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Our Author Highlight of the Month: Jennifer Navin

Author of the month - Jennifer Navin

About

Jennifer Navin


I am my own person and to me family is everything.

My dream of doing medicine was not to be realised, when in year twelve I knew I would not get the grades needed to study medicine, so I entered nursing at Royal North Shore Hospital and loved every minute of my time there. After a stint at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne I left for Europe and the ubiquitous bus trip, a right of passage for the young Australian back in the late seventies.

With Danica’s death, I reached crossroads and decisions needed to be made on where my career was to go. I did go to University as a mature aged student and over the years of juggling parenthood, part time work and study I gained a Bachelor of Nursing, Diploma of Gerontology and a Masters in Aged Care Management.


Books by Jennifer Navin


Riding the Rainbow

Riding the Rainbow


My story of Danica’s six years of life is based purely on our personal experiences and in no way reflect the experiences of other persons.

In reflection, I hope that this book will help those families of newly diagnosed children who have a disability. Your world will feel as though it has collapsed and will wonder; Why me? Why us? Is it worth it?

Believe me, it is worth it and then some. The journey does take time, love and a lot of patience to make it through each day but with the dawn there is always a new day.


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Author Interview – Getting to Know More About Sonia Young

Sonia Young
Sonia Young

Who Is Sonia Young?

  1. What inspired you to write a book?

Grief and wanting to share the story about the loss of my first born baby. Even though I started writing this book years ago. I have not finished it but I have published two other books.


  1. Who is your favourite author and why?

I don't have a favourite author.


  1. What is your favourite food?

I have a sweet tooth so I would have to say chocolate.


  1. What do you like to do when you are not writing?

When I am not writing I work as a carer, which I really enjoy. I also like to spend time with the family.


  1. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

Don't remember having my heart set on anything but after doing work experience at the age of 15 at Castle Hill RSL I decided I wanted to become a Chef.


  1. What do you think makes a good story?

True stories with spiritual overtones.


         7. What was one of the most surprising things you learned from writing your book?    


I was surprised with my ability to write poetry.


  1. When did you realise you wanted to be a writer?

A few years after my baby died I wanted to write my story but didn't see myself as a writer.


  1. How long does it take you write a book?

Depends on what I am working on. My Poetic Journey and Hidden Treasures took approximately one year to write. The book I am working on now is going to take a lot longer.


  1. Can you share with us what your next book will be about?

My next book is about my parents. I am writing it with my mother from her perspective. My dad was an incomplete quadriplegic and Mum was his full time carer. They travelled a lot around Australia. First in a Combi with the wheelchair tied to the back, then in a Motorhome. They had some great adventures in between hospital visits and Dad's surgeries.


Books by Sonia Young

Hidden Treasures

My Poetic Journey

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Author Interview – Getting to Know More About Jennifer Navin

Jennifer Navin
Jennifer Navin

Who Is Jennifer Navin?

  1. What inspired you to write a book?

The inspiration for me writing Riding the Rainbow was my daughter Danica who was eighteen months old at the time I put pen to paper.

I wrote the initial manuscript for Danica.

To tell Danica’s story.

To help me try and understand why my daughter was diagnosed at the age of five months old with Cerebral Palsy.


  1. Who is your favourite author and why?

I have no one favourite author. I read a broad range of literature.

Judy Nunn and Bryce Courtney for their wonderful novels of Australian history.

Hannah Kent; her rich and evocative language, so beautiful that you re read and linger over each sentence. Her skill in forming a story from the most elementary facts, that captures the reader in the time capsule of the novel. Amazing.

Maeve Binchey and Rosamunde Pilcher for the wonderful escapism to the Cornish countryside of England.

Dr Mahomed Khadra, a very talented surgeon with an amazing writing skill of telling the facts as they are.


  1. What is your favourite food?

I love a roast chicken dinner.


  1. What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I love my garden. I really enjoy buying what I call rescue plants and then planting them and watching them recover and grow. The majority of my garden is of rescue plants.


  1. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

When I was a child and really until senior school, I wanted to do medicine. I then realised that I wouldn’t have the marks for entry to Medicine and all I wanted to do was work and continue learning. Nursing ticked the boxes. I had planned to go to university as a mature age student to do medicine but I met Shane whilst overseas and the rest is history.


  1. What do you think makes a good story?

What makes a good story? How that person tells the story.


         7. What was one of the most surprising things you learned from writing your book?    


That Danica’s death was her gift to me and her gift to herself.

 She gifted to me time. Time to parent Ashley and Kelsie without the mire of disability. Time to spend freely with Shane. Time to explore and complete further education.

Danica gave herself freedom. Freedom from a body that prevented her from doing so much. She is now free to run with the wind and talk nonstop.


  1. When did you realise you wanted to be a writer?

I always liked writing, even as a young person. I dreamt of publishing. A Bucket List wish.


  1. How long does it take you write a book?

It took thirty plus years fiddling with a pen and paper. In 2010, a health scare with Shane and the following cataclysmic journey found me opening up that corner of my heart to sorely probe that aching wound of October 20th 1988, the day Danica died. It then took a further twelve months with my mentor, editor and publisher to finish and publish Riding the Rainbow.


  1. Can you share with us what your next book will be about?

My next book?!! Well I am writing and it is a bit of a patch work at the moment. Again, it is about family and history.


Books by Jennifer Navin

Riding the Rainbow

Hope you enjoyed learning more about Jennifer Navin.

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