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Writerly Types: Ellen Harvey


Ellen Harvey

Yes, we have yet another exciting interview for you! This time we’re talking to Ellen Harvey, editor of the largest papercraft/scrapbooking magazine in Australia, Scrapbook Creations, and general writerly professional.


What is a typical work day like for you?
Ideally: I wake up, I eat breakfast and drink a coffee, I start my ‘paid’ job by 9am and then after lunch I write. What my actual day looks like: Roll out of bed at 10am, zombie-crawl my way to the kitchen for a coffee, read The Daily Mail (don’t judge me!), start magazine work at midday, and remember that I should be writing at about 4pm, at which time The Bold and the Beautiful is about to start (again, don’t judge me!).

What advice do you have for people just starting out in your field?
Trust yourself and your instincts. If you believe enough in what you’re doing, other people will as well. Don’t do things because people say you should be doing them.

Do you have any exciting things coming up?
I submitted my children’s novel to the Text Prize this year. So that is very exciting. Even if it doesn’t get anywhere, I’m thrilled that I felt it was finished enough to be able to submit it!

We love recommendations – anything caught your eye lately? Maybe it’s a book you couldn’t put down, or a film that you wanted to immediately rewatch, or a website that made it to your bookmarks.
Absolutely LOVING the Raven Cycle trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater. Can not get enough of these boys.


You can check out the Scrapbook Creations blog, at or follow Ellen on Twitter.

This interview is part of a series for National Youth Week 2014 called Writerly Types. Click here for yesterday’s interview with Chiara Grassia.

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