TREVI FORMEA is the pen-name of Jo-Anna Rose.
She is an Australian 'Baby Boomer' raised in the southern suburbs of Brisbane, Queensland, and was born the youngest of four children (refer: A BABY BOOMER - At any age).
In 1966, when 'Trevi' was 15, she won an essay competition which posed the question - 'What would you do if you were cast away on a deserted island with Elvis Presley?' The competition was organized through the once popular, but now defunct magazine - EVERYBODY'S. Their first prize from each state Australia wide - was a week for two, all expenses paid including air-fares, to beautiful Brampton Island Resort situated in tropical Queensland's Barrier Reef. Trevi was their youngest contestant and her essay impressed the sponsors and judges so much, that they 'awarded' her with a 'junior' category and equivalent prize. Trevi took her mum with her on the holiday.
Trevi was raised a Catholic, but disillusioned after 33yrs, went searching for the truth in other religions, including Mormon and Pentecostal - finally becoming a Lutheran, to which she has remained to this day. Having had four weddings and a funeral, her third marriage in 1996, was the shortest lasting only 29mths (refer 'KUKLA MOU - The Little Greek Princess'). Trevi was suddenly widowed at 47 years old, with her two youngest daughters Renee 16 and Jackie 6 to raise. Her youngest Jackie, suffering from Asperger Syndrome (refer 'JACKIE PETER PAN').
After relocating to Russell Island in Queensland's south-east corner in August 2002 with Jackie - now 9 yrs old and her last husband, Trevi took on the volunteer position of reporter with their local paper 'The Island Spirit'. Not only as their only reporter but managing advertizing and their paper formatting. Trevi has also had miscellaneous poems published through the island's 'Writer's Circle', as well as various short stories in other popular magazines including 'That's Life'.
In March 2013, Trevi met a local couple (Dennis and Jeannie) who were new writers themselves, and together they introduced her to 'self-publishing' on e-readers, encouraging Trevi to publish her stories through smashwords.com. A whole new world for writing opened up, and Trevi became a die-hard fan of and contributor to, the delights of modern technology.
The 'BLUE LABEL' series are based on Trevi's own life experiences growing up and throughout her life. They can be either read as a 'Stand Alone' story, or as part of an ongoing autobiography. The simplistic design of her cover serves as a visual aid for easier recognition for older readers. Trevi remains single to this day and living an idyllic lifestyle on Russell Island, where she cruises the Pacific with Jackie at least once a year. Other members of their home include Burmilla cat 'Bobby' and 'Bella' - the wonder Labrador (ref:- BOBBY MEETS BELLA - yet to be published).
If you have enjoyed any of Trevi's e-book stories, please feel free to write a review.
on June 19, 2013 :
I did a lot of research on Asperger's both for patients and for the final book in a series I wrote. The author added more to that body of knowledge not only with describing the syndrome itself, but in fleshing out the experience of a mother in turmoil not only from the syndrome, but from all the others in her life that it touched. I like the way this was written, which included both journalism-type format and diary-type heart-felt entries. Well done.
(review of free book)
A R Dent
on March 24, 2013 :
The author has revealed her heart in a dramatic story of love. Though I am an author - I was once a Natural Therapist. Many years after leaving the Healing world I heard of the word Aspergers and instantly thought: Not another 'Label' invented by someone seeking medical fame. Today I recognise that the people who sought help many years ago were people who might be identified with Aspergers. The way the story is told is as though a professional had ghost written the story. A professionally written story. It is for this reason I give this book 5 stars. I just read the book quickly in my old Natural Therapist mode and was moved to tears in parts. I will re-read it several times as a person interested and moved by a brilliant expose of love. Yes LOVE is just a word but more than just a word in this book.
(review of free book)