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Tara Eglington

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Tara Eglington grew up in Byron Bay, Australia, and now lives in Sydney.
Tara is the author of four Young Adult novels: How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You, How to Convince a Boy to Kiss You (titled Kissing Games in the USA), My Best Friend is a Goddess and The Long Distance Playlist. Her books have been published in Australia, New Zealand, and the USA.
Tara’s third YA novel My Best Friend is a Goddess was a CBCA 2017 Book of the Year: Older Readers Notable. It was also the #7 best-selling YA title by an Australian author for the year July 2016-June 2017 in Australia.
Tara’s hobbies when she’s not writing include watching endless cat videos on YouTube, planning pretend holidays to the Maldives, and daydreaming about who would play Hayden Paris
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Tara Eglington Hi Hannah,
Thank you so much for your lovely message! :-)
It is so wonderful (and an honour) to know that you connected with the book - Taylor's story…more
Hi Hannah,
Thank you so much for your lovely message! :-)
It is so wonderful (and an honour) to know that you connected with the book - Taylor's story meant a tremendous amount to me as my husband and I's closest friend is (like Taylor) a BK amputee, so many of the moments in the novel had come out of conversations we've had about his experiences over the years (he provided a lot of help and guidance with Taylor's story, and associated research).
I would absolutely love to write a sequel - there is no firm plans at this stage, but if there is enough love for the book amongst readers, you never know!
I'm not sure if you have read 'My Best Friend is a Goddess' (my third book) but there are also themes centering around anxiety, if you are interested in reading something similar.
Thank you again for your lovely message - it's made my morning!

xx Tara (less)
Tara Eglington Hi Gianna,

Sorry for the late reply! Thank you for your questions! The biggest inspirations for the Aurora books were the diaries I kept from age 12 -…more
Hi Gianna,

Sorry for the late reply! Thank you for your questions! The biggest inspirations for the Aurora books were the diaries I kept from age 12 - 22 - I wrote lots about my crushes, my friends crushes and all things love! Another inspiration were the drama productions I was part of in high school - I loved all the excitement of putting on a play with my classmates.
The inspiration for My Best Friend is a Goddess came from a friendship breakup I had when I was 16.
I am in the midst of working on my fourth book - THE LONG DISTANCE PLAYLIST - which is due out in 2019, so keep an eye out for it.
My advice for writing would be to write what you love writing! Don't write what is trendy or popular - tell the story you want to tell because that means you will love writing it, and will want to keep going (as it can take quite a while to write a book). Make sure you have faith in yourself - I wanted to write books when I was in high school, and lots of people told me it was impossible to get published - but you can do it!
Big hugs, and thanks for your support of my books! Tara (less)
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The Long Distance Playlist

The Long Distance Playlist by Tara Eglington Hi guys,

So exciting to think that my next YA novel, THE LONG DISTANCE PLAYLIST will be hitting Australian and New Zealand bookstores on 30 December 2019!

You can now check out the cover, and blurb here (and can add it to your TBR list for this summer!):

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4...

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Apologies for the late reply on this! Yes it is, you can find it here:

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“I already knew what I’d research. I wrote the words ‘Courtly love’ on my notepad in swirly script, then caught Hayden peering at it.
‘Courtly love? Sorry, Aurora, but I think I’ve already got that one in the bag.’
‘I think you’d better think again, because I’ve already claimed it,’ I replied.
‘You just said you’re not the Mills & Boon type and, technically, courtly love could be considered historical romance.’ He grinned. ‘As you don’t want to pollute your mind with any clichéd topics, you should probably leave that one to me.’
‘You, discussing romance? Ha!’
Hayden put on a hurt face. ‘I think I might be alright at it. After all, I’ve been doing a lot of observing lately.’ He gave me a significant look.
‘Observing?’ I repeated, curiosity getting the better of me.
‘Well, you keep accusing me of spying on your dates,’ he said, and shrugged. ‘So, technically, I guess I’m learning about romance firsthand. It seems kind of brutal, judging from the goodnight ritual I saw last night.’
My blood wasn’t boiling, but it was pretty warm. Despite that, I was not going to lose my temper. I was determined that this year Hayden Paris wasn’t going to destroy my composure.”
Tara Eglington

“Lindsay laughed. 'Good luck resetting Tyler's standards. He once gave me a birthday card that read "To my favourite nephew" on the inside.”
Tara Eglington, How to Convince a Boy to Kiss You

“Guys always wonder why girls go to the bathroom in groups. The truth is, all the interesting stuff happens there. It's where you discuss what's going on outside the bathroom, help others out by lending them some blush or listening to their horror stories, and prepare yourself to go back into battle. You never know what you might find out in a bathroom”
Tara Eglington, How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You

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“I already knew what I’d research. I wrote the words ‘Courtly love’ on my notepad in swirly script, then caught Hayden peering at it.
‘Courtly love? Sorry, Aurora, but I think I’ve already got that one in the bag.’
‘I think you’d better think again, because I’ve already claimed it,’ I replied.
‘You just said you’re not the Mills & Boon type and, technically, courtly love could be considered historical romance.’ He grinned. ‘As you don’t want to pollute your mind with any clichéd topics, you should probably leave that one to me.’
‘You, discussing romance? Ha!’
Hayden put on a hurt face. ‘I think I might be alright at it. After all, I’ve been doing a lot of observing lately.’ He gave me a significant look.
‘Observing?’ I repeated, curiosity getting the better of me.
‘Well, you keep accusing me of spying on your dates,’ he said, and shrugged. ‘So, technically, I guess I’m learning about romance firsthand. It seems kind of brutal, judging from the goodnight ritual I saw last night.’
My blood wasn’t boiling, but it was pretty warm. Despite that, I was not going to lose my temper. I was determined that this year Hayden Paris wasn’t going to destroy my composure.”
Tara Eglington

“I almost wish we were butterflies and liv'd but three summer days - three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.”
John Keats, Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne

“I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart's affections and the truth of the Imagination.”
John Keats

“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald

“I want to do something splendid…
Something heroic or wonderful that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead…
I think I shall write books.”
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Tara Eglington Hey Dekotah,

I only just saw your message, I'm thrilled that Aurora makes your fave character list!!
Hope you had a wonderful birthday!

xx Tara


message 3: by Dekotah (last edited Aug 22, 2013 02:34AM)

Dekotah Thompson Since my birthday is in November, I'm gonna ask to get both books for my B-day, can't wait.
P.S Aurora is one of my all time favorite characters!


message 2: by Tara

Tara Eglington Genie wrote: "Thank you so much for accepting my friend request:)
I can't wait to read future novels of yours in the future!"




of course, as i said on your page, such a joy to hear how you enjoyed it! :-)


Eugenia (Genie In A Book) Thank you so much for accepting my friend request:)
I can't wait to read future novels of yours in the future!


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