Jacqueline is an international award winning author who adores exploring all the world has to offer! Her love of travel started at age three on moving from Sri Lanka to Australia with her parents. Having family sprinkled around the world; she has lived, worked and been on many adventures overseas. She currently resides in Canberra with her Irish-South African husband (who she met on an escapade in America), her daring daughter, fearless son and cheeky beagle named Sherlock. Her appreciation of travel and uniqueness of culture has been captured in the pages of her books. Jacqueline hopes her stories will encourage her readers to learn more about the world and help to cultivate an empathetic, accepting and inclusive community.


Represented by Beyond Words Literary Agency



2022 Finalist – Pitch It Writers Competition 

2021 Finalist – CYA All Stars Competition 

2020 Award Winner – Book Excellence Award 

2019 Shortlisted Book – Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards

2017 Anne Edgeworth Young Writers Fellowship Recipient

2017 Shortlisted Book – Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards

2017 Award Finalist – American Best Book Awards


Details of Jacqueline’s appearances and media articles can be found under ‘news stories‘ on this website. 

Founder and Director 


Marion (ACT) Writers Centre Board Member 



Memberships & Associations

Story Creators Community – Founder and Director

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) – Member

Children’s Book Council of Australia – Member

Marion Writers Centre – Member

Love2Read Canberra – Friend

Just Write For Kids – Friend

& more…