Bio: Jacquelyn Cook has been a nationally published writer since 1963, selling 500,000 copies of her first ten books, but her first love is writing about the South.
?My goal has been to write timeless stories of lasting values,? says Cook. ?I want to preserve our culture and history and the beauty of our landscape, but most of all I like to reflect the southerner?s love of God, country, family and fellowman.?
After gaining experience in journalism, Cook began writing the five-book River series of inspirational romance for Zondervan, Guideposts Books, and Barbour Books. After twenty years, these books are still in demand. In 2002, Barbour Books combined four of the popular stories in one volume called Magnolias, making it the complete novel Jacquelyn desired.
Cook begins a new phase of her career with Sunrise. Set in Macon, Georgia, it is the fictionalized account of the true story of Anne Tracy and William Butler Johnston, who built the fabulous Johnston-Felton-Hay House, which is now a museum. Cook?s extensive research is enhanced by family reminiscence of their great-grandson George Felton. This personal material makes the story come alive.
Jacquelyn Cook majored in voice at Wesleyan College in Macon. Chartered in 1836, Wesleyan is the oldest women?s college in the world to grant degrees and licenses that were previously given only to men. Cook?s memories of her husband-to-be courting her in the parlor of the original building color the scene where Sidney Lanier is courting Mary Day.
The Cook family enjoys life on the ancestral farm in the subtropical region of Southwest Georgia. Jacquelyn?s hobby is keeping flowers growing all year long. Three and a half dogs own her, two Shih Tzu lapdogs, a guardian Australian Shepherd, and the half a dog, a huge Labrador retriever who belongs to her son?s family. The minute they leave home, the sociable lab visits grandmother.
On holidays, the table swells with her daughter?s family from the city. Everyone gathers for Jacquelyn Cook?s Old South meals, especially Virginia-baked ham, sweet potato soufflé, and devil?s food cake with mocha frosting.