Jennifer Christie Temple


Jennifer Christie Temple grew up in rural Hertfordshire in the 1950’s. The daughter of a traditional woodcutter and forester, her childhood days were spend in woodlands, meadows and country lanes and she learned to love and respect nature and all life.

Trained in biology, Jennifer found her work in science unfulfilling and soon turned her attention to writing. She became a successful freelance writer, working for magazines and newspapers across the UK and Ireland. For several years, she wrote a humorous column about city life for The Daily News in Birmingham, where she lived for 25 years.

Moving to a village on the border between England and Wales, she now lives in retirement with her husband and a small group of chickens and devotes her time to walking the surrounding hills, her grandchildren and writing poetry.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
The freedom to design and edit my own book was the major factor but I think self-publishing has a lot of advantages. With traditional publishing, my work might be available for a few weeks before it's pulled from the retailer's shelves. As an indie author, my writing is up there on the Internet forever and can be accessed for as long as people want to take a look.

I've been a writer for magazines and newspapers for years and I don't think I would have ever gained the expertise to self-publish if I hadn't discovered Smashwords. The site provides all the information for publishing a quality book for free and, after decades of being at the mercy of traditional publishing houses, I was amazed and delighted to find a place where I can manage my work myself.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing has always been an outlet for my creativity. I've written short stories and humour up to this point because I found that was what magazines and newspapers were prepared to buy. I've loved poetry all my life but it's so hard to get a traditional publisher to take a chance on any new poet. I honestly believe that indie publishing has been responsible for the upsurge of interest in poetry and poets over the past few years.
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Windfalls by Jennifer Christie Temple
Price: Free! Words: 4,470. Language: British English. Published: August 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
This new collection by Jennifer Christie Temple is an eclectic mix of poems. Sometimes serious and questioning, sometimes light-hearted and playful, these poems have something for every mood. This is poetry for those who like to wonder about life and enjoy a story, with a few laughs thrown into the mix along the way.
Magic of Life
Price: Free! Words: 4,370. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry
(5.00 from 1 review)
A celebration of life from the mystical to the mundane, these poems explore the nature of reality from the perspective of the human mind. A varied collection of poems for those who never lost their sense of childish wonder.

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  • Eclectica: Genre Poetry on Jan. 12, 2017

    This is a collection of thoughtful and insightful poems, taking an unusual angle on real-life issues and delving into areas like mathematics that are rarely explored in poetry. But don’t imagine that these poems are elitist or ‘difficult’ – J-Mag Guthrie writes with a light hand and produces work that is engaging and often fun. I enjoyed this book and I’m pleased to add it to my fast-growing collection of good modern poetry.