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5 minutes with Jacqueline Harvey

Jacqueline HarveyThis month, we talk to Jacqueline Harvey who is one of Australia’s most popular children’s writers. Her bestselling, award winning books include three series’ Alice-Miranda, Clementine Rose and Kensy and Max.

What was the last good book you read?

The last good book that I read was The Rumour by Lesley Kara. It had a great twist.

Do you have a favourite Library?

I love all libraries – it wouldn’t be fair to say that I have a favourite but the Double Bay Library has some of the coolest features I’ve seen in a public library anywhere in Australia.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever read about yourself or your work?

I don’t remember anything particularly strange – sometimes reviewers and journalists will pigeon hole me and say that I write books for girls but that’s definitely not true. I write adventure and mystery stories which boys and girls love.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Don’t give up your day job until you know you can sustain yourself as a writer – otherwise you’ll be frustrated and broke!

What inspired you to write your book?

I’m constantly inspired by meeting and working with children, travelling and life experiences. A deadline is also a good inspiration to get things done.