About Author

Jacqueline Mead

Jacqueline Mead
  • Writing:

    Children's Poetry
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Books: 6
  • Profession: Author, Poet, Project Manager
  • Born: 15 August
  • Member Since: Apr 2019
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BIOGRAPHY

I am 58 years old a Mother of 3, two boys and a girl and Grandmother of 3, two boys and a girl, with 2 further grandchildren on the way between now and Feb 2020,
I am the Author of 3 Children's books Two Princes and A Princess.
In Book One they Fly to the Moon
In Book Two they visit the WildWildWest
In Book three they Visit Lapland

In addition to writing, I love to read, I love writing Poetry, love to cook, attend music events/festivals, travel and I love Rugby, Football, Cricket, F1 and Speedway.
I am mad on Elvis and recently visited Memphis, Grace lands, Sun Studios and Civil Rights Museum and New Orleans.

I am a member of several Poetry websites including Realistic Poetry International and Hello Poetry.

Jacqueline Mead Books

Book
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Vampires, Ghost ,Knights & other Poetic Tales: Poems with a Tale to be toldby Mrs Jacqueline MeadPublish: Apr 29, 2019Humor Poetry
Daisies: and other Nature Poems
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Daisies: and other Nature Poemsby Jacqueline MeadPublish: Sep 27, 2019Poetry
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Two Princes and a Princess Fly to the Moonby Jacqueline MeadPublish: Nov 17, 2017Series: Two Princes and A PrincessChildren's Poetry
Two Princes and a Princess Visit the Wild Wild West
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Two Princes and a Princess Visit the Wild Wild Westby Jacqueline MeadPublish: Jun 15, 2018Series: Two Princes and A PrincessChildren's Poetry
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TWO PRINCES AND A PRINCESS VISIT LAPLANDby Jacqueline MeadPublish: Oct 29, 2018Series: Two Princes and A PrincessChildren's Poetry

Jacqueline Mead interview On 08, Jul 2019

"57 years old, Jacqueline Mead lives in a very beautiful part of England. Growing up she had a wonderful childhood with many day trips and holidays to beaches and the moors. Her family, nature and her surroundings are and always have been her inspiration. She wrote her first book at the age of 55 and it was published in Nov 2017. She chose to write children’s books as she loved reading to her children growing up and watching them adopt the same keenness to read. She has about four books on the go at the moment. She loves her kindle and she has read lots of books on her e-reader, but she equally loves paperbacks and has bookshelves full of books."
Tell us a little more about yourself. Where did you grow up and what were some of your aspirations as a child?

My name is Jacqueline Mead, I am 57 years old and I live in a very beautiful part of England, I live in the Westcountry which is a rural area and we are surrounded by Moorland National Parks (three in total, Bodmin Moor, Dartmoor and Exmoor) and beaches, too many to name all of them but Whitsand Bay is where my family holidayed for the first eleven years of my life. It is also where we took our children for their first holidays.

Growing up I had a wonderful childhood with many day trips and holidays to beaches and the moors.

We body surfed and climbed rocks and tors, swam in seas and rivers and to this day

I love being by water.

Currently I live in Exeter, England, about 45mins from the City I was born Plymouth, England and I live close to the River Exe and a Canal, about a 15mins drive to the moors.

My family, nature and my surroundings are and always have been my inspiration. The River Exe and its surroundings has been the inspiration behind quite a few of my Nature Poems from wildlife, flowers, street art, benches, bridges, the River, the Canal at some point they have all featured in my Poems.

What inspired you to become a writer? At what age did you write your first book?

I wrote my first book at the age of 55 and it was published in Nov 2017. The inspiration to write this book was my family. The story of the book is one that I made up for my three children at bedtime. They frequently asked “tell us the story of the Moon and Rocket Mummy” instead of reading them their favourite book. About Ten years ago I typed it up for my children and bound it for them as a keepsake of their childhood and for them to share with their children.

Currently I have three grandchildren and they all know the story of Fly to the Moon. In 2017 I was run over by a motorbike whilst crossing the road and it focused my mind on how difficult life is when you are incapacitated. I wrote my first Poem on a visit to our Capital City, London entitled “More” – it was an observation on mobile phone usage and how being on the phone, people miss out on the More in Life, such as “people dancing in the street, an artist drawing with their feet”.

Encouraged by how well my first Poem was accepted I decided to make Two Princes and A Princess Fly to the Moon into a rhyming verse book and publish it, this would be my childrens legacy.

I have kept my children’s names throughout the series of books.

Who is your target audience? What are some things you wish your readers would take away from your books?

I have two target audiences – the first will always be my children’s stories and these are aged at young children ages 0-7, ideal for sharing with your child at bedtime and for first readers as the structure of the storybooks is, that they all start the same and end the same, familiarity of words makes it easier for the child to engage with. In the middle the stories differ of course.

Pictures make the books come to life and there are ten picture pages per book, all illustrations have been drawn by the same very talented artist Kathy Kerber.

From this target audience, I hope my books fire their imagination and aspire them to be whatever their imagination lends them to, whether it is Doctors, Nurses, Firemen, dragon slayer, who knows the world is their oyster.

The second target audience is the older child and adults – I have been told my Poetry stories are written in whimsical style and I have a collection of Poems on Vampires, Ghosts and Knights, where Vampires fall in Love but how will it all end, Knights dream of marrying the Kings Daughter, A Girly Ghost recalls her family. Although there is no violence or sexual scenes – the target age is probably 13+ just because I believe the topics require an older mindlogic.

From this target age group, I would love them to read the stories and accept them for what they are fun Poems written with humour and a bit of a twist.

Which was the last music event/festival you attended?

Music – another big love of mine. I love all sorts of Music, Country and Western, Pop, Jazz, Blues, Soul all of the genres. My favourite artists are Elvis, Bruce Springsteen, Cody Johnson, Simply Red, Robbie Williams, Coldplay, Elton John, Rag n Bone Man, Billy Joel, Westlife, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Rick Astley – I’ve seen all but Rag n Bone Man and Cody Johnson in concert. Yes, even Elvis in a computer- generated concert at the O2 in London, it was very emotional!

I recently saw Billy Joel in Madison Square Gardens and Westlife in Manchester, UK and next month I am going to the British Summertime Festival in Hyde Park where Robbie Williams is headlining and other acts are Black Eyed Peas, Feeder, Keane, Texas.

What is Realistic Poetry International about? How does being a member of several Poetry website influence your writing career?

Once I had written my first Poem, I wanted to share it somewhere and researched Poetry Platforms. I came across Hello Poetry and this website is fabulous, I still use it, the community are inclusive and encouraging but its value is limited as currentl you cannot post images or make writing bold or fanciful in anyway and they do not run competitions other than a daily poem.

Realistic Poetry International is a Poetry website where again the community are inclusive and encouraging but this website comments on your Poems, encourages your work and has competitions such as Picture Prompts, Word of the Week etc. You can post images and format your Poems and you can promote your books, order reviews, order social media promotions, you can even publish your books with them. It has been invaluable in my growth as a Poet and Author.

Why did you choose to write children's books? What elements do you use to make your books interesting for the young readers?

I chose to write children’s books as I loved reading to my children growing up and watching them adopt the same keenness to read. My three children have different tastes my eldest child Prince Simon loves Adult Fantasy born out of reading J K Rowling and Harry Potter. My second child Prince Jason loves reading Lee Child adventures of Jack Reacher and my youngest Princess Sophie loves anything Winnie the Pooh, despite being quite grown up now she still collects anything winnie the pooh related including the original books.

I want my books to inspire children’s imagination in the same way and they are about dressing up and having fun, using a wardrobe as a rocket to take them wherever their imagination roams. They should be a release from the many television shows and videos on parents’ phones that are available today and definitely meant to encourage shared reading with your child.

Who inspired the characters of Prince Simon and Prince Jason in "Two Princes and a Princess Fly to the Moon"?

The three main characters of my book are based on my children. The names are the names of my children the colouring of their hair and the clothes they wear are taken from their childhood. I haven’t thought about it until now, but I am the Queen in the book. Once you have the characters and you know them well then you can write as many stories as you like about them.

Vampires, Ghosts, Knights and other Whimsical Tales includes poems of Vampires, Ghosts and Knights falling in love, reminiscing about the past, living amongst humans. How was it different from "Vampires, Ghost ,Knights & other Poetic Tales"?

Outside of the Two Princes and A Princess story books I have also put together a collection of Poems written about Vampires, Ghosts and Knights and I originally released the book titled Vampires, Ghosts, Knights and other Whimsical tales. I released the book and a couple of weeks later I decided to revamp the book as some of the Poems in the book were not related in anyway to the title. I wrote a couple of new Poems, took out the Poems that I didn’t believe were relevant and relaunched the book as Vampires, Ghosts, Knights and other Poetic Tales.

Who inspired the character of Princess Sophie in "Two Princes and a Princess Visit the Wild Wild West?" How would you describe her in five words?

Princess Sophie was inspired by my daughter Sophie Elizabeth Lauren Mead – my doctor told me when she was first born, she had the name of a Princess. I would describe my daughter in five words as beautiful, strong, intelligent, loyal and fun.

How did you come up with the imagination of setting up a story where two brothers and their sister transport to Santa’s village in the North Pole through a magical wardrobe?

The story of Two Princes and a Princess Visit Lapland was an easy story to write. Over the years I have watched a lot of Christmas Story Films and read a lot of books from Elf to Miracle on 34 th Street. The inspiration behind Prince Simon finding a snow globe came from my Grandson Alfie who asked us to bring him back a snow globe when we came home from our holiday. It was the middle of summer and his Mum asked him why and he replied, “we used to have one at Christmas, but I think it got broken because we don’t have it anymore”. Obviously, his Mum had put it away after the Christmas holidays. It is a child’s unique outlook on life that inspires me.

What are some things you wish someone had told you when you were still new to the writing world?

I wish someone had told me that writing would become an addiction, that when I can’t write or am struggling to write I would be sad. Writing is a pleasure and I love to make the time to write my Poems and stories. I keep a journal by my side if I am watching television, I keep my laptop switched on and try to spend at least half an hour an evening on poetry websites, my Facebook pages, twitter, Instagram or entering competitions.

What do you think of the eBook revolution? Are you more of a paperback or kindle kind of person?

I love my kindle and I have read lots of books on my ereader, but I equally love paperbacks and have bookshelves full of books. If I am going on holiday, I can download several books on my ereader and take them with me it is much lighter than packing a couple of paperback novels in my luggage. However, you cannot beat the feel of holding a paperback and if I really enjoy a book on my kindle, I will order the paperback version too. Mainly though I read classics and poetry in paperback, everything else on my ereader.

What is the toughest criticism you've ever received as an author and how did you take it? What about the best compliment you've ever received?

The hardest criticism is not being able to get my books to sell, it is a tough market the children’s market. Anyone who has bought my books love them, but I don’t seem able to get them to place a review on Amazon.

The best compliments come from children, when you finish reading the book and they smile and say “I love that the words rhyme” and then the questions come, are the children real children? “Can I go to the Moon?” you know they were fully engrossed in the story and that is the best compliment ever. .

How many plot ideas are just waiting to be written? Can you tell us about one?

I have about four books on the go at the moment. I have a new Two Princes and A Princess in the pipeline, this time they stay at home and go on a real adventure in their car. I have one about an Alien who visits a pretty hamlet in England called Hamlet Boulay and makes friends with the whole village after wreaking havoc in the first place.

How did you come to learn about AllAuthor? Do you plan on being a part of this website for a long time?

I came across AllAuthor on a free book promotion page on Facebook and thought I would take a look. I liked what I saw and decided to join as a member and promote my books. I love the way you tweet about all of my books and the weekly mockup banner, which is even better now I can select the banners I believe are applicable to my books. I like the way I can track how many people have seen my books and how many have followed the links and I like the way that allauthor are constantly updating the review ratings for all of my books. I find All author a very valuable promotional resource.

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      • Jacqueline Mead Jacqueline Mead 10 months ago
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      • When I started on my journey I just wanted to leave a legacy for my children and grandchildren.
        Now though my books are like my babies, I want people to buy them, read them, like them, share them.
        I want to walk into WH Smith and Waterstones and find my books on their bookshelves.
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      • Jacqueline Mead Jacqueline Mead 10 months ago
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      • I started writing poetry after I was knocked over by a motorbike in 2017. I was in the Capital, London one weekend afterward and I had one arm broken and in a cast and the other arm badly damaged, with soft tissue damage and in a splint.
        After I returned home to Exeter, I asked Keith (my husband) to assist me in adding some speech recognition software to my laptop and I wrote my first Poem, called More. It was about the vulnerabilities I felt at that time in London as people waltzed by me not looking where they were going, mostly captivated by the mobile phone in their hand.
        I felt they were missing the More in life and my first Poem More was written.
        Next, I started thinking about a story I used to tell my children at bedtime, one that I made up for them and they would always ask for me to tell it to them instead of a storybook, of course, my story included actions as well as words.
        My first children's books Two Princes and A Princess Fly to the Moon is that story, the one I made up for their bedtime routine. It published in November 2017 and the children in the book are my children, their real names and the images of them are based on my real children too, although all 3 of them are much grown and the two boys both have children of their own.
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      • Jacqueline Mead Jacqueline Mead 10 months ago
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      • I write children's books that rhyme. I would compare my style to that of Julia Donaldson, Author of so many good books, The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom, The Snail and The Whale to name a few.
        Julia has been writing for a long time and is an inspiration.
        I have been writing only a couple of years both Poetry and Children's Books and would like one day to see my books in different formats throughout stores as well as online.
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