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Born in the Year of the Wood Rat, Tamara Huyskens writes fictional children’s stories about the zodiac animals from Chinese Astrology, a learning passion of hers while growing up with Chinese heritage.


Tamara aims to write stories in fun and innovative ways to help children learn that each zodiac sign is unique in its own way. Through her stories, she shows how to celebrate our diverse qualities as well as similar traits we share, to help us better understand ourselves and others. Tamara’s lovable characters include Darwin Dragon, Portia Pig, Max Monkey, Renee Rabbit, Ricky Rat, Ollie Ox and many more. Tamara lives in Milton, Ontario with her husband, three children, cat, and dog. She loves spending time with her family, creating art, writing, and trying new things. She has explored many metaphysical subjects since childhood, providing readings for fun or for charity volunteer work in Chinese astrology, Western astrology, Numerology, Tarot, Quantum Mechanics and more. She has received numerous certifications for healing modalities including Past Life Regression Therapy and Bio Energy Healing. She has also recently completed her certification in understanding and teaching Feng Shui principles as an accredited Professional.

Consulting for a financial literacy company is her primary job function by day. However, Tamara also enjoys doing yoga, giving to children’s charities and being creative by night.

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Tamara Huyskens
      Origins Story...

Tamara's dad was born in China and immigrated to Canada as a young boy in the early 1960's.

Although he spoke no Chinese due to going deaf as a child with a severe illness, he had a strong sense of appreciation for his Chinese roots. Tamara's dad ensured he passed this love of Asian food and culture onto his children.

While Tamara was growing up, Tamara's father had eight children including her. They often visited her grandparent's restaurant called The Rice Bowl in St. Catherines, Ontario.

Being of half Asian descent from her father's side, her learning passion for Chinese Astrology began early on at the age of 4 or 5 years old, reading about the 12 zodiac animals on thin paper place mats adorned on table tops at The Rice Bowl. She would play match the zodiac animal to each family member by discerning years of birth, assessing their unique personality traits, as well as examine the identified strengths and weaknesses to the paper place mats for comparison.  

It was this influential period that defined her ongoing childlike curiosity of Chinese Astrology and its ancient system of  wisdom and self knowledge.

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