Tell us about you...
Hi! I'm J.G. MacLeod, a published author, secondary-school teacher, and mother of 3 amazing daughters. I have published 5 books, ranging in genre from gritty literary fiction to historical romance and romcom. I have taught high-school English for 17 years and love working with students to help them gain confidence in their skills and personal attributes. My girls are the most challenging (and rewarding) role I have in this life. We enjoy our many activities, trips, and down time. I find inspiration in nature and the outdoors, and love hiking, especially in northern Ontario. I also enjoy gardening and travelling to new places.
What is your relationship to audiobooks?
Audiobooks are an incredibly engaging way to read books. Where I work, we encourage students to listen to their books, in addition to following along in the text. The spoken word connects with many readers and motivates them to finish more works than they would otherwise.
What made you decide to follow me?
Marnye in an incredibly supportive member of the online writing community. Her enthusiasm won me over immediately. She promotes other creative minds, and also shows how important it is to let one's guard down and be genuine with followers. She is professional, hard working, and humorous, and I admire the combination of these qualities a great deal.
Who is your favorite literary character?
I fell in love with Anne of Green Gables as a child, so she still holds a soft spot in my heart. I love Sam Gamgee of Lord of the Rings for his bravery and loyalty. I also like any of the Romantic heroines, such as Jane Eyre, for their resilience and intelligence.
What is your favorite quote?
"There is no such thing as an educational emergency" (Gary Wimmer) is a quote I share with students all the time. At home, we use "tomorrow is a new day, with no mistakes in it yet" from L.M. Montgomery on a weekly basis.