Welcome to Creative Kids Tales Jacqueline Harvey.
Jacqueline’s Alice Miranda series decorate the children’s sections of bookstores all across the country. Her new series, Clementine Rose is destined to follow the same success.
Jacqueline’s love of writing was prominent at an early age; in fact, she knew she would be an author when she grew up…eventually.
Born in Fairfield, South Western Sydney, Jacqueline first attended school in Ingleburn, but it wasn’t until her family moved to Camden that she found a teacher that would not only become a friend but a mentor for her future path in life.
It was at Camden South Primary school where Jacqueline met, was inspired by and was generally in awe of her teacher, Mrs Sally Hogan. In fact, Mrs Hogan moved her so deeply that Jacqueline decided to follow in her footsteps and become a teacher.
Jacqueline’s writing started early, winning an award as a teenager before going on to write numerous poems and plays for her students when she began teaching. The Adventures of Texas Jack and Tootle Loo Tutie were embraced and performed by her eager young students much to the delight of their parents.
But it was a visit from Jane Carroll that truly inflamed her passion for writing.
Inspired by her supportive students, Jacqueline took long service leave and relocated to Byron Bay with her husband Ian, where she played a lot of golf and worked as a casual teacher in the local schools, while also pursuing her writing ambitions.
It was Ian who galvanised her decision to give writing a ‘proper go’. He wanted to know if she was ever going to stop talking about it and start living her author aspirations. This was all she needed.
During her time in Byron, Jacqueline read, researched, read some more, wrote, wrote and wrote without early success. Frustrated by the slow moving cogs of the writing world Jacqueline returned to the profession she loved, teaching. She took a six month position in Sydney which somehow turned into nine years. Fortunately for us there was a glimmer of hope, coming just a month after starting her new job.
She received the recognition she’d longed for, via a letter from the Children’s Book Council Australia NSW branch, congratulating her for winning their annual Frustrated Writers’ Mentorship competition. That same manuscript, which became her first and to date only picture book went on to be an Honour Book in the CBCA Book of the Year Awards a few years later.
Winning this mentorship gave Jacqueline the key to open doors that had previously been closed. She was quickly snapped up by Helen Chamberlin at Lothian who published her Code Name series.
Up until 2012 Jacqueline worked full time in a school. All the while she wrote too – mostly on the weekends and during holidays. In 2013 Jacqueline took the plunge and is now a full time writer.
Not only is Jacqueline an author, she is a mentor, offering her skills to others. She is also a speaker, just try and keep her away from a class full of thirsty students. Her books are sold in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the US and UK.
The Alice-Miranda series has rewarded her with various short listings and some awards:
- 2013 - Alice-Miranda In New York shortlisted for the Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year 8-14 years category
- 2013 – Alice-Miranda Shows the Way shortlisted for the REAL awards (KOALA, YABBA, KROC and COOL)
- 2012 – Alice-Miranda at School winner YABBA award (Victoria) for the Junior Reader Category and Honour Book KOALA awards NSW
- 2012 – Alice-Miranda At School shortlisted for the REAL awards (KOALA, YABBA, KROC and COOL)
- 2012 - Alice-Miranda At School shortlisted for WAYRBA in Western Australia
- 2012 – Alice-Miranda At Sea longlisted for DAVITT Awards (for crime fiction)
- 2011 – Alice-Miranda At School shortlisted for the Australian Psychological Society Children’s Peace Literature Award
- 2010 – Jacqueline Harvey was named Favourite Author of the Year on the Kids' Book Review website
- 2006 – The Sound of the Sea HONOUR BOOK Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards
- 2001 – Jacqueline Harvey won the Frustrated Writers’ Mentoring Competition with the NSW Branch of the Children’s Book Council
Jacqueline is most comfortable writing for 5 – 12 year olds but she never discounts another picture book.
In her downtime she enjoys playing golf, travelling and eating out.