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About Jackie Braun

After graduating from Central Michigan University with a degree in journalism, Jackie Braun worked at newspapers for nearly 17 years, 11 of those years as an award-winning editorial writer for The Flint Journal in Michigan, where she was also the first female editorial writer in the newspaper’s history.

She sold her first book to Silhouette Romance in late 1999 and started writing under the Harlequin Romance banner with the release of her third book in 2004.

Jackie quit her full-time job in January 2004 to freelance and write fiction full time. She lives in mid-Michigan with her husband Mark and their sons Daniel and Will. She loves to hear from readers. Click on the email button at the bottom of this page to send her a message.

Interesting facts about the author:


• Jackie loves to garden almost as much as she enjoys reading a good book. She can’t pass a nursery without picking up something that she then has to make room for in her overflowing flowerbeds. Many of her perennials, however, came from family members’ gardens. Her purple flox, for instance, came courtesy of her mother, who got the original plants from Jackie’s grandfather’s garden.

• Jackie’s first manuscript took her six years to complete and has never sold. It was more than 600 pages long and she can admit now that it was also really, really bad. She still hopes to resurrect the main characters for another book – this one with a less convoluted plot.

• Jackie is the youngest of eight children. She married a man who also has seven siblings. Almost all of their brothers and sisters are married with children, and some of those children are now married and starting families of their own. Holiday gatherings require crowd control.

• Jackie lost her oldest brother, Danny, to cancer in 2000. With the exception of her first book, which was written before Dan’s death, she has included some form of her late brother’s name in every story as a tribute to him. She also named her first son after him.

• During college, Jackie worked at Good Housekeeping in New York City. She spent 10 weeks in the Big Apple as an American Society of Magazine Editors intern and loved every minute of it. She planned to return after graduation and even received job offers from two women’s magazines, but the low pay and the high cost of living helped change her mind. She decided to remain in newspapers. Jackie interned for six months at The Grand Rapids Press in Grand Rapids, Mich., before taking a job with The Niagara Gazette in Niagara Falls, N.Y. She joined The Flint Journal’s staff less than a year later. She remained at The Journal for more than 15 years.

• While at The Flint Journal, Jackie earned five Michigan Press Association Awards, including two first places, for her editorial writing. She was the newspaper’s first female editorial writer and only the second woman to sit on its editorial board.


Heartfelt interests

These are some causes that are near and dear to Jackie’s heart:


Half the Sky Foundation: Its mission is to provide high-quality early childhood education, personalized learning and infant nurture programs for children in China’s orphanages. It does an amazing job as anyone who has adopted a child from a Half-the-Sky orphanage can attest.
Half the Sky Foundation
 
Love Without Boundaries: A worldwide group of volunteers dedicated to improving the lives of orphaned and impoverished children in China.
Love Without Boundaries
Love Without Boundaries video on cleft and nutrition. I dare you to watch it and not cry.
Youtube video
  
Wide Smiles: A cleft lip and palate resource website for parents with cleft-affected children.
Wide Smiles
 
Cleft Palate Foundation: Provides the essential information and research that enhances the quality of life for individuals affected by cleft lip and palate and other facial birth defects.
Cleft Palate Foundation
 
Smile Train: Its mission is to provide free cleft surgery for millions of poor children in developing countries as well as to provide free cleft-related training for doctors and medical professionals.
Smile Train
 
Operation Smile: Operation Smile volunteers fix facial deformities while building public and private partnerships that advocate for sustainable healthcare systems for children and families.
Operation Smile
 
Diabetes Research: NY Times-bestselling author Brenda Novak’s annual online auction raises funds for diabetes research. In the past four years it’s brought in more than half a million bucks. Support a worthwhile cause while bidding on everything from jewelry and trips to critiques from New York editors and agents.
Brenda Novak’s Online Auction
 
American Cancer Society: Cancer, in its various forms, is a monster that has claimed three people very dear to me. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could stamp it out permanently? Learn what you can do to help the cause or improve your own health.
American Cancer Society