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Millie Jackson writes novels and short stories that feature an honest exploration of contemporary issues. Whilst she often uses a humorous approach in her writing, she also delves into the difficult topics of addiction, domestic violence, eating disorders and spirituality.
She is a member of two writers’ groups at the Stanton Library as well as another at the Writers’ Centre in Rozelle. She has two short stories that will be published in an up and coming anthology in Spring 2020, featuring the works of the Stanton groups. The theme is ‘Standing Out or Fitting in.’
Her debut novel, ‘A North Shore Buddhist,’ was launched at the Stanton in December 2019. Since then she has received many positive reviews of her writing and has been asked to do author talks at various locations.
Millie has an active interest in physical and mental health, surrounding herself with like-minded people. She also continues to explore the impact of addiction and lack of connection on the family unit in today’s society.
Books by Millie Jackson
A North Shore Buddhist
Jacquie knows all about challenges. The young country girl living in ‘the red brick house’ in the far west of N.S.W., turns away from the notion that God will fix everything. She then moves on to boys as her next possible fix.
After a devastating loss, as a young adult she moves to Sydney or ‘the big smoke’ as her father calls it. She develops a passion for money and men, whilst a spiritual quest for the meaning of life sits in the back of her mind occasionally making its presence known.
The right guy seems to be an illusion, as she battles through relationships and life altering traumas. Her friends and family together with her irrepressible sense of humour, keep her moving forward, even amongst the darkness threatening to unravel her world.
Walk with Jacquie as she experiences a myriad of emotions, from the joyous heights of happiness to the depths of sadness testing her will to battle on. You will find yourself laughing hysterically one minute and in floods of tears the next, always wondering whether she has the strength to overcome the trials that life keeps handing her.
Who Is Millie Jackson?
I felt the need to tell my story and to let others know that out of tragedy, hope is more often than not, just around the corner.
I have many favourite authors. I loved Liane Moriarty’s earlier work. I am inspired by Eckhart Tolle and many of the Buddhist teachings.
My favourite food is seafood especially prawns and crabs
Walking by water, coffee with friends and browsing shops especially bookstores. I love attending book launches and writers’ festivals.
I always wanted to be an actress or a singer. I started writing when I was very young and also wanted to keep doing that.
I enjoy pace, humour and honesty as well as a good plot twist.
7. What was one of the most surprising things you learned from writing your book?
I learned that it doesn’t just flow every day, that creativity comes in bursts. I also learned that slumps can be hard but can be worked through if you have the right people and tools around you.
From a very young age, but more seriously after attending a writers’ festival in Ubud around four years ago.
To do it properly it can take years. I believe at least one year with all of the multitude of edits etc.
My next book is a murder mystery set on the northern beaches.