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Michelle Harrison

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My first children's novel, THE 13 TREASURES, won the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize and has been sold for translation in 17 countries worldwide. It's followed by two sequels: THE 13 CURSES and THE 13 SECRETS, and a prequel, ONE WISH.

I've also written UNREST, a ghost story for young adult readers, and THE OTHER ALICE. My latest novel is A PINCH OF MAGIC. I'm currently working on its sequel, along with a new series for younger readers of 6+ called MIDNIGHT MAGIC (publishing in 2020 with Stripes).

Before becoming a full-time writer I worked in publishing as an editor, and also as a bookseller. Prior to that, I worked in bars, a bakery, and a second-hand record shop to make ends meet while trying to get my first book deal. I live in Essex
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Michelle Harrison Thirteen Treasures was the result of two things coming together. Firstly, when my niece Tanya was just a baby, her mum (my sister) saw a medium who…moreThirteen Treasures was the result of two things coming together. Firstly, when my niece Tanya was just a baby, her mum (my sister) saw a medium who told her that Tanya would grow up to be psychic. A few years later, I became interested in fairies (of the folklore variety) after my college tutor showed me the work of Arthur Rackham and Brian Froud. If you're not familiar with the book Faeries by Brian Froud and Alan Lee then I recommend it. I began to read up on the darker side of fairy lore and decided to write about a girl with a gift to see them when other people couldn't.(less)
Michelle Harrison Rowan Fox. She was a great character to write about because of her past. There’s a lot of freedom in writing about someone who has nothing to lose -…moreRowan Fox. She was a great character to write about because of her past. There’s a lot of freedom in writing about someone who has nothing to lose - it allows for a real ruthlessness. But she has a softer side under her tough girl exterior, and that’s something fans have really connected with.(less)
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Revealed: the stunning cover for my next book, A PINCH OF MAGIC (publishing in the UK 7th February 2019). The beautiful illustration is by Melissa Castrillon.

A Pinch of Magic

I can’t wait for you to read this story and meet the Widdershins sisters: Betty, Fliss and Charlie. It’s been a long time in the making, and is a magical fantasy inspired by a snippet of Essex folklore. It’s aimed at reade... Read more of this blog post »
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“Fabian had succeeded. She caught his eye and the two of them shared a look; it was the kind of look children wear when they know they've gotten away with something. At the same moment, Warwick and Florence also shared a look. Theirs was the kind of look adults wear when they know that somehow they have been well and truly hoodwinked, but are clueless as to the how and why, and know only that there's absolutely nothing they can do about it.”
Michelle Harrison, The 13 Treasures

“To do something you're afraid of, especially for the sake of somebody else, is the very definition of courage.”
Michelle Harrison, One Wish

“I know what it's like not to have friends. People need friends. Life's not much fun without them.”
Michelle Harrison, One Wish

“Never did she find anything so difficult as to keep herself from losing her temper when she was suddenly disturbed while absorbed in a book. People who are fond of books know the feeling of irritation which sweeps over them at such a moment. The temptation to be unreasonable and snappish is one not easy to manage.”
Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess

“There are certain people in whom you can detect the seeds of madness - seeds that have remained dormant only because the people in question have lived relatively comfortable, middle class lives. They function perfectly well in the world, but you can imagine, given a nasty parent, or a prolonged bout of unemployment, how their potential for craziness might have been realized.”
Zoe Heller, What Was She Thinking? [Notes on a Scandal]

“Intent matters. If you believe you're charmed, capable, likable, popular, then you are.”
Brenna Yovanoff

“There was no point dreaming; the leaflet was nothing more than a glass slipper handed to the ugly sister. I would never fit in there even if they'd let me go, which was a fairy tale in itself.”
Louisa Reid, Black Heart Blue

“Without stories, how do we know who we are? How can we imagine who we can be?”
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Michelle Harrison ♥Kate (Brightstripe) ♥ wrote: "Like you 13 treasures trilogy! I loved how the last 2 were told from Rowan's point of view."

Thank you! I really enjoyed writing as Rowan.


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Kate Like you 13 treasures trilogy! I loved how the last 2 were told from Rowan's point of view.


Michelle Harrison J. A. Owen wrote: "Hey michelle!
A book you should totally check out is by author Patti Roberts. Her book is called Paradox the Angels are here. If you haven't read it, I would recommend it.

And if you have not rea..."


Thank you, I'll check them out!


Michelle Harrison Sarah wrote: "I just picked up my pre-ordered copy of 13 Secrets! My daughter gets first dibs and then it's my turn; I'm so excited!"

I hope you both enjoy it, and that it's not too spooky!


Jessika Beaty  Hey michelle!
A book you should totally check out is by author Patti Roberts. Her book is called Paradox the Angels are here. If you haven't read it, I would recommend it.

And if you have not read Angefall by Susan Ee, that is a must. I think you will find both to be totally awesome!!

Just stopping by to give book recommendations! <3

Hope all is well Michelle! You've earned a fan for life! stay spunky and true and keep on writing girl!


message 7: by Sarah

Sarah I just picked up my pre-ordered copy of 13 Secrets! My daughter gets first dibs and then it's my turn; I'm so excited!


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Debra Hi! Thanks for accepting my friend request and your comment on my profile... I read your Thirteen Treasures trilogy when it came out here in the UK and absolutely loved it.... Best wishes Debs :-)


Malithi Hey,,,,Thanks for adding me


William O'Brien Hi Michelle - Thank you for your friendship!
Please visit my website http://www.peteradarkenedfairytale.co.uk
to view a sample page and many other snippets about the book.
Expected release date Feb.
Best wishes, William


Stephen Jackson Finally, RE Ms Heller:


No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness. (Aristotle)


Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must live. (Charles Bukowski)

In a dark time, the mind begins to see. (Theodore Roethke)

The mad see dung as dung and angels as angels. The sane see dung as angels and angels as dung. (Henry Miller)

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Stephen Jackson RE Zoe Heller:


The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars...

Jack Kerouac


Stephen Jackson As Mirabeau said, “Good sense is the absence of every strong passion, and only men of strong passions can be great.” Good sense travels on the well-worn paths; genius, never. And that is why the crowd, not altogether without reason, is so ready to treat great men as lunatics, while the lettered crowd cry out when as I have attempted to do here - this general opinion is attached to a theory… It must be added that moral insanity and epilepsy which are so often found in association with genius are among the forms of mental alienation which are most difficult to verify, so that they are often denied even during life, although quite evident to the alienist.

Just as giants pay a heavy ransom for their stature in sterility and relative muscular and mental weakness, so the giants of thought expiate their intellectual force in degeneration and psychoses. It is thus that the signs of Degeneration are found more frequently in men of genius than even in the insane.

Cesare Lombroso


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