TJ Whittle sees herself as many things and happily puts being a mother at the top of her list. With three teenagers, there is never a dull moment, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. Being a Mum is not simply something she does, but is a role she cherishes, believing that it is not only the most challenging role she will ever take on, but hands down the most rewarding.
Having come out in her early twenties, TJ was involved in two long term relationships that took their toll on her emotionally. This resulted in the belief that fairytale love affairs in which two people not only fall in love, but grow within that love, must exist, but just not for her. Until more recently that is. Now in a very loving, supportive, and encouraging relationship, TJ is living that fairytale romance.
For TJ 2013 and 2014 brought some tough times. During these, she rediscovered her love of reading. Picking up AJ Adaire’s Sunset Island, TJ was able to lose herself for periods of time in these characters and the love that developed between them. This led to more books and before long TJ found she had stories of her own she wanted to share. This led to her first novel, Without Your Courage. There are plenty more, their ideas written down roughly, waiting to be developed, with her second book underway.
Having been born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, TJ is very happy to be a Kiwi. She grew up in a society where everyone knew their neighbors and kids played out till after dark. Where kids roamed freely between houses and everyone looked out for one another.
TJ loves to spend time in nature, the beach being one of her favorite places. Regardless the season, the beach is somewhere TJ is always sure to come away from feeling calm and refreshed. A day by the water’s edge with her family, laughing, playing, and exploring is to TJ a day of making memories.
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An Empty Stool
by TJ Whittle
Trauma glues you to your seat. Don’t move, don’t make any noise, it’s safer to be unseen. And really, watching the world through a lens isn’t so bad. You’re doing ok till, one day, someone notices you and makes contact. That first little nudge is so shocking that even your favourite café stool isn't safe anymore. But when Hope keeps calling, what do you do?
Without Your Courage
by TJ Whittle
Without Your Courage takes us to Auckland, New Zealand and the surrounding countryside, to join the lives of four strong women. Violet and Charlotte form a beautiful friendship while John’s away at war. An accident introduces Ella and Gemma, who struggle to define their new friendship across the barrier of age. Four women with their lives entwined. Will they find the love they seek?
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