Hi, I’m Jen.
Author, Speaker, Growth Mindset Coach/Literacy Coach & Mentor
In every book lies something magical waiting to happen…
Making words come to life on a page is when I’m happiest.
Even from a young age, I knew I‘d be a writer.
I cherished the stories my grandfather read to me as a child. Listening to him regale magical tales ignited a spark within me.
And the buzz of writing my first chapter book at age six is one I’ll never forget.
Becoming a published author has been a dream come true.
From Teaching to Writing
After 25 years as a primary school teacher, I decided to combine my love for writing with my teaching skills.
As an early childhood educator, I learnt that kids need to use their imagination and creativity to develop and thrive. I also learnt that kids often need to be reminded about their mindset positivity.
I was always searching for the perfect book to share with my class but rarely found it.
So, I decided to write my own!
I wanted to create books that were not only fun and original, but also helped to develop literacy levels and feelings and thoughts of positivity toward themselves.
The biggest inspiration for my books is the children I teach – I turned their words into pages of books.
Life as a Literacy Coach and Mentor
Working as a literacy and mindset coach and mentor, alongside classroom teachers, we discover how learning is fun and how we can support children in lifting their literacy levels with ease and confidence.
I also work with early childhood teachers and school staff to implement key literacy programs within the Australian Curriculum guidelines. Together we promote the theory of transformational & growth mindset and the effects these have on learning and how children learn to learn.
I also write Romance
After years of writing for children, I also turned to writing romance. Just for fun. It’s a genre I love and I’ve always been an avid romance reader.
Immersing myself in other people’s worlds is a way to escape and forget about the daily grind.
My novels are lunchtime reads: feel-good romance stories you can devour in an hour.
Things I Love
Living in Newcastle, NSW, means I have lots of amazing beaches to visit. Walking my dogs by the ocean is where I find solitude – my creative juices flow and ideas come to me.
I love hanging out with my grandkids and furballs, going for coffee and getting lost in a book. Love hanging out at the beach too. Travelling to distant places is cool too!