Suffolk Park author Samantha Turnbull with her fifth novel in the Anti-Princess Club series, Cruise Control. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star
Suffolk Park author Samantha Turnbull with her fifth novel in the Anti-Princess Club series, Cruise Control. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star Cathy Adams

Byron author Sam Turnbull to appear on TV show Sunrise

BYRON Bay author, former Northern Star journalist and mother-of-two, Samantha Turnbull, will appear on Channel 7 breakfast program Sunrise, tomorrow morning.

With her successful Anti-Princess Club series of books about to be launched in the United States, Ms Turnbull said she was contacted by Sunrise producers to appear on the show.

"There has been a little flurry of renewed interest in my books because they come out in America this month," she said.

"There was a story done by a News Corp New York correspondent about a week ago and I think other media have picked up on that ... 8.20am they have me scheduled for, but they often move things around a little bit, depending on what's making news on the day."

Since the successful launch of the Anti-Princess Club series, Ms Turnbull said she had been involved in many media commitments, but this was the first time she had been on a national TV program for 13 months.

"I was on Channel 9 around the time my books were released in March last year," she said.

"I've been on lots of local TV programs, lots of radio stations, Radio National and lots of commercial radio stations.

"I've been in the Women's Weekly and lots of parenting and kids magazines, I am in the next issue of Take 5 magazine and I have also been speaking at lots of writers festivals and visiting lots of schools, as well."

Her six-year-old daughter Libby has enjoyed Ms Turnbull's fame since the Anti-Princess Club series was released.

"She thinks its pretty cool that her mum has written some books and she thinks its pretty cool that some of the older girls at her school like the books ... it gives her 'a bit of cred' with them," she said.

The first four books in the Anti-Princess Club series were written while Ms Turnbull was on maternity leave after the birth of her son Jonah.

Since then she has written the fifth book in the series, while juggling life as a mother of two and a full-time ABC journalist.

Now she is working on a stand-alone book for publishers Allen and Unwin.



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