Writing CV (other than books)
My first formal writing was for The Royston Crow. From age thirteen, I wrote the weekly pop column, being well up to date with the scene as a Saturday record salesperson. Now and then I'd dare to ask the editor for payment, and he'd give me £5.
Since then, credits include many full length features for parents on aspects of child development, and a two-pager in the Times Educational Supplement. I've had features in national magazines on health, vegetarianism, slimming, the paranormal and travel, and have dabbled in light-hearted agony aunt advice.
For five years I wrote and published a monthly newsletter for special needs teachers, containing in-depth info as well as news, references, events and competitions. The circulation reached 500, mainly UK but some across the world; it kept growing and was taken over by a team. Still going, it now has over 1000 subscribers.
Three books/ebooks are self-published: Bottles and Pots (dark short stories and flash), and two Millie the Detective stories. More about these on the 'My books' page. I've appeared in the online magazine The Voice, published by Wessex Writers, with an interview, a book review, a piece about my childhood reading, an extract from Millie the Detective, and now - with my psychologist's hat on - my theory about why writers in particular find it hard to get to sleep, with a couple of suggestions for how to tackle this issue.
Other Career Strands
I've been a secretary, singer (Jackie and the Electrons), flour bag packer, caterer, tutor for child development and for vegetarian cookery, and for many years an educational psychologist, latterly as director of my own company. But writing is my first love.
Jackie with the Electrons' Lead Guitarist