Like so many people, Jenn dreamed of one day having a novel published; so, after leaving our shire in 2004, she began ticking things off her bucket list. She bought a small café in a seaside town, set up a country B&B, and nine years later, after a lot of hard work, House for all Seasons became the #5 top-selling debut novel in 2013.
For this self-confessed tree-change champion, cow lover, and Australia’s nomadic novelist, life is now on the road fulltime in a purple and white caravan she calls Myrtle the Turtle and doing “the big lap very slowly” to find inspiration for more small-town stories.
With her Seasons Collection of four novels already adored by readersA Place to Remember – a multi-generational saga set on a central Queensland cattle station – has been published worldwide, with the manuscript picked up by the same London book editor behind numerous successes, including Colleen McCullough’s The Thorn Birds.
“I’m delighted Head of Zeus decided to take on another Aussie romantic saga,” Jenn says. “While the story is about two resilient and determined women – a mother and daughter, both needing to find their place in the world – it is predominantly 58-year-old Ava’s story whose desire to remember the past uncovers three decades of secrets and lies.”
Drawing inspiration from the rugged Central Queensland landscape and the intriguing, real-life artist (and acquired savant sufferer) Tommy McHugh, A Place to Remember is already garnering high praise. With her books best described as heartwarming tales of Australian country life and contemporary issues, readers who enjoy family and friendship stories in the style of Monica McInerney and Mauve Binchy will enjoy Jenn’s novels.
Meet Jenn at Dymocks, Rouse Hill on Easter Saturday from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM.
For more information: www.jennjmcleod.com or Dymocks, Rouse Hill.