Biography

Jackqueline Lou was born on August 11, 1981 in Sydney, Australia and is the second daughter of two girls to Michael and Jenny. Her parents immigrated from Burma and Singapore respectively, met in Sydney, and were married within five months. She moved with her family to Los Angeles, California in 1991 and has kept her residence here ever since.

Her father was an electrical engineer and her mother was an accountant. Her sister excelled in academics like her parents but Jackqueline gravitated towards the arts – writing, painting, and theatre. Her head was always in the clouds and her nose was constantly stuck in a book.

At the age of nine, she submitted a poem about peace to her school’s newsletter and became one of four students whose work was published. The poem became the spark that lit her passion for writing, though this passion was not fully realized for many more years

She dropped out of college at 19 with dreams of pursuing acting. She moved to San Francisco a couple of years later and enjoyed walking 40 blocks to the beach from her home to journal and craft poems as a form of self-expression. She soon found that creating stories was as exhilarating as being on stage. She was hired as a staff writer for a lifestyle magazine called AsianWave when she was 26 while also holding down various jobs in copywriting.

She married at 28 and and gave birth to her only child, a boy named Kai, when she was 32. Two years later she left the marriage, which had become abusive, with her nearly two year old in tow. While still married, she started writing a book about two former flames who meet again and unintentionally set off on an adventure that jumps through time. This book, On Mountain Time, is Jackqueline’s debut novel set to release to all major book retailers in the fall of 2021.

Jackqueline found work as a copywriter after her separation for an electronics company in Cypress, California and headed back to school in 2019. She has been a content writer and copywriter for the past 13 years and has published articles for AsianWave, an Asian lifestyle magazine. She will graduate with her Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University in April 2021.

She was awarded expert author status and became a top five featured article on eZines with her opinion piece titled “I’m Not a Skinny Asian Girl” exploring body image and expected standards for Asian women. Her short story collection titled Time Bites features fantasy and time travel themes centering around persons of color.

Favorite Books

  • Jane Eyre
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife
  • The Other Boleyn Girl
  • Angela’s Ashes
  • Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy

Hobbies

  • Upcycling furniture
  • Natural History Museum visits
  • Petting all the dogs and all the cats
  • Watching musicals

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