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.
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. A clip from "City Girl" can be found in "Sand in My Bra" (Travelers Tales May 2003) which won the NATJA, North American Travel Journalists Association
award for best travel book of 2003. She is a member of Wild Writing Women
whose ezine won the 2004 NATJA
first place award for online magazine Taking Flight
Ms. Butler received the Golden Linchetto Prize
for the best foreign journalist with published articles about Lucca for her story City Girl on a Small Farm in Tuscany
. She also received another international press award for journalism: I, Leonardo Award; A Few Words About Sicily
, for her story The Fire of Mt. Etna.
She has also won the NATJA North American Travel Journalists Association
Runner Up Award for the Best Travel Article Written for the Internet.
Her book the 7th Edition of The Travel Writer's Handbook
, (Surrey Books) continues to sell very well, and the rights to publish this edition in Korea has been sold.
In March 2010, Jacqueline published her memoir, "Taking a Chance on Love," as an e-book and print on demand with Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.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."
She recently published a romantic novel, One Last Trip to Paris, which is available at www.Amazon.com as an ebook.
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
Jacqueline is represented by the Larsen Pomada Literary Agency.
© 2013 Jacqueline Harmon Butler. All rights reserved.