Thank you for stopping by for a visit! I am Bryan D. Jackson, and I'm from Charlotte, NC. I have devoted much of this time in my life to writing fiction for young people. I am of mixed-ancestry; my mother's family came from places like England, France, and Germany. My father's family were Cherokee, an Indian tribe native to the United States, and others in his family line came from Scotland, Ireland, and England. Being Cherokee is intensely important to me. My Cherokee community is the Mt. Hood Cherokees, a wonderful part of the great Cherokee Nation.
As a child, I was insecure and had a lot of difficulty with school. I was considered a slow learner, was bullied a lot, and awkward around girls. Truth is, I was scared to death of them! Later in life, I married the most beautiful woman I've ever seen, who still puts up with me today, but that's another story. Eventually, I went on to college and graduated. Despite my early school troubles, my mother instilled in me a love for reading and writing. She would take me to the public library as a reward. My favorite children's picture book is Go, Dog. Go! Ever read it? It is a key to life for the dog lover!
I worked a lot of different jobs over the years. I was a theater concession attendant. I washed dishes for a time. I was a policeman. I was a dog trainer, doing a job that I dearly loved. The dogs are some of my best friends in the universe; I love all animals and, as a Cherokee, I believe they are our relatives, just as humans are.
Later in life, I went to seminary and became an ordained minister. I was a children's pastor for a time. For a while, I was a hospital chaplain, a minister who visits and prays with the sick and dying. I served in pediatric oncology, ministering to children with cancer and their families. As a young person, I became terribly sick with cancer myself. It was an awful, scary time, but I survived, and I am thankful that I went on to write for young people. I love writing for you!
Although I am older now, my 6th-grade teacher, "Miss Reed," still stays in touch with me. She is my all-time favorite teacher! She reads my stories, articles, and generally cheers me on. She has been one of the great blessings in my life. These days, we chat on the phone, send each other emails, and we love to hear each other laugh.
I now live in the Seattle, WA, area. Besides children's fiction, I sometimes write about spirituality, genealogy, and Native American history and culture.
You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Author Profile and Associations
Bryan D. Jackson is an Eastern Cherokee successor. He is a registered descendant in the First Families of the Cherokee Nation (Sonicooie) and the First Families of the Twin Territories (Indian Territory). He is a member of the Mt. Hood Cherokees in the Pacific Northwest, a multi-chapter affiliate of the Trail of Tears Association, and a long-term member of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Cherokee, NC, and the Cherokee National Historical Society, Tahlequah, OK. Bryan earned undergraduate and graduate degrees, with postgraduate work in Bowen family systems theory at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family (Georgetown Family Center) in Washington, DC.
Bryan is a member of the Society of Children of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the Independent Author Network, and the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. In addition, Bryan is a contributor and co-editor for "Talking Leaves," the quarterly newsletter of the Mt. Hood Cherokees.
"Emma Calling." Won 1st Honorable Mention in the Oklahoma Genealogical Society writing contest of 2011.
Family Systems Forum (Center for the Study of Natural Systems and the Family)
The Christian Century
Will & Estelle Wiggins: A European & Cherokee Legacy