Trevi Formea


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 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.

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The Littlest Angel - For unto this day a child is born
Price: Free! Words: 7,500. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Motherhood
The true story of Shanae, a premature baby delivered by caesarian section at 24 weeks gestation and weighing just 775gms. Shanae would begin the fight of her life over the next few months along with her mother Renee, who was also battling her controlling partner Shaun - Shanae's father. Will they survive the lot they had both been dealt? (G)
9 Days, 8 Nights With Ma
Price: Free! Words: 6,880. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Grandparenting
(5.00 from 1 review)
9yr old twins Connor and Lachie are sent to their grandmother's place ten days before Christmas. They have never stayed that long at Ma's before. Ma lives with Aunty Jackie on an island and the only way there is by ferry or barge. Ma is old and strict, and you have to eat all your vegetables . . . or else. Will Santa still come to them if they are naughty? Will they survive their holiday with Ma?
The Farm On Robert's Plateau
Price: Free! Words: 45,420. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Emotions
(5.00 from 1 review)
The experiences of a 16yr old Australian girl who is invited by her girlfriend to work on a dairy farm in the late 1960's. Relive Rosie's experiences, as she matures from a naive teenager into a young woman, finding her future along the way.
A Baby Boomer - At Any Age
Price: Free! Words: 34,290. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Other biographies, Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Dysfunctional relationships
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
The open journal and album of Baby Boomer - Joey, and her life in post war Australia during the 1950's and 60's. Beginning with a complete chapter on her great grandparents epic journey to Australia in the 1800's. Share the humour and pains of growing up in the last millennium. When the local creek was your backyard pool and every day was an adventure waiting to be explored!
Double Trouble - But Twice As Nice
Price: Free! Words: 5,750. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Social Issues / Emotions & Feelings, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Social Issues / Bullying
(5.00 from 1 review)
Ayden could hardly wait until the babies arrival. But after their birth he began thinking twin brothers weren’t as great as he had imagined, and was wishing to be an only child again. When the school bully Josh Barnstead began picking on Ayden in front of his friends - how would things end? (G) An amusing story told through the eyes of a boy overshadowed by his younger twin brothers.
Just Like Real Sisters
Price: Free! Words: 290. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Family / General, Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Family
(4.00 from 1 review)
Jackie and Jaynee grew up just like they were real sisters. But they were aunty and niece!
Kukla Mou - the Little Greek Princess
Price: Free! Words: 840. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Books & Libraries, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
(5.00 from 1 review)
The king was so overwhelmed to see his first grandchild born, that when he held her, he exclaimed "Kukla Mou, Kukla Mou" which meant 'my doll' in Greek. (G) Another in the Blue Label series suitable for 7 - 12 year olds.
My Anthology of Rhyme
Price: Free! Words: 3,660. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2013. Categories: Poetry » Australian & Oceanian, Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - general
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
A collection of assorted poems to make you laugh, wonder and cry. The poems follow everyday events and reflect some Irish/Australian humour, grief and spirit in our daily lives. (PG)
Christina's Dilemma
Price: Free! Words: 1,590. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
(4.00 from 1 review)
Christina's kitten had eaten all her big sister's Fantail Goldfish from the fish bowl, and now there was trouble. Christina needed a way to discourage Two-Sox from ever doing this again - but how? (PG) A children's story with an alternative ending which is a little on the dark side (you choose the ending you want).
Jackie Peta Pan
Price: Free! Words: 7,560. Language: Australian English. Published: March 23, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Social Issues / Special Needs
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Jackie was the youngest child born to a 41 yr old mother. An ultrasound on her mother at 14 weeks gestation, found Placenta Praevia and an abortion was recommended. But her mother was determined to have her baby - even though she would be raising it alone. When Jackie was four, tests revealed that she had Asperger Syndrome - a condition inherited from her father. (PG) Suitable 10yrs onwards
Rosalee - a little girl lost
Price: Free! Words: 2,050. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Childhood development, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Family / Orphans & Foster Homes
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
Rosalee was born 8 weeks premature and weighed just 1600gms. She had a collapsed lung, a turned foot and an alternating eye squint. At the age of thirteen weeks, Rosalee was released from hospital and into the care of a foster family.

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Trevi Formea's favorite authors on Smashwords

David Howells
Latest book: Switch Child 2.
Published July 19, 2013. (5.00 from 1 review)

Smashwords book reviews by Trevi Formea

  • Pawsitively Bunnie: The Adventures Begin on April 05, 2013

    I downloaded this story to read to my 7yo twin grandsons as an Easter treat. They loved it and so did I. The tales were told with great appeal and feeling and I'm looking forward to reading more in the series.
  • Little Grey on April 05, 2013

    I like tales of this genre but was a little lost with the ending. In all a good read.
  • Dead Body Under The Mattress (Urban Legend) on April 05, 2013

    The author if this short story appears to be very young both in age and in their writing. It needs work but has merit. Remember just like news reporting, writing also requires 5 elements eg:- 1.Who (your main character)- 2.What (what happened)- 3.Where (where it happened)- 4.When (day/night) and 5.Why/How (reason and/or the climax). A reader needs to be able to visualize what they are reading, and thus a writer must cross the tees and dot the iii's. Keep writing and even re-writing this book and incorporating those 5 elements. We all have to crawl before we can walk. Hope I've helped. Trevi
  • Tales For A Sleepless Night on April 08, 2013

    Absolutely loved this writer. His stories hold your attention and I particularly loved 'THE INNKEEPER'.
  • Hearts of Avon on April 08, 2013
    (no rating)
    Thoroughly enjoyed this story. It kept me intriqued. Look forward to more from this author.
  • Hearts of Avon on April 08, 2013

    Good story line and well written.
  • Floor Four on May 21, 2013

    WOW!!! This novella is quite a book. I had goosebumps and could easily visualize the characters. A. Lopez jr has a sense of the macabre and his story reads well. Make it a movie PLEASE - It will rake in millions.
  • Switch Child on June 17, 2013

    Absolutely loved this story and it appeared that a lot of study into medical history was acquired beforehand. Realistic and believable but felt a little disappointed at the end. Any chance of a sequel David? I like your style and have a few of your books in my library. Highly recommended!
  • Cat Stories that Dogs Tell on June 30, 2013

    What a delightful story and so well written! I loved it, The colour and pictures were beautiful. As a cat owner - you definitely have got the cat personality nailed. BRAVO!