Tahnee McShane is a Tasmanian author, teacher, child wrangler extraordinaire and business manager. Tahnee began her career as a violinist and music teacher, before becoming a farmer’s wife, mother, qualified teacher and business manager. She now writes at home on her family farm in between board meetings, shearing and taxiing her children to school. Tahnee has a Masters in Teaching and degrees in English, Journalism and Music.
Tahnee is passionate about education for young children in isolated areas. In writing children’s fiction, Tahnee aims to create fantastic stories and imagined worlds, that promote a deeper human experience.
Born in 1985, Tahnee grew up south of Hobart in the Huon Valley, where she began to develop her writing skills, once became a Tasmanian finalist for the Write around the World competition when she was in grade six. Tahnee now lives in Tasmania’s central highlands with the love of her life, and their three bears, I mean beautiful children. Tahnee is not goldilocks after all, although her hair might’ve once given you that impression.
Tahnee lives with her husband on his family farm in the house that he grew up in. Sometimes it’s weird, but in a good way. The farm runs sheep, cattle, has lots of bush and is a peaceful and quiet. The farm is regenerative, in that the family is running the farm in a way that is good for the planet. You can read more about this on the farm website, where Tahnee sometimes blogs.
Tahnee’s favourite picture books from her own childhood include Koula Lou, Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge, Dreadful David and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Currently, Tahnee listens to stories with her children in the car, that include Harry Potter, the Hobbit and Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. She sometimes reads grown-up books too.