After suffering an emotionally-brutal bereavement and against her counsellor’s advice, Jackie ran away. Suddenly within a new culture, with a new husband, and no friends, she was living in the obscure world of cruising with zero knowledge of boats. Crashing within the first twenty-four hours, Jackie realised life would never be the same again; a floating home with no fridge or hot water, and with a dinghy instead of a car. Suffering self doubts, she became fearful of her new world. The first off-shore voyage took Jackie into a ferocious storm, which battered her physically and mentally. Amid the raging seas, Jackie shed the fear she’d been harbouring. Soon she was blissfully voyaging around the world, but she still carried the mixed emotions of losing one man, while falling head over heels in love with another. Not only did Jackie deal successfully with the challenges of her new existence, she also battled with the testosterone fuelled nautical world to become both a professional captain and a qualified maritime teacher. Most importantly, Jackie found herself.
I am currently living on a 1920s Dutch barge in France with my Australian husband. We love travelling and our current 'project' is being renovated and we hope to explore SW France this coming summer.I write for a living, books and articles, my next book A Standard Journey, is about Noel and I rescuing five horses and we trekked along part of the Bicentennial National Trail in Australia. The horses were wonderful, not and I - not so! 50% of proceeds from this books will be donated to help rescue more horses: More details here: http://jackieparry.com/2015/01/20/5-young-horses-2-old-people-and-1-new-tent/
Part time. I have a boat to renovate and run (that's two full time jobs just there). Plus there is marketing and trying to learn French (seems impossible!) - and occassionally I like to squeeze in some fun!
There is no structure or organisation to my day - ever! It's whatever needs doing at the time! Just the way I like it! (However, I do try to answer all emails in the morning and again at night - to stay on top of things!
I just love writing. It is like an addiction for me. I just can't seem to stop. The bonuses are meeting new readers all the time and sharing my story (and helping others). There's nothing quite like holding your own book, but when someone says something nice about it! WOW! That's amazing!
A Standard Journey: http://jackieparry.com/2015/01/20/5-young-horses-2-old-people-and-1-new-tent/
An incredible experience and to help rescue more horses.
A non-fiction/memoir/adventure - it's what I know, what I do!
Oh yes, how could I not? I am always reading, researching, learning. That's the great thing about writing, you never stop learning.
It was emotionally draining - you'll have to read it to see why!