20 questions with Jackie

Who am I? When I’m not asking myself that question, I’m busy finding the answer through my writing and moving. Every day in every way, I write and I move.

To get to know me beyond writing and moving, here are 20 questions and 20 answers.


1) Where are you from? 

St. Louis, Missouri.

2) Biggest guilty pleasure? 

Punny wordplay.

3) What’s your favorite movie? 

Gladiator with Russell Crowe.

4) Beauty product or secret you live by?

Anything by It’s a 10 for hair care and doing an Advocare Herbal Cleanse every 90 days.

5) What song is your jam right now? 

“Good to Be Alive” by Andy Grammar, who is performing in Fort Worth in January, hallelujah!

6) When you’re not teaching or writing, you’re…turkeytrot

trying anything new with the world’s most handsome football and powerlifting coach, Buck Elliott, my handsome fiancé.

7) What was your dream job when you were a kid? 

I’d have told you a wedding planner, a ballerina, and a mom of 12 at different points, but I was always playing teacher with my baby sister.

8) Your house is on fire… what do you grab? 

My engagement ring, my rosary, and my heavy-sleeping beaux.

9) Hobbies? 


Trying new craft beers because I write about local breweries so frequently. Also, yoga. Sometimes craft beer yoga. 

10) Pets? 

I grow a lot of plants, which need food, water, and care, so they count, right?

11) What is your biggest pet-peeve? 

That people still think you can’t end a sentence with a preposition.

12) Favorite local bar? 

Not really a bar, but I’m loving Grace in Fort Worth because sommelier Jenny Kornblum is so knowledgeable! The Wednesday specials are worth checking out!

13) If your life had a theme song, what would it be? 

Piece of Me” by Britney Spears.

14) What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? 

“Dreams don’t work unless you do.” and “Every hill is only half bad.”


15) Actor/actress you’d want to play YOU in a movie? 

Probably Jayma Mays or Ellie Kemper. If you know me, you’ll understand those choices very easily.

16) What’s in your gym bag right now? 


Water, wallet, and my Apple Watch that I’m obsessed with now.

17) Do you have a morning routine? 

I check my email. I rise. I run, spin, lift, or do yoga. I shower, get dolled up as best I can with what time I have. Take half a dozen vitamins and my Advocare Spark, and I’m out the door.

18) What would be the title of your autobiography? 

“Hot Sauce, Heels, and a Strong Write Hook.” I only know that because the passenger seat of my car was covered in the first two for some time, and writing hooks is my favorite part of teaching writing.

19) What was your favorite subject in school? 

Human anatomy and my “Authentic Science Research” (or ASR) period when I worked on Autism research with researchers at Washington University-St. Louis.

20) Why do you work out?

My morning exercise is my therapy time. It’s my creative development time some days, my reflection time on other days. It’s where I go to get in the right headspace or the write headspace.


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