J. A. Folkers


Julie was born and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand, where she is now residing again after living on the rugged West Coast of the South Island for nine years. She has worked and served overseas with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including a three- year posting to Bangkok, Thailand. After completing a Diploma for Professional Writer of Children’s Stories, she wrote her popular first fantasy novel for children, Abby and the Hopplescotch Realm. This was written as the first in her series of stories about the adventures of a group of children and other characters in different realms. Julie's series has grown to 4 books in total now with the 5th being penned, it is extremely popular, read her reviews on her website and enjoy her books. Julie also holds Diplomas in Diamonds and Gems.
Julie lives with her two daughters and her dogs, Bailey, the big lovable Rotty. And the newest addition to the family is Arthur, our English Mastiff. Julie was Chairperson of the New Zealand Society of Authors for Canterbury in 2012.

Contracts have expired with her publisher so she has been releasing books digitally and left over printed stocks are available through her New Zealand Distributor or online shops till stocks expire for her first and second editions. Late 2011, she released print on demand paperback copies on Amazon with new covers, along with the long awaited for 4th book. What have they been up to this time?

The series is all written in past tense, Abby was 5th on our best seller list when it was first published in 2003.
Julie found the original manuscript of Abby in her computer that was typed in present tense before the publisher wanted it changed into past tense for publication, She hopes you enjoy it! It's not as long or as detailed as the final one but still a rollicky read.

If you liked reading Harry Potter you will love this series and now with the help of digital publishing it is easy to bring the series to a world wide audience.
Most adults love her books too, Magical can even teach some adults how to keep a step ahead of teenagers and stop them playing the 'game'.

She would love you to leave her a review, either here or on Amazon and hit the like button if you want to. Her books were written for kids and it is about getting them to read.

Julie started Ooky Spooky publications and she has been publishing other Authors' work for them. Julie is a Reiki Master and a Bodytalker. She's explored alternative medicine after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis when she was 32 and has been working on a series of adult books in the body,mind and spirit genre. The first one is out, A Witch's Chronicles, part one by Anne Dover. Julie keeps fit and remains in good health. Julie has been following her dreams whilst she could, working hard to leave her children a legacy that one never gives up, even when one doesn't know what the future holds.

A note from the Author, my books are about teaching kids not to dabble with the spirit world, how to handle text bullying. How to handle a grandparent with Alzheimers and even parents who are drunks. If you want a rollicky read - read on, the series got better the more books I wrote, as my publisher said about Magical, it' s very dark. My reply was Harry Potter got dark too. Perhaps adults should read number 3 and 4 first before letting the kids read them.

I apologise we had 5 years of earthquakes and loads of drama attached to that...I didn't realise that Time bandits went up with the wrong file for awhile. I let the book go free to compensate for that for a few months, the book now has the right file to it.

Books are back on smashwords!!!!!! Enjoy!!!!

Smashwords Interview

What do your fans mean to you?
They mean the world to me, the look on the kids faces when they read my books or I read to them gives me all the feedback I need.
What are you working on next?
I am going to start work again on the Alchemist and the Funnel of Light.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find J. A. Folkers online

Where to buy in print


Time Bandits and the Fountain of Youth
Series: The Realms, Book 4. Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 59,210. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: September 30, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Muriel is plain worn out from their latest adventure in Magical, she wants to put her feet up and rest but low and behold the mysteries just keep coming at her. Two Moons in the sky, wild weather and distress signals start happening, An inter realm highway that has been warped by the two idiotic Time Bandits, somehow her house is now part of the highway! Hobgoblins, Tigers and Dragons.....
Abby and the Hopplescotch Realm
Series: The Realms, Book 1. You set the price! Words: 44,300. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: September 29, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Abby is an eleven year-old Hopplescotch, the twin to the gate of the gateway that leads to Hopplescotch Realm. Muriel, a Hopplescotch witcherene, is the keeper of the gate and one of the most powerful witches in this world and the seven realms.
Magical Chaos at Beechhorn Cove
Series: The Realms, Book 3. You set the price! Words: 53,140. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: September 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Magical chaos is upon us! Muriel’s cats arrive in Hopplescotch realm to fetch Muriel home. Seems mayhem has beset Beechhorn Cove. Spells are broken on Muriel’s house and the Museum, eight ghosts are running amuck!!! A living statue, a Puppet Meister are at play and a murder occurs to add to mayhem. Magical life is a secret in the cove and it must be kept that way...who is playing who?
Anika and the Techno Pirates
Series: The Realms, Book 2. You set the price! Words: 47,370. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: September 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
The Techno Festival has come to Hopplescotch Realm. Inventors and magicians from each of the different realms have all kinds of gadgetry and magic spells on show at the festival - more than you could ever imagine! But there is mystery afoot! Who is this Techno Wizard who always cloaks himself, and why does he have such a sinister appearance?
Abby and the Hopplescotch Realm
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 43,130. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: September 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective
Abby is an eleven year-old Hopplescotch, the twin to the gate of the gateway that leads to Hopplescotch Realm. Muriel, a Hopplescotch witcherene, is the keeper of the gate and one of the most powerful witches in this world and the seven Realms. Abby has been sent to Muriel as a decoy. The peace and quiet of Beechhorn cove is about to be shattered by the re-emergence of Agnes Fairwether.

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