Always play lightly on the earth . . .
Jackie Horsfall definitely understands why celebrities get peeved with stalking paparazzi because deer follow her everywhere—tagging along on hikes, grouping in her driveway, chowing her apple trees, even (creepy!) staring at her through her office window. That’s when the thought hit: They must want me to write about them.
Jackie’s long writing career started right out of college, when she was hired into the White House Correspondence Section—answering the president’s mail. Since then she’s published hundreds of stories, articles, and poems in leading children’s magazines such as Highlights, Ranger Rick, Jack and Jill, Humpty Dumpty’s, Current Health, Pockets,Cobblestone, Calliope. She’s the author of a dozen joke-and-riddle books, as well as the award-winning nature book Play Lightly on the Earth, translated into German and Japanese.
On the serious side, Jackie worked for years as the director of a women’s center and a county crisis referral center. The female characters in her stories mirror the trials of real women in real situations.
After living in Germany and traveling widely in Europe and Russia, Jackie now makes her home (amid snooping deer) in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. She loves getting fan e-mails and is a pro at responding—just ask the president 🙂