About Me


Bio


HJ Harper isn't sure if books are stalking her, or if she’s stalking books. Either way, she’s had various jobs in book stores and libraries, and now works as an author.

Her Star League and Bureau of Mysteries series are published through Random House Australia, and contain zombies, werewolves, mad scientists, secret codes, ancient beings, ghosts and robots, as well as the odd explosion or two.

HJ Harper lives in Melbourne where she plays far too many video games.


Frequently Asked Questions


What does HJ stand for?
Holly Jaye.

How many books have you written?
As of February 2013, I will have written 10 books across two series, Star League and Bureau of Mysteries.

How did you get published?
I have always worked around books, and eventually I began to work as a children's bookseller. It meant I got to read a lot of the books that were available so I could offer advice to children and adults. One query I kept getting was for high-action books for reluctant readers, aged 7 and up. Since there wasn't much on the shelves, I decided to write my own series, Star League.

In April 2009 I sent my query off to an agent, Jacinta di Mase, and she accepted me as a client. Jacinta approached Random House, who agreed to publish Star League. The first books came out in 2011, and now I get to see my own books on the shelf in the book store where I work.

Do you have any writing advice?
I do. In fact, I have a whole page of it.

What was your favourite subject in school?
Definitely English. I've always loved reading, so English was a natural fit. I always loved writing, too, so at university I studied Journalism, however I quickly discovered that I liked writing about made-up worlds a lot more than the real one!

What are your favourite books to read?
Because I'm a children's bookseller and author, I read mostly books for kids, which means Junior Fiction (7-9), Middle Fiction (9-11) and Young Adult (12+). Of those, my favourite type of writing is HORROR. I even have a blog called Spinechills devoted to kids' horror books (check it out for a lot of reviews and recommendations).

Some of my favourite books are the Wardstone Chronicles, by Joseph Delaney, the Demonata series, by Darren Shan, the Dead series by Charlie Higson, Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and The Fury by Alexander Gordon Smith. I also love fantasy books like The Knife of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Ness and Northern Lights by Philip Pullman. 

What video games do you play?
Far too many, and yet still not enough. Some of my favourite video games are Legend of Zelda, Fallout, Skyrim, Minecraft, Borderlands, Portal, Pikmin, Pokémon, Super Smash Bros., Red Dead Redemption, Dishonoured and Bioshock, but I've played many, many others. 
(And in case you were wondering, my favourite Pokémon is Articuno!) 

What are you working on right now?
I am working on a couple of projects that I won't say much about until they're accepted for publication, but I can say that one is a horror series for young adults, and the other is a fantasy junior fiction series.