Interested in literary festivals, school visits and speaking gigs as part of your writing schedule? Award-winning Australian author, Tasmin Janu includes the Adelaide Writers Festival and the Premier’s Awards on her resume, Scholastic publishes her books and she makes her living from her writing life, with the occasional day job thrown in. And she’s young. From studying law and international and global studies, to being the remote community youth worker, to globe-trotter, Tamsin has packed a lot into her young life. Her first book, Figgy in the World, is set in Ghana, and it’s followed up with Figgy and the President, and Figgy Takes the City. And now there’s Blossom, a story about a young girl who finds a strange new friend on her doorstep. If you want to know the secret to Janu’s success it’s consistency – yeah, I asked – and knowing your market. Read a lot in your genre (the current stuff), be yourself and write what you want to write. Oh, and being able to write a couple of thousand words in a day is nifty, too. Make friends, network and don’t forget to join a Writers Association. Listening to Janu talk I feel like I’m learning from an expert, which I am. She knows her stuff, and lucky for us, she’s generous with her knowledge. You can find out more about Janu’s books and story here.