From failed comic to gi­ant of feel-good nov­els

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News -

BORN in Prest­wick, Ayr­shire, Col­gan left school at 16 to study phi­los­o­phy at Ed­in­burgh Uni­ver­sity.

She worked for six years in the health ser­vice while moon­light­ing as a car­toon­ist and a stand-up comic.

In 2000, she pub­lished her first novel, the ro­man­tic com­edy Amanda’s Wed­ding – which has been pub­lished in 26 coun­tries and earned her more than £1 mil­lion.

She has gone on to write 24 nov­els un­der the name Jenny Col­gan, six Doc­tor Who books un­der the pseudonyms JT Col­gan and Jenny T Col­gan, as well as two chil­dren’s books un­der the pen name Jane Beaton. In 2013, her novel Wel­come to Rosie Hop­kins’ Sweet­shop of Dreams won the Ro­man­tic Novel of the Year Award by the Ro­man­tic Nov­el­ists’ As­so­ci­a­tion, and ear­lier this year she won the Ro­man­tic Nov­el­ists’ As­so­ci­a­tion’s Com­edy Novel of the Year award for The Sum­mer Sea­side Kitchen.

She de­scribes her­self as lik­ing ‘cakes, far too much Doc­tor Who, wear­ing Con­verse train­ers ev­ery day so my feet are now just gi­gan­tic big flat pans, baths only slightly cooler than the sur­face of the sun and very, very long books, the longer the bet­ter’.

Over­all, her nov­els have sold more than three mil­lion copies.

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