Prep teacher set to publish third book

Prep teacher set to publish third book
Posted on 08/27/2020
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For Amber Jackson, one of Augusta Prep’s new faculty members for the 2020-2021 school year, her creativity stems from her environment. The preschool teacher has self published two children’s books in recent years with a third book, Rex and the Missing Mooncakes, set to be released next month.

“For the first couple of years of my career, I was reading children’s books to children during circle time,” she said. “I would read them and be so enthusiastic. Then, I would go home and have so many things my students said that would pop up in my head at night. I started writing and making up my own stories from their stories.”

Jackson, who is in her 12th year teaching, moved recently to Augusta with her husband, Nicholas, after he took a job at Fort Gordon. The couple has a 3-year-old son, Arthur, who attends Augusta Prep.

“We love it here,” she said. “It’s been an amazing experience so far. I love this school. I love this environment. I hope to do a lot in the community.”

Jackson has self published two books: Violet’s Special Act and Wimfiddle Finds His VoiceViolet’s Special Act is about an elephant in the circus who wants to be an acrobat. He’s told he can’t do that because he doesn’t have the skills, but the ringmaster’s daughter helps him achieve his dream.

About Wimfiddle Finds His Voice, Jackson said, “This book holds a special place in my heart, because we have a barred owl family in my parents’ backyard. Ever since I was little, I would go in my parents’ forest and look at all the animals, especially the barred owls. There’s one particular we named, Wimfiddle. We’ve had him since he was born. So the story actually originated from that family of barred owls that are still there today.

“The book is about an owl finding his voice, because he was born without a hoot. You just have to find out at the end what happens when he learns to use his voice.”

Violet’s Special Act and Wimfiddle Finds His Voice, as well as Rex and the Missing Mooncakes, can be purchased through Jackson’s website:

Rex and the Missing Mooncakes
will be released in late September. The book is set in Manhattan, featuring a dog chasing mooncake thieves before all the mooncakes are stolen just before the Mid-Autumn Festival. Jackson said she has provided a mooncake recipe at the end of the book.
Jackson said she has “a gazillion” book ideas for the future. She already has started work on a fourth book about a lamb in Ireland.

“I have an active imagination,” she said, adding it takes three to four months to complete the writing portion, going through several drafts before she’s ready. Then, it takes her illustrator nine months to a year to complete the book.

Jackson said one of her main goals now is to find a literary agent.

“I would love to find an agent. I’ve been sending out a few query letters here and there,” she said. “Eventually, maybe one of them will love one of my stories.” 

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