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 and Young Adults. It's been reprinted four times. Click here to buy from Unity Books Online

*Lily Max* Slope, Style, Fashion was released October 2016 Click to buy from Unity Books Online

13th December 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)

In the Pipeline for 2017
Hello! Urm it's 24th March. It's my gorgeous Mum - Felicity's birthday today. I've been in my tower office all year writing Lily Max book 3. The completed manuscript will be with my beta readers by the end of the month. It's set at the beach. It involves a dramatic movie. Sun. Surf. And funkadelic beach fashion. It's fun.

There are two very exciting things involving famous international author people penciled in my diary for May 2017. As SOON as they're confirmed I will print them here. I am dreaming a lot and talking to myself and crossing everything that these things come true. Just like Lily Max would. Meanwhile here is a photo of five children on a horse. Janex

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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