About Jennifer Johnston the writer

I’m a freelance writer living in the suburbs of Brisbane, Australia. Apart from a few years living overseas I’ve called Brisbane home.

So why do I write?

Because I’m passionate about it. Nothing gives me more joy than sitting down with pen and paper or in front of a computer capturing random thoughts. I’ve been following my writing passion for a few years, but I want to pursue my writing more seriously – which is why I created this website.

Where will writing take me? That I don’t know, but I am enjoying the journey.

My career background is in the human resources arena – I helped manage “people.” Before that I managed an entirely different commodity – “money”- working in the banking industry. Blame my poor career choice on a few misguided years after leaving high school. Believing that gaining an economics degree was the right career path based on my liking and doing well in economics at high school! Being a slightly misguided and lacking in foresight teenager, an economics degree was the outcome. If I wrote a letter to my 18 year old self it would suggest I forget economics and study Arts/Journalism. Hindsight is easier after the event.

I am a firm believer in no regrets. Things happen for a reason. Fast forward my life by 30 years, here I am pursuing my writing dreams.

Becoming a single mother while raising three boys signaled a time to change a number of things in my life. I returned to University enrolling in a post graduate certificate in creative industries, studying a few journalism and creative writing subjects. Since graduating, I’ve completed some online courses with the Australian Writers’ Centre, including travel writing, copy writing and feature writing for magazine and newspapers. I have two blogs – they allow me to share my random stories and ideas. I have been posting travel stories on my Travel Bug Within website for a few years and random lifestyle stories on my Jenn Jay Tales website.

To add my stories to the already exploding literary universe and find readers who resonate with my words seems daunting at times. But with a unique inner voice creating my point of difference, I connect with people. All it takes is for one person to say, “I liked what you wrote” and I’m motivated to continue writing!

My writing is work in progress, evolving with the passage of time. To continue working in an area I enjoy, am passionate about, be read and published is my reward. To be paid to write allows me to pursue writing for the remainder of my life! I am hooked into the possibility of where writing will take me and am open to writing projects. I will consider any opportunities that fall within my writing scope.

You can reach me via email at jennifer@jenniferjohnston.com.au