How did you know you wanted to be an author? In my fifth grade school year, I wrote a play for three friends and myself, all on my own for a school assignment. In reflection, it seems really hilarious now. My ˜co-writers ‘ were quite glad when I volunteered to write the play by myself (how little did I know at the time.) Picture in your mind a young girl about 9 years old, using an old manual typewriter, not knowing how to type, and using old style carbon paper between layers of white paper. That was a recipe for disaster in 1969. Needless to say I had many errors and with carbon paper the copies underneath were even worse. We performed our skit and so many laughed at our pathetic yet humorous play. I wrote short stories growing up and kept journals, however books were really my thing. It seemed like every time I turned around I was obtaining a new library card due to the current one being stamped complete. Diving into a good book made any day perfect and you would be surprised at the number of books I read over and over. I drew paper dolls and clothing for them, and I painted using watercolor as my medium when painting scenes and especially flowers. I continued with art in high school and college and explored a wide variety of arts and I loved it! The creative side of me loves to be an amateur shutter-bug and we actually have an online art gallery. In college I went into the sciences of all things and received a Bachelor ‘s degree in the Science of Nursing. My nursing career was highly successful and I hung up my nursing hat in December 2012.
What is your advice for aspiring authors? Read, and then read a lot more. Keep on reading as you will learn a lot from other authors. Write and keep on writing. Don’t give up. Hire a reputable editor before publishing. This is a necessary component.
Do you have any writing rituals or practices? I knew I would write a book eventually back in 1990. That year was a rough one for me and my family personally, and I ‘ve kept journals most of my life. I had many stories to tell but I wasn ‘t quite ready, mentally or emotionally, in going headlong into a 376 page book. When 2013 rolled around, I knew then that I was going to put words and stories from my journals into digital format. The hardest and most difficult part initially was actually going into and reading my journals from 1989 “ 1990 as my first book is Non-Fiction/Spiritual in nature. I knew my book had to be written and I knew the many messages in my book needed to be published, so that hopefully I could help others through difficult times in their lives or the lives of others they knew. The timing was right as I had left nursing in December 2012. My first book was extremely difficult since the stories were real. Some days I could write one sentence and then I was done for the day. Other days I could write more. From that was born ˜When Angels Fly ‘.
For our children’s books we have a general outline and the story flows from that point onward.
What message to you want readers to remember? One can leave a bad domestic situation and flourish. A parent can move through (and go back and forth emotionally) but they will survive losing a child/children. Time doesn’t negate the loss/losses but it does get better. Learn how to be an advocate for your child/loved one.
WORDS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT LOST A CHILD/ CHILDREN
Does it get any easier after losing a child? Somewhat ¦
Is it possible for a parent to be happy their child/children are perfect in Heaven above ¦ and feel peace with that? Sure ¦ (It took me twenty-three years for Eli and somewhat less for Joshua.)
Can a parent ever get over losing a child? No. This is the KING of loss. We can be happy that they are perfect in Heaven and sad at times when we miss them the most.
Bereaved parents are continually re-writing each day, as they try to cope with their new normal. This won ‘t change. We will think of our loss when other children reach milestones such as their first tooth, first steps, first words, kindergarten, holidays, best friend, graduation, prom, falling in love, first kiss, learning to drive, getting married ¦ the list is endless. There will always be reminders of our loss.
The WORST things you can ever say to a parent who has suffered the KING of loss, even after one, ten, twenty, or more years? You should be over it by now, or Move on with life. You see, we are moving on with life. We just do it one hour ¦ one day at a time ¦ re-writing life as we go along.
~S Jackson, October 2014
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