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Meet T.M. Bashford

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Taryn grew up in the somewhat damp climes of England, attending St Martin’s School in Shenfield, Essex, where she enjoyed English Literature, playing various musical instruments, editing the school magazine, and competing in many sports, including track & field, where she trained at an elite level.


After high school, Taryn worked as an au pair in New York City before studying English Literature at Exeter University in Devon. Taryn hoped to get into journalism or editorial but found the recession meant these jobs were in short supply.

Nonetheless, she targeted publishers and ended up in an advertising sales role at Haymarket Publishing. Eight years later, at the age of 29, (having had a stint backpacking around the world) she was heading up Carlton Television’s Internet Agency and was one of the youngest CEOs in London.


Having reached her career goals, Taryn decided she needed to get back to her writing. She emigrated with her husband to Sydney, Australia, where they hoped to enjoy a more laid-back lifestyle. However, one recruitment business and two children later, Taryn was no closer to her goal of becoming a full-time writer. The family moved to Queensland, Australia to facilitate her new role as a health freelancer on a food intolerance website, and in the hope she could turn her hand to writing full-time.


This finally happened in 2013 when Taryn wrote Sassy Jam (now The Heartless Tide), which won a Varuna House Writing Fellowship and then in 2014 it won the Publishing Introduction Program with Varuna House in conjunction with Scribe Publishing. Taryn was also awarded a local arts council grant available to promising new artists. Taryn finished the three-book 'Tide' romantic suspense series before turning to the world of young adult fiction. Taryn's first YA novel was one of the winners in Pitch Wars USA 2015 and in 2016 won the Publishing Pathways competition run by Varuna House in conjunction with Pan Macmillan. Taryn finally realized her dream of being a published author. Macmillan signed Taryn for a two-book deal and published her young adult with romantic elements books under a different pen name in 2018 and 2019. Skyhorse Publishing in the USA also signed Taryn, and while she published her first two young adult novels, her romantic suspense series was put on hold... but only temporarily!


The Heartless Tide, The Forbidden Tide, and The Chilling Tide will each be published one month apart, beginning in February 2020.


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