I am blessed to live in the wonderful country of New Zealand, home of the Hobbits. I live with my husband Chris and our six children on a small farmlet in the north of the North Island. Chris and I have been married now for 25 years. I met him shortly before I went to Borneo to be involved in missionary work. Some months later he came over for a visit and declared his love. When I returned to NZ a year later our romance blossomed and we married in 1987. We had our first son Josiah in 1989 and five years later I began the home schooling adventure which has kept me busy (and fulfilled) for the last 19 years.
I spent some of my childhood in Papua New Guinea, where my parents were missionaries. It was a fantastic childhood – weird and wonderful pets, jungle clubs, huts by the river…
It was there I entered my first short story competition at the the age of nine. I won! And the fantastic prize was a first-edition copy of The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien. I remember the thrill of Dad reading it aloud to us by tilley lantern each night. From that time on I was destined to become a writer.
In 2007 we moved to Northland and bought 11 acres of land, complete with river and a 90 year old barn which was to become our home. When I first laid eyes on the ancient barn, all I could think was, ‘We could live here!’
I never dreamed that the next four years would hold so much fun and so many memorable moments. We knocked the barn into some semblence of order, evicted the resident possum, put in a few windows and best of all, set up a Homewood stove which was to become the heart of the barn – cooking our food, heating our water and keeping us warm through the cold winter months. From these wonderful, exciting years came The Barn Chronicles.
We have just finished a huge family project - building our own home. We did all the work ourselves, and after three years of hard work, have finally moved out of the ancient barn into our handcrafted home.
I love to write - but I also love gardening, wind surfing, riding my 30-year-old Arab, reading, and just hanging out with my family.