About & Goings On

In real life, after lots of fresh air followed by a good sleep and quite a lot of brightening filters, I look like this:

In October 2015, I published my first book. Hence the spiffing author photo above. It's a story about an exuberant 12-year-old fashionista called Lily Max and her quest to be crowned Snow Queen.

*Lily Max* Satin, Scissors, Frock was a finalist in the NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults. It's just been reprinted for the 5th time (June 17). Click here to buy from Unity Books Online

*Lily Max* Slope, Style, Fashion was released October 2016 Click to buy from Unity Books Online
(+++ Reviews below)

* Lily Max * Sunshine, Surf, Action scheduled November 2017

What's been happening in 2017: 

During Auckland Writers Festival, I was lucky enough to interview the UK Children's Laureate, Lauren Child for : The Sapling 

(pinch me yes this did actually happen. I'm on the left)

16 May 2017
I had a fun and very productive writing-day with Year 5 & 6 students, exploring Plotting and Editing, at Remarkables Primary. With the help of Lily Max, a glue gun, a pair of Dr Martens, a dress-up box and storyboarding prompts.

+++For Reviews on Lily Max Slope, Style, Fashion see below:

13th December 2016 Podcast: Jesse Mulligan Afternoons on Radio NZ National with 'Book Critic' and children's author James Russell, rate * Lily Max * Slope, Style, Fashion. At least 10/10!!

December is the month of lists. Every author  l o n g s  to get on them. Or at least one. It helps book sales. (Sadly authors do not earn minimum wage). So I was pretty thrilled and humbled find myself hanging with the big girls and boys on this list:

Cheers and huge thanks, Sarah-Kate Lynch and Woman's Day ("NZ's No.1, top-selling, hottest weekly women's magazine")

Other stuff people have said:


The Spinoff, 1st November: Things-to-do-in-queenstown-apart-from-writing-best-selling-childrens-books-a-photoessay-by-jane-bloomfield/ Thanks to my publisher, and Books' Editor on The Spinoff, Steve Braunias!


1. * Lily Max * Slope, Style, Fashion (review by Maria Gill, famous NZ children's author)

2. * Lily Max * Slope, Style, Fashion (review by Sarah Forster, Booksellers NZ)

Previously in  2016:

Monday 12th December - Xmas Fun at with Lily Max at Dorothy Browns Bookshop & Cinema. 4 - 5pm. All welcome.

Friday 11th November - Join me for the official *Lily Max* Slope, Style Fashion book launch with Queenstown Airport PaperPlus, 5pm @ The Front Room, 10 Memorial Street, Queenstown. Bring your friends! Bring your kids! Bring your Mum! rsvp jane@lilymax.co.nz

October 29th, 12 - 2pm #NZBookShopDay, Wanaka PaperPlus Join me to celebrate this fantastic bookish day. I'll be in store with my latest book *Lily Max* Slope, Style, Fashion I'm planning loads of Lily Max fun with - bookmarks, ski-themed cupcakes, Lily Max word games and more!

August: Kate de Goldi discusses *Lily Max* Satin, Scissors, Frock and other NZ CYA Book Award finalists,  'Saturday Morning with Kim Hill' on Radio NZ National

2 August:
I'm running a Character Workshop at Arrowtown School,  as part of the NZ Book Awards Finalist Tour.

6 August:
Su Ikin from Dunedin Public Library interviews moi on 'The Library Mix', Access Radio at 1pm. Should be riveting. I think my recorded voice sounds like a boy?!

27 August:
I will be running craft activities at the Storylines Family Day in Dunedin -  making Lily Max chokers and Wristlets.

20 August:
My daughter Lily turns 18. (I only partly borrowed her name for by book series!)

28 August:
I'll be doing the same at Storylines Christchurch, as well as a "Character Workshop" with Leonie Agnew.

I've also written stuff about writing courses and writing my book on The Spinoff

If you want to contact me directly - jane@lilymax.co.nz

If you want to buy international rights to my book. Or movie rights. Or soft toy rights, you better speak to my publisher at LuncheonSausageBooks.com He's cool!

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