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Author spotlight: Jennie Jones

16 March 2019

We’re featuring a wide range of Australian authors participating in ARR2019 in venues across Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. 

Today we’re having Elevenses with Jennie Jones, author of 12 romances in the genres of contemporary small-town and rural. She will be attending ARR2019 in Perth.

When did you first realise you wanted to be an author?

I dallied with it in my twenties, but it wasn’t until many years later in 2010 that I thought ‘this is what I want to do’.

Why romance and not a different genre?

It was such an easy decision—I love reading it, why not write it? I’m also very fond of anything dramatic and romantic, so romance came top of my list when I decided to write a book.

What was the first romance you read and why did you love it?

I can’t remember the book, but I can tell you it would have been a Mills & Boon. I read them avidly from the age of 12 and even got caught reading one at school when I should have been reading some boring old textbook. My teacher confiscated the Mills & Boon and I’m pretty sure I never got it back!

What is the single most important characteristic for an aspiring author wanting to be a published writer?


What is your favourite part of creating a story?

Character creation

What is your best tip for fighting writer’s block/writer’s fear?

I always head for research. Invariably, I’ll find something fascinating that allows me to go deeper in the story—and, therefore, find words and scenes. Research has saved me from fear and writer’s block many, many times.

Pick a favourite (bold your preference)

  • series or stand-alone?
  • ebook, paperback or hardcover?
  • first person or third?

I’m not actually dead-set on the choices I’ve bolded, because I’m honestly very happy to read all the options!

Who has been an inspiration to you, in life or your writing career?

Not so much a person, but a number of people, or teams or events. I thrive on real life (and fictional) underdog stories where people rise above the enemy whether it’s something in their own lives they’re facing, or a big organisation that’s out to bowl them or the team over. I love it when the perceived underdog takes it on—and wins!

Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less

It’s called A Place with Heart and is book #2 in my Rangelands series. And there’s plenty of heart in this outback town, with a mother and daughter story of loss, reunion and reclaimed hope, a mystery with some bad guys, general goings on in the lives of the police officers in the cop shop—and a Detective Senior Sergeant who just can’t help falling in love with the town, with the heroine, and with life.

What else will you be working on in 2019?

I’ve got one more romance novel due out with Tule Publishing mid-year, and then I’ll continue with my next Aussie-set novel for Harlequin, which has a working title of Sister Towns and will be a dual timeline—a first for me, but so far I’m absolutely loving writing a story with two heroines, grandmother and granddaughter.

Please recommend an Aussie romance you read recently

The Round Yard by Alissa Callen

If you haven’t booked your ticket for ARR2019 yet, you can buy one here.


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