I only started writing in 1995 in my late 50s (yeah for us late bloomers!). Debbie’s Story - the story of childhood sexual abuse - was a huge hit when published in 1997, one of those books that appeared just at the right time and in the right place. It was second on the bestseller list for that year.
We immigrated to New Zealand in 1997 and in 2000 I co-authored a book called A New Life in New Zealand with my good friend Surita Nortjé. That has since become the preferred textbook for potential immigrants to New Zealand.
After that there was a lull when I wrote almost exclusively for magazines and newspapers, in particular Connections and Migrant News.
In 2006 I published a gift book called To the Child Unborn, a delightful book filled with wisdom and love which, I think, is the best thing I've done.
2007 and 2008 marked the start of my life as a fiction writer. I wrote The Falling of Shadows, The Indigo Kid and Accidental Hero - all set in the fictional small town of Panui. You can buy print copies through my website, www.jennyharrison.co.nz
I recently launched the fourth book in the Panui series, Rusty & Slasher's Guide to Crime, on an unsuspecting world.
Where to find Jenny Harrison online
Where to buy in print
Rusty & Slasher and the Circus from Hell
Rusty and Slasher’s Pa, home from his stay in Her Majesty’s 5-star Hotel, plans a security van heist as a family-bonding exercise. Their wheelman will be Nana, who can’t go anywhere without her adult diapers. But when Pa’s previous co-conspirators arrive in Panui he is in danger, until he is rescued by Felix, the giant circus manager. But that’s when the family's trouble really starts.
Rusty & Slasher's Guide to Crime
Russell and John, aka Rusty & Slasher, are two ordinary beer-swilling, rugby-playing blokes with ambition. They want to be career criminals but things do not go the way they’ve planned. Instead they get mixed up with real honest-to-God crims who would like nothing better than to see the pair eliminated. And then there’s Lily Trubshaw. Is she the local floozie, or have the guys got it all wrong?
Ghost's Night Out
A paranormal short story. Jaz and her friend Helen are ghost-hunters, helping to rid people of unwanted spirit manifestations. But when Mrs Smallman asks them to rid her house of an incubus, the results aren't quite what they expected.
The Indigo Kid
Meet Charlie Cromwell, 9 years-old going on a 100, irrepressible, infant mystic and troublemaker. She inveigles herself into Abigail Grogan's life and car as they set off on an adventure. Charlie meets Stella Goodstar, owner of the local porn shop, and some pretty shady individuals, including Mr. Golightly who wants to exploit the little girl's strange powers. And the local cop is after them.
No one could have imagined George Ainslie a hero. Heroes are majestic, sublime. They look like Christopher Reeve. George is so bland his own mother wouldn't pick him in a police line-up. Also, he's a bit of a bumbler. Things happen to him through no fault of his own. How did he get to be a hero? George has friends in High Places working hard to keep him out of trouble and not always succeeding.
The Falling of Shadows
Tessa Godwin’s past was filled with pain, guilt and regrets and she thinks it’s all behind her. Then Bailey Chance comes back to town. He has questions she can’t or won’t answer. As he probes deep in the murky past so Tessa’s Shadows become more tangible, more frightening. The story begs the question – are ghosts the product of a troubled mind or are they – out there?