Guest blogger: Jennie Jones

Please give a warm welcome to Jennie Jones, who’s our guest on MM for the first time. I am lucky to know Jennie personally and meet up with her every six weeks or so, where possible, for coffee and long conversations about books and writing. So, over to Jennie . . .


Small Town Girls

It’s lovely to have the opportunity to talk about my favourite ladies. Meet Sammy, Kate and Charlotte, and I’m about to introduce Lily to the Swallow’s Fall community.


When I wrote The House on Burra Burra Lane, I had no idea I’d be writing another four books in a series but that’s what happened, and I’m so glad it did.

Set in a fictional small town in the NSW Snowy Mountains, each story in the Swallow’s Fall series incorporates the difficulties of those moving to the country and those who are already settled in the country and on the receiving end of the newcomers.

Would you live a small town with fewer than 100 inhabitants? It’s a question I’ve asked my readers and the responses are amazing. Roughly, 50% would and 50% wouldn’t. But from those who wouldn’t, the majority say they’d give it a try, or that they love visiting small remote towns in books and that’s the way they prefer it. From the percentage of those who would (either have or still do) the response is unanimous: yes please.

No matter where we live I doubt many of us could cope with the hassles of life without support from others. Notice I say support, not interference! Although both go hand in hand on occasion, and that’s just life. In my small town stories, the themes are about being lost, looking for a new start, getting over the past, and eventually, about belonging and how important it is to give and receive.

I currently live by the ocean in Western Australia but I’d like to live in a small country town. I wouldn’t live in town though, I’d live a twenty minute walk out of town. That way, I’d have the satisfaction of community and the comfort of solitude. Perfect, to my way of thinking.

Books #1, #2 and #3 in the Swallow’s Fall series are out now and book #4 The Turnaround Treasure Shop (with Lily) will be released in May. You can find Jennie on her webpage.

About Michelle Diener

Michelle Diener writes historical fiction and fantasy. To find out more about her and her novels, you can visit her website.
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6 Responses to Guest blogger: Jennie Jones

  1. Mary Hughes says:

    Hi, Jennie,

    What a wonderful setting for a series! I lived in a moderately small town, and they’re so individual, they’re almost their own character, lol. I love how you tell the story of how both newcomers and residents cope.

    Congratulations on the upcoming release of Turnaround Treasure Shop!

    • Jennie Jones says:

      Thanks so much, Mary. I do like to show that it can work (and be difficult) both ways 😉 And yes, small towns have their own character. No doubt about it.

  2. Edie Ramer says:

    Hi, Jennie,

    Congrats on your upcoming release. Just love the title, Turnaround Treasure Shop!

    I have two series, starting on three, in small towns. (Though not as small as 100.) As a writer, I like the mix of ages and characters you might not get if you were writing a book in a bigger city. And I actually like it as a reader, too. I’ve always lived in bigger cities or towns, but I think I would like living in a small town, too.

    • Jennie Jones says:

      Hi Edie, I’ve always loved reading small town stories, and series, so it’s no real surprise to me that I love writing them too. And I think you’re spot on about being able to use a mix of ages in a small-town story. That’s exactly what I do too. Thanks for your comment!

  3. Welcome, Jennie! So lovely to have you here. Your covers are all so wonderful!
    Michelle Diener`s last blog was …Contest: Win one of two sets of The Dark Forest Series

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