Samantha Turnbull Writer, mother, anti-princess

The Anti-Princess Club



Samantha Turnbull is the writer of the children’s podcast Fierce Girls (ABC, 2018), and the children’s book series The Anti-Princess Club (Allen & Unwin, 2015).

She specialises in stories that feature strong girls (but that doesn’t mean that boys can’t read them). No princesses. No damsels in distress. No fairies.

Sam is also a slam poet, and you can see one of her first-ever performances here.

Sam’s ‘day job’ is as a multimedia journalist with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

* Where did you grow up?
I was born in Lismore in northern NSW, but moved away when I was a baby. I lived all over the state in towns including Scotts Head, Macksville, Bathurst, Merriwa, Scone and Alstonville. I went to uni in Canberra and eventually settled in my favourite place in the world – Byron Bay.
* What is your favourite book?
I have lots.
From my childhood: Matilda by Roald Dahl, Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit, and everything by Robin Klein and Judy Blume.
* Why did you want to become a writer?
I love imagining new places and people. I like expressing my opinion. And writing just makes me happy.
* How do you become an author?
Read a lot. Write a lot. Stay true to yourself. Don’t give up.
* Did you like princesses when you were a kid?
Yes. But I wasn’t obsessed with them. And I didn’t own any princess ‘stuff,’ other than the odd book. And I liked lots of other things more than I liked princesses.
* Who is your favourite princess?
The Paper Bag Princess.
* If you weren’t a writer what would you be?
A primary school teacher.

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