• Jen Gibbs


    Jen's rather broad reading habits are reflected in her equally broad writing repertoire.

    Jen's first book was published in 2016 - a Christian non-fiction work, SHE: A Journey of Faith, Hope and Love with Women of the Bible. SHE was awarded Best Non-Fiction at Australasia's Omega Writers' 2018 CALEB Awards.

    Her collection of three children's picture books named after their utterly endearing hero, Whimsy Primsy was launched in November 2017 with the endorsement of Joy Cowley. The Whimsy Primsy Collection was shortlisted for Australasia's  2018 Caleb Prize for Best Children's Literature.

    In 2018 Jen edited and project managed the production of a children's book for her local school as a fundraiser, Baboons On Balloons, written by her daughter (8), (launched 23 October 2018). 

    In 2019 Jen's first short story, "All The Ways We Love", was published in Love Story Volume I by Elephant House Press, Australia.  And her second short story, "The Good One",  will be featured in an Australian anthology in 2020.

    She has other books waiting in the wings - a hilarious autobiographical non-fiction self-help piece for women, and a novel where storylines interweave around the settling of Raglan (yet to be completed).

    Falling out of the SHE publishing journey, Jen has been asked to speak at several events, services and conferences both in NZ and Australia where she communicates a message that places value on womanhood. She was the guest speaker at the New Zealand Christian Writers' Retreat in 2019 where she spoke on the vocation of writing, and writing for children.

    Jen studied English literature at Massey University a startling number of years ago. She graduated with honours and as a Massey Scholar (awarded to the top 5% of all Massey graduates). It was here she fell under the spell of Middle English greats under the wing of Robert Neale (a student of C.S. Lewis).

    Somehow Jen fell into managing projects while living abroad, the most significant of which was managing a £300m programme of work  for Westminster City Council where she became a project ninja. She employs all these powers of "roll-out" and "critical path" and "low-hanging fruit" and "deadline" and (the ever-important) "attention to detail" in her writing projects and treats writing as her daily job.

    Jen lives in Auckland with her husband and three darling but chaotic children where she writes with a view of the sea.


    Genre:

    • Adult Non-Fiction
    • Biography
    • ChildrensFiction
    • Fiction
    • Illustrator
    • Mind body spirit
    • Non-fiction

    Skills:

    • Corporate writing
    • Editing
    • FreelanceWriting
    • Illustration
    • Manuscript assessment
    • Mentoring
    • Novelist
    • Print media writing (magazines/newspapers)
    • Proofreading
    • Public speaking
    • Readings (children/schools)
    • Readings (adults)
    • Reviews
    • Technical writing
    • Research
    • Website content
    • Workshops (adults)
    • Workshops (children/schools)

    Branch:

    Auckland

    Location:

    Auckland


    Publications:

    SHE: A Journey of Faith, Hope and Love with Women of the Bible

    WINNER: Best Non-Fiction at Australasia's CALEB Awards.
    This book discusses God’s heart for women through the themes of Faith, Hope and Love by considering examples of women from the Bible: it considers their place and time and what it can impart to us here and now. It poses questions like how we reconcile our faith with our suffering, why hope is even included in the “top three countdown”, and what extravagant love really looks like. Jen also shares her own journey with these women, through these themes and points her readers to their true value and worth in God.


    Whimsy Primsy Runs Her Race

    Shortlisted: Best Children's Literature at Australasia's CALEB Awards.
    Join Whimsy Primsy as she runs her race. But will she ever find her lane? Kiwi author, Jen Gibbs introduces us to Primsy, a whimsical girl who begins to run her race but takes a few detours. This is a book that inspires readers to be themselves, not looking to the right or left.

    Endorsed by Joy Cowley, "Whimsy Primsy is every child who needs a little reassurance. These delightful books are real and empowering."


    Whimsy Primsy: Sad To Glad

    Shortlisted: Best Children's Literature at Australasia's CALEB Awards.
    Whimsy Primsy is a little sad. How will she get through it? As Whimsy Primsy’s friends join her one by one Primsy is encouraged that things will get better. This is a book that gently instills hope and shows the power of friendship. Another gorgeous Primsy story from Kiwi author, Jen Gibbs.

    Endorsed by Joy Cowley, "Whimsy Primsy is every child who needs a little reassurance. These delightful books are real and empowering."


    Whimsy Primsy: Love You More

    Shortlisted: Best Children's Literature at Australasia's CALEB Awards.
    Whimsy Primsy goes head to head with her dad. Who loves whom the most? A conversation between Primsy and her dad reveals, in ways that are both funny and profound, the depth of their love for each other. A heart warming story that adults and children alike will love to read and re-read by Kiwi author Jen Gibbs.

    Endorsed by Joy Cowley, "Whimsy Primsy is every child who needs a little reassurance. These delightful books are real and empowering."


    The Whimsy Primsy Collection

    A boxed set of all three Whimsy Primsy books.
    Shortlisted: Best Children's Literature at Australasia's CALEB Awards.
    Endorsed by Joy Cowley, "Whimsy Primsy is every child who needs a little reassurance. These delightful books are real and empowering."


    Baboons On Balloons

    Illustrated by the students of Point Chevalier School, written by Elodie Gibbs (8) and edited by Jen Gibbs. Produced for Point Chevalier School. A story of resilience, this wildly heartwarming story is about a bunny who is stung by a bee. It gently encourages the reader to turn from troubles to see the wonders around them. Fun in tone with vibrant collage illustrations, rhythm and rhyme. What will that bunny do in response to the bumble bee’s teasing?


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