After diverting to work on other projects (3 short stories for an anthology, puppet orders), I have made a return to working on my 3rd book in the Harriet series, Harriet and the Secret Coins. Time-travel fantasy, with the aid of a red phone box, back into the Australian gold rush. They first find themselves in Lambing Flat (Young, NSW, close to home for me), and straight into some action. Once again, this is fiction based on historical fact.
Last week, I was in Hobart and visited some wonderful stores, including Deja Vu books in Salamanca Place. After walking around Hobart, I was amused to discover this bit of gold in a street name. (Well, quirky anyway, after finding Harriet Street in Wallsend last year.) My trouble- causing character, Ella Harrington, makes a re-appearance in the next novel, causing even more problems. This time she is accompanied by her single Aunt who has started working at the school where Harriet, Will and Ella are students. Lila Harrington, Harriet's nemesis, thinks her niece is perfect, and so Ella gets away with a lot. But beware Miss Ella Harrington-you will be dealt with. Just let me say that a certain dragon will be allowed some sway in young Miss Harrington's life. I am also bringing back other characters in the next novel, such as the wicked principal and assistant principal, along with the dreaded green child-eating dragon who appears accompanied with a new menacing