Antoinette
James
WORDWRIGHT

I came into this world conveniently on Christmas Eve at Wakefield Maternity Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand. I was the second child and only daughter to my Scottish mother and New Zealand father.
I spent my childhood comfortably raised between two brothers and had most of my schooled education inside the modest and friendly gates of Corran School for Girls.
On leaving school, I embarked on a career in bacteriology. Once qualified, I moved to Oxford, England taking up a post in the Microbiology Laboratory at John Headington Hospital.
On returning to New Zealand, I joined the cancer research team at the Auckland School of Medicine, heading a drug testing division.
A change of direction saw me enter The Auckland School of Education. After graduating I taught as head teacher in several kindergartens before setting up and opening privately.

I married, and six months after the birth of our first baby, we relocated south to Gisborne. While there, I had three more children and completed a Diploma in Theology. We returned to Auckland a few months before the birth of our fifth child. When he was three months, I started to write New Zealand’s first published home-grown book on home schooling, ‘Home Educating in New Zealand’ published in 2004.

After the birth of our sixth child I started to write another home educating book for an international Christian home schooling community, ‘Call Us a Biblical Christian Family’ published 2006.
A year later, I put pen to paper while researching for my first adult historical novel ‘Son of Spain’. Vol one published 2012. Vol two published 2013.

2013 I started an Art History You tube Gotta-minute supported by free download commentary series for primary to intermediate students on ISSUU. The same year I completed a young adult fiction ‘Thunderbird’.

In Feb 2016, my husband, children and I took the opportunity to settle in England, giving me a chance to research my next project.
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