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…

The blessings of friendship in life & books

Returning from my blog hiatus, I welcome new subscribers and send warm wishes to you all. Along with family, both my romances and women’s fiction celebrate the blessings of friendship. The bonds I share with friends are amongst the most important in my life and I...

The “dog days of summer” and a blog hiatus

It’s the time of year here in Canada that my mother and grandmothers called the "dog days of summer." Between late July and early August, life slows. Road traffic isn’t as heavy. Email volume is lighter. Even social media engagement drops as life outdoors is more...


After meeting my daily #amwriting word count, I’m having a #sofaday.

English Rose gave her #headcold to Tech Guy when he visited her at university & now he’s given that same virus to me.

Not the kind of family ‘togetherness’ I want!

In a break from the rest of the news....And the well-loved wrapper colours for the different flavours will stay the same. Yay! ‘Quality Street ditch famous bright plastic wrappers to be more eco-friendly’ via @MetroUK

Ready for the prettiest cover reveal? A Merry Little Christmas releases in early 2023 from @HarlequinBooks and this cover alone will make you fall in love! Get ready for a surprise baby, a lovable dog, and an island where it's always Christmas.

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