I began writing fiction while I was working in advertising in Australia. Starting out as a copywriter, I developed a passion for words, and ways of putting them together. Having spent years inventing advertising captions and jingles, one of the hardest lessons in my novel writing apprenticeship was to write sentences of more than five words.

At the moment I am living and writing in Dunedin, New Zealand. My husband and I travel frequently and many places we visit and people we meet, seem to wend their way into my stories.

My website is: http://www.jackieballantyne.com