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From an early age, having been accused of being a ‘notorious exaggerator’ one too many times, Jaci Byrne knew she was destined to perform in some form or another.
Her dancing aspirations flew out of the window after realising that her slightly chubby thighs were not ballerina material.
And, although her acting roles were quite prolific, she soon tired of being a supporting act (think tree, think pumpkin.)
A singer? Perhaps not…
It was aboard a ship, aged 13, whilst immigrating to Australia from the U.K. with her family, that Jaci discovered her penchant for the written word. Having become infatuated with a fellow passenger, a Dutchman, 7 years her senior, who spent his days in the ship’s library writing to his girlfriend back home, Jaci sat close by, writing of their unrequited love, and hoping he would notice her.
He didn’t, and when her writings were discovered by her irate father, Jaci was confined to her cabin for the remainder of the trip, for being – you guessed it – a ‘notorious exaggerator,’ amongst other expletives.
But, the penny had finally dropped… Yes, perhaps she was a notorious exaggerator – but she was very good at it! A writer was born!
However, as with most women – maturity brought reality: an education, a career in nursing, marriage, two children, and mortgages. You get the picture.
Fast forward twenty years. Now, happily ‘empty-nestled’ on the Northern Beaches, Sydney, Australia, old marriage and career a distant memory, Jaci lives with the love of her life, husband Doug, and devotes her time to her beloved writing.
Her debut novel, ‘Best Friends and Bastards’ was released on Amazon in December 2011,and her second novel, ‘The Girl’s Weekend’ is due out in 2012.
Jaci’s work is interwoven with twists and turns, humour and compassion, intrigue and passion. She writes about relationships, about ordinary women facing extraordinary situations. About you, about me, about we, and about how we interrelate.