Jean MacIntyre


I have been writing for about twenty-five years, while working firstly as a Registered Nurse and later as a Farm Insurance Underwriter. My first four novels were mainly for learning purposes and have long since been discarded – something I now regret. One of them was accepted for publication as an audio book, but the company went out of business before it could be processed. That gave me the encouragement I needed to keep on writing. I have since written two romance novellas.
Since retiring, or rather – re-wiring, I have taken up amateur photography and am combining it with writing limericks, to produce photo album books about care for the environment and respect for all life-forms. These are aimed at children.
I live in the beautiful Lanark Highlands of Eastern Ontario with my husband Don, and a very independent cat named Little Bud.
If you read my books, your comments and rating would be most helpful, and appreciated.

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Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Our family home was a large brick house on a two hundred acre mixed farm in Eastern Ontario, Canada. Over the years, we had sheep, pigs, cows, chickens and hens, horses – oh, and lots of kids. My dad came from a family of thirteen children, my mother from a family of seven, so I wound up with five sisters and five brothers. (My parents’ autobiography – The Way It Was – gives a great description of my background.) We all had chores to do after school and on weekends. But when the chores were finished and homework was done, we were free to read. And read we all did. Anything and everything we could get our hands on. I wouldn’t attempt to write about someone with a bad childhood because I don’t know what that would feel like.
What is your writing process?
It’s difficult to decide how a book begins for me. Sometimes it’s an idea for a storyline that pops into my head. Sometimes I’m working on my photographs, look at one, and decide there’s a story to go with it. My mother, a devout Baptist, passed on last year and suddenly I had an idea for a book set partly on Earth and partly in Heaven. That’s my next project once the cottage is closed up for the winter. (And I’m counting on Mom to feed me the parts about Heaven, now that she’s there).
Once I have the basic idea, I prepare bio sheets for my two main characters. I have the blank form in the computer so that I can print one out and fill it in whenever I need it. I clip pictures of the characters from the catalogue and paste them to the side of the page. The bio includes everything I can think of – name, age, birth date, Zodiac sign and characteristics, address, residence, hair and eye color, height and weight, education, career, vehicle, marital status, parents, siblings, medical history, religious and political leanings, and anything else that comes to mind.
By the time the bios are finished, I know these people really well and the story just writes itself. I’m not obsessive about sticking to schedules and I don’t try to force the writing. If I get stuck, I just leave it until the next idea comes to me. I have yet to struggle with a storyline.
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Where to find Jean MacIntyre online


Sweet Nothings
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 18,610. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
This is a collection of fifteen romantic short stories written by myself, and my five sisters. These stories cover a variety of scenarios, and include people from all walks of life, in various situations.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,020. Language: American English. Published: April 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Sequel to Waiting… Molly and Jeremy meet up again in their next incarnation and try to find out how they know each other from a past life.
Lo Malo, Lo Bueno, Lo Mejor
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 410. Language: Spanish. Published: November 13, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - Photo books
Ésta es una colección de fotografías que ilustran diversas temas asignadas a los miembros por el ejecutivo de nuestro club de fotografía.
The Bad, The Good, The Better
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 480. Language: American English. Published: November 12, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - Photo books
This is a collection of photographs depicting various topics assigned to members by our camera club executive.
Anything Goes...
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 460. Language: American English. Published: November 12, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - Photo books
This is a collection of photographs taken when I first began learning about photography and how to use a camera.
Box Set One - 3 Romance Novels
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 80,270. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
These three books are sweet contemporary romances, with humor and some suspense. In Coffee To Go, Melanie and Russ first meet by spilling coffee on each other. Breakfast For One finds Michaela bemoaning her lack of a husband and children, when Jason suddenly appears at her door, and A Puzzling Affair has Kristy and Ben meeting for the first time in a campground.
Box Set Two - 3 Romance Novels
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 80,740. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
This box set contains two contemporary romances and one fantasy romance. In A Daddy For Robbie, Lainie is widowed and keeping to herself until she meets Brad. A Marvelous Mistake finds Jake planting a tree in Shelley’s yard – the wrong yard. Waiting… is the story of Molly and Jeremy. She dies the night he is going to propose, then helps him from the other side.
Variety Box Set - 3 Non-Fiction Books
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 85,700. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Cancer
This Box Set contains my three non-fiction books: The Way It Was - my parents’ autobiography, outlining what life was like in the nineteen twenties and thirties. My Health, My Way - my journey from stage four Cancer in 1997 to good health. Huna: Your Power Tool For The Twenty-First Century - About the ancient Hawaiian Kahunas and their ‘magic’.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,810. Language: American English. Published: March 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Jeremy is about to propose when Molly dies of an aneurysm. He then begins to learn about life after death, and eventually finds a new love.
El Error Maravilloso
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,470. Language: Spanish. Published: July 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Shelley no puede tener hijos y se resignó a vivir sola, por lo menos hasta que pase la edad fértil. El destino interviene cuando Jake planta un árbol en el patio equivocado.
Rainbows Taste Yummy! Book One
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 230. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Cooking & Food
Apples decide to make a rainbow with the help of many different fruits.
Breakfast For One
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,250. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
When Michaela finds herself talking out loud to a boiled egg, and later, to her African violet, she decides she needs a cat – or better yet, a husband.
A Daddy for Robbie
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,170. Language: American English. Published: November 13, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Robbie needs a daddy, but Lainie isn’t sure she’s ready for a husband. Somewhere, someone is pulling the strings to organize their lives for them.
My Health, My Way
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 10,960. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Cancer
A story of my journey from stage four cancer (breast and colon) to good health without the use of chemo or radiation. The surgery was fifteen years ago and I am enjoying life to the fullest, grateful every day to be here.
A Puzzling Affair
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,460. Language: American English. Published: September 18, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Ben first sees Kristy lying on the ground in Bon Echo Park, taking a photo of a snake. They soon discover that they have a lot in common, including the city where they both live, and where they meet up later to continue exploring their relationship.
The Way It Was
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 29,150. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Parenting
This is a story of life in rural Eastern Ontario, Canada, in the 1920s and ‘30s when wages were fifty cents a day plus room and board, cars were rare, homes were without hydro, and neighbors helped neighbors. Alan and Betty met in 1934, fell in love, and raised a family of eleven children, some of whom have contributed memories of their parents, and life in a big family.
The Marvelous Mistake
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,620. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
This is a sweet romance. Shelley is unable to have children, and has resigned herself to living alone, at least until she passes childbearing age. Fate intervenes when Jake plants a tree in the wrong yard.
HUNA: Your Power Tool For The Twenty-First Century
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 48,460. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » Dream interpretation
This is a non-fiction account of our experience with Huna practices. It also contains four trance sessions on the subject.
Coffee To Go
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,660. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
After a disastrous first meeting, Melanie and Russ become friends. Because she is coming out of a broken engagement, she has problems with trust. While she teaches him about the magic of Huna, he teaches her how to fish - and to love again. A sweet romance.
Talking With Nature
Price: Free! Words: 220. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Poetry, Fiction » Children’s books » Nature & the Natural World / Environment
This is a story for children about respecting all life forms, told through the medium of original photos and limericks.
Ode To A Planet
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 240. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Poetry, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
This is a story for children, of our environment, told through photos and limericks.
Dream Lover
Price: Free! Words: 30,640. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
This is a sweet contemporary romance novella with a strong heroine in a non-traditional role.

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