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Jacqueline Harmon Butler saw the movie "An American in Paris" at an impressionable age and dreamed of being an artist there. Instead she spent her formative years hanging out in San Francisco’s North Beach with the Beat Generation, wearing a black beret, writing stories and painting. It wasn’t until she had married, divorced, and raised two children that she visited Paris. It was love at first sight.

She began to write about her travels and compiled copious files of stories and data after that first trip on 1979. In 1996, she decided to investigate the possibilities of becoming a travel writer and enrolled in a weekend travel writing conference. She won the second place writing award and her career was launched.

Jacqueline’s writing can be found in numerous newspapers, magazines and ezines all across the USA, Canada and Europe, including the Miami Herald, New Orleans Times Picayune, Dallas Morning News, Kansas City Star, San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle, Ottawa Citizen, Toronto Star, La Sicilia, La Nazione and Il Tirreno. 


In 2015 she won a Silver Award in the Travelers' Tales Solas writing competition for her story "Progressive Supper".

She received the 2014 - North American Travel Journalists's Bronze Award for Special Focus Travel Articles - Internet - Cruises for: "Up a Lazy Canal - Cruising the Canal du Midi in France". 

She also won the 2007 North American Travel Journalist's Association Runner Up Award for Best Travel Article written for the Internet - "Sardine Heaven - Feast of St. Anthony".  

In 2005 the Wild Writing Women received the Society American Travel Writers Lowell Thomas Gold Award for our online magazine.

She is a member of Wild Writing Women whose ezine won the 2004 NATJA first place award for online magazine Taking Flight and the Society of American Travel Journalists Association gold award for the Wild Writing Women website.  

Also in 2003 North American Travel Journalist's Association Gold Award for the best travel book, Sand in My Bra, in which she contributed a story.

Ms. Butler received the prestigious 2003 Golden Linchetto Prize, Lucca, Italy, for the best foreign journalist with published articles about Lucca for her story City Girl on a Small Farm in Tuscany.

She is a contributing editor to the anthology, Wild Writing Women: Stories of World Travel, (Globe Pequot Press, April 2002) which won the North American Travel Journalists Association award for best travel book of 2002.

She also received the 2002 international press award for journalism in Sicily, Italy: I, Leonardo Award; A Few Words About Sicily, for her story The Fire of Mt. Etna.  

In 1996 Jacqueline won 2nd place at the annual Book Passage Travel Writer's Conference for Food Flirt.

Her book the 7th Edition of The Travel Writer's Handbook, (Surrey Books) continues to sell very well. The rights to publish the 6th edition in Korea has been sold.

In March 2010, Jacqueline published her memoir, Taking a Chance on Love, available at Amazon.com and in audio at www.BigWorldNework.com.  Excerpt: "Facing middle age I thought my love life was over – until I traveled to Italy and was pursued and seduced by a younger man, much to the dismay of my adult children and friends. From Lucca to San Francisco to the hill towns of Tuscany, our romance sizzles with excitement and drama."

In 2012, she published a romantic novel, One Last Trip to Paris, which is available at www.Amazon.com and in audio at www.BigWorldNetwork.com

Brief synopsis:

Julie Taylor, 50 years old, seemingly has it all, looks, brains and style, and hugely successful in the high tech world.  But suddenly her world changes when an inoperable brain aneurysm gives her only six months to live.  With no family, and no emotional attachments, she liquidates her assets and moves from San Francisco to Paris to begin living the life she never had.  Unexpected love turns her world upside down and twists and turns of fate send her on a roller coaster ride of a lifetime.


Professional organizations:
Bay Area Travel Writers
North American Travel Journalists Association
California Writers Club - Redwood Writers Branch
WNBA - Womens National Book Association
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