About the author

The Author, the Editor!

The Author, the Editor!

Mrs TJ Ryan:

I am a writer and editor living in Brisbane, Australia.  I have a double degree from QUT in Law and Fine Arts, majoring in Creative and Professional Writing).

Currently I freelance as an editor, proofreader and copywriter under my business name: TJ Withers-Ryan.  I’ve helped many varied clients to make their books all they can be, and I would love to do the same for you.  Whether you’ve written a novel, memoir, biography, textbook or children’s picture book, I can offer you fast, thorough and accurate editing or proofreading.  You can connect with me on LinkedIn or check out my freelance services page and shoot me an email at tirzah.withers@gmail.com.

I previously worked as Marketing and Publicity Assistant at the University of Queensland Press and as the Marketing and Digital Projects Officer / Assistant Editor at Interactive Publications.

I have received many awards for my writing, including multiple annual High Distinctions in Australia’s national English and Creative Writing competitions, and the Quest Young Star Award for Arts 2005. I am an active member of the writing associations in my area – the Queensland Writers Centre and the Society of Editors (Qld). Until 2010, I was Facilitator and Secretary of the Dugong Writers’ Critique Group in Brisbane.

In NaNoWriMo 2013, I finished writing a novel about spaceships, mutinies, and refugees called Clipped Wings.  In NaNoWriMo 2014, I wrote a children’s chapter book about a war between teddy bears and bunny rabbits in a kid’s bedroom called One-Eyed Saul and the Band of Brothers.

I’m also a painter, so some of my posts relate more generally to creativity in art, not just writing and editing.

I’m a Jesus-follower, and I hope that informs my writing, too.   (If it doesn’t, then I’m doing it wrong!)  I’m a leader at my Youth group, and I love imagining stories that “my girls” might enjoy.

I also have a brown belt-black tip in taekwondo, and I’ve loved travelling in South-East Asia as an adult because I grew up in the Philippines until I was eight and we came home to Australia.

And last – but never least – I’m married to the kindest engineer on the face of the planet, so I think I’m incredibly blessed!

TJ Withers-Ryan Freelance Editor, Proofreader and Copywriter BA, LLB

TJ Withers-Ryan
Freelance Editor, Proofreader and Copywriter

Writers' Web Book Reviewer

Writers’ Web Book Reviewer

Winner, NaNoWriMo, 2014

2014 Winner of NaNoWriMo!

2013 Winner of NaNoWriMo!

2013 Winner of NaNoWriMo!

About the Author - BAB14nominee



Contact me at tirzah.withers@gmail.com or via LinkedIn or through my Freelance Services page.




And hey, just for interest’s sake, here’s a list of my favourite books in various genres:

Children’s Books:

  1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  2. Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery (one of the many sequels to Anne of Green Gables)
  3. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  4. The Faraway Tree and its series by Enid Blyton
  5. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  6. Toad Triumphant by William Horwood (from the Wind in the Willows series)
  7. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  8. Matilda by Roald Dahl
  9. The Little Blue Parcel by Norma Spaulding
  10. Animorphs series by assorted authors
  11. Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd
  12. The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck by Beatrix Potter


  1. Persuasion by Jane Austen


  1. Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett (plus the entire Discworld series)
  2. Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce (plus The Immortals series, Protector of the Small series, and Alanna the Lioness series)
  3. Alyzon Whitestarr by Isobelle Carmody (plus the Obernewtyn series)
  4. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien


  1. Once a Hero by Elizabeth Moon
  2. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (Plus the Ender series and the Ender’s Shadow Series. I liked them before they were cool, so there.)


  1. My Nanna is a Ninja by Damon Young & Peter Carnavas
  2. Here in the Garden by Briony Stewart
  3. The Sky So Heavy by Claire Zorn
  4. Tomorrow, when the war began by John Marsden


  1. Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks
  2. To serve them all my days by R.F. Delderfield
  3. To the Nines by Janet Evanovich


  1. The Holy Bible (NIV / MSG Remix version)
  2. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
  3. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
  4. Praying for your future husband by Robin Jones Gunn & Tricia Goyer
  5. Captivating by John & Stasi Eldredge
  6. Whatever happened to worship by A.W. Tozer

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