AUSSIE MONTH: Jenn J McLeod

Jenn J McLeod

 

AUSSIE MONTH with Jenn J McLeod

 

Describe yourself in one word:
I first wrote “whacky”. Then I asked the question and was told “complicated”!

 

What is your background with regard to writing?
In 2009 I knew very little about the craft of writing, the publishing biz or social media. By 2013 I was a Linkedin, blogging, Tweeting, Facebooking 53 year old with the #5 top selling debut novel.

 

Tell us about Simmering Season:
Ah, yes, poor Maggie. She’s back in Calingarry Crossing to sell the family pub, with no idea a perfect storm is heading her way until her past and present collide with the unexpected when a school reunion brings home more than memories.

The past is Dan Ireland, still hell-bent on punishing himself for his misspent youth. Dan has ample reason for not going home to Calingarry Crossing for the school reunion, but one very good reason why he should.

The present Is Maggies’s restless seventeen-year-old son, a father with dementia, a fame-obsessed musician husband, a dwindling bank account and a country pub that just won’t sell.

The unexpected is a surprise houseguest for the summer—daughter of an old friend and spoilt with everything but the truth—who whips up a maelstrom of gossip when she blows into town.

 

What inspired this novel?
When it was time to type the words ‘THE END’ on my debut, House for all Seasons, I struggled to let go. I’d fallen in love with my characters and my fictional town of Calingarry Crossing. I wasn’t ready to leave. Simmering Season picks up secondary threads, weaving them into a school reunion story—with a difference. This story is about growth and change so what better analogy than the seasons. The changing seasons inspire me. I love the contrast – and contrast makes for great characters and conflict:

 

What are you reading right now?
Truthfully? The Other Side of the Season which happens to be book four in my Seasons Collection (2016). I have just completed 90,000 words. Only 20,000 to go! (I also snuck in The Maxwell Sisters by Loretta Hill)

 

Number one thing to do on your bucket list?
I’m doing it RIGHT NOW. Last August I sold the property and downsized into a fifth wheeler caravan so I could go in search of small towns and characters to inspire new stories. The housework now takes 5 minutes which means I have so much writing time.

 

Best thing about being an Aussie?
Our diversity—cultural, artistic, geographic. And, because my storylines are influenced by the seasons, I love the changing landscape and the contrast each new season brings.

 

What you want readers to know about the romance genre?
Romance is at the heart of so many genres, but. . .  the book biz is based on cataloguing fiction. So . . . you can still find a great love story in a book that is not labelled – ‘strictly romance’.  If you spread your reading wings to books labeled ‘women’s fiction’ you’ll find so many wonderful characters to fall in love with.

 

What have you got in store for your readers in 2015?
For readers this Mother’s Day I have Season of Shadow and Light and the blurb goes something like this . . .

A summer road trip with her daughter is exactly what Paige needs. What she doesn’t need is a reluctant Nana Alice in tow and unprecedented floodwaters forcing a life changing detour and stranding the trio in the tiny town of Coolabah Tree Gully.

Sometime this season . . .

The secret keeper must tell.

The betrayed must trust.

The hurt must heal.

 

What were your big achievements of 2014?
Making a life changing decision to sell up and hit the road.

 

 

 

Simmering Season
Jenn J McLeod

Back in Calingarry Crossing to sell the family pub, Maggie Lindeman has no idea a perfect storm is heading her way until her past and present collide with the unexpected.

Maggie once had a crush on Dan Ireland, now a work-weary police crash investigator, still hell-bent on punishing himself for his misspent youth. Dan has ample reason for not going home to Calingarry Crossing for the school reunion, but one very good reason why he should.

Maggie is dealing with a restless seventeen-year-old son, a father with dementia, a fame-obsessed musician husband, a dwindling bank account and a country pub that just won’t sell.

The last thing she needs is a surprise houseguest for the summer. Fiona Bailey-Blair, daughter of an old friend and spoilt with everything but the truth, whips up a maelstrom of gossip when she blows into town.

This storm season, when a school reunion brings home more than memories, Maggie Lindeman will discover there’s no keeping a lid on some secrets.

Simon & Schuster

 

 

Find Jenn online:
Website
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3 Comments on AUSSIE MONTH: Jenn J McLeod

  1. Simmering Season sounds wonderful, Jenn.

  2. I LOVE this blog. So well thought out and so dynamic. So glad to be here.

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