Jean Rowden


UK flag (b.1948)

Jean Rowden was born in Hertforshire, and lived there until 1988, apart from a copuple of years spent travelling, when she lived and worked in Nelson, New Zealand for a while before moving to Sydney. Moving to a Northamptonshire village allowed her to keep a horse and ponies at home for the first time, and she was very much involved, with her daughters, in the local pony club tetrathlon group. Her daughters are both now married and with famiiles. When they left home Jean worked for the Nene Valley Railway for nearly eight years, managing the gift shop, then becoming involved in the educational services provided for school groups.
She began her writing career with one or two short stories in women's magazines, but decided to leave work and attempt something more. Her first published success came, writing westerns for Robert Hale, under the name of Eugene Clifton. This gave her the courage to move on, and she began the 'Deepbriar' series of detective stories, also published by Robert Hale