I questioned Jackie about her experiences with books and reading and kids.
Here are her answers:
Jackie, tell me about a favorite book you read as a child or teenager.
As a child Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox, as a teenager Kes and Lord of the Flies.
Is there any book in particular that made an impression on you?
Lord of the Flies. The cruelty children possess astounded me.
How about a favorite book that you read to your children.
I've read so many stories to children, but the one I love is The Cold Moons by Aaron Clement. It's about a group of badgers and their will to survive.
How about the kids, what is their favorite?
Esio Trot by Roald Dahl. My grand children love me reading this to them while they are in the bath.
Tell us about an experience you would like to share concerning books or reading.
Children's books are an essential to growing up, reading to a baby is never too early. As you read so the child progresses, until they can form their own words and read themselves. Children like reading about themselves too, and visuals play a big part in the adventure. When I wrote my first children's book, Tori-Jean's Busy Day, the looks on my grand-children's faces was priceless!
What do you think is the best way to get teenagers to read?
Teenagers like adventure stories, or stories that are out of the ordinary. At the moment my ten-year-old grandson likes Goosebumps and the like. He also likes Fantasy, heroes and mystery.
Would you share a personal success story?
As my grand children watch me write and illustrate the Tori-Jean books, their interest in reading and art has grown. I am really pleased to find that their schoolwork in this area has grown also. I respect every author who writes for children, you are all making a difference. All we need are easier ways for the younger generation to access this great brain food.