All of us practicing our monster growls after talking about Robyn Silver:The Midnight Chimes!
All of us practicing our monster growls after talking about Robyn Silver:The Midnight Chimes!

I worked as a primary school teacher before becoming published so I know how much an author visit can enthuse and inspire children. I can tailor my author events to your school and the age of the children. For Key Stage 1, I use a dragon theme connected to my book The Storm Dragon. I use this to work with the children to develop interesting vocabulary to describe dragons.


For Key Stage 2, I use a monster theme connected to my book Robyn Silver. I use this to work on developing characters and settings with the children. I like to involve the children with some of them coming up to the front.  Whole school assemblies with both Key Stages are also based on Robyn Silver. I also offer smaller writing workshops for 30 children or less. These can cover a topic of your choice such as describing settings, developing amazing characters or writing brilliant action sequences.


I am based in Buckinghamshire and I can travel anywhere, although I'll need to include an overnight stay in my fee if the journey takes more than 3 hours. My fees are £400 for a full day or £250 for a morning, which is in line with Society of Authors suggested rates.


If you're interested in booking me, then please fill in the contact form below and I will ring or email you back.

Comments: 80
  • #80

    Paula Harrison (Friday, 23 August 2019 11:20)

    Hi Vanessa, thanks for writing a message here. I'm so pleased you like my books. I'm wondering if you have a favourite one? best wishes, Paula x

  • #79

    22022014883944 (Wednesday, 21 August 2019 18:55)

    Dear Miss Harrison Paula Harrison i love all your books .I wish i could send messages to you. And you have the best books in the whole wide world��. To:Paula Harrison have the best wishes From: Vanessa

  • #78

    Paula Harrison (Tuesday, 14 May 2019 22:44)

    Hi Chloe! Thanks for writing to me here. I'm so pleased you love my stories. You definitely sound like a super fan!! I am writing more books right now. I have a new series called KITTY all about a girl with cat-like superpowers coming out in September and a series called ROYAL RESCUES coming out next year all about a girl called Bea who wants a pet!
    My favourite flowers are foxgloves. I'm not even sure if they have those in the States, but they're very pretty. My favourite character is hard to decide... I think I'd pick Sophy from the Secret Rescuers because I think she was very brave to ride on a dragon! I hope you have fun reading The Amber Necklace. Best wishes, Paula

  • #77

    Chloe Simon (Sunday, 12 May 2019 02:38)

    Dear Ms. Harrison,

    My name is Chloe Simon and I live in Miami, Florida. I am 7 years old. I really wanted to let you know that I am a super fan! I read a lot of your books. I've read all of the Secret Rescuers and most of the Rescue Princesses. I like how the books are full of adventure and curiosity. My favorite book is The Secret Rescuers The Sky Unicorn. I would like if you kept up the hard work and write more books! I have so many questions. What is your favorite flower? What is your favorite character in your books? What is your favorite book? I just got the Rescue Princesses The Amber Necklaces. I had to order it all the way from the UK. I also just ordered the Princess of Pets new book.

    Thank you!


  • #76

    Paula Harrison (Thursday, 17 January 2019 18:44)

    Dear Bob, I've just contacted you via your website to agree to this. Unfortunately Puppy Eyes is the only short story I have written so there isn't anything else I can donate but I hope lots of people enjoy this story! best wishes, Paula

  • #75

    Robert Topp, Read Me a Story, Ink (Monday, 14 January 2019 20:38)

    Dear Ms Harrison,
    For the past twenty-five years my hobby has been reading aloud in the public schools. To that end I have collected and read thousands of short stories appropriate for grades 3-6 (ages 8-12 years). I also maintain a website as a resource for parents and teachers which indexes over 1500 of my favorite recommendations for reading aloud. The site also includes over 122 (and growing) printable stories and nearly 40 audio stories that are pulled from the public domain or appear with the authors’ permission. I am writing today seeking permission to reprint your delightful story, “Puppy Eyes” which appears in GIRLS HEART CHRISTMAS. If you would like to see the listing for your story, go to , click on “search index” and enter your name in the author field.
    In fairness, I must tell you that I cannot afford to pay since my site is not a commercial one, but I would be honored to make your story available to my audience.
    One of your colleagues, Joan Lennon, has long been one of my favorite authors to read aloud and she has kindly allowed me to offer a number of her stories including her story from GIRLS HEART CHRISTMAS, “Out of the Shadows.”
    I would also love to know if you have written other short stories for my target age and, if so, where they have appeared.

    Best regards,
    Bob Topp
    Read Me a Story, Ink

  • #74

    Paula Harrison (Friday, 09 November 2018 13:22)

    Hi Georgiana-Laura!
    Wow - thanks for writing such a detailed review for Robyn Silver: The Midnight Chimes. I'm so glad you enjoyed the book and appreciated the suspense and mystery that I tried to put into the story. It means such a lot to me when a reader is pleased with a story so thanks again from the bottom of my heart! If you get around to reading book 2 I hope you enjoy that as well. Paula xxx

  • #73

    Georgiana-Laura Gheorghe (Friday, 09 November 2018 11:33)

    My name is Georgiana-Laura Gheorghe and I'm from Romania. My nicknames are Carla (on Twitter) and Wishwell Clara (on Facebook). I just wanted you to know that I've read Robyn Silver: The Midnight Chimes and I like it. The story itself made me want to be a child again. Below I'll post a review for the book which I've mentioned earlier.

    Review for “Robyn Silver: The Midnight Chimes” by Paula Harrison:

    It’s the first book from the Robyn Silver series and it’s written by one of the most appreciated British authors in children’s literature, Paula Harrison. The story follows eleven-year-old Robyn Silver whose wish for more excitement in her life comes true when she begins to see strange creatures which only she can see. Due to some events, her school is forced to move to the mysterious Grimdean House in which she meets Mr. Cryptorum, the strange and mysterious owner. Later on, she will discover that there is more to the story than meets the eye. She will also understand the meaning of the saying “Be careful what you wish for.”
    Mrs. Harrison displays a remarkable talent in storytelling and manages to capture the readers’ attention through her unique writing style which is also straightforward even for older readers. The author introduces us into a world full of mystery, suspense, adventure and excitement in which the readers will find themselves into the characters’ shoes and “live” the tale. Friendship, bravery, loyalty, the importance of making decisions, growing up and much more can be found in every page one reads.
    Robyn Silver is the character with whom every little girl identifies herself with. Adventurous, full of spunk, stubborn, curious, relies on her instinct and prefers to do things instead of learning about them first. Mr. Cryptorum represents the wise elder, who not only knows more about the unseen things and world which are invisible to mortals, but he’ll become Robyn and her friends’ mentor much to his chagrin. Later on, he’ll learn to accept the youths’ help. Like Robyn, he’s also stubborn. He proves to be more experienced, mature and stern.
    Through her story, Mrs. Harrison brought folklore and mythology to life. The story is like a reminder of childhood and it has a pinch of horror too. Along with C. S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia), J. R. R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings series), J. K. Rowling (the Harry Potter series), Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black (The Spiderwick Chronicles), Mrs. Harrison revolutionized literature through the world that she created.
    I recommend this book to readers 12+ because there are some scenes which are scary for younger readers.

    I'm looking forward to reading the second book from the Robyn Silver series. Thank you for the exciting experience!

    Best regards,
    Georgiana-Laura Gheorghe

  • #72

    Jessica M (Sunday, 04 November 2018 16:00)

    Hi Paula, Thank you for the Rescue Princesses. My favourite one is Emily. Thank you for signing my book at Bath Children's Literature Festival. I hope to meet you again soon

  • #71

    Ava C. (Monday, 30 July 2018 17:12)

    Thank you very much! I sent you them. It is so amazing to actually be talking to the author of my favorite book series!!!!!!!!

    -Ava C. :)

  • #70

    Ava C. (Wednesday, 25 July 2018 19:03)

    Oh, also I forgot to add that I will be in San Diego tomorrow, but I think I will be able to connect if you can contact me quickly. I don't really know how this works, but if it's quick, I will either see your reply after I come back from San Diego if you can reply that fast, or after I get back if the internet doesn't work.
    Ava :)

  • #69

    Ava C. (Wednesday, 25 July 2018 18:58)

    Dear Paula Harrison,

    Hi! My name is Ava and I live in San Francisco. I am twelve years old and I love your books! Especially the Rescue Princesses. I play with them with my sister all the time and I'm even making a movie out of The Secret Promise. My favorite Rescue Princess is Clarabel. I always want to be like her, and whenever someone asks me something I think, "What would Clarabel do?" Also I like Amina and Maya, and Zina is pretty nice.
    I loved the Rescue Princesses so much I wrote five more books ending after Zina's where me, my sister, my mom, and my dad as a princess find a secret passageway and the magic rings the Rescue Princesses used. Also, I've been in contact with Sharon Tancredi and she drew me two lovely covers for my sister's book and my book! I would love to send you the five documents, they're all around 49 pages. I just can't attach the files to this message, I think I need an email address to do it. So if you have one I could use to send them to you if you'd like to see them for ideas or whatever, could you please tell me?

    Your biggest fan,
    Ava C.
    P.S. I was really excited when I saw that Princess Lily's book preview had come out! I got the Enchanted Ruby book and loved it. By the way, the books I wrote are called this in order: The Amethyst Bracelet, The Red Ruby, The Pink Crystal, The Healing Gem, and The Lucky Stone.

  • #68

    Paula Harrison (Monday, 19 February 2018 12:27)

    Hi Louise Houghton, I haven't published your message here as your phone no. is on it but I've sent you an email with some questions. If that doesn't come through do let me know. Best wishes, Paula

  • #67

    Paula Harrison (Monday, 29 January 2018 21:10)

    Hi Madeleine, thanks for sending me a message! I'm so pleased you love the Secret Rescuers books. I had great fun writing them! I'm very excited to hear that you were Little Paw on World Book Day - I love to hear about people dressing up as my characters. I bet it took quite a lot of hard work to get the costume right!
    I would love to come to Belfast to do a signing but I'm just not sure when that would happen as I'm so busy writing at the moment. I've never been to Northern Ireland and I would really like to come one day. Sorry I can't promise to do it soon!
    The Sea Pony was the last Secret Rescuers book but there are some new Rescue Princesses books out this year starting with The Enchanted Ruby and that story has a river otter in it. Happy reading! Best wishes, Paula

  • #66

    madeleine (Sunday, 28 January 2018 20:06)

    Hi I'm your biggest fan. I love your Secret Rescuers books. They're my favourite series of books. My favourite one is the Magic Fox. I dressed up as Little Paw for World Book Day and I was wondering if you could come to Belfast to do a signing. Also do you have any new Secret Rescuers books coming out?

  • #65

    Paula Harrison (Wednesday, 17 January 2018 10:27)

    Thank you Jesse, that's really kind of you! Best wishes, Paula

  • #64

    Jesse Sannicandro (Tuesday, 16 January 2018 20:56)

    Great post and great author, I really appreciate your handwork.

  • #63

    Paula Harrison (Friday, 29 December 2017 12:01)

    Hi Stephania! Merry Christmas to you too and hope you have a lovely New Year! Best wishes, Paula

  • #62

    Stephania (Monday, 25 December 2017 23:35)

    Merry Christmas and happy holidays,Paula Harrison!
    From a joyful daughter,

  • #61

    Paula Harrison (Saturday, 23 December 2017 19:59)

    Hi Layla, that's so nice of you to say you like the Secret Rescuers! There are 6 of the books so I hope you find them in your library or book shop. I don't do any of the drawing in the books - that is done by Sophy Williams the illustrator. She's brilliant at drawing. The part I do is write the story. I hope you have a lovely Christmas. Best wishes, Paula

  • #60

    Layla (Saturday, 23 December 2017 00:39)

    Dear Ms Harrison,

    My name is Layla. I'm a fun, hard working child at Htoham School and I am 6 years old. I am writing to say The Secret Rescuers is my very, very, very most favourite book I am reading because it has lots and lots of interesting and different words in it. I'm very impressed with your.

    It's my favourite book because she is very, very kind and surprising in her life. How do you make them? Please make more because they are really, really good!

    It is fun to make The Rescuers books? How do you make your interesting books? Do you use a sharp pencil? Di you practice making drawing to get better?

    Kind regards,

    Y2 Pupil

  • #59

    Paula Harrison (Monday, 11 December 2017 14:49)

    Hi Katherine, thanks for your questions. The Red Moon Rising series was originally supposed to be more than 3 books, so when I found out from my publisher that we were stopping at 3 books I tried to complete Laney's story as much as I could but having her find all the Myricals in the 3rd book really wouldn't have worked. I decided that if I ever got a chance to come back to the series I would focus on the Greytail Myrical next and write it from Claudia's point of view. I wanted to have lots of shape shifting in the 4th book and also feature the Kestrels who haven't appeared as yet.
    I really like all the tribes - I find it hard to pick a favourite - but to me Laney always was closest to her mother's side of the family. (avoiding spoilers for other people!) Hope that answers your questions. Best wishes, Paula

  • #58

    Katherine Liu (Monday, 11 December 2017 06:26)

    Dear Paula,
    I just finished the Red Moon rising series and I was wondering why Laney Rivers didn't collect all the magical items. Also, what's your favourite faerie tribe and why did you put Laney in the Blaze tribe when the Mist tribe is more girlish? (From what your said about liking going to the beach I thought you like the Mist tribe more)

  • #57

    Paula Harrison (Monday, 27 November 2017 13:28)

    Hi FluffyWalrus, (what a great name by the way!) I'm great, thank you. I've just been away for the weekend and seen friends at a party - great fun! Ooh I don't want to disappoint you, but only the first one of the new Rescue Princesses books is out in May. The second will be out in August and the third in early 2019. Anyway, I'm very pleased you're looking forward to reading them! Best wishes, Paula

  • #56

    FluffyWalrus (Friday, 24 November 2017 21:30)

    Hi Paula!
    I'm a MASSIVE fan of your books! I've gone off them a bit but I still have every single one. I recently started wondering where you are now, if you're OK and still writing these books. I found this website and could hardly believe it when I found out that not one, not two, but THREE books are coming out next May! I hope it's near my birthday... Now THAT would be a present I would never forget! From now on I'll re-read all of your Rescue Princess books, even though I'm slightly older than what I think you targeted them at! I'm currently working on my own story that another author is giving me feedback for and helping me along! Anyway, I'm curious about you. How are you?
    Yours Truly,

  • #55

    Paula Harrison (Thursday, 23 November 2017 10:40)

    Hi Stephania,
    I'm so sorry to hear about your accident! It must have been pretty scary. I am thinking of you all and hoping you all feel much better soon! Paula x

  • #54

    Stephania (Wednesday, 22 November 2017 20:40)

    Dear Paula,
    Okay,but you won’t believe what happened yesterday.I was going home until we stopped and behind us,another car crashed behind us!We had a huge problem in our car.Ivan got neck pain,Madeline got a headache,leg pain,and stomachache,Sophia got arm and leg pain,and I got facial contusion.Other than us,the rest in the car were okay.We were all afraid�!Luckily,we all had a few cocenquences but we are okay(Even though I still have the bump which my family is now making fun of me now��).Wait till my Thanksgiving break ends.We will just hope for the best,see you soon.
    From the weird one in my family,

  • #53

    Paula Harrison (Tuesday, 21 November 2017 12:12)

    Hi Stephania, it's lovely to hear from you! I do also write older books like the ones you describe and if you look on the Robyn Silver and Red Moon Rising pages of this website you'll find them! Best wishes, Paula

  • #52

    Stephania (Monday, 20 November 2017 03:28)

    Dear Paula,
    Even though I am more into historical fiction books now because I am ten like I Survived,Ranger in Time,and The Magic Tree House,I still like your books.Maybe you should make a historical fiction series and see the author of these books to get a better idea.I will tell you the names of the authors.

    I Survived(Lauren Tarshis)☺Ranger in Time(Kate Messner)�Magic Tree House(Mary Pope Osborne)

    I hope you are happy to talk with me again and I think you can get the adresses by going to their websites.Bye!

    Now in fifth grade,

  • #51

    Paula Harrison (Monday, 13 November 2017 11:46)

    Hi Lori, there has been a break since I wrote book 12 (The Golden Shell) because I've been working on two other series Tiara Friends and The Secret Rescuers. But I've now written 3 more books in the Rescue Princesses series and if you're in the UK you'll be able to buy it from next May - it's called The Enchanted Ruby. I don't have any overseas publication dates yet, but if you're in the US or Australia or elsewhere you still should be able to purchase the new book online. Bear in mind it'll have English spelling etc. 'mum' rather than 'mom' and 'torch' not 'flashlight'. Hope that helps! Paula x

  • #50

    Lori Towell (Monday, 13 November 2017 04:50)

    Hi, I couldn't find a way to email you, so I thought I'd try this. My daughter is a huge fan of your Rescue Princess books. She has read them all and asks me monthly if you have written any more. Did you stop writing them? Or will there be more in the series? Thanks so much for your work!

    Lori Towell

  • #49

    Paula Harrison (Tuesday, 10 October 2017 09:50)

    Hi Rebecca, I'm so pleased you like the Secret Rescuers! Well, I think you are right about the old king. He certainly liked magical animals a lot more than his wife the queen did. Sometimes I like to leave a few things unsaid in the story - like this question of where the king got the stones from - and then the reader has a chance to decide for themselves. Hope that makes sense! Happy reading, Paula

  • #48

    Rebecca W (Thursday, 05 October 2017 03:38)

    Dear Paula, I'm Rebecca and I live in Canada. I love your books! I chose your book "Secret Rescuers - The Lightning Dragon" for a school assignment. Can I ask you a question? In the book, where did the old king get the magic stones? I think he used to be a secret rescuer too. Your friend, Rebecca.

  • #47

    Paula Harrison (Monday, 25 September 2017 14:42)

    Hi Margaret, yes I'd love to visit. I'll ring the school and leave you my details. best wishes, Paula

  • #46

    Margaret McCulloch-Keeble (Monday, 25 September 2017 13:11)

    Hi Paula
    I'm hoping to organize an author visit to the school to tie in with World Book Day next year. (I work in the school library.) I wonder do you have any dates free in March at all? We are a junior academy for children 7-11 in Milton Keynes. (I could be wrong, but I think you're based not too far away?)
    I look forward to hearing from you, Margaret

  • #45

    Paula Harrison (Friday, 18 August 2017 12:32)

    Hi Elise, thank you for your message! I'm so pleased you like the Secret Rescuers books. There isn't a Cloud Bear book - the latest book is the The Sea Pony. I secretly think magical animals must be real too, especially unicorns! Best wishes, Paula

  • #44

    Elise Derman (Thursday, 17 August 2017 07:29)

    Dear Paula,
    Your boooks are very nice - I am 5.5 years old and read all the secret rescuers books. Is there a book called the Cloud Bear?
    I live in Hong Kong, I always love waiting for your new books. I love magical animals and even believe they are real! Bye, Elise

  • #43

    Paula Harrison (Tuesday, 01 August 2017 16:31)

    Hi Stephania, Happy Birthday! My birthday is in July too - it's a great month! I hope you had an awesome time. Best wishes, Paula

  • #42

    Stephania (Friday, 28 July 2017 08:51)

    Paula my trip is almost over and I am going to miss equador sooop much.It was amazing and there were a lot of stuff that I liked.Sorry this has to be short this time.Bye.�☺☺����Even though all of that Spanish talking and stray dogs.Today is my birthday!!!!

    From your Equator lover,

  • #41

    Stephania (Thursday, 20 July 2017 08:16)

    Hey Paula,it's so cool talking to you again and I just saw the news part of this website and saw the brand new cover for your next book.If I had a chance to meet you and have the next two books,it would be INNNNCCCCCRRRREEEDDDDIBLLLLE. It is a great time so far and my brother had a good party,he is five,and his face is healing.Like Sophia's birthday there is an ice cream cake and a candle but with more upgrades.There was a fruit salad,we had more people and candles than the one before,and the the cake was tastier than the other one.I hope I can retrieve your two other books.Bye!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Love from your own traveler,

  • #40

    Paula Harrison (Monday, 10 July 2017 10:27)

    Hi Stephania! I'm sorry to hear about your brother. I hope he's better soon. I guess dogs are quite protective when they've just had puppies. I bet the puppies are lovely! Enjoy your trip! Best wishes, Paula

  • #39

    Stephania (Monday, 10 July 2017 00:38)

    Paula,I just want to say is that I had a trip in a trip because I am not sure when but I went to my dad's parents house and today I am leaving back to my mom's parents house.We are packing right now to leave and I have already packed my bag.I had a really great time here and I am enjoying my summer.But things always have bad stuff like today a grandma dog from the top had puppies but when we putted them back my baby brother went in to check them out again but the dog scratched him.I feel bad for him and his face doesn't look very good.Hope you make more books of The Rescue Princesses very soon.
    Your emotional feeler,

  • #38

    Paula Harrison (Wednesday, 05 July 2017 16:43)

    Hi Stephania, I love your ideas for how you'd look in a Rescue Princesses book. I once had a spotted dress and I loved it! I hope you're enjoying the summer. Best wishes, Paula

  • #37

    Stephania (Wednesday, 28 June 2017 15:59)

    Paula,even though the charity for the chance to name a princess or a villain in your rescue princesses books is over I really want to be in your rescue princesses books as a princess.She has a small spotted dress up to her knees,it has long blond hair in a pony tail(the type of hair style one),smiling a normal smile,and has a round crown with circles and jewels.Her name is Pru.I want to be in your second book.I miss the old times.Byyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeee.
    From your imagine talker,

  • #36

    Paula Harrison (Wednesday, 28 June 2017 10:25)

    Hi Stephania, I'd like to wish your sister a Happy Birthday! Candles that play a Happy Birthday song sound really awesome. I hope you all had a great time! Best wishes, Paula

  • #35

    Stephania (Wednesday, 28 June 2017 05:49)

    Paula,today is my sister's(older one)birthday.She is eleven years old today.I am also going to tell you when it is my little brother's birthday(July 19).I love the part when one of my aunts lit the candle.It burned all of the candles in it then it went BOOM!The candles sprung open and played Happy Birthday for all really long time but then wore of.The cake was delicious because it was a ice cream cake.I just want to know why you didn't answer my last comment.You always answer my comments.Hope you answer my both email comments soon.

    Your author lover,

  • #34

    Stephania (Wednesday, 21 June 2017 15:50)

    Paula,it's really nice to talk to you and maybe you can give the books on or nearby my birthday(July 28).It would be a pleasure to have a Rescue Princesses book as a birthday present.I am excited because I am going to a trip until my birthday.Even if it means I can't talk to you for a really long time I am going to have tons of fun.It has one of my favorite chocolates,Manicho.Are you allergic to peanuts?That chocolate has peanuts.I am EXCITEEEEEEEEED(I know I said that again).Hope you have trips any time soon.If you are planning any trips on late June or early July have a great trip and come home safely to continue writing your books.I am going to Equador for my trip.Text me soon.I am going to be gone for about a month.Bye.

    Your website visitor more than anyone else,

  • #33

    Paula Harrison (Monday, 19 June 2017 11:57)

    Hi Crystal, I'm so pleased your daughters are enjoying the book! It's really kind of you to write and say so - hearing about happy readers is what keeps me going really. I hope they enjoy some of the other stories too. Best wishes, Paula x

  • #32

    Paula Harrison (Monday, 19 June 2017 11:53)

    Hi Stephania, it's very nice to chat with you! The next Rescue Princess book, The Enchanted Ruby, is set in a western kingdom and there's an adorable river otter in the story. I think you might like it! Best wishes, Paula x

  • #31

    Crystal (Sunday, 18 June 2017 22:02)

    Ms.Harrison, I just started reading #3 of your Rescue Princesses books to my daughters (5 & 2) and I am loving it. They hang on every word which for little ones is usually unheard of. Since they are so little I stick to a chapter a night and I love that they are just long enough to hold their attention but not so long to make them bored. You are an amazing writer and I can't wait to buy the other 11 books plus am keeping my fingers crossed that the other three books you are writing come to America soon. If not then I will be asking my cousin who is currently in England to keep an eye out for them for me.