Feb 2023 Book Trail
“Off to Malta today with Jane Jesmond. Don’t think it’s going to be a peaceful holiday though – but if it’s a gripping adventure you’re after!?…..“
Dec 2021 French Property News COAST TO COAST
“From a life among the stars in the south of France to finding inspiration for a novel in Brittany, Jane Jesmond’s 31 years in France have been full of adventure.”
Nov 2021 The Belfast Telegraph TAKE FIVE
“Five favourites from Jane Jesmond”
Nov 2021 Trip Fiction TALKING LOCATION WITH JANE JESMOND
“On The Edge is infused with my childhood memories of Cornwall… it became another character in the book.”
Oct 2021 Shots Mag A CHARACTER IN SEARCH OF A STORY
“Characters sometimes arrive more or less full formed to me … but none of them have sprung so full-bloodedly to life as Jen did that night.“
Oct 2021 FemaleFirst SEVEN THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT ME
Oct 2021 Women Writers GETTING TO KNOW JEN SHAW
Oct 2021 Ouest France ON THE EDGE AND SAINT MATHIEU
“Le Conquet. On The Edge, le polar de Jane Jesmond prend sa source à la pointe Saint-Mathieu“
Jan 2023 GGOBC – VIDEO
Jan 2023 Scarborough Mysteries
“How would you describe your writing process?”
A little chaotic and very reliant on my sub conscious.
Feb 2022 Whispering Stories
“What is the best thing about being an author?
it means you’re allowed to live in a fantasy world and spend hours imagining exciting things without other people thinking you’re mad.”
Dec 2021 Living North
“What can readers expect from On the Edge?
“Thrills and excitement… danger and suspicion, a chase over rainswept moors and, of course, plenty of climbing! But, although Jen is a daredevil, risk-taking character.. there are moments when it is her love of high places and the wild beauty of the countryside that come to the fore.”
Nov 2021 The Doctor Will See You Now with Jane Jesmond – VIDEO
Oct 2021 Radio Cornwall – AUDIO
Oct 2021 Thriller Woman
“Writing a first draft … is a bit like being on an out-of-control toboggan speeding down a steep slope at times. You don’t know where you going but the ride is a blast” says Jane Jesmond, whose debut thriller On The Edge is published on 26th October 2021.
Oct 2021 CrimeTime FM – AUDIO
Reviews for CUT ADRIFT
THRILLER OF THE MONTH “depth and complexity….freighted with contemporary resonance.” The Times
“…finding a new voice with something compelling to say in the crime writing field can be difficult. Thankfully there are people out there trying to deliver a twist on the genre, and Jane Jesmond is one of them.” Yorkshire Magazine
Reviews for ON THE EDGE
“A promising debut …original mystery” Sunday Times
“..sweeps the reader along ” The Times Crime Club
“A brilliant debut for an all-new series.”
“Fans of The Girl On The Train will love it” Love Reading
“A really strong and fresh take on the thriller” The Book Trail
“adrenalin filled fast-paced thriller that had me hooked from the start… Jen is an interesting character with a lot of flaws, yet she is also engaging and ballsy. A great read.” Promoting Crime Fiction
“Never less than intriguing.. bodes well for future books in the series” Herald Scotland
“a gripping premise, a well executed plot and an evocative Cornish setting” NB Magazine
“filled with twists and turns.. a great debut” Living North
“an exciting first instalment” The Indiependent
“well paced storyline with a powerful background setting: Cornwall really comes thundering to life with all its ruggedness, pounding weather and spirit.”
April 2021 – Cover reveal, Lighthouses and Inspirations.
The excitement of ON THE EDGE’s cover reveal recently marked another step on the journey towards publication in October 2021. Needless to say I was thrilled when I saw it – a thrill only surpassed when I realised ON THE EDGE was listed on Amazon. The lighthouse against the stormy sea is utterly magnificent and perfectly evokes the atmosphere of the book, especially the key moment when Jen awakes high on drugs and dangling from the fictitious St Matthew’s lighthouse somewhere in Cornwall.
This scene was the first idea and start point for ON THE EDGE and was inspired firstly by summer holidays in Cornwall spent swimming at Polridmouth Cove near Fowey in Cornwall (generally considered to be the inspiration for Rebecca’s cove in Daphne du Maurier’s REBECCA.) The Gribbin overlooks the cove and I have vivid memories of looking up from collecting seashells and seeing the tower, high and far away, dominating the surroundings, and wishing I lived in it. It was only later that I discovered it was in fact not a lighthouse but a daymark for sailors.
My second inspiration was more local. We live on a very dangerous section of the Finistère coast, the scene of many shipwrecks. The Amoco Cadiz ran aground a few miles away from us. There are lighthouses, beacons and buoys all around and one of our favourite excursions is a night-time visit to the St Mathieu lighthouse nearby. Its slowly circling beam can be seen up to 28 miles away and is spectacular from all angles but particularly from underneath where you can also look out to sea or back along the coast and see the answering beams from numerous lighthouses and buoys scattered on the horizon.
There’s something magical about lighthouses whether they’re at sea or on land. To me they’re symbols of safety and danger, of risk and heroism, as well as tenacity and struggle both in their construction and the lives of the keepers who used to man them. They stand tall, in isolated and often very beautiful places as well as crammed into the middle of harbours. No wonder they’ve inspired so many writers, photographers and paintings.
PS The ebook of ON THE EDGE is now available for pre-order on Amazon here. Paperback pre-order to follow shortly.
December 2020 – ON THE EDGE is going to be published!
On October 27th an email pinged into my inbox from Verve Books changing my writing life instantly. They’d all read and loved my debut thriller ON THE EDGE. Could we talk? I couldn’t have been more overjoyed. Especially as Verve (and their sister company No Exit Press) were one of my top choices because of the quality of the books they publish.
Even more excitingly they wanted a second book about Jen Shaw and her exploits – something I’d been longing to write for a while.
Getting to this point hasn’t happened overnight though.
I’ve written on and off since I was a child. I recently found one of my early efforts about a black cat and a grumpy old lady. What it lacked in narrative tension and grammatical skill, it more than made up for in gritty realism! Poor ‘chood’ mouse!
However I’ve been writing seriously for the last eight years, forcing myself out of bed early in the mornings to get a couple of hours work done before the day begins. It’s not such a hardship as you might imagine. We live at the end of the earth (Finistère) and the window opposite my desk looks out over the ever-changing sea. At the moment it is wild and wet and only the white tips of the breakers rushing to shore show through the water streaming down the glass but in an hour or so patches of blue sky might break through and herald the start of a milder day.
Like all writers, I’ve had my fair share of disappointments, near-misses, times when nothing works and I’ve felt like giving up. Somehow though a couple of mornings later I’ve found myself heading back to my desk in pyjamas and dressing gown, clutching a cup of tea, to see where the words will take me.
At the end of what has been a difficult year for everybody, it seems quite strange to have good news to share. I’ve been hugging it to myself for quite a while, waiting for all the legal and administrative stuff to be finished but overwhelmingly happy that 2021 will see the next stage in my writing life start. I’m sure it will be as exciting and frustrating and difficult as the years before but I’m definitely along for the ride.