Michelle Harrison - Author

About the Author

Michelle Harrison was born in 1979 and grew up in Grays, Essex. She has a degree in Illustration, and is a former Waterstone’s bookseller and assistant editor at Oxford University Press. She now writes full-time and has a son, Jack, and two cats.

Her first novel, The Thirteen Treasures, won the Waterstones’ Children’s Book Prize and has been sold in over sixteen countries. It is followed by two sequels, The Thirteen  Curses and The Thirteen Secrets and a prequel, One Wish. She has also published Unrest, a stand-alone ghost novel for teens and is now working on a second young adult novel.

Author Photo Credit: Charlie Hopkinson

Q&A with Michelle Harrison

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
    A. I'm a 'glass half-full' type of person.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
    A. Elvesden Manor.

Q. What’s your best quality?
    A. Optimism, or at least I like to think it is!

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
    A. I sometimes think I'd like to be a cat, just for the sheer amount of sleeping they do.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
    A. My Essex accent.

Q. Who is your favourite fictional villain?
    A. Beatrice Lacey in Wideacre by Philippa Gregory.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
    A. It would be Jack the Ripper. I like to think I'd demand to know his identity, but in all honesty I'd probably run.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
    A. People who look down their noses at others.

Q. What is your favourite occupation, when you’re not writing?
    A. It depends on my mood, but drawing/painting, reading or watching a film.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
    A. Being an author and an illustrator!

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
    A. Loyalty, a sense of humour, and integrity.

On Books and Writing

Favourite authors
Hans Christian Andersen, Enid Blyton, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Martina Cole, Roald Dahl, Philippa Gregory, The Brothers Grimm, Julie Hearn, Eva Ibbotson, Christopher Pike, J.K. Rowling, Marcus Sedgwick, Sarah Singleton.

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

    A. Read lots, write lots, and don't give up.

Featured books by Michelle Harrison

Other books by Michelle Harrison

Reading Planet KS2 - The Secret Garden - Level 3: Venus/Brown band

Reading Planet KS2 - The Secret Garden - Level 3: Venus/Brown band

Author: Michelle Harrison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/2019

A Pinch of Magic

A Pinch of Magic

Author: Michelle Harrison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2019

'A SPELL-BINDING STORY, STEEPED IN MAGIC. I ADORED IT' - Abi Elphinstone, author of Sky Song Three sisters trapped by an ancient curse. Three magical objects with the power to change their fate. Will they be enough to break the curse? Or will they lead the sisters even deeper into danger? ... The enchanting new story from Michelle Harrison, author of the bestselling THIRTEEN TREASURES trilogy Praise for A PINCH OF MAGIC: 'This delightful tale fizzes with magic and races along at a fantastic pace. This book completely charmed my socks off!' Alex Bell, author of The Polar Bear Explorers' Club 'Simply phenomenal! A breathtaking quest for survival and freedom, bursting with brave heroines, enchanted objects and deadly dangers. And at its heart is a powerful and beautiful message of sisterly love and loyalty overcoming jealousy and betrayal' Sophie Anderson, author of The House With Chicken Legs 'Take three sisters, add the cruelest of curses and a pinch of magic, and you'll have a tantalising tale you cannot put down' Tamsyn Murray, author of Completely Cassidy Praise for Michelle Harrison's THIRTEEN series: 'A charming and inventive tale' The Times 'You are in for an adventure' Sunday Express 'The very best in adventure and imagination' Waterstones.com

Unrest

Unrest

Author: Michelle Harrison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/10/2018

`SPOOKY. GRIPPING AND INTRIGUING.' Sophie McKenzie, author of Girl, Missing Seventeen-year-old Elliott hasn't slept properly for six months. Ever since the accident that nearly killed him, a shadowy figure has made its presence felt - a figure only he can see. Elliott is convinced his near-death experience has enabled him to contact the dead. But are his ghostly visions real, or the effects of a damaged mind? When Elliott gets a job at a supposedly haunted museum it seems like the perfect chance to discover what's really going on. But his arrival doesn't just cause a stir amongst the living. Unwittingly, Elliott uncovers the museum's terrible secret ... and a spirit hell-bent on using him for revenge. A brilliant, spine-tingling YA novel by award-winning author M. Harrison. `Chilling' The Bookseller `I devoured Unrest.Or rather, I felt it devoured me. Clever, unexpected and satisfying.' Kate Cann `a beautifully written, gripping, thoroughly spooky young adult novel... Unsettling, eerie, with intriguing characters and a compelling, satisfying plot full of twists and turns... I loved it.' Sarah Singleton `It takes great skill to create an atmosphere that creeps off the page into your veins. Harrison's subtlety and eye for detail lift this above any other spookfest.' The Independent

Thirteen Treasures

Thirteen Treasures

Author: Michelle Harrison, Nicky Diss Format: eBook Release Date: 04/10/2018

While visiting her grandmothers house, an old photograph leads Tanya to an unsolved mystery. Fifty years ago a girl vanished in the woods nearby - a girl Tanyas grandmother will not speak of. Fabian, the caretakers son, is tormented by the girls disappearance. His grandfather was the last person to see her alive, and has lived under suspicion ever since. Together, Tanya and Fabian decide to find the truth. But Tanya has her own secret: the ability to see fairies. And, after disturbing an intruder in the night, it emerges that someone else shares her ability . . . The manors sinister history is about to repeat itself . . . The Thirteen Treasures boils with the kind of fairy that is far worse than Puck..what could be more cheering to curl up with. Amanda Craig, The Times The story itself is both dark and gripping and the imagery is fantastic. thebookbag.co.uk This is a really exciting read, full of thrills, mysteries and menace.Primary Times

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