Welcome to my corner of the world!
I’ve loved books for as long as I can remember.
My very earliest memory is of visiting the bookmobile when it passed through our neighbourhood when I was two or three years old. The bookmobile was in a big van, and I remember holding my mother’s hand as I climbed the giant steps, each one as high as my knee, to get into the back where all the books were.
I remember the summer-hot scents of dust and road tar and that old-truck oil smell, and how it was cooler inside than out. I especially remember a feeling of wild excitement that beat like the wings of a bird inside my chest.
I had that exact same thing the first time I was given a tour of the library at my elementary school when I was six. In that moment, my dream became to read every book in the entire library, and then write one.
Raised as a reader, it was only natural that I became a writer, too.
…and then, with a natural gift for editing, I became everyone’s favourite critique partner. One of the things I loved best was helping my critique partners see the stories they were trying to tell. But… I was frustrated in my own writing life because I desperately needed someone who could do the same for me.
I’m just like you.
I just wanted somebody who could show tell me what wasn’t working in my own pages and tell me why…and then point me in the right direction to solve it.
Also just like you, I know how intimidating it is to send your words off for critique. I know how soul-crushing it can be to not be taken seriously.
Do you write? Then you are a writer. Don’t let anybody tell you otherwise, especially that little voice of self-doubt sitting on your shoulder.
I am a certified Author Accelerator book coach.
Jennie Nash and the Author Accelerator team are on a mission to help writers write books worth reading. They do that by training book coaches to support writers just like you through the entire creative process.
I help writers get their stories out of their heads and onto the page, so others can enjoy them, too.
Other fun facts:
I believe in simplicity, finding joy in the small things, and living a balanced life.
I also have a really cute little dog named Samson.
Would you believe me if I told you that I used to be a lighthouse keeper? Yes, the kind with a rotating light and a fog horn, lol. Oh my gosh, I’ve got some stories from those years! Hubby and I worked for the Canadian Coast Guard as the junior keepers of Merry Island Lightstation on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia in the early 1980s.
And would you believe me if I told you I’m a bellydancer? I taught, studied, and performed the beautiful art and movement vocabulary of Egyptian style bellydance professionally to women for over 15 years. I had a professional performing company, was a choreographer and produced several theatre dance shows. There are more ways than words to tell a story!
Here’s an interesting fact: there isn’t much difference in the space a bellydance teacher holds for her student and the space a book coach holds for a client. Both involve vulnerability and trust. Both involve teaching and listening. Both involve emotion and sensitivity. Both require honesty.
Music tells a story, too. In my musical life I spent 20 years holding down the bottom end of the sax line (playing baritone sax) in an 18-piece big band in Whitehorse, Yukon. The band was called The Big Band. Yes, I think that’s funny, too! The band’s still playing, although without me these days. These days I play in a community concert band in Salmon Arm, BC. There also just might be a ukulele in my future…
Of course I had a regular day job, too. Before I “retired,” I spent my days working as an administrative assistant at Yukon University.
Currently, I live in a little house at the top of a hill overlooking Shuswap Lake. It’s beautiful, and I’m blessed to have lived in many beautiful places. I’ve lived in the Yukon, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Washington State, Hawaii, and British Columbia…but the Yukon will always be the home of my heart. Maybe someday I’ll move back. Who knows?
I majored in music and English Literature in university. I’ve played clarinet in two orchestras, knitted dozens of pairs of socks, sewn several quilts, baked hundreds of loaves of bread, been married 40+ years to the same lovely man, and raised one awesome adult son.
Life is so interesting, isn’t it?
I love coffee, dogs, and good conversations.
Drop me a line, I’d love to hear from you!