Tania Ingram

I’ve always been a big reader. When I was growing up, my mother would take me and my siblings to the supermarket once a month to pick out a Little Golden Book. I remember loving the smell of new books, and I’d read each one over and over again until bedtime. I was very lucky to have a mother who understood the importance of reading. Without those early experiences, I doubt I would have ever become an author.

Fact File

The best thing about my job:
The best thing about being an author is that I get to spend my days creating magical worlds and playing with words.

My favourite food:
My favourite foods are chilli and chocolate. And especially chilli chocolate!

My favourite colours:
My favourite colours are purple and green. Purple, because it reminds me of all things magical and green, because I love being in nature.

My favourite movie:
This is a hard one because I love so many movies. I am a big fan of Studio Ghibli movies and I’ll happily watch My Neighbour Totoro with my family, several times a year.

My favourite book:
My favourite book at the moment is The Girl who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill. It is a wonderful adventure and beautifully written. I highly recommend it.

My hero and why:
It’s no surprise that my heroes are mostly writers and poets. If I had to pick one, I’d say Roald Dahl because he gave us so many splendiferous stories.

My favourite possessions:
My favourite possessions would be books, books and more books! I also have a Totoro plushie that my daughter gave to me that I adore.

If I wasn’t doing my current job, I would like to be:  
A librarian. I’d love a job where I’m surrounded by books every day.

The most important things in life:
Family, friends and doing what makes you happy.

My Ambassador Reading Tip: 
Try something new. Quite often people get stuck in a rut when reading and they limit themselves to the type of books they’ll try. There are so many ways to fall in love with words and stories. Try poetry, graphic novels, verse novels, picture books, series books, non-fiction books, magazines, newspapers, fantasy serials and short story compilations. If you haven’t found a book that you love yet, keep looking. I guarantee that there is something out there for everyone.

Other Information

Tania Ingram is a South Australian author of children’s picture books and novels. Her first picture book, Dog on Log was published by Omnibus-Scholastic in 2013.

My Teacher’s Big Bad Secret, the first book in the Jinny & Cooper series, was published in February 2016, and was shortlisted in the 2016 Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards.  Book #2, Revenge of the Stone Witch, was also published in February 2016 while Books #3, Curse of the Genie’s Ring and #4,Search for the Sea Bogle, followed in September 2016.

Tania also has an Aussie Mates book for junior readers,The Great Barbie Disaster, which was published in November 2016 and a picture book,Oma’s Buttons due for Publication in April 2018.

She’s a regular contributor to The School Magazine and is on the Society of Book Writers and Illustrators, SA committee. Tania is also a Books in Homes role model and Ambassador for United Way SA. She presents at schools and festivals to share her love of books and stories.

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