Jennie Coughlin has lived in small towns her entire life, first in Massachusetts and now in Virginia, and draws heavily on that inspiration for the Exeter series. A life of living in small college towns with lots of history and strong arts communities comes through in her stories about Exeter, a small mill town in the Blackstone Valley of Massachusetts. The name is a nod to the story of the founding of her hometown, but Exeter isn’t based on Franklin or any of the other small towns she's lived in — reality in those places is far too unbelievable to make good fiction.
Coughlin was raised in Franklin, Massachusetts. Her first short story was the final project for a local history unit in middle school, and it sparked a love of both fiction writing and local history that continues to this day. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She has worked as a reporter and editor for community newspapers based in Massachusetts and Virginia.
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