The Adventures of Tamzina and Avril (2009)
In 2009 I wrote story for children specifically for Twitter. Updates were made each week via Twitter (6,500+ followers), and automatically sent to a Facebook page (5,000+likes) for those who wanted to follow the story there. I devised all the story lines and created all the characters. A blog, website and MySpace page followed later. The characters also had real email addresses and real Twitter accounts that they used while the story progressed. I had created the concept 2 years earlier, but Twitter was the catalyst for the story to go live.
“Follow the young adventurers as they grow up in Wigglestead. Kids seeing the world through innocent eyes, with imaginative minds!”
The main characters were Tamzina and her sister Avril who were from the main family that the story revolved around, the Roan family. Here are some of the supporting characters in the story. Some were based on work colleagues who knew that they would be featured. Doctor Cecil Henry, Eva Gabreal from Australia and her fish Nemo, the Rubber band man, Snap the dog, and Mrs. Ramsbottom the Moorsville park attendant. Tamzina and Avril also have some great friends, like Maci Martinez from Phoenix Arizona, Sameer, and Susan Turner. There were also some people to avoid, like the rough boys who live in Gordonsville!
Tamzina and Avril – The Roan Family
Full name: Tamzina Carol Roan. Age 9. Date of birth 5th March 2000. Likes Lollipops, Facebook, Twitter, Sameer Majhi. Dislikes Babies and nappies, and the News. Is good at Netball, running, cycling, texting, and telling lies.
Full name Avril Anastasia Roan. Age 7. Date of birth 25th September 2002. Likes Lollipops, The Sims, Twitter, TV, Susan Turner. Dislikes Waiting around, the family Chrysler Voyager which she calls the Big Devil car. Is good at Writing and telling stories.
Full name Simone Mary Roan. Age 5. Date of birth 29th April 2004. Likes food, anytime, anywhere. Dislikes sitting still. Is good at saying Twat, bang, zonk.
Full name Jill Amanda Roan. Age 33. Date of birth 2nd April 1976. Likes reading, teaching, cooking, working in the Moorsville Church committee. Job teaches at Gordonsville school.
Full name Martin Augustus Roan. Age 33. Date of birth 1st May 1976. Likes computers, PDAs, Robert Palmer, T Rex, Electric Light Orchestra. Job as a webmaster in the Hogshead Business Park.
Tamzina and Avril – “Arguing with Mr. Blue?”