Jennie’s professional writing career began when she was fifteen years old becoming the youngest press officer in the country by accident. Having to leave school early due to family illness, she was unable to go to university to study history – her passion. Instead she began her working life in a PR company publicising budgerigars. When both her bosses left abruptly, she was promoted to press officer and quickly learned to write press releases. No hardship since she had always enjoyed writing short stories and poetry.
Over the next years she worked in advertising and publishing, became a freelance researcher, working on various projects with authors of non-fiction and fiction and compiled and edited an information manual for a Dutch publishing house. She also became a freelance proof-reader and copy editor, working on many beautiful coffee-table books.
She also found time to gain her private pilot’s licence and as women pilots were a rarity back then, she has some interesting tales to tell, (especially over a glass of Prosecco or two).
After her children started school, she retrained to become a psychological therapist for the NHS in GP surgeries in the South West of England. She only changed direction again when the family moved away from the West Country back to the Midlands – where she was born.
She facilitates discussions for Stratford-upon-Avon LitFest’s Books with Friends groups and occasionally interviews authors for on-stage events. Jennie also delivers talks to students about William Shakespeare’s life and times at the author’s Birthplace.
When not writing, Jennie’s spare time is spent travelling, reading everything she can lay her hands on, taking photographs and going to the theatre.’