Can you firstly tell us about your childhood, and when was the first time that you knew that writing was for you?
My early childhood memories are mostly happy; days filled with imaginative play and friendship. During my early teens, my mum began suffering with depression so I grew up quickly in some respects. I have always been an enthusiastic adventurer and I would sometimes not look before leaping. This, along with an emotionally insecure home life, meant my teenage years were coloured with many experiences I wouldn’t want my own kids to have. I had a lot of fun though.
When I was five years old, I was the class book monitor responsible for putting the Picture Books out on the tables every day. One day as I was doing this, time suddenly seemed to stop and I experienced a déjà vu type moment. I can still recall it very vividly. Looking back now I realise this was a significant moment ~ I was being inspired.
You have written a few books but which for you is the best one you have written and why. Also do you think you will write a better one than that?
There is a great need for new children’s literature that helps children understand Universal wisdom and truth. I have succeeded in having books published that fall into this important and growing market. It’s impossible for me to choose my favourite book as both have their own personality, character and messages. We are always learning and growing and I build on that philosophy each time I begin a new writing project.
What would you say are your main reasons for writing books and what messages do you want children to get from your books?
Both books are published by Pick-A-Woo Woo, a Publisher who specialise in picture books that embrace love, touch the heart and enlighten the mind. I write children’s books to inspire others with the wisdom I have gained on my own spiritual journey and the knowledge accumulated through conscious parenting. Children’s spiritual books (non-religious) have the power to serve as windows and mirrors for a child’s experiences and the experiences of others. The books are written to encourage and inspire children to be courageous, to be the best that they can be and to honour their unique gifts and talents.
How would you answer the question…. Who is Jacqueline Nicoll?
Titles that express what I love to do, who I love to do it with and how I use most of my time on this planet are: Mother, Wife, Daughter, Friend, Author, Writer, Healer, Therapist, Intuitive, Co-Creator, Teacher and Student.
What made you want to start writing books and where do you get your inspirations from to write them?
I have always loved writing. I particularly like writing poetry to express what I feel, sense and see. I wrote a poem from the perspective of a man living on the streets. I stepped into his shoes metaphorically and sat with him for some time. The poem moved me to tears with the depth of understanding it brought to me of his circumstances.
I am inspired to teach what I have learned. Children, animals, the journey of life, Mother Nature are all the things that inspire me. Life is magical when we are brave enough to tear down the walls of fear based living and thinking. I live a spiritual, down to earth, creative, open-hearted life. I love our planet and enjoy connecting people to its beauty through my writing.
Can you tell us about your latest book and why should people read them?
‘Born to Love Frogs’ is the story of a special young boy who makes a plan and is helped by the magical realms to share his wisdom and inspire others. Through realisation of his gifts, he changes the world.
‘Oceans Calling’ is the adventure of a young girl who meets a magical mermaid. They both adventure deep under the sea where they find a secret that helps heal the Ocean. This is story about trust and self-belief.
If you are interested in your children being inspired to live a life where they are confident and honour their gifts and abilities, then both my books introduce and reinforce these important messages. Both books reflect on our spiritual journey in a subtle and fun filled way. The books celebrate our children; their intelligence, courage and imagination. They also encourage a deeper awareness of nature and our environment, honouring our place as humans within the web of life.
Can you tell me about any books you have planned for the future and if so what can we look forward to?
I have written other picture books which are with various publishers worldwide but the publishing process is long and patience is a definite virtue when writing. Two of these books are about pets and zoos, looking at life from the animals’ perspective. There is also a story about an unlikely but magical friendship between a wolf and a deer. I have also recently finished writing my first children’s novel called ‘The Mustard Mouse’.
Do you have special routines or processes you go through to write a book and if so what are they?
I do have to be disciplined and I have a routine around my family life. When writing, I open up and enter into a stream of creativity. Sometimes ideas are presented for the beginning of a book and I watch it grow as I write. At other times I receive ideas and concepts for a whole story, beginning to end. I draw a lot on my own experiences for writing but I find it easy, being empathic and intuitive, to slip into someone else’s world which is helpful for creating interesting characters and perspective.
What things do you do when you are away from writing and what TV music etc are you into at the moment?
I love walking in the countryside, spending time with my family and friends, running my Healing Practice, gardening, cooking, yoga, meditation, travelling when I can and reading.
I don’t have much time for watching TV but I enjoy a good movie. My early childhood was spent in the 1970’s and our home was filled with the sounds of musicians like Hendrix and The Beatles. An early introduction to different genres of music has encouraged a life long love of music for me. Good music is an inspiration. I enjoy songs with well written meaningful lyrics that touch the Soul.
For anyone reading this who would like to get into writing what advice would you give them?
Believe in yourself. Believe in what you are writing about. Be passionate, be truthful, be determined, be patient and never give up.
What things make you happy and what things annoy you?
I am grateful for my life. I have had some difficult life changing experiences which helped me to understand what is of real value and worth. I know that true happiness lies within.
If I am annoyed which happens from time to time, then I look deeply at what the situation or person is reflecting back to me. I look at what I need to change within me and what higher perspectives I need to have in order to understand and find peace. As a Healer and Therapist, I help other people do this too, it’s magical and transformative. Helping others heal and grow brings me happiness.
Can you tell me one thing about yourself that people might not already know?
I can Tap Dance!
What are you up to at the moment and what’s next for you?
I am always writing. I run Children’s Workshops in schools and for environmental organisations. I participate in author talks and book signings in bookshops. I run a Healing Practice and host regular spiritual gatherings for like-minded people from my home. I co-create Healing Essences to help people with their transformations and life journey. I embraced conscious parenting after the birth of my first child. My children who are 7, 11 and 18 are among my greatest teachers and are a daily source of love, growth and inspiration.
I am continually expanding my own horizons, growing through my experiences, drawing ever deeply on my own gifts and talents, sharing my creations with others and moving forward. Please see www.jacquelinenicoll.com