Jackie Parry – author


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The Biggest Challenge Brings The Greatest Awards

This is what it’s all about

Writing, publishing, and marketing my books has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Like most things, until you’ve done it, you simply cannot imagine what’s involved.

However, the rewards have been beyond my dreams.

All my books have been No.1 bestsellers and that’s pretty neat, but what beats that – hands-down – are notes such as these:

“Hi Jackie. I have started to re-read Of Foreign Build and it’s even better than the first time. Your words and time of grieving seem to be of comfort for me with the passing of my wife. God bless you. I look forward to your next book.”

And this:

IMGP0751 alison maksi and book

“Look what we received today [This Is It], it helped pass the time for us all on our journey from Denmark to Sweden. it is great and will be treasured.”

I’ve received quite a number of personal notes from people all over the world. My books have helped many people in one way or another – the notes that are deeply personal have made me cry, given me goose-bumps, and left me feeling honoured and humble.

I’ve not received many photos though – so if you have some pictures with one of my books, with you or your pet (the gorgeous Maksi above, appears to approve!), please send them on to me!

And keep writing to me, I love hearing from readers and authors alike, I am making new friends all over the world.

Read about our travel escapades here.

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Emotional seesaw – positive thoughts

My family went home yesterday and left me feeling quite sad. I miss them already. Actually, I missed them as soon as we parted at the train station.

The sadness is emotional, but also physical. Especially when Noel and I had to carry our food shopping back between just the two of us! 😉

Noel and I had 'evening medicine' after our au revoirs

Noel and I had ‘evening medicine’ after our au revoirs

My positive? Despite the melancholy feelings of a farewell, Noel and I have turned our attentions to the boat.

Our first two projects are:

  • Rigging a rain-catcher
  • Installing the solar panels

These are the types of projects I love; tasks that take us a step closer to self-sufficient living. I plan to tell you all about it – with lots of pictures.

Mum & dad - home now in the UK

Mum & dad – home now in the UK

Of course, thereafter we have much painting and re-fitting to do. So, yes, while I am a bit sad, I am excited at the next direction in our adventure.