JCL Purchase (aka Jenny Purchase) was born and raised in South Africa and immigrated to New Zealand in the 1990s. She was a senior secondary teacher of English, ESOL, and French, but has also taught an eclectic range of subjects in the adult education sector.
She has also worked in hospitality and entertainment. Since gaining a master’s degree in creative writing, Jenny has published a number of short stories. She is currently working on a novel and a memoir. She is also as a selector and editor, together with Paddy Richardson, on an anthology of writing about solo parenthood. She lives at Marsden Cove on the shores of the Whangārei Harbour with her partner, John, two cats who detest each other (Putiputi Ra and Marmalady), and a dog, Bishop, who is more human than animal.