Writing CV (other than books)
My first formal writing was for The Royston Crow. From age thirteen, I wrote the weekly pop column; I was well up to date with the scene as I spent Saturdays as a record salesperson. Now and then I would dare to ask the editor for payment, and he'd usually give me £5.
Since then my credits include many full length features for parents on aspects of child development, features in the Southern Daily Echo, and a two-pager in the Times Educational Supplement. I've nearly 60+ articles published on suite101.com too.
I've published 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.
Two books/ebooks have been published - Bottles and Pots, and Millie the Detective and the Diamond Ring. More about these and competition successes on the 'My books' page. I've tended recently towards dark short stories and flash fiction, too.
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