About Jen

Growing up under the big sky of western Canada, and spending summers in a little Ontario town where my Irish family roots run deep, books were my passport to other worlds.

I started writing poems and stories in elementary school and, as a teenager, reached the semi-finals in a local short story contest. Even after all these years, I still remember the thrill of the judge encouraging me to keep writing.

Then life and work intervened, and I set aside the craft of fiction to study, teach and work in marketing communications, business development and academic editing.

Along the way, I read romances and women’s fiction, escaping into a world where characters grew and changed their lives for the better. And one day, I realized that by losing my creative writing, I’d also lost part of what makes me who I am.

Now I write the kind of stories I like to read–heartwarming romance and uplifting women’s fiction about finding home, family and community–where ordinary women overcome challenges to earn hopeful, happy endings.

In the US, I’m published in romance by Harlequin Heartwarming, Grand Central Forever and Soul Mate. Some of my books have also been published in German translation by Penguin Verlag.

I lived in England for many years and earned a doctorate in geography (with a focus on British cultural studies and social history) from University College London where I was a Commonwealth Scholar.

I’m mum to a university-age daughter and now live with my tech guy husband and a floppy-eared rescue hound in a small town in Eastern Ontario, Canada. The same area I loved as a girl in those summers long ago.

When I’m not writing, I enjoy reading, ballet, ice cream and paddling my purple kayak.

 

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‘The Sweetheart Locket’ releases in audiobook, October 2022

I'm delighted that The Sweetheart Locket, my dual-time Second World War women’s fiction novel, is available in audiobook from October 2022. Narrated by Polly Edsell and Regina Reagan, the audiobook was released by Isis Audio on 1 October (primarily for the UK library...

Eine Mitteilung an deutsche Leser über “Mein einziger Wunsch bist du”

Liebe Leserinnen und Leser, ich freue mich sehr, mein neues Buch mit Ihnen teilen zu können. „Mein einziger Wunsch bist du“ ist ein warmherziger, süßer Liebesroman, in dem der Held und die Heldin eine zweite Chance in der Liebe, im Leben und in der Familie finden. In...

Interviewed by Paula Greenlees about writing historical fiction & more

Paula Greenlees, a British author of historical fiction, interviewed me as part of a series of author interviews on her blog. I chatted with Paula about writing historical fiction, including The Sweetheart Locket, favourite authors and my writing process. We also...

Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers features an exclusive excerpt from ‘The Sweetheart Locket’

Thanks to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers for taking part in The Sweetheart Locket blog tour with Rachel's Random Resources and featuring an exclusive story excerpt. Drawn from the historical, Second World War thread, the heroine is working undercover for the...

Q&A with Splashes into Books about ‘The Sweetheart Locket’ & my life & writing

As part of The Sweetheart Locket blog tour with Rachel's Random Resources, I was delighted to take part in an author Q&A with Splashes into Books. I chatted about story inspiration, my writing process, choosing the names of main characters in The Sweetheart...

An exclusive excerpt from ‘The Sweetheart Locket’ on Jazzy Book Reviews

I shared an exclusive extract from The Sweetheart Locket with Jazzy Book Reviews which you can read here. Thanks to Jasmine at Jazzy Book Reviews for taking part in my virtual blog tour with Rachel's Random Resources (28 June - 2 July 2022).

‘Past, present and writing women’s stories:’ Guest post for The Magic of Wor(l)ds

As part of The Sweetheart Locket blog tour with Rachel's Random Resources, I was delighted to write a special guest blog post for The Magic of Wor(l)ds blog. "As both reader and writer, the fiction that appeals to most focuses on women's lives and relationships," and...

Interview with B for Bookreview about ‘The Sweetheart Locket’ & my writing life

Thanks to B for Bookreview for hosting me on their blog to chat about The Sweetheart Locket, how and where I write, the one genre I don't read and more.  Read the interview (part of my June 2022 virtual book tour with Rachel's Random Resources) here.

‘The Sweetheart Locket’ on tour with Rachel’s Random Resources, 28 June – 2 July 2022

Between 28 June and 2 July 2022, The Sweetheart Locket is on a virtual UK/European tour with Rachel's Random Resources. Follow the tour stops for reviews, interviews, glimpses behind the book and more including two Kindle copies up for grabs for readers in the UK...

Guest post for Susan Nystoriak’s Novel Noshing blog series & a cake recipe from ‘The Sweetheart Locket’

My favourite cake is the British Victoria Sponge which I mention several times in THE SWEETHEART LOCKET, my dual-time & contemporary WW2 women's fiction novel. Check out my guest post for Susan Nystoriak's Novel Noshing blog series for a glimpse behind my book...

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