Allison Tait

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Allison Tait is a multi-genre writer who has more than 20 years’ experience in magazines, newspapers and online publishing. Her children’s novel The Mapmaker Chronicles: Race to the End of the World has just been released by Hachette, under the name A.L. Tait. It’s the first in a trilogy that is already garnering her a legion of young fans across the country.

She has diverse interests and has been published in a range of titles. She has also written four non-fiction books, including Credit Card Stressbusters (Wiley, 2009), Career Mums (Penguin Australia, 2012) and two ghost-written memoir/biographies.

Q&A

Hi, what’s your name?

Allison Tait

Where do you hail from?

South Coast, NSW

Who do you work for?

I am a freelance writer and author.

Tell us a bit about you – how did you get to where you are today?

I am a multi-genre writer who has more than 20 years’ experience in magazines, newspapers and online publishing. My children’s novel The Mapmaker Chronicles: Race to the End of the World has just been released by Hachette, under the name A.L. Tait. It’s the first in a trilogy that is already garnering her a legion of young fans across the country.

I have diverse interests and have been published in everything from Madison, marie claire, CLEO, Cosmopolitan, Vogue Australia, Sunday Life, Spectrum (The Sydney Morning Herald), Essential (The Sydney Morning Herald), Weight Watchers, Australian Women’s Health, Voyeur, Qantas: The Australian Way and Elle, as well as House & Garden, Belle, Vogue Living, Australian Country Style and more. I worked on staff on publications such as Homes & Gardens (UK), Vogue Australia, CLEO, Australian Country Style, Prevention and House & Garden (Australia) before going freelance.

I have also written four non-fiction books, including Credit Card Stressbusters (Wiley, 2009), Career Mums (Penguin Australia, 2012) and two ghost-written memoir/biographies.

What are your career highlights?

My latest highlight is being published in children’s fiction, but I’m pretty happy to be a working writer every day.

Who or what inspires you to get out of bed in the morning?

I have two boys, aged 7 and 10, who demand breakfast and school lunches. This is not a bad thing for a freelance writer, as it ensures I’m out of my pyjamas before 8am every day.

Which other storytellers do you admire?

Mark Dapin writes amazing feature stories. I love the way he manages to show the reader everything they need to know about a subject without ever losing his own voice.

What do you plan to share at Storyology?

I aim to show how you can turn a passion for writing into a diverse, multi-faceted freelance career.

Where can we find you?

Website/blog: www.allisontait.com

Twitter: @altait

LinkedIn: AllisonTait

Facebook: AllisonTaitWriter