About Jaimie: It all began…
…sitting on my Pop-Pop’s lap as he told me Hulk stories.
…reading Alice in Wonderland and falling deep into the pages.
…discovering the cadence of Shel Silverstein’s poetry.
…reading, dreaming, imagining, typing on a typewriter, using crayons, markers, chalk, and pencils.
In third grade, I was sick at home for three months and I began to write. I wrote about bears in bikinis, about foods I tried and hated. I wrote about haunted houses and candy mansions. I tape-recorded films and wrote down the dialogue (ask me to recite the first twenty minutes of The Wizard of Oz!).
In fourth grade, I won first place for a writing contest at my school. That poem was sent to the state level by my teacher, and won first place for the state of Florida.
You could say, I was hooked….
In fifth grade, my teacher read my short story titled “My Voyage with Columbus,” and she wrote at the top that I should save it for publication. Me? Publish a story? I thought authors were like celebrities or royalty, born into an existence that us regular folks could only dream about. Boy was I wrong!
As an adult, I wrote my first novel titled “Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light,” a story where an everyday kid becomes a hero, because to me, that’s what story should do.
It should leave you with a feeling deep inside that you can become a better person too.
It should take you to a faraway land and challenge your beliefs and ideas and stretch your mind.
It should make you laugh, cry, jump in fear, and sigh with peace.
A story should be everything your life can’t, because that’s what writers do…
We restore order with imagination.
The real magic, though, happened after I published the books, when I was fortunate to share my stories and message with kids. Seeing my books through their eyes, makes me want to become a better writer. Hearing how my message has impacted their lives, makes me want to become a better person.
From Print to Screen…
In 2021, I made a tough decision to end my journey as a publisher and embark on a career as a screenwriter. I never intended on being a publisher. I don’t enjoy it and it sucks the creative juices away. Be sure to follow this site via email to get updates on my films and television pilots in pre-production! So much good stuff…
I’ve spoken to tens of thousands of students of every age, from kindergarten through adult, at schools, libraries, and on the faculty of writing conferences. I’d love to work with your event or organization, both in person or via video, with my WRITE A _______ THAT DOESN’T SUCK program. Wether writing for kids or adults, as a novelist or screenwriter, learn how to craft story through my award-winning programs!
Emma Becket joined the team as my amazing Social Media Strategist in 2019, after working as my personal assistant and years of interning. I couldn’t do it without her. She keeps me straight, and is so much fun to be with. All the amazing posts on social are credited to her. (I love you, Emma!)
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