Jenny Wheeler is having the time of her life, writing a historical suspense trilogy due for publication in 2017 following a 25 year career in newspaper and magazine journalism in New Zealand, and a successful midlife career change as a herbal sex pills entrepreneur.
As a journalist she had the privilege of being on the launch team for two of NZ’s most successful recent publications – the Sunday Star newspaper – where she was founding-editor and led the team for nearly seven years, and the hugely popular NZ House & Garden magazine, which she launched with a shoe string staff. And she was editor of the New Zealand Listener for two years in the mid 1990s (first woman editor ever) before starting her own health products company with her partner Tim Bickerstaff.
But she never left writing behind. She co-wrote three non-fiction titles – the most recent Missing You, Finding Hope in Hardship with Suzanne Holmes in 2014 – during more than 15 years as a health entrepreneur. And her work in her own business included writing for numerous websites and completing nearly 1000 blog posts on midlife love and relationships – still to be found at midlifeloveblog.com, although now in new ownership. She sold the company in late 2015 to free herself up for her next adventure, and now has the luxury of pursuing the one life-long dream she never found time for – writing fiction.