Jen Cole


Jen Cole is an Aussie primary school teacher who in recent years has begun writing fiction for both children and adults.

Her first novel, Play or Die - a thriller in which a girl finds herself forced into a bizarre game, can be purchased at (Click the 'Where to buy in print' link below.)

Two of her children’s stories, 'Killer App' and 'Swarm', written under the pseudonym, S. Carey, appear in Penguin Australia's 2013 Eerie Series. They are available in bookstores as a paperbacks and through the Apple ibooks store and as ebooks.

Where to find Jen Cole online

Where to buy in print


The Deal
Price: Free! Words: 440. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Six-year-old Tommy makes a deal with a strange visitor on Christmas day. This flash fiction story is almost small enough to fit into a Christmas bon-bon.
Test Planet 01
Price: Free! Words: 9,220. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
The search has taken a thousand years. Can the ship have hit the jackpot with the very first planet it's found?
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,740. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
They're back. They succeeded. So what's with the lousy welcome?
Second Honeymoon
Price: Free! Words: 9,330. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Can a second honeymoon on an obscure planet help Martin shed his rich wife?
Emily Macintosh, Ghostbuster
Price: Free! Words: 6,560. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Paranormal
(4.00 from 1 review)
Trying to prove she's not a coward like her father gets Emily into all kinds of trouble. This is a ghost story for nine to thirteen year olds.
Twice as Bright
Price: Free! Words: 870. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.88 from 8 reviews)
A flash story to fit into your coffee break. Ever wondered why time seems to be running increasingly fast?
The Bundle
Price: Free! Words: 1,690. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(4.80 from 5 reviews)
Angela has enough problems without the bundle that her son unexpectedly produces. This short fiction story will fit into your coffee break.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,120. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
Is Abby the only one who can see there's something wrong with her new stepsister? Claire, just six-years-old, is pretty and bright. To the rest of the world, she's a little angel. This is a tale of horror for twelve to fifteen-year-olds.

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Smashwords book reviews by Jen Cole

  • Around the World for 900 Years: Watching History Happen on Oct. 16, 2012

    Bias warning - I am the writer's daughter. At school, history was always taught in discrete chunks. We learnt what famous people had done, but not what was going on in the rest of the world at the same time. Do you know what the Chinese were doing while Captain Cook mapped the east coast of Australia? Or what was happening in India when Marie Curie experimented with radium? 'Around the World' selects periods in time and looks at the events occurring simultaneously over the globe during those years. There are many surprises, including how much more meaningful human history becomes when shown in a worldwide context. This is a potted historical overview. Well worth the read.
  • The Mystery of the Elusive Fitness Instructor on Oct. 20, 2012

    This was a nice little mystery, albeit containing a few mysteries that perhaps weren't intended. The protagonist, Cynthia, introduces herself as someone who used to be a computer programmer until her boss was murdered. As she was to be a witness at the trial, she decided to exploit her newly acquired skills and become a detective (!?) How does being a witness to a crime turn you from a computer programmer to a detective I wonder. Later on she is given a phone number of a kick boxer but when she calls with a job offer, the man claims to know nothing about kickboxing or the company that referred him. The logical assumption would have been that she'd been given the wrong number. Yet this never even occurred to her and she continued investigating on the assumption that the number was correct. Hmm, the computer programming's looking good, Cynthia. However, apart from those two fairly minor glitches, I found the story overall to be a fun read, and enjoyed the bits of humour sprinkled throughout. Note for the author: The text contained some random font size changes. It could have been my reader - I was using Adobe Digital Editions to view the epub version on my computer.
  • Sub-Textual Evidence for the Existence of Alien Life and the Extrapolation of Internet Protocols on Oct. 23, 2012

    A novel alien contact story, entertainingly told.
  • The Long Goodbye on Feb. 22, 2013

    I'm sorry for the author if this story is about a real occurrence. It certainly seems real. Though the reader knows the ending from the start, this calm, poignant description of all the little things that make up a long goodbye holds you in its grip.
  • The Long Afternoon on June 15, 2013

    An interesting story and very readable. I did feel though that switching styles from brisk modern to a kind of wandering fantasy nightmare was perhaps not quite kosher. I would have also liked the ending to have left the reader with a better idea of the reason these events unfolded in the way they did for the protagonist and of the road ahead.
  • Last Woman On Earth (A Short Story) on June 15, 2013

    Good writing and a gripping if depressing tale. In general I like stories to end with at least a smidgeon of hope. For example, in this one, the woman could become aware of an animal nearby behaving with a strange intelligence and in a flash of realization, give a nod of hope to the next dominant species before ending her own.
  • OCR is Not the Only Font on June 15, 2013

    Very cool stories. Most enjoyable!