The guts of a good story comes from experience and that is something I have. Let’s begin with a half lifetime spent embroiled in every facet of the meat trade, from London’s East End and the fabulous Smithfield Meat Market to the Antipodean fleshpots of New Zealand’s meat industry. Hands-on experience from the insignificant bacon slicer and display cases of the country’s finest supermarkets to the gut rooms and boning tables of Auckland’s now nonexistent freezing works and killing floors provides flavour for the words of my stories. It doesn’t stop there. Now consider a further twenty five years involved with New Zealand’s top real estate company and the blow-counter blow of the marketing of residential homes and you will be offered an understanding of the source of the ingredients of my novels. I was born in London’s East End, dockland, in 1934 and moved to New Zealand with my wife Mary in 1963. We have lived in Auckland since that time. We have four sons, eight grandsons and three granddaughters and now one great grandson.
I have travelled the world to its four corners and love to include that experience in what I write especially the three years served in the British armed forces with the Colours. Two of these years involved active service in the Suez Canal Zone of Egypt. My last venture outside New Zealand’s shores was to Memphis and Nashville which fulfilled a lifetime’s ambition. My love of music and lyric has always influenced my direction with a strong lean towards the works of William Blake, Hank Williams and Kris Kristofferson. In 1983 a challenging career change involved me in the real estate industry.
The lack of enthusiasm on the part of publishing companies has never deterred my desire to write. I love to write and now, in a potentially retired situation, the words and stories pour from me to take the form of family sagas and crime novels set in venues worldwide. My work has been well received by my peers and I have responded well to their constructive criticism which has led to a better product. I have recently completed my 12th novel, (The Shadow of the Black Sheep), built around crime and deception on the streets of Auckland. There is never a shortage of those things in New Zealand. This novel and others are available now for purchase as a Kindle book Amazon. I have produced one published paperback novel – On The Lip Of A Lion which was well received by readers and media. I’m older now and even more enthusiastic and continue to write for adult audiences with great emphasis on the hearts and minds of my characters. My stories reflect real-life situations, page-turners filled with people and events that are credible and recognisable in everyday life. If you enjoy devious mind-bending crime stories, look no further. I now offer twelve for your enjoyment. This is Roy Jenner.