I recently spoke to Jennie Jones, the alliteration of her name is perfect for an author who has worked previously as an actor in the UK before moving to Australia.
Jennie’s new book ‘The house on Jindalee Lane’ is a case of art imitating life in the story of actor Edie Granger and her efforts to stage a murder/mystery play in her in her local Snowy Mountains community.
The novel details Edie’s past problem with a producer which caused her to seek refuge back home, only to have the problem follow her to new environment. Edie must make sure the nature of her play does not bleed into real life.
A further frustration albeit a lighter one is her needing to address a long ago, remembered embarrassing embrace with local guy, Ryan Munroe for whom Edie still harbours feelings.
One of the things that stands out in the Jennie’s novel is its inclusiveness, demonstrated in the character of Eddie’s sister who suffers a disability due to an accident and the inclusion of a gay couple.
When a work of fiction such as this entertains and also teaches it is an extra bonus. Jennie’s desire to be authentic to reality allows her to use her theatrical experience to give us a glimpse of the world she belongs to. In this case Jennie explains why ‘whistling’ occurs in the theatre. Jennie tell us it was an exceedingly practical practice by the workman who moved the large pieces of equipment overhead. The whistle was a signal to those below to beware falling objects!
The House on Jindalee Lane is out now published by Harlequin.