Thanks for visiting. I am Debra Williams (pen name Debra Clewer), an emerging children’s author, with three middle-grade fantasy fiction novels independently published. I am a grandmother of seven, a seasoned puppeteer and puppet builder. My goal is to extend children’s imaginations and share a bit of history on the way. Currently I am working on two chapter books for 6-9 year olds. I have had several short stories published, both in print and on other sites.
Who is Harriet? Harriet Cooper is 11 years old and lives in the country town of Cootaburrah, with her Mum Megan, step-dad Jake and her little brother Josh. Along with her best friend Will Taylor, she embarks on time-travel adventures, ably assisted by the Welsh red dragon Gruffyd. Book One sees the friends travel back to Ancient Rome, Ancient Greece and Sherwood Forest, via the means of ancient rings which jump off the pages of an old library book. Book two sees Harriet connect with a mysterious librarian and the two friends deal with troublemakers and a child-eating dragon. Will they survive? Book three sees the friends on a wonderful school excursion visiting three gold rush places in Australia. Along the way, they encounter some red phone boxes and once again travel back in time, but only to each place they visit and nowhere else. These Middle-Grade novels are for 8-12-year- olds with a sense of adventure.
"Debra Clewer really understands what captures the imagination of young readers. Her books are a joyous blend of history, time-travel, and fantasy, and all starring a wonderfully realistic heroine in Harriet. Young readers will identify with Harriet's challenges at school and at home, and thrill to both her triumphs and disappointments as she navigates the path to growing up. Debra is an exciting new voice in Australian children’s' literature - can't wait for more in the Harriet series!" Rochelle L. Nicholls, Ph.D.