Tim Harris is one of the most exciting children’s authors in Australia. His first series of books, Exploding Endings, will have primary-aged readers both captivated and laughing out loud. The first book in the series, Painted Dogs & Doom Cakes, was awarded Honour Book at the 2017 KOALAs. His second series, Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables, contains his trademark quirkiness, mixed with a touch of poignancy. The lead book was awarded a CBCA Notable in 2018 and has been shortlisted for the 2018 REAL Awards (as voted by children in NSW, Victoria and NT).
A former primary school teacher of 15 years, and advocate for creativity and short stories, Tim’s presentations and workshops are dynamic and entertaining. He is a sought-after presenter, having worked in over a hundred schools in 2016 and 2017 alone.
Tim lives in Sydney with his wife and three young children.
Did you always want to be a children’s author? No, I wanted to play cricket for Australia!!
When did you write your first book? I wrote my first version of Exploding Endings in 2012. I wrote it for a class I was teaching at the time. It was so much fun that I haven’t stopped writing since! I was very lucky to have the first book in Exploding Endings published in 2015. I’m now up to the fourth book in the series!
What was your job before you were an author? I’ve had lots of different jobs. The most important one (and my favourite!) was primary teaching. I taught for 15 years and loved every moment in the classroom. Many of my former students have inspired ideas and stories that are in my books.
What inspired you to be an author? I’ve always loved being creative. I wrote many songs during my teaching years and had over 30 of them professionally recorded and published (and played on the radio!). This passion for writing eventually turned into story writing. I liked being able to use the extra words you can’t use in a song. I also loved Paul Jennings stories, and his style inspired me a lot.
Where do you get your ideas? Everywhere! I am always on the lookout for interesting ideas to put in my stories. Sometimes, if the idea is special enough or really funny, I will try and write a whole story about it.
How long does it take you to write a book? Usually about 3-4 months. Most of the short stories take a couple of weeks to write. Page Wars took less than an hour to write the first draft!
What’s your favourite food? Pizza, chocolate and pancakes. (Not mixed together – that would be quite an unusual feast!)