Jackie was born and raised in the heart of New Jersey where she spent 25 years as a classroom teacher and was a contributing education writer for the Courier Post. After retiring, she moved to a beach town on Florida's west coast and realized her dream of writing full-time. She is currently a columnist for The Island Reporter  in St. Petersburg. Her first novel, Project June Bug,  the story of a teacher working with a student with ADHD, won several literary awards and was named "Book of the Year" by Premier Book Awards. Her newest book, Jacqueline, is a middle grade historical fiction based on an experience her father (a WWII veteran) had while stationed in France shortly after D-Day. It has received an Eric Hoffer Book Award and a gold medal from the Literary Classics Book Awards.Several of Jackie's stories have also been included in Chicken Soup for the Soul collections.

Jackie lives in Treasure Island with her husband and two noisy macaws. She spends her spare time reading, walking on the beach, and writing a blog featuring Florida writers. She frequently travels back to New Jersey to visit her three children and six gorgeous grandkids. Life is good!