Thursday, 19 April 2018

NZ Author Josephine Carson Barr

There is something special and a little bit magical about chatting with a published author. Jo so kindly sent me a copy of her books for my children to read and they love them. The favourite being The Goodbye Chair! They have really enjoyed the main character Nicholas. Read on to find out more about Jo and find out how to WIN a hardcopy of The Chill Out Chair for yourself. Thank you so much Jo,
Becky x

Tell us a little bit about yourself Jo

Currently I live in Auckland City with my husband Rod, trying out apartment living after many years residing in rural New Zealand in both the North and South Islands. I have three adult children and six grandchildren who are often the inspiration for my books. I run Veritas Aotearoa Publishing with my son Simon Barr the illustrator of our books and Rod who joined the team last year as the distributor. 

My daughter has loved following the character Nicholas

When did you start writing? 

I have always been a keen reader and writing just followed on. I wrote articles for organisations I was part of. In 1994 I became a speaker in Christian Circles and that entailed the writing of my talks. 

I have always kept a journal. In 2008 we moved to a small seaside town in the South Island called Waikouaiti and it was there that I really started writing. Short stories, articles and finally children’s stories. It was at this point I wrote a book called Talking to Nanny which is now in the NZ School System. 

So happy to receive these books Jo!

Can you give us a brief outline of each of your books? 

The GoodBye Chair: Is the first Nicholas Story. His Nannie is leaving to go home and he knows she is sad, so he comes up with an idea to make her happy again. This book includes a counting game. 

The Chill Out Chair: Is the second Nicholas Story. In this story Nicholas learns to handle big emotions by retreating into his imagination and becoming the Hero of the story. 

These two books include Te Reo and NZ Sign Language. 

Waata The Weta: Can He Find The Perfect Home? This is the story of the cute ginger headed weta who is different from the other weta. He no longer wants to live in the dark and scare people…so this is his journey to a life of adventure. 

What is your favourite book that you have written? 

Wow this is a hard one…to be honest I love them all equally….but The GoodBye Chair has certainly been very popular. 

What is one thing you do daily to make your business work? 

I make lists and set myself deadlines 

My son sitting and enjoying reading Jo's books

Where to from here with your business? 

Well we have just produced The GoodBye Chair and The Chill Out Chair as BIG BOOKS and hopefully this will increase our earning potential as well as being a marvellous resource for schools and Early Childhood Centres. Also we have two more Chair books and Waata the Weta NO 2 which we hope to have published by the end of 2018. 

How can we buy your books?


  1. Awesome post. Jo is an inspiration to those with a passion for reading/writing. I am lucky enough to have had Jo in my life, all my life and am so inspired by what she has achieved. I remember when she told me she was writing her very first book and now to see what she has achieved and what she has in the pipeline makes this niece very proud.

  2. Great blog about Jo! Jo and her books are amazing. I too, am a good friend of Jo of many years and I wish all the best for her and her books. I love how she writes and how her son Simon illustrates them. Great stories even for adults! Yes, I have all three and love them. I won't share with anyone.. even kids! LOL I love how Jo incorporates learning and fun all in one plus different cultures. Very inclusive! All the best to you Becky and Jo!


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