By Donna Campbell Smith
Thinking Out Loud. is a Jackie Dove-Miller collection of prose and poetry that speaks about some hard issues including sexuality, racism and prejudice. Her bittersweet words are tempered with humor and love, which give strength to her writing. Thinking Out Loud features short stories, creative non-fiction, personal essays and a smattering of poetry. Jackie’s voice is contemplative and sincere. Readers will get a clear picture of how she sees the world and what things are important to her. Although her insights are personal, readers can relate to the universal message and the issues she addresses because they are their issues, too.
Jackie Dove-Miller is a retired English teacher, a poet, workshop facilitator and public speaker. She writes, performs and has produced two CD’s of inspirational spoken-word poetry focusing on women’s issues. Jackie has previously published three books of poetry: Some Things I just Know, Changes and Possibilities, and Love Moves Like a Wave.
Jackie’s goal has always been to reach out to people with her writing. Her intention is to publish and share her words with others. Asked when she knew she wanted to be a published author she said, “I think I always wanted to be published. I wrote for the Kinston Edition of the Carolinian newspaper back in the 70’s, which fulfilled my desire to write and see my name attributed to what others were reading. I started Spirit of Peace in 2005 to satisfy my desire to publish my prayers, since I couldn’t get an established publisher interested. I produced my first spoken-word CD in 2007 for the same reason. I published my first book in 2013 and have published one each year since.”
Living in the Raleigh area with her husband, Allen, Jackie loves reading, writing, volunteering and photography. She has been published in several anthologies and journals. She was named by the Franklin County Arts Council as “Artist of the Year” in 2013, recognizing her for her writing and photography as well as her contribution as a volunteer for the group.
Jackie has shared her poetry as a spoken word artist at meetings, churches and women’s organizations. It was at one of these events where she met Babbie Mason who is host of the WATC-TV’s Babbie’s House. She asked Jackie to be on her show.
“I was first interviewed for Babbie Mason’s internet TV show Babbie’s House. We talked about being an author, the source of my inspiration, my focus on women’s issues and other things related to writing in general. Later, that same interview aired on her regular TV network: WATC TV57 out of Atlanta.”
Hear Jackie’s interview with Babbie Mason at www.babbiemasonradio.com/jackie-dove-miller.
Thinking Out Loud is for sale on Amazon.com and through her website www.booksbyjackiedove-miller.com
Also by Jackie Dove-Miller, Speaking to the Woman Within, digital album, available at jackiedove-miller.bandcamp.com.
Jackie is available for speaking and book signing events. Contact her at 919.218.7983 or via email.