June 13, 2014

Months past and exciting events ahead!

I can’t believe it’s June already.  Last time I looked it was February – where did those months go!  It’s only when I check back over my calendar I realise that the weeks have sped by because I’ve been pretty busy.  This week I finished the edit for Alice-Miranda At Camp and am looking forward to receiving the page proofs next week.  I’m also ‘this close’ to finishing Clementine Rose number 8 (with a working title of Clementine Rose and the Ballet Break In, but it may change yet).  Over the past couple of months I’ve read and given feedback on the first two scripts for the Alice-Miranda television series – which I think is going to be fantastic and toured for a week in South Australia as well as attending events for the Sydney Writers’ Festival and Abbotsleigh Literary Festival.  There are the usual kazillion emails and blog posts and all the other things that writers do these days too.  Kate Forsyth wrote a very eloquent blog post about just that for Random House this week.

The past few days I haven’t achieved as much as I’d have liked to, but sometimes distraction and procrastination are the name of the game.  I guess there are days when you just don’t feel as if you’re on top of things the way you’d like to.

Last night I attended a special farewell to Barbara and Tony Horgan, the inspirational couple who owned Shearer’s Bookshop at Leichhardt via Gordon.  They are two of the most wonderfully generous and kind people I’ve ever met and they’ve certainly had a big impact on my writing career.  It was testimony to how well loved they are, the sheer number of people who came to say goodbye.  They are off to Perth to be closer to family and although they won’t have a shop anymore, Barbara is going to have a blog and it sounds as if Tony already has offers of things book related to keep him busy.  I was one of the lucky last authors to have their name put up on the Author’s Wall in their beautiful shop.  I remember at the time feeling like, ‘wow, I’m on the Shearer’s Wall – I’ve arrived!’  Sadly it was torn down not long afterwards but it’s still one of my favourite memories of this whole writing journey.  I’m excited that I’ll get to see them in August when I tour in Perth for a week.

So where to next?  It’s less than a month until we launch Clementine Rose and the Treasure Box and I’m really thrilled to be doing lots of events to celebrate.  All of them are listed on my events page but sometimes it’s easier to see it in one place, so I’ve listed them below as well.  I’ve got a writers’ workshop coming up for children in Years 5-8 and the Children’s and YA Festival at the NSW Writers’ Centre which will be fantastic.  Thanks everyone too for all the support on the new website – it’s been so encouraging to have loads of people signing up for the newsletter and writing comments on the blog.  And if you haven’t signed up for the newsletter yet, please do.

I’m looking forward to meeting lots of readers in person over the coming months and hope to see you somewhere soon.

Saturday 28 June Children’s and YA Festival at the NSW Writers’ Centre

Monday 30 June Writers Workshop as part of the Abbotsleigh Explore Program – all students Years 5-8 welcome

Tuesday 1 July High Tea at the Tea Salon Westfield Sydney

Thursday 3 July A series of three high teas in Newcastle

Saturday 5 July Treasure Hunt and Launch at The Children’s Bookshop Beecroft

Tuesday 8 July High Tea at the Tea Salon Westfield Sydney

9 July Instore signing and activities at Dymocks Penrith

I’d better stop blogging now and get on with that book.  Alice-Miranda At the Palace beckons (according to my schedule I should have started it last Tuesday!).

Clementine Rose and the Treasure Box Hi Res resized





Your new book looks like its going to be a great one. I’ve read every single Clementine Rose book so far.
Also I am currently reading Alice Miranda in Paris. What inspired you to be an author?

Please keep writing!

From Taylor


June 17, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Taylor,

    Thanks for your lovely comments. I’m glad that you’re enjoying the books. I’m really excited about Clementine Rose and the Treasure Box – there’s a lot of drama in the story and some lovely new friends. Children just like you inspired me to be an author. I was a teacher for a long time – in fact I started my career at a little school in Mittagong not too far from Thirlmere. I grew up in Camden and I always loved telling my family stories about things that happened at school and with my sisters. Then when I became a teacher I wrote a lot of stories for the children in my classes. Over time I thought it would be good to try writing books and that’s what I do now.

    Hope you’re having a good term.
    Best wishes,

    June 17, 2014 at 10:02 am



In 1 week and 5 days it is my b ‘day

June 22, 2014 at 7:43 am



Hi Jacqueline!
My Name is Brooke and I have been given the extraordinary opportunity to introduce and show you around on your first day at our school for the Whitsunday Voices Festival later this month. As part of my bio are there any teasers that i could include that isn’t available online? For example: what is your favourite colour? Favourite Australian Animal? Favourite tongue twister?
Greatly appreciated, looking forward to meeting you 🙂

July 7, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Brooke,

    It would be easier for us to correspond on my email address which is jacqueline@jacquelineharvey.com.au I am really looking forward to the festival and can definitely give you some fun facts. My favourite colours are pink (which I wear quite a lot) and blue, my favourite Australian animal would be a platypus, favourite animal is a horse. Best meal I’ve ever eaten was in a back lane restaurant in Milan Italy, my husband organised our wedding as a surprise (I thought I was having a holiday on Hayman Island) and if you can think of some more questions I’m happy to answer them.

    It will be great to meet you!

    Best wishes,

    July 7, 2014 at 8:51 pm



Dear Jacqueline,
I love your Alice-Miranda books and the Clementine Rose books that you write. I’am very excited about the new books that are coming out. I’am a huge fan of your books. it’s my friend Olivia’s birthday tomorrow.
Love Grace:)

August 4, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi Grace,

    Thanks for your lovely comments – I’m pleased that you’re excited about the new books. I hope you love them as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them. I’m in the middle of writing Alice-Miranda at the Palace at the moment. It’s tying me in lots of knots but I’ve got some interesting new characters and lots of favourite faces too. The palace is gorgeous as well!

    Please wish Olivia a very happy birthday for tomorrow.

    Best wishes,

    August 4, 2014 at 9:30 pm



Hi Jacqueline i was just wondering if you have any idea were the Alice Miranda T.V series would be filmed, and if it would be filmed in Australia.
From Rosie (:

August 10, 2014 at 3:40 pm



hello Could i know where you currently are now?
I was one of the childern that were in our school library in Yarralumla Primary School, ACT, Australia
I am loving all the books and my favourite one so far just by looking at the cover is Clementine Rose the 1st one!
Hope you reply,

August 16, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hello Lavinia,

    I am back at home in Sydney now. It was lovely visiting your school and I hope you enjoyed my talk. Let me know which book you like best after you’ve read them too.

    Best wishes,

    August 17, 2014 at 2:18 pm

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