Five random things…About me!

Nov 16, 2023 | 10 comments |

The fourth book in my Montana Carters miniseries for Harlequin Heartwarming, Molly’s Carter’s story, is due to my editor in two weeks.

That means I’m deep in my writing/editing cave, and the world of my story is more real than my actual life.

In this post, I’m sharing five random things from that “actual life,” several of which might even be new to those of you who know me well.

First, while I’ll read and watch most book genres and films, I avoid thrillers, horror and anything else scary. Real life can be frightening enough, and I don’t want to be terrified in fiction or on screen.

Second, my Grade 12 math class included a future professional (NHL) ice hockey player. Although we had nothing in common except for being in the same classroom, I suspect that like me, he too has never found any career-related use for algebraic identities.

Third, I’m the only member of my family who likes marzipan icing on Christmas cake. I’m also the only one who won’t eat that perennial British Christmas lunch favourite, Brussel sprouts.

Fourth, When I was four, almost five, I was the flower girl at my oldest cousin’s wedding. I wore a beautiful pink dress, made with love by my mother, and pink is still my favourite colour.

Fifth, Tech Guy and I met at a dinner club for singles. However, we only began chatting when he spilled coffee, and I wanted to try to put him at ease.

So now you know five random things about me from childhood on. 

And as a romance writer, the last is both cherished memory and my very own “meet-cute.”


  1. Beth Tilbury

    Cool! So interesting. I’m with you on the marzipan icing, Jen; I love it! And (almost) with you on the brussels sprouts. I only like them roasted.

    • Betty Jo Arnold

      That all sounds amazing. Love the sweater. Your mom did a beautiful job on it.

      • Jen Gilroy

        Thank you, Betty. My mom loved to knit and I’m blessed to still have some of her beautiful handiwork.

    • Jen Gilroy

      Thank you, Beth. I’m glad you enjoyed my post. I don’t think I’ve ever had roasted brussel sprouts. Perhaps I could eat them that way!

  2. Dorine Fowke

    I love marzipan, too. But, I also like brussels sprouts. I have a number of great recipes–although I have to say I do prefer them the day after. A day seems to take some of the bitterness out of them and they’re almost like candy.

    • Jen Gilroy

      Thank you, Dorine. I appreciate your thoughts on brussels sprouts. They seem to be a vegetable which people have strong opinions about! Perhaps I’ll try them the next day. 🙂

  3. Deb Buxton

    Thanks for sharing, Jen. I am with you on horror & scary stuff, but I do like Brussel sprouts. I make them several different ways. One of my favorites is to shred them, then pan saute them and add dried cranberries & pecans. It adds a bit of sweet & crunch. A very cute & memorable way to have met Tech Guy and start your life journey together. The sweater your mom made is so pretty & sweet. She was very creative.

    • Jen Gilroy

      You’re welcome, Deb. Thank you for reading and commenting on my post. I’m interested in your recipe for Brussel sprouts. It sounds more appealing than the way I’ve seen them made!

  4. Carole

    Well I am not a fan of anything scary. I love anything to do with law whether it is movies or books. Only famous person I knew growing up was Danny Ackroyd. I totally dislike fruitcake but mom made almond paste icing and I liked that. NEVER Brussels sprouts served in my home. Never been a bridesmaid. I always loved pink but red now. Bernie and I met at a sailing club on Dows Lake. My mom never made clothes…didn’t sew and didn’t knit…This was fun.

    • Jen Gilroy

      Thank you for reading and commenting on my post, Carole. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I appreciated and enjoyed your comment about interesting things in your life.


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