Today I have a Short and Sweet blog post from the fabulous Jenn J McLeod, who shares with us some interesting bits about herself. She’s also offering one of my lovely followers the chance to win a Kindle copy of her newest book House of Wishes, which is sitting on my shelf glaring at me as I write this. All you need to to win this wonderful novel is share this post and leave a comment below and/or on my FB page for Jenn.
I’m trying something new so please after reading Jenn’s interesting bits, scroll down to fill in the form to enter to win.
Corona with lime and date scones (only not at the same time).
Piracy sites that present so legitimate that readers unknowingly hand over their details (details often then sold to marketing companies) or people inadvertently allow these sites access to their computers when they download that ‘so-called’ free book. The only good FREE book—that rewards and recognises the author’s effort—is the one borrowed from a library.
If you could pack two non-essential items for a deserted tropical island, what would they be?
An endless supply of Corona and self-slicing lime, and a magic e-Reader that never runs out of power or books.
Worst thing about being a writer?
Never believing you or your work is good enough—even after six books. (That may be a Virgo thing!)
My go-to is always Channel No. 5, but not even that can mask the dust, dirt and sunbaked cow dung smells of the bush.
The best non-writing related prize I won was (meat raffle/free holiday/bingo game)…
I never win anything.
What theme do you hope shines through in your latest novel – House of Wishes?
Thank you for this question . . . Due to the number of family and social issues I cover in this novel, I could go on ad nauseum. Instead, here’s me being brief:
- How far we’ve come as a country in terms of women’s right to choose, but how easily the work done by generations of women in the past can slip away if we don’t keep speaking up about a woman’s right to choose.
- Strength from the realisation that life can throw us curve balls, but to keep believing in the power of wishes.
- An understanding that family is about connection rather than blood.
How do you respond if someone smirks and gives you flack for writing ‘that sort of fiction’?
I say: “I’m so lucky! I love writing popular women’s fiction over any other genre because it’s, err, popular!! And popular means more readers and more money in the bank for doing something I enjoy doing.”
They say (smirk waning): “You actually make money from writing those sort of novels?”
Me: “Boom, drop the mic!” *winks* *grins* *walks away*
My favourite thing about women’s fiction is…
The winking, grinning and walking away bit!
Thank you so much for hosting me. I’d love to offer one of your readers a Kindle version of House of Wishes in return for sharing this post (or at least telling their Mum or sister or best friend!)
House of Wishes:
A story for mothers, daughters, fathers and sons:
about the choices we make, the connections that matter,
the secrets we keep, and the power of a wish.
(available in print, ebook and in audio)
About Jenn J. McLeod:
Five-times published with Simon & Schuster and the UK’s Head of Zeus, Jenn’s first book, House for all Seasons, was the #5 best-selling debut fiction novel in 2013. Two years later she downsized her life (packing everything she owned into a purple and white caravan she calls Myrtle the Turtle) and is now Australia’s nomadic novelist. She says she’s planning to do “several big laps of Oz very slowly”, ticking things off her bucket list along the way, and finding inspiration for more heart-warming tales of friendship and family—contemporary stories with a backdrop of country life.
Her 6th novel—House of Wishes—is now available: www.jennjmcleod.com
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6 thoughts on “Guest Blog Post: Jenn J McLeod + Giveaway”
Great post Claire. I love your questions! Jenn is so much fun to interview.
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Thanks, it’s all Jenn though. Did the questionnaire show up?
Yes. It’s there. You’ve done a great job it looks perfect.
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Thanks so much for your help, I’d never have been able to do it otherwise.
I had a chuckle at the Corona, lime and date scone combinations! Would love to read her latest book, thoroughly enjoyed House for all Seasons. I met Jenn a couple of years ago at Stories on Stage, a great night!
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Yes, what a combination. She’s a lovely lady, it would have been a great night.