Two things have been true about me for as long as I can remember — I’m good with words, and I’m a slow runner.  In college, I covered the track team instead of being part of it. While my career path has veered away from sports into news, with a lot of data journalism and digital journalism in the mix, I never lost my love for running, or for writing about it.

That shows up in my fiction, where one beta reader once told me “You have too many characters who are runners!” (I often change things at her suggestion, but all the characters who were running when she said that still run.) As I’ve returned to running in recent years, I’ve dipped back into writing about both my journey and observations about how running as a sport is evolving. In 2018, that’s included several posts about training for my first marathon.

While I’m still a Back of The Pack runner, time, training and patience have helped me improve. Again, not that different from writing.

E-mail: jenniecoughlin28@gmail.com

Twitter: @CoughlinJennie


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Thrown Out: Stories from Exeter Volume 1 (2011)


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  1. HI, Jennie. For a brief moment, I thought you meant the Exeter in the southwest of England, rather than the fictional place you’ve invented 🙂 I’ve been to the real Exeter and it is a lovely city but I’m sure that your Exeter would be a much more interesting place to live.

    I love “To Kill a Mockingbird” too 🙂

    1. There are a couple of Exeters in New England, too, but not Massachusetts. My hometown was *supposed* to be called Exeter, but the town fathers decided to name it after Ben Franklin instead. So I stole the name for my fictional town. 🙂

      1. Fair enough. If we are lucky enough and everything goes according to plan, we’ll be visiting New England next year. Fingers crossed. In the meantime, I’ll have to be content with reading about it 🙂

    1. Thanks! I’ve had several people ask me if Exeter really is a town in Mass., so I think I’ve succeeded in making it realistic. I’ll be curious to hear your take once you read it. Amazon has the Kindle edition on sale for 99 cents right now.

    1. My Exeter’s fictional, set in Massachusetts in the U.S. So no, not local to you. But I hope you try the books and see what you think of the fictional Exeter. 🙂

  2. hi Jennie. I have been featured in your storify blog. I greatly appreciate your coverage. I have spent 48 hours in hell. anyway, I am open to chatting with you about recent events. Oh by the way, I grew up in Andover, MA. 🙂

    1. More evidence for the fact that all of Massachusetts is a small town? 🙂

      I’m not sure there’s a lot to talk about at this point. I saw you were tagged in tweets that, based on your subsequent tweets, you probably didn’t completely agree with. Storify, for obvious reasons, doesn’t allow editing of components that are dragged in — the only editing is in picking which ones are dragged, since it’s primarily a curation tool. I tried to accurately represent the various POVs in the debate so people could draw their own conclusions.

  3. Yeah, I was not thrilled to be tagged in the original ones, but what’s done is done. I think the later ones clear it up a little, so that’s fine. I thought your coverage gave an accurate portrayal overall, at least as I see it. Thanks for your response, and good luck with your book. 🙂

    1. I suspect there are a lot of people who would disagree with you on the portrayal, based on some comments people have directed at me, but that’s standard with any controversial issue. *shrugs*

      Thanks for the good wishes! Books are doing decently. I need to finish my Ziva-centric Big Bang story so I can get back to Exeter. Too many plot bunnies, too little time.

      1. saw your response about page views. Impressive, especially since it is probably a pretty elite audience. It freaks me out a little how many people saw my tumblr.
        by the way, I have been talking to the OW since day one. want to hear something unbelievable? She told me she has received absolutely no hate mail at all. i have been protecting her ID because she TRULY does not understand what she did, and I know you did reveal her ID. but somehow, she has received NOT ONE negative message.

  4. this convo may work better in email. you can see mine, I believe. I had to watch the whole thing unfold from ground zero.

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