I’m very pleased to recommend Glenna Jenkins’s writing to you, because we “met” while taking an online writing course many years ago through the Humber School of Creative Writing. Glenna and I became part of a group of women who stuck together via email after the programme ended and have remained each others’ best cheerleaders ever since as a number of us have gone on to see our manuscripts published.
What is your latest release and what genre is it? Rescue at Dirty River, a short story published in Riptides: New Island Fiction, edited by Richard Lemm. This book was runner up for Best Atlantic Canadian Book of 2012.
Quick description: Riptides: New Island Fiction is a collection of the best new Prince Edward Island fiction by the Island’s best contemporary writers. These short stories offer a kaleidoscopic range of fiction, from historical to contemporary, from representations of small-town angst to the aftermath of Chernobyl, from working in the Australian outback to dealing with the heart-rending consequences of the death of a child. Glenna Jenkins’ short story Rescue at Dirty River calls back to the hardships of living on a farm during the depths of the Great Depression. In it, she shows how neighbours put themselves at risk to help each other out and that the outcome of such acts of kindness and mercy are not always what we hope them to be. Rescue at Dirty River is taken from her upcoming novel, Somewhere I Belong, which will be published by Acorn Press Canada and distributed internationally by Orca Books later this year.
Brief biography: Glenna Jenkins is a writer and editor whose Prince Edward Island roots date back to the early 1800s. The characters and events in her stories are gleaned from real-life family events that took place both on the Island and in New England. Her short stories have appeared in Jilted Angels: A Collection of Stories and Riptides: New Island Fiction. Somewhere I Belong is her first novel. Glenna lives and writes in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, with her husband, four children and two dogs.