Gold Coast author Sarina Thompson proves that hard work pays off and dreams really do come true.

Sarina Thompson has vivid memories going back to when she was a young child of one day becoming an author. Someone she saw as “wildly famous” who produced the kinds of books she, as a child, would find her escape in. Sarina, of Nerang, has proved that perseverance and persistence pays off by recently self-publishing her first children’s book titles. And funnily enough, in a case of life coming full circle, they were inspired by her own children. Growing up as a young child, Sarina says she felt great excitement and expectation when visiting the library, which her mother ensured she did often.

“It was on these days I would immerse my senses in the rich smell of well-loved books and settle into the journey that awaited me, as I turned each page,” Sarina says. Sarina was hungry for the escape into her imagination and learned early on that each book created a broader horizon and endless possibilities in her growing mind.

“It was like going on a holiday albeit from the comfort of the small armchair I favoured, in my section of the library. The tapestry of endless words and stories ignited a fire in my belly that would take years to fully understand.”

Sarina started her career studying criminology at university. While the content was initially interesting, she yearned for more colour in her life and so transferred her study to professional writing. One of her lecturers saw potential in her work.

“It was then that I found clarity for what I really wanted to do with the rest of my life,” she recalls.

The mother of three children (aged 15, 9 and 6), Sarina’s latest title, to be released this month, is called Sapacoot Ate My Boot. She describes the story’s main character, Sapacoot, as “a mischievous bat who represents curiosity in tactile exploration”. The title is filled with amazing hand-drawn illustrations that provide lots of interest and talking points for mini readers. It is one part of a proposed six-title series that will be completed by Sarina in early 2017.

“All my stories are told through fun, playful, rhythmic rhyme and are accompanied by vibrant imagery,” she explains. “All my books will offer interactive learning tools and art and craft activities to follow on from the printed version via an interactive website.”

While Sarina is busy overseeing the publication of those titles and her end goal is to become a bestselling author, she admits that she’s loving the journey the most, with something different to deal with every single day.

Sarina’s titles to look out for…

  • Sapacoot Ate My Boot
  • Fadley the Frozen Frog
  • Fuji-Arma from Mt Panorama in his black silk pyjamas
  • Tazney the Tortoise from a town called Morrice 
  • Hecki-O’Decki from Flat Water Plain who walked with a Cane
  • Odessa from Tessa, the Magical Assessor

Visit www.sarinathompson.com

Belinda Glindemann

Belinda Glindemann  

Belinda knew she was destined for a career in communications and publishing from the age of 11 when her Year 6 teacher introduced her to poster projects and glitter pens. She completed her journalism cadetship in the Whitsundays and went on to hold various newspaper and magazine editor roles across Brisbane in a media career spanning more than a decade. When Belinda's not writing for haven, she runs her own PR agency, kid-wrangles two young daughters and drinks way too much sweet tea.