My latest paintings …

22nd July 2022

Had fun with this one!

“Pansy” the train ran from Campbelltown to Camden many years ago!

Had soot in my eyes on many occassion!

Hi everyone,
Welcome to the blog tour of ‘Mystery, Mayhem & Magic’ !

MMM cover

As a new member of The Ten Penners , I can only say how honoured, proud and privileged I am to be included in this talented group of writers.
My blog host today is the brilliant Gretchen Bernet-Ward. Thank you so much Gretchen for interviewing me. I appreciate it! Check out my interview with Gretchen at Thoughts Become Words
The Ten Penners are super excited to be launching our new young readers’ anthology ~ ‘Mystery, Mayhem & Magic.’ There’s something on every page to delight and enthral all readers … young and old.
‘Plinko’ was inspired by my interest in all things astronomical … from planets to suns and constellations. When I was teaching, I found the children enjoyed creating models of the planets, asteroids and moons. Along with me, they loved learning about our Solar System and beyond. ‘Plinko’ will integrate into Science lessons on Space. And it’s cute!

Plinko 2

‘Birch the Dinosaur and the Bogan Dinosaurs’ is a tribute to my son David and his two dogs ~ Bonnie Lass and Wee Jock. They all live in Tasmania in a huge vegetable garden (with a small house attached, of course). I think this is my favourite story from those I’ve written. I wonder which will be yours?


So thank you for visiting my page. Don’t forget to leave a comment to be in the running for a book prize. And enjoy!

Below is the information for our blog tour, book launch, colouring competition and more.
Happy reading ~ Julie Baythorpe

Plinko 2

Mystery, Mayhem & Magic is an anthology of amazing adventures for young readers!
“Take a path through the forest of imagination into mysterious journeys filled with mayhem and a kaleidoscope of magical creatures.
From the authors of “Shock! Horror! Gasp!” and “Fan-Tas-Tic-al Tales”, “Mystery, Mayhem & Magic” is the new anthology written by the Ten Penners … Come and explore!”
Keep these dates pegged.
The blog tour plan is as below:
15/10/17 Sunday -Marion Martineer Powell – author The Fix-It Man
16/10/17 Monday– Yvonne Mes, Elaine Ousten – author Mystery of Nida Valley
17/10/17 Tuesday – Jill Smith
Candice Lemon-Scott, author

18/10/17 Wednesday– Kate Russell
Teena-Rafa Mulligan – In Their Own Write

19/10/17 Thursday –Julie Baythorpe
Gretchen Bernet-Ward – Thoughts Become Words

20/10/17 Friday – Robin Adolphs
Artelle Lenthall

21/10/17 Saturday – The Ten Penners
We will be attending Gold Coast Writers Meeting to announce our book launch
23/10/17 Monday – Aleesah Darlison – author of Fox and Moonbeam-Greenleaf Press

Special Announcement – book giveaway!!
There will be a giveaway of a copy of Mystery, Mayhem & Magic! At the end of the blog tour those who have left a comment on this page, or on any of the other hosts’ pages during the blog tour, will be in the running to receive a free copy! The announcement of the winner will be at our book launch at Broadbeach Library on the 4th November.

So, please make a comment to be in the running! Good luck!

The colouring in competition entry can be found on the Ten Penners website at

More good luck!

Smiley red nose



I was born in Sydney (not saying which year!) and moved to Brisbane where I attended Brisbane Central State School. I loved every minute of my school life so much so I never left the education system. I moved to the Gold Coast in 1985. I have been writing all of my life. For many years, I taught creative writing, both as a Teacher and Principal in classrooms across Queensland. I retired from teaching started writing full-time. I have written and published numerous short stories, poem, journal articles and many Curriculum documents for Education Queensland. I also enjoy creating watercolour paintings … when I’m not writing. Here’s one of my masterpieces!



The Farmhouse



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