I am a wife and homeschooling mother of six children, living in rural New Zealand. My passion is to encourage and inspire others. Over the years I have been able to communicate this passion through songwriting and singing, and public speaking. For the last twelve years I have discovered the thrill (and effectiveness!) of writing – my books travel far further afield than either time or money enable me to go myself. Let me tell you a bit about myself and the wonderful family I have been blessed with…
We are eight Booms living on a small homestead in Whangarei, New Zealand. Chris and I have been married now for nearly 25 years. I met him in New Zealand 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 have been blessed with six beautiful children! Now I am a full time home-schooling mother.
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…
We came home to NZ when my twin sister Penny and I were ten. I went on to do my nursing training and worked for the next ten years in both public and private hospitals and as a practice nurse in a doctor’s surgery. I finished nursing when our oldest son was born, and since then have swapped my nurse’s uniform for my teacher’s garb. I have been homes-chooling now for 20 years and it has been my ‘magnum opus’. But whenever I get a spare moment, I love to write!
Chris and I are also singer/songwriters (in our spare time!), and have been travelling around New Zealand now for 25 years, singing at churches, camps, conferences etc - most anywhere we’re asked!
In 2007 we made the big move and bought 11 acres of land, complete with river and a ninety-year- old barn which was to become our home.
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. In the first six months, we survived two ‘one hundred year’ storms. The barn creaked and shook and groaned, but outlasted the onslaught. Those were exciting, nerve-wracking days and nights of gale force winds, rain so loud on the tin roof that we couldn’t hear ourselves shout, rescuing animals and anxiously watching to see if the barn roof would lift off.
In our second year I began writing Where Lions Roar at Night, a family read-aloud book telling all the fun and adventures we had in our first year of living in the barn. The second book in The Barn Chronicles, Where Arrows Fly, was published in 2010 and the third book in the series, Where The Crickets Sing,was released in May 2012, and the fourth book is on its way!
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Where to buy in print
The Gift of Values ~ Volume One
Do you struggle with family devotions? Do you long to help your children develop values such as honesty and courage? This book will encourage and inspire you to give your children the priceless gift of values. Fun to use; full of stories, inspirational quotes and creative ideas to help you in this vital task. A valuable practical resource for parents.
Where the Crickets Sing
Where the Crickets Sing is an engaging read-aloud for the whole family. The third book in the multi-award-winning series, The Barn Chronicles. Enjoy the fun, adventures and dramas of a modern day ‘pioneering’ family as they make their home in a 90-year-old barn in rural N.Z.
"Heart-warming and funny. A great book for families to read together."
Where Arrows Fly
WINNER OF THE AUSTRALASIAN CALEB BOOK AWARD FOR BEST CHILDREN’S BOOK 2011
Where Arrows Fly is the sequel to Where Lions Roar at Night and is the second book in The Barn Chronicles series by New Zealand author Rosie Boom. Read about the continuing adventures of the Boom family and the everyday joys and challenges of the ‘simple life’.
Where Lions Roar at Night
Where Lions Roar at Night is an engaging read-aloud for the whole family. Enjoy the fun, adventures and dramas of a modern day ‘pioneering’ family as they make their home in a 90-year-old barn in rural N.Z. The first of the Barn Chronicles series and winner of the 2010 CALEB Prize for children’s books. “A simple piece of sunlit childhood. ” Emma Jelsma, Scene Magazine 2010
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Smashwords book reviews by Rosie Boom
- The Adventures of Romy
on May 30, 2012
My children loved this story of Romy, the gypsy boy. Short easy chapters and all sorts of adventures, excitement and tears along the way. Delightful.
- The Adventures of Romy
on May 30, 2012
Ah! I've found the stars. This little gem deserves 5 stars.
- The Girl and the Guardian
on Aug. 02, 2013
Fantastic! The language, the detail, the depth of this world makes for a fantastic read. The first of four books. This first book is a free entry into a treasure trove of adventure and excitement. Tolkien would have loved it.