About Jacqui

CHILDREN’S AUTHOR

My Story

As a child I loved to escape into a good book, a world of make-believe where absolutely anything was possible. I often imagined new adventures for the heroes in the books I had read, and mentally planned out for them fantastic futures that stretched far beyond that final page. My favourite childhood authors were AA Milne, Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl. I was also a big fan of the Mr. Men and Little Miss series by Roger Hargreaves. Books played a very important role in my childhood.

My father was an avid storyteller; he made up outrageous and delightful stories that fed my growing imagination. Every story my father told had a lesson in it. More often than not my father used his made-up stories as a parenting tool. I fondly remember not wanting to eat my food and my father saying, “Well you don’t want to end up like Mary Lou, do you?” and in an instant a story was born, one that delighted and entertained whilst imparting an important lesson, a lesson that not only taught but that also encouraged and empowered. It is for this reason that I accredit my storytelling talent to my father, Lancelot Steven Shepherd. Sadly, he passed away years before my first books were published but, in loving memory of him, I publish all my work under my maiden surname, Shepherd.

Following in my father’s footsteps I am a firm believer in stories with a moral. As a mother I found them an invaluable tool. Although I do write a few stories without a specific moral, it is my aim to re-establish the importance and value of stories that teach as well as entertain. Through my stories I hope to rekindle a love for stories with a moral in children and adults alike. My mother, Heila Shepherd, has always encouraged me to fulfil my dreams, and she managed to see greatness in the most mediocre of achievements. Along with my mother, my two older brothers and older sister are always there to offer a word of encouragement. My biggest fans are my husband and my children, who never getting tired of listening to a new story.

When I am not writing I still love to escape into a good book and to spend time with my family. I dream of traveling and I love the seaside. My favourite food is curry and I have a weakness for chocolate. I believe in having an attitude of gratitude. To focus on what I have rather than on what I don’t. I find it amusing that my own stories teach me valuable life lessons, change my way of thinking and equip me to handle challenges. You really are never too old to learn.

CHILDREN’S AUTHOR

My Story

As a child I loved to escape into a good book, a world of make-believe where absolutely anything was possible. I often imagined new adventures for the heroes in the books I had read, and mentally planned out for them fantastic futures that stretched far beyond that final page. My favourite childhood authors were AA Milne, Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl. I was also a big fan of the Mr. Men and Little Miss series by Roger Hargreaves. Books played a very important role in my childhood.

My father was an avid storyteller; he made up outrageous and delightful stories that fed my growing imagination. Every story my father told had a lesson in it. More often than not my father used his made-up stories as a parenting tool. I fondly remember not wanting to eat my food and my father saying, “Well you don’t want to end up like Mary Lou, do you?” and in an instant a story was born, one that delighted and entertained whilst imparting an important lesson, a lesson that not only taught but that also encouraged and empowered. It is for this reason that I accredit my storytelling talent to my father, Lancelot Steven Shepherd. Sadly, he passed away years before my first books were published but, in loving memory of him, I publish all my work under my maiden surname, Shepherd.

Following in my father’s footsteps I am a firm believer in stories with a moral. As a mother I found them an invaluable tool. Although I do write a few stories without a specific moral, it is my aim to re-establish the importance and value of stories that teach as well as entertain. Through my stories I hope to rekindle a love for stories with a moral in children and adults alike. My mother, Heila Shepherd, has always encouraged me to fulfil my dreams, and she managed to see greatness in the most mediocre of achievements. Along with my mother, my two older brothers and older sister are always there to offer a word of encouragement. My biggest fans are my husband and my children, who never getting tired of listening to a new story.

When I am not writing I still love to escape into a good book and to spend time with my family. I dream of traveling and I love the seaside. My favourite food is curry and I have a weakness for chocolate. I believe in having an attitude of gratitude. To focus on what I have rather than on what I don’t. I find it amusing that my own stories teach me valuable life lessons, change my way of thinking and equip me to handle challenges. You really are never too old to learn.

Featured Books

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These stories aim to entertain, encourage and empower. They include lessons such as the importance of forgiveness, good manners, patience, gratitude, self-acceptance, learning from mistakes and much, much more. I created them as series but each book is a stand-alone story, and can be bought separately. Don’t miss out, get them all!

Ozzy the octopus

Ozzy the octopus is an entertaining story about making mistakes.

Tagu the turtle

Tagu the turtle is an entertaining story about being good to your friends.

Dis-cow-very

Dis-cow-very is about Molly the cow who wants to leave the farm she lives on to go exploring and discover things. 

For-goat-ten

For-goat-ten is about Roxi the goat who thinks she has been left behind and forgotten. 

Activities

These pictures of adorable book characters can be downloaded and printed. They can be used for colouring in and as a basis for discussion.

Have fun!

“You don’t have to be good at everything, you only have to do your best.”

– Fatima the fly, Bug Stories.

“Wasting time has nothing to do with speed, it’s about what you do with your time.”

– Solomon the snail, Bug Stories.

“Safety comes first!”

– Dabbie the dolphin, Sea Stories.

“I’m happy because I’m thankful.”

– Elroy the eel, Sea Stories.

“You don’t have to be the best, you only have to do your best.”

– Fatima’s mother, Bug Stories.

“It feels good to be polite and friendly.”

– Wadi the whale.

“I will try to think happy thoughts.”

– Lala the ladybug, Bug Stories.

“Be good to your friends.”

– Tagu the turtle.

“I will try to think happy thoughts.”

– Lala the ladybug, Bug Stories.

“Remember that good manners show others that we are grateful and that we care about them.”

– Suzy’s mother (Suzy the seal)

“You have to treat others the same way you want them to treat you.”

– Wadi the whale.

“You need to think before you speak. If you can’t say something kind, it’s better to keep quiet.”

– Tagu the turtle.

“I’m special just the way I am.”

– Max the bull (Invisi-bull)

“Friends are important.”

– Tagu the turtle

Latest Adventures

Up to now I have only written stories with a moral but I am currently working on stories that are more focused on simple entertainment. Although these new stories do not have a definite underlying lesson, they do have an uplifting, feel-good element. To date, I have worked with only one fantastic publisher, Awareness Publishing. Since I write faster than one publisher can possibly keep up with, I am looking for other suitable, preferably international publishers. I am also planning on self-publishing some of these stories through Kindle Direct Publishing, so watch this space for updates. At the moment, I am busy with a fun book written in rhyme.

 

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