The (Long Winded) Tale of the One Referred to as Jackie Castle
Jackie Castle, 40ish, (getting closer to 50ish) is a storyteller, dreamer, artist and author. She resides in Texas with her husband of 26 years, and her two children, a daughter and teen son.
Castle has journeyed through several occupations. Beginning as a hair-stylist, she soon moved on to something more adventurous...daycare work.
After her own children were born, she entered the halls of learning and graduated from UT Southwestern Medical Center of Dallas with a Bachelors of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling.
The call to adventure once again hit Castle and she returned to working with children in the public school system. Considering a quest into teaching and possibly school counseling, she took on work as a Instructional Resource assistant, working with special needs children while working toward getting her teaching certification.
In 2010, Castle mentored an after-school Young Writer's Club. Taking her young scribes through the process of writing a novel, everyone prepared their stories for the National Novel Writing Month in November. She won the Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD Extra Mile Award for organizing and managing the Writer's Club.
Eventually, the call to write became too loud to ignore any longer. Castle now spends her days spinning fantastical yarns about the wonderful world of Alburnium and other magical places her imagination happens upon. She loves to encourage her characters and readers to be everything they were created to be. For when we find our niche, or purpose, in this wide world, we can't help but make it a better place for everyone else.