Jenn J McLeod - Author
57, Australian Novelist
62, Retired / Partner
You might have read one of my novels. I am Jenn J McLeod - Australian fiction writer and Jeannette (The J in Jenn J) is my partner of 36 years.
Now in our fifties/sixties, in 2004 we did the big sea change, buying a cafe in Sawtell (NSW) which we ran for four years, as well as establishing a dog-friendly B&B on our Bonville property. It was then that I (Jenn) followed my dream to be published, and in 2013 (at 53) my debut novel made the #5 top selling list in Australia.
We have been on the road since August 2014 - a couple of grey nomads championing the 'leave no trace' philosophy and happy to park our caravan, or stay in-house and care for your well-cared and clean house and look after things while you're away. (In some instances we can store our van an drive to you.)
We started with two white fluffy dogs, but for now we are (sadly) dog free, so if you have one (or more) we'd consider that a bonus!! Cats are okay, too, just don't let the dogs hear that! Cuddles are a given (for the animals!) References available upon request.
Our van is 25 foot long. (In the old 'she'll be right' measure we need a parking space about 10 paces long with suitable entry and egress. We are 2.5 mtrs wide and 3.3 mtrs high, so we must consider trees, power lines and low bridges over access roads. (We mention that because often people don't think about anything outside of their property and we have experienced one!) We carry the appropriate 10 amp power adapter that allows us to safely plug into a regular house point, but if there is access to a 15 amp point, even better.
In some instances, we can store our van elsewhere, drive to you and live in-house, where this is an option.
Our career background - We've had careers in retail Loss Prevention and worked extensively in corporate security for a number of years, including the Hotel Intercontinental (Sydney) and the Darling Harbour Convention and Exhibition Centre (Sydney).
A move into the public service saw Jeannette take on Motor Registry Area Business Manager (12 motor registries) and later she held an executive position with Births, Deaths & Marriages. I have worked with the RMS (NSW Roads) and NRMA Member Services in road safety and driver ed.