Jackie Cartwright spent her childhood in Northern Ireland, during the Troubles, in a farming town called Limavady, where “Northern Branches” takes place. She is a former English and Theatre Studies high-school teacher, who attended Leeds and Oxford University. She taught English and Theater Studies in London for five years, finishing as a Department Head. She has worked as an Assistant Director for successful British TV dramas such as “Daylight Robbery”, and dabbled as a radio presenter for an English hospital radio station.
This novelist ‘wanna be’ lives in New York with her husband, a dog called Biscuit, two hungry guinea pigs, five goldfish and two teen kids. She fell in love with the U.S.A while working at a Summer Camp in Maine and during a semester at Ripon College Wisconsin as part of her B.A.
She is active in several local not-for-profit organizations, Executive Member of PTA, a mentor at Women Care and led the Westchester Chapter of the Holistic Moms Network for four years. She adores volunteering for WNYC New York Public Radio.
Jackie partners with the Sound Shore Writers Group in Rye, and has completed several writing courses at Sarah Lawrence and Gotham Writers Workshop. She teachers writing and yoga to local groups.
On her Tumblr blog, http://firstname.lastname@example.org, Jackie shares her Irish wit, a passion for writing, and holistic parenting.
She is editing “Northern Branches” is her debut novel and is editing the next in the series.