Maria de Jong
Public Email firstname.lastname@example.org Website http://www.lifestories.co.nz
MARIA DE JONG is a full-time writer of biographies, memoirs, creative non-fiction, family and business histories. Maria has a special interest in art, New Zealand history and South Pacific cultures. When she's not at her desk writing, she enjoys walking her border collie, Benji, in Cornwall Park. Through her business, Life Stories, Maria provides ghost writing, editing and publishing services. She enjoys the interview process and building a rapport with her subjects.
Her career began at the New Zealand Herald and she has a Diploma in Journalism from the Auckland University of Technology. Maria has written seven books, including an award-winning art book published by Huia. She tutors evening classes in Memoir Writing.
Maria manages Life Stories, a business which produces beautiful books, audio recordings and DVDs for clients. The team of experts at Life Stories provides advice and consultation, and produces books and audio recordings of the highest quality.
'I believe that if we don’t record the stories of our loved ones, the lessons, stories and humour of their lives will be lost forever.' - Nick Rosenberg
Please feel free to contact Maria about your project.
Ph: (09) 622 3061
“Just a note to say thank you so much for creating such a beautiful book [Island View] with Charles and Ann’s memories. It really will be a treasure to all the family in the years to come.”
- Liz Harsant
“I’ve been reading Two Remarkable Women with great interest and enjoyment. It is a wonderful story and you have told it with such insight into the people involved, especially Frances Elmes and Sally Rainforth. Somehow a complex situation was managed with great generosity of spirit, so that the younger generation didn’t suffer from divided loyalties … The book is beautifully produced and I love the photos.”
- Brenda Niall, Australian biographer
- Adult Non-Fiction
- Business Writing
- Freelance Writer
- Website content
- Workshops (adults)