About Jen

Growing up under the big sky of western Canada and spending summers in a little Ontario town, books were my passport to other worlds. Pioneering Laura Ingalls, Jo March and her sisters, the English girls in Noel Streatfeild’s books and L.M. Montgomery’s independent, nature-loving heroines all became friends.

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, most recently, work in marketing communications and international business development.

Along the way, though, I read romances and women’s fiction, escaping into a world where characters grew and changed their lives for the better and found happy endings. 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 sometimes extraordinary challenges to earn hopeful, happy endings.

My most recent release, A Wish in Irish Falls, was published for Kindle in September 2020 and in paperback in January 2021.

I’m an RWA® Golden Heart® finalist 2015 in Contemporary Romance, and that manuscript released in January 2017 as The Cottage at Firefly Lake. Two more books followed in the Firefly Lake series—Summer on Firefly Lake (July 2017) and Back Home at Firefly Lake (December 2017).

After many years in England with my husband, a tech guy who’s still a small-town boy at heart, and our teen daughter, an English rose, who teaches me to cherish the blessings in the everyday, I’ve come home to my roots and live and write in a small town in the Rideau Valley in Eastern Ontario, Canada.

Photo by Sue Phelps Photography

Get “Summer on Firefly Lake” on Kindle for only $1.99 (US/Canada), July 5-August 2, 2021

Summer on Firefly Lake, a Barnes & Noble (B&N) Bookseller Pick in August 2017, is included in a Kindle book promotion on Amazon US and Amazon Canada for only $1.99 from July 5 to August 2, 2021. Find out more & get the book here. Although it's the second...

Signing with a literary agent for women’s fiction

I'm happy to announce that I've recently signed with a British literary agent for my women's fiction writing and am excited about working with Kiran Kataria of Keane Kataria Literary Agency. For my romance titles, including western romance for Harlequin Heartwarming,...

I’m one of twelve women writers contributing to “What is the One Thing the Pandemic Has Taught You About Writing?,” an essay by Sweta Vikram in Brevity Magazine

As part of twelve women writers, many of whom help inspire my own life and work, I was honoured to be asked to contribute to "What is the One Thing the Pandemic Has Taught You About Writing?," an essay by Sweta Vikram in Brevity Magazine.  I focused on the importance...

I’m a contributor to “Lockdown Writing,” a blog post by romance author, Emma Bennet

Along with UK authors Sharon Booth, Judith Barrow, Jane Cable & David Thorpe,  I recently contributed to a blog post by romantic novelist Emma Bennet about “Lockdown Writing.” From changes in the publishing landscape, to writing habits, motivation, patience,...

Check out my contribution to “3 Goals Every Writer Should Make in the New Year!,” an essay by Sweta Vikram in Brevity Magazine

I was happy and honoured to be one of four women writers invited to contribute to "3 Goals Every Writer Should Make in the New Year!," an essay my friend, Sweta Vikram, wrote for Brevity Magazine (published January 1, 2021).  Read Sweta's essay here for helpful...

Guest post for Writers First: Why Work with a Writing Coach?

From accountability and an objective opinion to critique and a collaborative partnership to help you achieve your goals, I share some of the benefits of working with a coach to develop your writing career.  Read my guest post for Writers First here.  

Interview with North Grenville Writers Circle for Ontario Public Library Week 2020 (YouTube video) 

I was pleased to chat with Pamela Welling, founder of the North Grenville Writers Circle, as part of a series of local author interviews at North Grenville Public Library celebrating Ontario Public Library Week 2020.  We talked about my latest release, A Wish in Irish...

Interview with The Writer’s Pet about my dog, animals in my fiction & ‘A Wish in Irish Falls’

I was delighted to chat with Zazie Todd, PhD, an author and founder of the popular blog, Companion Animal Psychology, in the October 25, 2020 edition of The Writer's Pet. I talked about my sweet rescue dog, Floppy Ears, the role of animals in my fiction in helping...

Author interview: Chatting with Ruby Moone on the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) blog about ‘A Wish in Irish Falls’

Thanks to author Ruby Moone for hosting me on the Romantic Novelists' Association blog to chat about A Wish in Irish Falls including book inspiration, research, the hardest part to write & more. Ruby also asked me to share advice for my younger writing self and...

Finding Your Writing Voice: Guest Post for Frost Magazine

A guest post for Frost Magazine about finding my "writing voice," that personal quality that makes each author's style unique.   "Although finding my voice was one of the most difficult parts of my writing journey, it was also the most rewarding. And, perhaps most...

Photo by Sue Phelps Photography