Jackie was born in London, England. After several globetrotting years she and her family discovered Nova Scotia and have lived here ever since. She attended the West Sussex College of Art in England and as a mature student, graduated with honours from Mount Saint Vincent University. Before becoming a full-time writer, Jackie worked as a children’s programmer in the Youth Services department of Alderney Gate Library. She has written five books. Bluenose Adventure, is a story about the young boys, who worked on the fishing schooners in the 1920s. Explosion Newsie is a picture book about a newspaper boy and the Halifax Explosion
Her first book, Peggy’s Letters, a short novel based on her Mother’s wartime stories, was a Canadian Children’s Book Center 2006, Our Choice starred selection. It was nominated for both the 2007 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award and the 2007 Rocky Mountain Children’s Book Award and was an Honour Book in the 2007 Silver Birch Express Award. The Terrible Horrible Smelly Pirate, co-authored by Carrie Muller, is a rollicking piratical picture book which continues to find itself on local best seller lists.
Jackie really enjoys being part of the Writers in the Schools program and when not writing you’ll probably find her throwing pots in a local pottery studio or volunteering with Feed Nova Scotia.
Jackie loves anything to do with the sea particularly, tall ships, beach walks, and whale watching. She and her husband live in a little old house overlooking Halifax Harbour. What better place to keep an eye out for Bluenose and rickerty-rackerty pirate ships.Publications
Explosion Newie. Illustrated by Loretta Migani. Formac, 2015. ISBN 9781459504011
Bluenose Adventure. Illustrated by Eric Orchard. Formac, 2013. ISBN 978-1459502802
The Terrible, Horrible, Smelly Pirate. Carrie Muller, co-author. Illustrated by Eric Orchard. Nimbus, 2008. ISBN 1551096552.
The Gran Plan. Scholastic, 2006. ISBN 978-0-7791-6648-0.
Peggy's Letters. Orca Books, 2005. ISBN 1-55143-363-X.