The Latest from Jen

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, flexibility, and more, the pandemic has changed many aspects of the writing life. Check out our experiences and tips here.


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 advice, including my tips on self care, setting manageable goals and not comparing yourself to others.

In addition to being an award-winning and bestselling author, Sweta is also an Ayurveda and Mindset Coach and global public speaker. If you’re not familiar with her work, visit her website and connect with her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. A huge supporter of others, women especially, she’s someone who inspires me in both writing and life. 

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 Falls, authors who have inspired me, how I write and more. 

Watch the interview on YouTube here.

Note: Owing to the Covid-19 Pandemic and related local guidance for use of indoor public spaces, I wore a face mask for this interview. 

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

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Floppy-Ears-Jen-Gilroy-cover-Updated-copy.jpgI 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 characters grow and change, and my latest book, A Wish in Irish Falls, where a stray dog brings the heroine and veterinarian hero together.  

Read the interview here.

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

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is awishinirishfallsebooksize480.jpgThanks 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 aspiring authors. My two top tips? Self-belief and perseverance. 

Read the interview here.

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 importantly, writing with the warmth and intuition that come from the core of who I am is the most honest gift I can give.”
Read the post here.
Thanks to Frost Magazine for hosting me as an “honorary Sister Scribe,” a group of writer UK friends who support each other in writing & life. 

Friday Night Drinks with A Little Book Problem: Chatting about writing,books & life

I was delighted to chat with British book blogger Julie Morris from A Little Book Problem for her Friday Night Drinks feature

Over a chilled glass of my favourite pink zinfandel from California’s wine country, Julie and I chatted about my writing and what I’m currently working on, many things bookish (including why I’d like to bring Louisa May Alcott and Margaret Atwood on a night out), trips on my bucket list and a certain surprising fact about me…hint…it involves shoes!

Read the post here

New book news: ‘A Wish in Irish Falls’ releases September 16 & is now available for pre-order

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is awishinirishfallsebooksize480.jpg When you wish on a wishing tree, you don’t always get what you want.  If you’re very lucky, you get something even better . . . 

My next book, A Wish in Irish Falls is out on September 16 and is now available for pre-order here (free with Kindle Unlimited). 

Along with a central romance, A Wish in Irish Falls is also a story of family, friendship, and small-town life—complete with a meddling matchmaker, cute rescue dog and a veterinarian with a hint of an Irish accent. 

Although it’s the sequel to The Wishing Tree in Irish Falls, A Wish in Irish Falls can also be read as a stand-alone story.  

Reading (and Writing) for Hope, Comfort & Happy Ever After: Guest post for Women Writers, Women’s Books

I was delighted to be invited to write a guest piece for Women Writers, Women’s Books about the importance of ‘comfort reading’ and why, especially at this time of global pandemic, books with happy endings are more essential than ever.

Read my piece here.