Guest Post: Jenny O’Brien

If you follow me on Facebook you would have seen my post of Jenny O’Brien’s 777 Romance Writers Blog Fest, where she featured 7 romance writers, who answered 7 questions, over a 7 day period.  She graciously allowed me to be a part of it and since I’m all about sharing the love, I asked Jenny to be a guest here.  So, please welcome, Jenny O’Brien to the blog and take a look at the cover of her newly released, romantic comedy, Ideal Girl.

A recent poll by dating APP Lovoo has revealed The Ideal Girlfriend – She’s a 5ft 5″ dark haired Irish nurse!’ Daily Mail, February 2014.

So just who is this ‘Ideal Girl’ and where would she go to meet the Ideal Man, if indeed he exists!

Ideal girl is the first in a series of romantic novels, which find old fashioned girls thrown into modern day settings.

All set in the fictitious Dublin hospital of St Justin’s staff not only have to cope with their stressful jobs, they also have to cope with the mire that is ‘pre- relationship hell!’



Hi, Jenny! Can you first tell us a little about yourself?

Thanks for inviting me on your blog today. I’m Irish by birth and a Celt at heart so my books tend to be set in either Ireland, Scotland, Wales or France, or indeed a combination of all four!

How long have you been writing or when did you know you wanted to write?

I’ve been writing for about six years. Although like most people I always fancied having a go at writing a book I didn’t really do anything about it until the name of my first character came out of the blue. It took me another year to find the courage to put pen to paper and five more of rejections to self publish. I wish now I’d gone Indie a lot sooner!

Tell us about your latest book and the characters.

My latest book, Ideal Girl is set in a busy Dublin hospital where stressed health care professionals live on adrenaline and Starbucks. It’s initially a sweet tale of misunderstood love between a student nurse and a brain surgeon, but ends up being a lot more than that.

Where did you get the inspiration for your latest book.

I’ve worked in hospitals in a variety of roles in the past so the characterisations were easy. The story line just evolved. I’m a pantzer writer so I don’t really know what I’m going to write until it’s on the page. This does of course make editing all the more challenging as tying up plot ends is a nightmare.

Do you have a favorite place to write?

On a chair in the corner of the lounge. The television is usually blaring, but as I don’t watch it it’s not a problem.

Are you working on anything new?

Yes, I’m a third the way through the sequel of ideal Girl, where we catch up with Liddy and Mitch, but also follow a couple of other staff undergoing the trials of pre- relationship hell! This is the second in what will be a trilogy.

Give us one piece of advice or editing tip for aspiring writers.

Read everything, write constantly and be a ruthless editor – one word change can make or break a sentence.

Favorites because I’m nosey 🙂

1. Color: Green.
2. Book: How did I know you were going to ask that! There are many but I’m going for I am David by Anna Holm. Written in 1963 It tells the tale of a boy who escapes from a concentration camp.
3. Food: Funnily enough I don’t have a sweet tooth so fish and any vegetables, excepting asparagus.
4. eReader or print? I prefer print books, but I’m a reviewer for NetGalley and an eReader is a must for ARC’s
5. Hobby: There’s no room for hobbies outside the 2 R’s. I’m a bad knitter, a worse crocheter, can make a passable cake and occasionally get to pull out the odd weed!
6. Time of Day: Anytime when I’m actually left in peace for five minutes with a good book and a black coffee!
I can definitely relate to pulling out the occasional weed from the garden and love your advice for aspiring authors.  Thank you so much for stopping by!  If you’re interested in connecting with Jenny, look her up via her blog or Twitter listed below.


Jenny O’Brien was born in Dublin a very long time ago. She’s the youngest of four children’s and always dreamt of being a writer- but firstly she decided to hone her life experiences so that she’d actually have something to say. She’s had over thirty years experience as a nurse and is now living in her fourth country. She’s married with three children and is an avid collector of cats, broken laptops, notebooks and happy endings, two of which can be found in her books.


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  1. ReplyJenny O'Brien

    Thanks Dena for inviting me to appear on your blog. Jen

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