Interview with Author Jacqueline P. Walker (Jackie) – Ramona Portelli Blog

Interview with Author Jacqueline P. Walker (Jackie)

Author Jacqueline P. Walker was born in Jamaica, West Indies, and raised in Washington, D.C.  She previously held professional positions in Project Management, Customer & Business Communications and currently serves as a Documentation Manager.  

Having held a lifetime of love for reading and writing, she recognizes the power of storytelling to educate, encourage, and entertain, which inspired her to become a motivational blogger and self-published author. Jacqueline uses her experience, knowledge, and training to craft written content that encourages readers through hope, support & caring, relationship, self-development, and career pursuits. Additionally, she leads program planning for a faith-based organization.

Jacqueline recently self-published a memoir, A Season of Disruption, available in paperback and eBook formats. Additionally, her essay, “Disrupted Not Defeated,” will appear in Volume 36 (April 2022) of The Caribbean Writer (an international, refereed literary journal published annually by the University of the Virgin Islands).

Tell me more about your latest book

A Season of Disruption is a memoir of perseverance and overcoming obstacles. This work celebrates my Caribbean heritage by paying homage to generations of Caribbean women whose courage, love, ingenuity, and willpower to overcome challenges led them to leave their homelands and their children-an act that ultimately saved their families and defined successful legacies. This is a touching story whose intent is to encourage readers by reminding them that the determination to succeed outweighs the lingering trauma of trials.

What was the most challenging aspect of writing this book?

Because this story recounts true events, it was challenging to be vulnerable and share experiences.  But I know I had to be open and tell the story as it occurred.

What is your normal procedure to get your books published?

So far, I have gone the route of self-publishing.  My procedure includes working with freelance editors and proof-readers to solidify my manuscript and ensure I have a good quality story.  Then, I work with cover artists to get creative packaging.  And, of course, I work through a marketing plan to promote and sell my work.

Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?

I started out writing poetry and so I do find writing as a method of sorts to meditate and inspire myself.  I can put situations and concerns down in writing to get them off my chest and ease burdens from my mind.  Writing also allows me to reflect on past circumstances so I can assess the positives and negatives as I move forward.

How many books have you written so far?

A Season of Disruption is my first creative work and what I consider my first book.  But, over ten years ago, I wrote a chapbook of poems, Mothers, Sisters, Friends and a short collection of personal essays, Lyrics of My Reality: Reflections and Inspirations.

What’s the best way to market your books?

I don’t think there is one single way that is best to market your books.  It is important to use multiple methods to promote your work:  Podcasts, Written Interviews, Advertising, Book Fairs (virtual and in person), Social Media posts, Newsletters of Blogs to engage readers. Marketing must be a combination of activities.

How hard or easy is it to establish and maintain a career in writing?

It is tough to establish and maintain a career in writing.  Aside from the difficulty of being creative and developing interesting works to engage readers you have also work to stay relevant and keep their attention and interest.

What is your advice for aspiring writers?

My advice to aspiring writers is to be willing to be vulnerable and write from your heart. However, be open to feedback and constructive criticism. Recognize your strengths and use them. Identify your weaknesses and get help so that you can improve in those areas. Look for a circle of like-minded individuals or a network where you can find support and guidance on your journey.

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One comment

  1. Veronica says:

    Ms. Walker you are truly an inspiring writer with the gift of composing words that create heart felt messages in your writings!

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