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Short Bio

Mel barely finds the time to write but when she does, she writes picture books inspired by her own two small children (including Patrick’s Princess Party); middle-grade fiction (The Morven Manor Series) and she also has a YA novel in the works (Octania).

Long Bio

M A Shieldhouse writes children’s books.  As a mother of two young and cheeky monkeys, she is an expert at sneaking vegetables into things and secretly removing the batteries from noisy toys.

Mel grew up in England but, these days she calls the Sunshine Coast her home.  In 2002, unable to stand the weather any longer, she moved to Australia to study Naturopathy.  She made her home in the Blue Mountains which, it turned out, had even worse weather.

Mel’s next move was much more successful, meteorologically speaking.  She and her partner spent almost two years in Phuket, Thailand.  They worked, had Thai massages, tried deep-fried crickets and had a baby.  After that they came back to Oz.

Seven years on, Mel is living on the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland with her hubby, two small children and a couple of guinea pigs.

She barely finds the time to write but when she does, she writes picture books inspired by her own children (including Patrick’s Princess Party); middle-grade fiction (The Morven Manor Series) and she also has a YA novel in the works (Octania).

Book Description

Short Description

It is 1915 and Annabel and Lottie are sent away from war-torn London to the relative safety of Little Morven.

As they settle in to their new home in their Uncle’s enormous old manor house, it becomes clear that things are not as they seem.

With the help of a local boy and his eccentric granny, Annabel begins to uncover the mystery of the house, the village and her family.

The Morven Manor series will consist of four books and is suitable for middle grade and above.

Long Description

When Annabel is sent to the country with her little sister Lottie, she expects her stay to be short and very dull.  After all, everyone knows that the War will be over soon.

It is 1915 and the two girls are sent to the relative safety of Little Morven to stay with their Uncle, whom neither of them have met before.

As they settle in to their new home in their Uncle’s enormous old manor house, it becomes clear that things are not as they seem.

Lottie begins to hear strange noises that no-one else can hear and the old housekeeper takes an inexplicable and intense dislike to the sisters.

As more and more odd things happen, Annabel finds herself wondering if she is going crazy or if there is something sinister going on in the little village.

With the help of a local boy and his eccentric granny, Annabel begins to uncover the mystery of the house, the village and her family.

The Morven Manor series will consist of four books and is suitable for middle grade and above.

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  1. What was your inspiration for writing the Morven Manor books?
  2. How many books will be in the Morven Manor series?
  3. How did you become interested in using herbs for medicine and/or magic?
  4. Do you believe in magic?
  5. Do you have a favourite children’s book?