Beginner’s Pluck: Josephine Moone

A prolific reader, Josephine started writing from her early school days and didn’t stop. She studied journalism and film at university, but did a postgraduate degree in education and taught English, but it didn’t suit her. So she turned back to writing.

Beginner’s Pluck: Josephine Moone

“I pursued technical writing, then became an editor in the field of engineering. That was soul destroying, so I spent a year in a publishing house which was bliss. Then I moved to the country and ran a horse rescue charity. But I didn’t stop writing.”

Josephine wrote 10 manuscripts; all were rejected. Then, sitting in a tea shop, she had the idea for The Tea Chest. Writing the first draft while pregnant, she sent it on a whim to her favourite writer, Monica McInerney. Monica handed it to her agent, and publication followed swiftly.

Who is Josephine Moon?

Date of birth: 1976, in Brisbane, Australia.

Education: St Benedict’s College, Mt Maria Senior College, Griffith University, And Australian Catholic University.

Home: Queensland, Australia.

Family: Husband Alwyn, son Flynn, 2; 7 horses, 2 dogs, 2 goats, and 3 cats.

The day job: Writer and mother.

Interests: Horses, chocolate, growing vegetables, animals markets, and cooking.

Favourite writers: Monica McInerney, Liane Moriarty, Cathy Kelly. James Herriot, Nick Earls.

Second novel: “My second, The Chocolate Apothecary should be out in 2015. I’m 25,000 words into my third.”

Top writing tip: “Be curious. Writing what you know will only get you so far. Write what you want to know.”

Web: Twitter: @josephine_moon

The Debut

The Tea Chest: Allen & Unwin: €13.64. Kindle: €6.78 Kate Fullerton gets a job as lead designer in a tea store in Brisbane. When her mentor dies, she inherits half the company, but she’s faced with a hostile business partner who has no faith in her, and is sure the business will fail. She sets off to London determined to set up a store there in just six weeks. She crosses paths with newly unemployed Leila and the newly separated Elizabeth. Can the three find what it takes to start again? “I hope readers will feel inspired.”

The Verdict: A light, foodie romance, with a touch of realism.

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