Interview with Clare Harris

What are your five favorite books, and why?
Are we talking about ESL readers? If so, there are many that I've been inspired by, including Stephen Rabley's 'Marcel' books, Bernard Smith's 'The Blue Cat Club', and (oldie but goodie) Norman Whitney's 'The Truth Machine'.
What do you read for pleasure?
I've just bought 'The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon' (Alexander McCall Smith) - love his Mma Ramotswe books. And I'm halfway through 'Longbourn' (Jo Baker) - the servants' side of Pride and Prejudice.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle, iPad, my laptop - really anything except my phone (but that could change…)
Describe your desk
Gulp! So piled high with papers that I'm much better off writing in an armchair or a coffee shop...
When did you first start writing?
As soon as I could hold a pen - but I started writing and getting published about 20 years ago.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Teaching English (that's the work side) and learning to dance Argentine Tango (that's the play side). Luckily, sitting in coffee shops (a favourite activity) counts as 'writing'.
What is your writing process?
Lots of scribbles on a yellow notepad, preferably in a coffee shop. Not all of these scribbles make it through to story status… but some do, and I start plotting 'chapters' on my laptop.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My first 'exciting book memory' is of 'Mr Bear Squash-You-All Flat'. (The title says it all.)
What's the story behind your latest book?
'Blood Kind' was inspired by sitting in a hospital room watching a family member have a blood transfusion. I wondered what wonderful person had donated that blood, but also what would happen if every blood cell carried some element of our personality… the final book was very different, but that's where the story came from.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
'Brave Little Rabbit' was my first effort, preserved by my mum, who typed it up and pasted in my illustrations. (I was 4 and a half.) And it's violent! Brave Little Rabbit kills a fox using boiling oil. Where did that come from?
Published 2013-12-25.
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Books by This Author

A Lady's Visit to the Gold Diggings of Australia in 1852-53 (Abridged): An ESL Easy Read
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,950. Language: Australian English. Published: May 26, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Language Instruction » English as a second language, Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand
Twenty-year old Ellen Clacy and her brother travelled from England to the Australian goldfields at the start of the ‘gold rush’ in 1852, when thousands of people from around the world were arriving at the gold ‘diggings’. This is a short, Easy-Read adaptation of Ellen Clacy’s best-selling book.
The English Chip: An ESL Easy Read
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,100. Language: Australian English. Published: May 25, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Language Instruction » English as a second language, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
Charlie's in Australia, studying English, but English is so hard. He just wants to have fun, not to study all day! Then he sees a notice: INSTANT ENGLISH! VOLUNTEER NEEDED. Instant English? It all sounds so easy. Soon Charlie is part of an experiment—but experiments can go wrong… This ESL Easy Read is original fiction for Intermediate learners of English.
Blood Kind: An ESL Easy Read
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,230. Language: Australian English. Published: September 20, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Language Instruction » English as a second language, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
His name is Josh – or is that Ben? When you make fake passports and ID cards for a living, you need a few different names, right? Ben doesn’t like people much, and he certainly doesn’t believe in kindness. Then he has an accident, gets a blood transfusion – and things begin to change. Ben starts to feel kind, but that creates big problems in his life… (Original fiction, intermediate level)