Former Miss Cook Islands and Miss South Pacific Joyana Finch. SUPPLIED/22112325
After releasing her first children’s book, ‘Buzz the Electron’ on Amazon a year ago, former Miss Cook Islands and Miss South Pacific Joyana Finch is all set to release her new book – Merio the Polynesian Mermaid.
is a young mermaid child who gets lost in a storm after ignoring her mother’s
warning while chasing reef fish.
takes shelter overnight in a giant Pāua shell and in the morning, while she
wept, she hears faint magical music.
just a snippet of Finch’s new book Merio the Polynesian Mermaid set to
be released next year.
making her debut with Buzz the Electron followed by Violet the Photon and Bucky the Carbon Atom, Finch says she decided
to give science books a breather and jump into “a bit of fantasy” with Merio
the Polynesian Mermaid.
intending to write a series of Merio books. This first one being about her
journey with ‘Nanna’s Pearls of Wisdom’.”
first Pasifika woman to attain a degree in Mechatronic Engineering, says her
latest book is about a young mermaid and her Nanna.
reveals that the music comes from her magic pearls of wisdom hidden in her kete,” she explains.
of trouble, the pearls of wisdom will help guide you if you listen with an open
she is very excited about this new publication and is putting more effort into
this book to be beautiful and on par with the times, so that our children can
reach for it from their library shelves.”
will be a bit more of a Polynesian style, says Finch, hoping it will inspire
children to value their Polynesian culture more.
that’s the intention,” she says.
wears Tiare Māori in her hair and black pearls around her neck.
I want our
kids to be so proud of who they are.”
of three, Finch, who grew up in Rarotonga, has published three science books
for children up to the age of six.
she released Buzz the Electron,
introducing electricity. Later that year, Violet
the Photon introduced electromagnetic waves and refraction, which she
illustrated in Rarotonga and in 2022, Bucky the Carbon Atomintroducing atomic structure and
when she started writing her first book, she was simply fulfilling a gap in the
parent in the tech industry, it was a need of my own.”
after receiving positive feedbacks following the book’s release, she realised
there was a large desire from parents for this genre.
“And I had
proven to myself that I am indeed capable of producing these books.”
her first books have served as a learning curve for her especially in areas
such as: sourcing publisher, designing for production, creating an online
store, incorporating a business, growing a network of organisations that align
with this project, learning new illustration software’ and starting and growing
a brand on social media.
goes on. And all this had to be done in between raising my three young girls
and while working as a remote engineer.”
when she receives “thank you” messages from parents or sees videos of children
around the world reciting poems about electricity, electromagnetic waves and
covalent bonds, something within her glows.
the only way I can describe it. This journey has been my most fulfilling
venture yet. And I believe it has only begun.”
the science books are very popular as a trio set, and are available at mrsjfinch.com.
The books also
got picked up by Scholastic New Zealand and featured in their book order
brochures all over New Zealand.
definitely a surreal milestone.
business Mrs. J Finch
the Mrs. J Finch brand just happened – “It certainly wasn’t planned.
When I had to sign off as an author for my first book, I didn’t want to put my
somewhat wanted an alias, because she didn’t want her friends and family to buy
the books because they knew her.
believed the books could stand on their own because they are good.
Finch just stuck and it soon became a space where I can share my creativity and
ideas for all to enjoy.”
She says there
is a Mrs. Finch Europe branch being set up in Holland, taking over the Dutch
translations of her books.
trying to realise Kuki Airani translations but no luck yet. That’s ok though.
It will happen eventually.
“I had no
idea how well it was going to do. I’m just following my gut (and heart) most of