Allison TaitFreelance Writer, Blogger, Children's & Non-Fiction Author
Allison Tait (pen name: A. L. Tait) is an Australian freelance writer, author of children’s literature and non-fiction, and blogger. She is best known for her Mapmaker Chronicles and her work published in various magazines, newspapers, and online over the last 20 years. Her freelance writing is varied covering topics like finance, furniture, parenting, philosophy, social trends, sex, and others. She is one of the hosts of the Australian writing podcast So You Want To Be A Writer.
Tait grew up with two sisters and a brother. She now lives in a small country town in Shoalhaven on south coast of NSW. She is married to John, a builder, and the mother of two sons, Joseph (Joe Visser) and Lucas. Tait also lives with a Border Collie, Scout, who she refers to as ‘procrastipup’.
As well as writing, Tait is currently an online tutor for writing-based courses. She also engages in a range of public speaking and workshopping events targeting both adults and children with subject matter on writing, blogging, social media, and work/life balance. In the past, Tait has worked for Cleo (magazine), House & Garden, and Vogue (magazine)(Australia).
The Mapmaker Chronicles consists of three books. The first novel, Race to the End of the World, was shortlisted for: Readings Children’s Book Prize 2015, 2016 YABBA Awards, 2016 KOALA Awards, 2016 KROC Awards, 2017 WAYRBA Awards, and was a notable book for Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year 2015. The second, Prisoner of the Black Hawk, was shortlisted for the 2015 Aurealis Award.
The chronicles were also optioned for film in 2015.