Romance & Women’s Fiction author Jen Gilroy

Jen Gilroy writes romance and women’s fiction – uplifting books with heart and hope – about women finding home, family and new beginnings, and finding themselves too.

About Me

After a varied career in academia, business and government, I’m now lucky to be a full-time writer. I live with my family in small-town Ontario, Canada, although as a dual British-Canadian citizen also call England home.

I’m the author of six contemporary romances of which the latest is Montana Reunion, a sweet western romance from Harlequin’s Heartwarming line in January 2022.

My women’s and historical fiction debut, The Sweetheart Locket, a dual timeline WW2 and contemporary novel, released from Orion Dash in March 2022. 

I’ve been a finalist for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s (RNA) Joan Hessayon Award and Romance Writers of America’s (RWA®) Golden Heart® award. Amazon named my third book, Back Home at Firefly Lake, a ‘Best Book of the Month: Romance’ in December 2017.

In the UK, and for women’s fiction, I’m represented by Kiran Kataria at Keane Kataria Literary Agency

In the US, and for romance, I’m represented by Dawn Dowdle at Blue Ridge Literary Agency

I’m a member of the RNA and Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA).

Photo by Robin Spencer, Spencer Studio 

From the Blog…

Best & hardest things about being an author: Are they what you expect?

I’m speaking to my local writing group next week about life as a traditionally published author and moving from writing as a hobby to a job. As such, I’ve been thinking about what being an author means and the best and hardest things about this career. Building a...

Looking to 2023 with hope

Hope is a theme in my next Second World War Two women’s fiction novel, The Secrets of Grey Oaks Hall. In both the historical and contemporary timelines, female protagonists hold to hope and the promise of better times ahead when life—and living it—are dark. Hope is...

The season of giving

Since I live in a small town with no home mail delivery, I receive mail via a box at the local post office. At this time of year, when Floppy Ears dons her festive red coat and we take our daily walk to the post office, that box is stuffed with glossy catalogues,...


A fantastic response to @SoVeryBritish question about ‘ruining a British band by changing one letter.’ There’s still something special about ‘The Beagles’ though! 😂 🐶

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@SoVeryBritish The Beagles

I’m ridiculously excited about seeing this #movie.

Even watching the trailer takes me back to my eleven-year-old self & reading ARE YOU THERE, GOD? IT’S ME, MARGARET by ⁦@judyblume⁩ for the first time. #JudyBlume #bookmemory #booklove

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