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A member of Romance Writers of America since 1985, Jackie remembers enduring the eight-hour trip each month to her, then, nearest R.W.A. chapter to learn the craft of commercial fiction.
She’s a ready speaker on behalf of the industry, as well as teaching workshops throughout the country. With Harlequin author Marge Smith, Jackie developed Writing The Dreaded Synopsis, which they presented at the Over The Rainbow Conference in West Palm Beach, FL.; the Silken Sands Conference in Gulf Shores, AL.; the Moonlight and Magnolia Conference in Atlanta, GA.; and RWA National Conference in Dallas, TX. With Silhouette author Carol Prescott, they presented the Shameless Hussy’s Guide To Self-Promotion at New England Writer’s Conference in Boston, MA. Also, Jackie gave Stressing Out Your Characters, and Queries, Covers, And Then Some at Silken Sands Conference, And The Middle Of The Book Blues at the New England Writers’ Chapter. How To Write When Your World Is Falling Apart was Jackie’s first on-line workshop with GEnie, the Romance Writers Exchange. Through the adult education department in Central Maine, Jackie’s classes on how to write commercial fiction continue to be very popular. She is also one of the leading instructors in writing workshops at Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance based in Brunswick, ME.
Prior to writing full-time, Jackie had managed her own tax accounting agency, with over three hundred clients, many of whom she has recruited into devoted fans of the romance genre. When she isn’t writing or presenting workshops, Jackie is judging writing contests, researching places for future books, and hanging out with writer pals. She lives with her husband, Tom, and their two spoiled-rotten dogs in a one-hundred-and-fifty-year-old colonial in Maine. The couple are avid rose growers, whose combined collection of weighty blue ribbons and tales of braggadocios keep their neighbors and Maine’s black flies away.
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