Hi, my name is Sian Turner – welcome to my website.
I’m a writer of stories for children. My first three picture books are with Wild Eyed Press. Beyond Our Garden Gate, illustrated by Irene King, was released in August, 2016. My next book, illustrated by Rebecca Cool, will be released at the end of October 2017 and a third story is planned for publication in 2018.
As a child, I spent many hours hidden away from my brothers and sisters in the branches of a Jacaranda tree, reading books. Growing up with four siblings also meant there was plenty of company to share in extravagant imagination games when the time allowed.
In Primary School, I entered stories in the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s ‘Make Your Own Storybook’ competition. A couple of my entries won prizes, and this spurred on a love of being creative with the written word. I kept a diary in High School and turned my hand to poetry to process feelings and situations I found myself in.
A strong desire to help people led to a University degree in Physiotherapy. I loved being a part of a multidisciplinary team and working on the wards of a busy tertiary hospital. I enjoyed research too, and was able to combine my clinical role with the completion of a PhD in 2010.
It hasn’t been until the birth of my children that I’ve returned to writing fiction. Right now I’m in the thick of parenting three beautiful kids. I love the high energy of this busy stage of my life. Writing is a wonderful release and creative outlet and I have an ignited passion to create stories that will entertain, encourage and inspire the next generation in the same way great books encouraged me when I was young.