The Rhythm Method is Karen Jane Charlton and Gillian Harrison.
TRM was created in 2010 when Karen was a stay-at-home mother of 3 children aged 4 and under wanting to pursue a professional writing career. The name refers to an unreliable contraceptive method and should in no way stand in for proper medical advice.
Gillian Harrison joined in October 2012 because she is an awesome word bird who hails from the world’s most isolated city, Perth. Together they write around their partners, kids and jobs.
Karen Jane Charlton was raised in the glow of a television. Reared on a steady diet of The Wonder Years, Press Club and The Simpsons, she left home at 17 with an encyclopedic knowledge of Simpsons quotes, a vitamin D deficiency and a box of Weetbix.
Karen went on to study film at Monash University in an elaborate ploy to avoid chasing her real dream of becoming a writer. She became a professional bridesmaid to writing’s bride: first landing a job in a library, then as a transcriber in a media outlet, and eventually in a university research department … as an administrator. If 25-year-old Karen were to look for a job in the newspaper, it would be filed under N for ‘not writing’.
Only when her children were born did Karen realise that she would regret never having tried to make it as a writer.
Karen is a regular contributor to Mornington Peninsula Gardens & Lifestyle Magazine, and has previously contributed to The Sydney Morning Herald, Daily Life, Mamamia, and Kidspot.
Gillian Harrison spent her childhood on a beanbag with her head buried in Enid Blyton books. Armed with sticky tape and a stack of recycled paper, she self published her first book at age 6. Entitled Oliver Orange, the book told the story of a mandarin with an identity crisis. It launched to warm praise during Mrs Grant’s Second Grade Morning News.
Gillian went on to a complete a double major in Creative Writing/Philosophy which eventually led to a ‘real writing gig’ as Editorial Coordinator of a hippy lifestyle magazine. A bout of wanderlust lured Gillian to a teaching job in South Korea where the writing dream quickly faded into the polluted haze of the Korean peninsula.
Ten years later, Gillian finds herself living in the world’s most isolated city and the town of her birth, Perth, Australia. Here she spends her days teaching, parenting and breathing air into her writerly self. Every now and then she dreams of throwing it all in and studying Archaeology.
Gillian joined rhythm & method in October 2012 as a contributing editor.