BIOGRAPHY





Photo by: The Tribune, Humble TX
I was born in the United Kingdom and moved to the USA in 1990-I became a U.S. citizen in 2009. I always loved to write. I wrote my first book at 10 years old and my first story was published in a New England camping magazine when I was 13 years old. My other passion is teaching. I have a Bachelor of Education and taught Grades 4 - 6 for 13 years.
In 1997 my eldest son challenged me to write a book that he would enjoy as much as his computer games. After Keeper of the Kingdom was published in 2001 I went back to the classroom as a visiting author, teaching writing workshops. I now have eight published YA science fiction novels and an exciting ghost story called The Ghosts of Malhado.
In 2008 my husband and I moved from North Texas to Houston. We have an adorable 2 yr old black Labrador/Retriever cross called Solo who is a bundle of fun. You can see photos of my dog below the Newspaper Interviews. Our two wonderful sons who have given me ideas for many of my books have both graduated from college but come home regularly. I love my job! My first picture book comes out September 1st 2013. I am working on my next book, The Ghosts of Orozimbo, and have a very busy school schedule again next year. Perhaps I will be visiting your school? Check my calendar page!



Newspaper Interviews

These newspaper articles and interviews give a lot of information about my books, my life, and how I started writing.

Plano Profile December 2005

Plano Star Courier January 2004

Dallas Morning News January 2003

Plano Star Courier January 2002

Plano Star Courier January 2001

Derby Evening Telegraph, U.K. December 2001

The Nuts and Bolts: A Creator's View - An interview with H.J. Ralles January 2002

Myshelf.com Interview with Hank a character from Darok 9

If you have comments about her book or wish to arrange an author signing, you can contact her at:

hjralles@hjralles.com


Photos of my dogs

Many of you ask about my dog on my school visits so here are some photos of Solo and my son's dog, Gerry who is Solo's best friend! Solo was a stray that was wandering around our neighborhood a year ago. He was hungry and lonely. We decided to adopt him. He is the most lovable puppy. Please love and look after your pets and realize when you get a pet that animals are hard work and they are forever.