When You Don’t Give Up the Day Job: Religion in ‘Three: A Tale of Brave Women and the Eyam Plague’ by Jennifer Jenkins

Last autumn Female First gave me the interesting task of reflecting on seven ways my day job had influenced the writing of my debut historical fiction novel. It resulted in this article: https://www.femalefirst.co.uk/books/seven-ways-my-day-job-inspired-debut-novel-three-jennifer-jenkins-1324313.html One of the most obvious ways in which my day job impacted the writing of ‘Three’ was the inclusion of religion. MyContinue reading “When You Don’t Give Up the Day Job: Religion in ‘Three: A Tale of Brave Women and the Eyam Plague’ by Jennifer Jenkins”

In Celebration of One Year of ‘Three: A Tale of Brave Women and the Eyam Plague’ by Jennifer Jenkins

These poems are written from the perspective of my three protagonists, Emmott Syddall, Catherine  Mompesson and Elizabeth  Hancock and were composed to mark the first publishing anniversary of Three: A Tale of Brave Women and the Eyam Plague by Jennifer Jenkins. They are composed as sonnets, haikus and free verse poems.   Here I wait amongst the flowers andContinue reading “In Celebration of One Year of ‘Three: A Tale of Brave Women and the Eyam Plague’ by Jennifer Jenkins”

The Elizabeths of Our Own Times: Saying Goodbye in a Pandemic

*Contains spoilers. Only read on if you have read Three: A Tale of Brave Women & the Eyam Plague or you don’t mind finding out the plight of characters in advance. For those of you have read Three: A Tale of Brave Women & the Eyam Plague by Jennifer Jenkins, the story of Elizabeth HancockContinue reading “The Elizabeths of Our Own Times: Saying Goodbye in a Pandemic”

Facing My Own Plague: A Writer with Long Covid

I got Covid in November 2021; the Delta variant, just before the Omicron wave. I have never felt so poorly. I had every symptom going it seemed (neuro, then pneumo, then gastro) and I spent five days in bed and another five on the sofa. When I attempted work it was for two hours aContinue reading “Facing My Own Plague: A Writer with Long Covid”

Exciting Eyam Author Event Coming Up!

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-parcel-of-patterns-tickets-276919723347?fbclid=IwAR0pHpWiyl5vMxOS1fVsVsaBbcydDajSpS-UsCIalhoQm-7k8qatSarUq_4 I am really excited to be part of this event hosted by Eyam Museum as part of the re-launch of Jill Paton Walsh’s A Parcel of Patterns. I read the book as a young teen but a complimentary of the new edition courtesy of Vintage Books has meant I have been able to revisitContinue reading “Exciting Eyam Author Event Coming Up!”

Brave Writer and the Literary Wilderness

As many of you know, I succumbed to Covid in November and I have been struggling with fatigue and brain fog ever since, making reading and writing pretty challenging. My research has all but ground to a halt (although I did finish both Unwell Women by Dr Elinor Cleghorn and Sex Lessons from History byContinue reading “Brave Writer and the Literary Wilderness”

Three at Three: Official Book Launches for my Debut Historical Fiction Novel

A little late, due to the complexities of the pandemic, but last week I finally held my book launch events for my debut historical fiction novel, Three: A Tale of Brave Women and the Eyam Plague. I was post-Covid and struggling with my recovery; the dreaded fatigue being every bit as bad as they say.Continue reading “Three at Three: Official Book Launches for my Debut Historical Fiction Novel”

Mental Health and the Women of Three: A Tale of Brave Women and the Eyam Plague by Jennifer Jenkins

We may think of mental health as being a modern phenomena but people have been finding ways to keep their emotional well-being healthy for most of history. Today is World Mental Health Day so I am going to take the opportunity to explore the ways in which our three protagonists fight off fear, anxiety andContinue reading “Mental Health and the Women of Three: A Tale of Brave Women and the Eyam Plague by Jennifer Jenkins”

Book Club Discussion Questions for Three: A Tale of Brave Women and the Eyam Plague by Jennifer Jenkins

Several people have been in touch to say they are reading the book as their book club read, which is mind-blowingly exciting for me but I will try to remain calm and do what I came on here to do; write some discussion questions. Which of our three protagonists do you connect with the mostContinue reading “Book Club Discussion Questions for Three: A Tale of Brave Women and the Eyam Plague by Jennifer Jenkins”