, 2014 by Rob Towner
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My Visit to Paxton Public School

Author visits school for books in homes

Books In Homes is my favourite organisation in the world. Not only do they give much needed books to school kids, but they also send me to visit schools around NSW Australia to talk about my favourite things... reading and writing.

Friday, November 21, 2014 by Rob Towner
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My visit to Kitchener Public School in NSW



I had the coolest day today. I got to visit some of the most incredible kids in Australia at Kitchener Public School in NSW. The visit was organised by the lovely people at Books In Homes Australia.

For those of you who may not be aware, Books In Homes is an initiative to get kids reading by giving away books to school kids. i.e. putting Books In Homes. Could there be any greater initiative? I think not.

So what did we get up to you ask? Well, I got to have a chat to all the kids at their school assembly (Being a Remembrance Day assembly made the occasion all the more special).

My message was pretty simple... and that message was this... Anyone can be an author if they want to be. All you need to do is make sure you pay attention in school and show respect to your teachers. Being an author is one of the funnest jobs in the world too. What could be more fun than making up weird stories?

I got to talk to them about the importance of reading and writing, I got to read them one of my very own stories AANND I got to field some very intelligent questions.

To top it all off, and to prove that anyone can be an author, the kids will all be writing their own stories and sharing it on this blog! So stay tuned to see them come through :) I can already tell that there will be several famous authors coming out of Kitchener Public School.

I would like to take this opportunity to send out a big thank you to the lovely staff and parents for being so warm and welcoming me at their school. And to all the kids, thank you for being so cool and listening to what I had to say... Remember, anyone can be an author if they really want to be. I can’t wait to read all your stories!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 by Rob Towner
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My book is going to be in the Hollywood film Anesthesia

One of my books is headed to the big screen sometime in the not too distant future. Romy’s Garden Adventures: Christmas City is going to star as a background prop in the upcoming film Anesthesia - written and directed by Tim Blake Nelson.

The film stars Hollywood heavyweights Glenn Close, Kristen Stewart, Gretchen Mol and Jessica Hecht just to name a few. The plot focuses on intersecting relationships after the violent mugging of a university professor. So, in many ways, the film plot parallels Romy’s Christmas tale. However, in many more ways, it doesn’t.

Still, it makes me laugh to think that there is a chance that any one of those Hollywood stars possibly picked up my book on set, flipped through it and thought to themselves “What in the actual fuck is this piece of shit children’s book doing on the set of this awesome movie?”

Regardless of what their opinions may be of my flailed attempts at creatively expressing myself, it is an extreme honour for me to have a simple children's book I wrote immortalised on the big screen alongside some people I massively admire.

And may I just say, if you are reading this, and you are a film Producer, Director or just someone who manages props on set or whatever, I just want to state here and now, that you have 100% all my permission to use any of my books in the background of any of your films in the future. ESPECIALLY if Kristen Stewart is starring in it. Yehw!

The film is scheduled for release sometime before the end of the year. Here’s some pics of my book in action. She is a natural talent ;)

children book in anesthesia film

anesthesia film behind the scenes

Monday, September 15, 2014 by Rob Towner
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My Book Was on Display in The Louvre

I recently had the huge honour of having my book being placed on permanent display in the Napoleon wing of The Louvre in France.



Why was it on display you ask? Because I put it there while the guards weren't looking.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by Rob Towner
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Some People Who Read My Book ANIMAL FRIENDS

For checking out my story ANIMAL FRIENDS: FLOATING ORANGE CUBES and for supporting my writing adventures, I consider these fine folk my... FRIENDS FOR LIFE! If you too are a reader of this book, and would like to have your picture added to below, tweet your picture to @authorRT and it will be added asap.

guy with long hair and a book on his nose

guys takes a selfie with a picture book

cool looking kid with a book

hot girl touching a book to her head

lovely woman reading a book

a dog reading a book on kindle

kid looking down at a new book

cool guys with a book doing a pointy thing

cute girl reading a book and drinking

guy holding a book in his room

milf reading a book

big guy with glasses reads a book to his daughter

man with glasses holding a book

hot girl reading a book on computer screen

girl reading a book to her dog


If you don’t have Twitter, there is another way :D (Nature found a way) You can just email it to me. My email is robert DOT s DOT towner AT gmail DOT com.

Not sure where to get a copy? Click here to get yours.

Remember, the picture needs to have you and the book together for it to be included.

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Rob Towner
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My AMA on Reddit

Last weekend I did an AMA on reddit where people could come and just ask me questions about anything and just kind of hang out. I had an absolute blast and met some really cool people all over the world. You can read the entire AMA here.

Thursday, February 27, 2014 by Rob Towner
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