Name: Tasha Harrison
Occupation(s): Author, copywriter, wordsmith.
Novels: Package Deal, Hot Property, Pearls, Blown-Away Man, The Adventures of Fartella Gasratilova, The Reinvention of Rolo Rawlings, Clementine Florentine.
Genre: Comedy Drama.
Blurbs in a nutshell: Package Deal is about a group of British holidaymakers whose lives become entangled on the Greek island of Kefalonia.
Hot Property is about a group of British expats who find living the dream in Crete is tougher than they’d imagined.
Pearls is about three very different women whose lives collide when an unwanted gift falls into the wrong hands.
And Blown-Away Man is about an advertising exec who goes on a journey of self-discovery after an old friend drops a bombshell on him at a school reunion.
The Adventures of Fartella Gasratilova is a collection of short, humorous stories (of a rather windy nature) for children. It would’ve been called The Adventures of Fartina Gasratilova, but then I imagined a very unamused Martina Navratilova catching wind of it (sorry) and decided it might be best if I changed the name. (Obviously I do have an overactive imagination or else I wouldn’t be a writer in the first place.) Anyway, here’s what one parent had to say about it on his blog.
The Reinvention of Rolo Rawlings is about a 14-year-old amphibian enthusiast who tries to overcome the everyday challenges in his life (such as his fame-hungry sister) while his dad remains in a coma following a mysterious accident.
Clementine Florentine is about an 11-year-old budding poet whose dad starts dating the mum of her classmate and sworn enemy. An ageing punk, a chatty parrot and a passion for poetry all play their part in fixing a problem of Clementine’s own making.
NEWish news: My YA comedy drama The Reinvention of Rolo Rawlings was shortlisted for the Bath Children’s Novel Award 2017, and that same year I signed with Lauren Gardner of Bell Lomax Moreton Literary Agency. Rolo was also longlisted for the Mslexia Children’s Novel Award 2018. Despite a lot of love from publishers both large and small, Rolo didn’t find a home. (He is flipping gutted and has bought himself a pet snake called Roger to fill the gaping void in his life.)
But my current WIP Clementine Florentine – an MG comedy drama with a healthy dollop of humorous poetry – is gradually evolving with hopes of submitting to publishers in 2019. If Clem meets the same fate as Rolo, she will unleash her frustrations in a scathing poem where she’d feel most justified in using the word arse. However, as she made the longlist for the Bath Children’s Novel Award 2018, hopefully she’s in with a chance…
OLD news: After previous attempts to get published failed at the last hurdle, I tried my hand at self-publishing (see my interview in The Guardian, from Aug 2013). While my success was humble, it was a satisfying and worthwhile experience that taught me a lot, and gave me hope in those dark times when writers wonder if anything they’ve written will ever see the light of day. (The books in blue above are available from Amazon.)
Other stuff: I work as a copywriter and live in Brighton with my husband, two teenage kids, a fat cat called Ted and a turd-eating Labrador called Arnie. Sometimes we talk books together (the husband and kids – not the cat and dog) and I write up our conversations on my blog under the heading ‘Book Chat Back-Chat’. I also write humorous poems about things like Budgie Smugglers and how much I hate Christmas shopping.
Email: tharrisonwriter @ gmail . com or follow me on Twitter
I‘m also on Facebook as Tasha Harrison writer and am finding my feet on Instagram as Wordysnappinghood.