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Christine Mary Jones
Hair colour Dark brown
writing - music - playing drums - renovating - gardening
- movies - all sorts of things. Will try anything
tomboy, my dad used to call me scruff nut, the little
gypsy. I was well known for my imagination, as far
back as primary school in Victoria Australia. Mind
you, my parents would say earlier than that. I was
one of those kids who hated school and passed the
time climbing trees and being in dreamland. Education
wise, I would say, complete dummy, class clown, couldn't
spell to save myself. Reading, I only looked at pictures
in books, too many big words for me to comprehend.
In English, I wrote many stories, was most creative,
ahead of my time, but my spelling and grammar was
no idea about religion whatsoever, I attended a Catholic
college for girls. Once I found out the Pope wasn't
God and Jesus wasn't an expelled student, I read the
bible from cover to cover. Alas my introduction to
reading. In English, I wrote many stories, was most
creative, ahead of my time, but my spelling and grammar
was shocking. Again, a Z grade student. I left college
at 16 and yes, I love drumming!
becoming an adult.
going from job to job and being on the dole, I wrote.
Again, my spelling and grammar was shocking, but apart
from that, people loved my stories. I was once told;
I was born 50 years to early and had a million-dollar
imagination. That was a lot of money back then, even
Moses thought $5.00, boosted him from rags to riches.
In addition, get a dictionary and learn grammar. I
finally joined the Royal Australian Air force and
as I wasn't a drinker, wrote instead of socialising.
I love planes and flying. I wanted to be an astronaut
or at least a fighter pilot, funny thing is, you have
to have an education for that.
a single mum, I looked after baby, wrote and socialised
with other mums. I got married, did the good wife
and mum thing. Our house burnt down in the Ash Wednesday
fires and I lost everything. A typewriter was the
last thing on the list whilst setting up home again.
I had another child before moving to a new state.
Became a great farmer, not! My only brother David,
2 years my junior, died in 1987. He was the first
to find out I was pregnant, again. So, had another
child. Later got divorce.
on in age. The clocks ticking.
a single mum, I moved house. Another child, yep that
makes 4. Amen, I got an old computer!!!!!!!! Once
I worked out the on key, manuals and I don’t
mix, I started rewriting my works of thousands of
With each re-write of a story, my writing improved,
mostly due to getting sick of the red and green lines
showing up everywhere on my screen. Proofing of my
works came from family members and hundreds of Fanstory
writers, who knocked it into my head, the difference
between there, their and whatever. This helped me
turn 300 page sentences into books.
advice to anyone who has not got an education yet thinks
they have a story to write is…. DO IT! You will
be so surprised at what you learn during the process.
Don’t get me wrong; I regret being in the clouds
instead of schoolbooks, one of the reasons it's taken
me so long to get published. However, there is no such
word is can’t in my opinion, so do it. There is
a storyteller in all of us.
I can write an entire book in 2 month, if I put my mind
to it. I have so many stories floating around and still
in my head; I don't believe I'll live long enough to get
them all out. I don't know what the words 'writers block'
Do I preplan what I am going to write? No way, I let my
characters drive the story. They want to go over a cliff,
so be it, I will follow for the ride. And no, I don’t
have a pen and paper with me scribbling down notes whilst
do I come up with a story? Devine intervention and I'm
sticking with it.
My idea of authors and publishing -
Once upon a time, stories were told verbally and past
down from generation to generation. Best sellers are the
ones still being told today and can also been seen in
cave paintings and on scrolls. No matter whether you carve
it in stone, POD or pursue a publisher, we are all storytellers
and creative in our own right.
An author is in business, whether small or large like
everyone else. There is a lot of debating going on about
POD or vanity publishing as some like to call it. Did
you know authors are the only ones frowned on for self-publishing?
Independent musicians promote and distribute CD's at gigs
and over the net, not only are people enjoying the music,
but sales enable the musicians to continue to entertain.
Artists have their own exhibitions, people not only enjoy
the art but sales enable the artist to buy paint. Fashion
designers, filmmakers, the list is endless, all striving
to get their creations out to the world and make a living.
If an author is self promoting, they are frowned upon,
so what's not right here? I have never heard anyone call
Steven Spielberg a vanity filmmaker or Picasso a vanity
painter. I could reel off many names, but I think you
get the message. In addition, how many best sellers have
slipped through publisher's hands? How many rejection
slips does an author get from publishers? Ask Frank Herbert
or J.R. Rowlings. Look it up, you will be surprised at
who had many rejections before getting heard, so don't
I don't see publishing houses as the end all or that because
you are 'published' makes you better than anyone else.
I say good luck to anyone wanting to be heard and hope
your dreams comes true, whether you stand on a street
corner handing out chapters, POD or seek a publisher.
I write for the love of writing and
hope others do to. I'm in my element when in that dream
world where I can be the hero or the monster and everything
in between. My product is for sale but me as a person
is not. I have a product some want and will do my best
to present it. I am blessed with a great support group
who are most motivating and without them; my works would
still be in the draw.
to all, Christine Jones.
Want to know more about me or my work? Ask, ask, ask.
Get the truth, not rumors of misconception. If I can't
answer you directly, I will place answers up on the notice
Yes, the hat is renowned by Aussies and every tourist
wants one. They come in alsorts of colours now.
used to dabble in music. Her storytelling continued in
song. 5 albums to her name.
A few years back, she placed some samples from these albums
up on the web. Hear
more of her music on the bio page.
your final fantasy wall paper.
of my favourite movies. Graphically spectacular. This
is a fiilm I can watch over and over.
a copy and see what I mean.
Another good website is
Christine on her Quests.
feels strongly about a number of issues.
1: Illiteracy. From illiterate to author. Christine believes
their should be no such thing as illiteracy. Join the campaigns
2: Mental illness. Christine’s only brother David had
schizophrenia and as a result, committed suicide at a young
Greenpeace. Save our planet.
is a problem worldwide.
How does one fail preps? Well I did. The grand excuse I
was fed, ‘I started primary school too young’.
I believed that story for many, many years and thought nothing
of being the oldest kid in the class throughout my entire
education. From as far back as I can remember I struggled
with reading and writing; I was a tiny kid in comparison
to others, the poor kid, the kid who others loved to bully.
in the sixties, it was very different from today’s
education system. I had teachers telling me I was dumb and
would never get anywhere in life. Reading aloud in class
horrified me. Unable to comprehend the majority of words,
I would pretend to lose my spot on the page and sure enough,
someone would say the word. Considering I was so slow at
reading, the teacher would quickly move onto another.
learnt quickly that book covers and pictures told a thousand
words. Convincingly, I could convey enough of a story to
deceive a teacher. Being the class clown, I spent my fair
share of time banished to the hallway that had me missing
out on lessons. I didn't do homework. Known for being a
tomboy, a soggy exercise book, a deliberate mishap with
a puddle, backed one of my many excuses to get out of homework.
was good at telling stories and might I add, whoppers. The
other kids always had something for show and tell; not me,
I had a story. For example, my dad fell over me in the lounge
room and found a lump of gold behind the couch. I rarely
got past the first paragraph; teachers would roll their
eyes and tell me to sit down.
mind was always in the clouds to escape the bullying where
I pretended to be prince planet, space ace, even members
of the thunderbirds and Star Trek. When did this all start?
From the ripe old age of 4. I learnt to turn off; kids were
mean and adults even meaner. My only sanctuary was my imagination.
had great parents and a loving home life, no complaints
there. I hid my literacy problems, not because I feared
retaliation from kids, as there wasn't much else they could
do to hurt me bar throw me off the top of the school. My
problems stemmed from not trusting adults, they weren’t
exactly encouraging. Secondly, who were they going to believe,
the rich intelligent kids or the poor dumb kid. Mental escapism
stole my concentration in class, being a major contributor
to my illiteracy problems. I always focused on being strong
that invincible human able to cope with anything dished
out to me.
then, cursive writing was taught and though I didn’t
read, I did love putting my imagination down on paper. Have
you ever seen a five-page sentence? What about a five-page
word with every p, q, d, b, etc back to front? I steered
clear of the dictionary, even if I sounded the word in my
head I couldn’t find it. This was due to how I spoke,
pasific instead of specific, noyz instead of noise; you
get the message.
on, I attended an all girl Catholic college. I had no idea
of religion. To me God was the Pope and Jesus some poor
teacher they took out the back, beat up and killed with
a log because he stood up to them. Placed in special classes
with several others, I felt like I had dunce written on
my forehead, as everyone knew why we attended these sessions.
The school assumed that if they gave us the lesson in advance,
we would have some understanding in class. Unfortunately,
it didn't work for me, I still couldn’t grasp the
concept of nouns, verbs etc or make out the big words like
mathematics or fractions. The first book I ever started
to read and couldn't put down was the bible. I was in my
first year of college; took me a month to read a couple
of verses but I was hooked. I skipped the big words like
Genesis, but it was my start to reading. I read nothing
else but the grand book for years and mixed with my imagination
and understanding made it all consuming.
school at 16, I had to get help to fill out unemployment
forms. I was in and out of factory jobs and came up with
a bright idea to become a police officer. (A) I couldn’t
understand the entry forms and (B) I was too short. Considering
the job entailed reading and writing skills, (B) hid my
illiteracy and gave me an excuse why I didn’t get
past first base. I still loved to write and yes, 100-page
sentences. Friends who read the mess started pointing out
things to me, like full stops and capital letters. I started
to apply this, making my stories; well should I say novels,
a little more presentable.
was once told I had a million dollar imagination, a lot
of money back in those days. The same person advised me
to read books, learn the art of English. I hated reading
and why, because I was illiterate and too embarrassed to
go back to school or really tell anyone how serious my problem
was. I had become too stubborn and dependent on excuses
for my own good.
I got into the Royal Australian Air Force dumbfounds me,
all I can say is that I guessed right with the multi choice
questions. During that time, I kept writing. The purchase
of a typewriter saw hundreds of pages of scribble turned
into lengthy pages of typos with no paragraphs. I placed
the heading ‘chapter’ after every 10 pages just
to make it look like I knew what I was doing.
jump ahead, I was around 31 when I got an old computer.
This somewhat helped, but word processors were not exactly
what they are today. Upgrades and better technology showed
me just how much of a mess my work was. My own kids and
a young girl, living with us at the time, began helping
me by pointing out spelling mistakes. To this day, family
members still remind me of the difference between sought
and sort, to and too. I have no idea what a noun, verbs
etc is, but least I'm no longer illiterate and can use a
me tell you this, you don't have to do it the hard way,
there are people who can help give you a better chance at
your dreams. Don't wait until you’re 45 to start doing
what you could have at 18. People do care and never feel
ashamed, no matter what your life experience was or is,
to seek help. Age means nothing, you are never too old to
reach out and learn or improve your reading and writing
should be no such thing as illiteracy, but there is. Technology
has enabled us to communicate worldwide, see, hear and read
of global problems. How much is really being done about
illiteracy? How much money do governments pour into this
wide spread problem? More is spent on weapons and war than
schools. In many countries education is expensive, segregating
the rich from the poor.
behind this problem, donate to a foundation, join Shadow
Forest Authors, a fellowship of authors and supporters of
charity. Put a book in your child’s hand instead of
an electronic game. Don't think that one person can't make
a difference, we can. If I hadn’t had people who cared
and the persistence to keep trying, I would not be an author
today and do what I love the most, write.
I urge authors from around the world to get behind this worldwide
problem. Without readers, you don't have an audience.
Our Literacy Crisis
The only practical, proven way to guarantee every child or
adult student can learn to read English and End Our Literacy
End Our Literacy Crisis', the title of a revolutionary book,
tells it all and we can end the illiteracy crisis! This
book convincingly answers questions, based upon the most
statistically accurate and extensive study ever commissioned
by the U.S. government. 92 million U.S. adults, 47% of them,
cannot read and write well enough to hold an above-poverty-level-wage
job. A later study proved that 40% or more of the employees
in most U.S. businesses are functional illiterates. Statistics
from other countries are almost certain to be similar.
End Our Literacy Crisis also explains:
(1) Seven reasons why most of us do not realize how extensive
functional illiteracy is.
(2) How serious the financial, emotional and physical problems
that illiterates must constantly endure.
(3) How illiteracy is costing each U.S. adult who can read
at least $3700 each year for government programs that illiterates
use, for higher consumer prices because of the cost of recruiting
and training functional illiterates, and for their mistakes
and inabilities in the workplace, for juvenile delinquency
and crime directly related to illiteracy. English illiteracy
in other countries undoubtedly incurs similar costs.
(4) Most importantly, it details a proven method of completely
and permanently ending most English illiteracy, not only
for 92 million or more Americans but also for hundreds of
millions of English-speaking people around the world who
cannot read English.
you may know, English is used by more people as a native
or as a second language than any other language in the world.
This method of ending English illiteracy has been recommended
by dozens of scholars of English and of other languages
for 247 years and has been proven effective in more than
300 languages, but it has never been tried in English! In
295 of the 300 languages, 95% of them, the students became
fluent readers in less than three months. It requires most
of the 53% of U.S. students who become functionally literate
from two to four years of the present reading instruction.
will all of us who can read benefit by ending our literacy
Read Bob C Cleckler's book - Let's end our illiteracy Crisis
You will greatly benefit if you are concerned that a friend
or relative is or, after the presently inadequate schooling,
may become functionally illiterate and want to spare them
the suffering and problems illiteracy brings.
You object to needlessly paying a comparatively large portion
of your income for illiteracy, at least $3700 each year
per U.S. adult.
You are a teacher who is frustrated by knowing that about
half of your students will never become fluent readers with
present teaching methods.
You have financial interest in an organization being hurt
by functionally illiterate workers.
You have financial interest in an organization which prepares
or sells written material , since functional illiterates
are not customers of the organization.
You have financial interest in an organization being hurt
by competition with more literate foreign workers.
You feel compassion for 92 million in the U.S. and 100s
of millions elsewhere who are functionally illiterate in
You want to improve communication between language groups
and thereby lessen many of the international conflicts.
Get one also for a friend.
It wasn’t until after my brother’s death that
I started looking into mental illness, prior to this, I
was ignorant. My brother was an intelligent guy and had
the potential of being a world-class tennis player or anything
else he set his mind to. I thought if David got a job, girlfriend
and a social life, everything would change for him. Not
having understood mental illness, there were times I was
embarrassed to be with him. I can also believe I was more
detrimental than helpful to David. Don’t get me wrong,
I loved my brother, but it was hard, hard to comprehend
why he acted and talked the way he did. You want to help,
want them normal so to speak and see them get on with life.
My brother had attempted suicide a number of times, so when
I got that phone call that David had shot himself, I assumed
in the foot or somewhere less lethal. Seeing my brother
on my parent’s lounge room floor surrounded my paramedics,
I still thought there was hope. I promised myself I would
join a group, do something to help him, as this was the
scarcest suicide attempt to date. At the hospital, I continued
to think he would get through this. It didn't hit home until
my brother was declared brain dead and would die once taken
off life support. We lost David a few hours later.I did
keep my promise to investigate the illness, joined a group
and even wrote to the government wanting to know what was
being done about it. I found there was very little funding
going into mentale illness and it definitely wasn’t
a vote catcher. Even the media wasn’t interested in
bringing awareness to this problem.
Years on, there is still not enough being done or funds
given for research and assistance to the mentally ill. I
can never make this up to David, but from what I have learnt,
we can make a difference in other people's lives. Don’t
ignore this worldwide problem, it can happen to anyone,
whether rich or poor, educated or illiterate. Don’t
wait until it is too late, there is something you can do.
Volunteer a little of your time, acknowledging and educating
yourself on the subject can lead to saving lives and giving
those affected a better chance in life.
Donating to a million charities? Make it a million and 1
and give to those who are making a difference.
are Not alone. We are relatives, carers and friends
of people with mental illness. We share our experience
and offer support. Come and talk with us.
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