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 eight romance novels, three non-fiction books, and two books of short stories. 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. Our local camera club has taught me what I needed to know in order to create my book covers and I am truly grateful.
I live in the beautiful Lanark Highlands of Eastern Ontario, Canada, 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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Smashwords book reviews by Jean MacIntyre

  • Incident In San Francisco on Nov. 23, 2011

    This is a well-written novel with great descriptions of ranching in California. Would like to have seen more interaction and conversation in the early chapters, but enjoyed the story - especially the suspense at the end. Would make a great movie!
  • The Interview on Dec. 16, 2011

    A great read - would like to see it as a full length book.
  • The Misconception on Jan. 19, 2012

    Most definitely five stars! Romantic and funny - my kind of story.
  • Snoops in the City (A Romantic Comedy) on Jan. 05, 2013

    Loved this story! Fast paced and funny, it kept my attention all the way through. Well done!
  • Muscle Memory on Feb. 08, 2013

    So happy I discovered this book! Best body/mind improvement program ever!!!
  • The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success on March 02, 2013

    A must read for anyone aspiring to be a published author. Well done, Mark, and thank you so much for giving us this Smashwords venue!
  • Evidence of Trust (Colorado Trust Series - 1) on Nov. 02, 2014

    Most enjoyable, well written, and held my attention to the end! Well done!
  • Carter on June 14, 2015

    Great story with lots of drama!