Jennie Coughlin

Author of:
"Thrown Out: Stories from Exeter"
"All That Is Necessary"

Jennie Coughlin was raised in Franklin, Massachusetts. Her first short story was the final project for a local history unit in middle school, and it sparked a love of both fiction writing and local history that continues to this day.

She graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She has worked as a reporter and editor for community newspapers based in Massachusetts and Virginia. Coughlin has lived in small towns her entire life and draws heavily on that inspiration for the Exeter series.

A life of living in small college towns with lots of history and strong arts communities comes through in her stories about Exeter, a small mill town in the Blackstone Valley of Massachusetts. The name is a nod to her hometown’s history, but Exeter isn’t based on Franklin or any of the other small towns she's lived in — reality in those places is far too unbelievable to make good fiction.