My name is Yolanda A. Jackson, born on April 3, 1980 in Rockford,
IL. I have been writing from the age of twelve, mostly Fantasy and
Sci-Fi, but my writing skills go way beyond the norm into Horror and
Animation. I first developed my talent as a writer when I complained
about Robocop needing more action, but my friends loved it. They
dared me to come up with a movie better than Robocop - and I did!
My first book/script was Copper Kid, it was about a computer
program robot girl who fights crime with jet-propelled wings and a
computer brain. It was just great; well at least I thought so. Finally I
got them to read it and lo and behold they loved it, and that was when
I first knew maybe I had something.
As the years passed I started to hate school - it was not the place for
me. I began to daydream about being a big movie director and
owning my own studio. It never happened and I finished school, but I
hated everything but English class and writing assignments which led
me to my first novel September Monkies, hand written, which I still
have to this day. No one believed in my dreams, and consequently
they swept aside as I went through this wonderful stage called
Peter Carrot-Top: In Search of the 8th Key by Yolanda Jackson © 2008
I was a foster child my entire life - a ward of the State - and writing
eased the pain of moving from one foster home to another or one
group home to another. Every time I moved I tried to write a novel to
help me cope with my new home, and because of this I became more
involved in my writing, I began to imagine places that only exist in
fantasy or animals that only inhabit one's imagination. Soon, this
stimulated my brain and freed me to face reality and to know when
not to face reality. While my friends were all dating and into boys, I
was into creative writing, imagining fantastic creatures that don't
exist, or developing characters to which everyone in the world can
At the age of seventeen the Department of Children and Family
Services let me go and I was out into the real world on my own.
That's when I realized that my dreams of writing would have to take a
back seat to earning a living. The bills came first, and a roof over my
head was more important than what seemed like just a dumb dream.
It hurt to let my dreams slip away, but I had no choice. It was either
work three jobs to get the bills paid or live in a fantasy land where the
Fairy God Mother pays the bills, and it did not take me long to
realized that the Fairy God Mother did not exist. All the money I had
for publishing was now used for survival, I threw my dreams aside to
play the game of life. After years of working three jobs, I got tired and
decided to give my dreams one more shot. I got a better job as a
Sterile Tech in a trauma hospital and began making a little more
money, so I saved and saved and finally had had enough to self
publish which has been a wonderful learning experience.
I have published my first novel in a series - Peter Carrot-top "In
Search Of the 8th Key. My goal in writing is to not only improve my
skills, but to get children of the world interested in reading and writing,
to see the story unfolding in their minds, and to use their imaginations
to dream and to dream big.
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