Jackie's new book, PURE EVIL has just been released by Mercer University Press. It is a true account of one family's history of violence, child abuse and murder in Middle Georgia during the 1970s. Rebecca and Ronnie Akins and their three daughters appeared to be a typical suburban family, but the children lived in fear of their mother, a woman desperate for a life of glamour and wealth. Her obsession ended with the murders of two people.
THE WITCH OF BEN HILL COUNTY is the story of Emily Christopher who, after 30 years in law enforcement, is ready for retirement in an active-adult community north of Atlanta. But a dead friend's last request for justice sends her south to Ben Hill County where, determined to right a wrong, she takes on a powerful local developer. She's helped in her mission by a few good friends and a kind woman known as the local witch. Meanwhile things are getting interesting in Emily's own neighborhood where there have been a rash of petty thefts and burglaries. And who was that naked man seen slipping into the woods? THE WITCH OF BEN HILL COUNTY is a fast-moving mix of suspense, humor and romance that proves over 55 doesn't mean over the hill!
Jackie and Milam McGraw Propst collaborated on SIDETRACKED, Two Women, Two Cameras, and Lunches on Sherman's Trail. It's a series of stories which chronicle the zigzag adventures of these two authors searching for a better understanding of their state and its history. The two are good friends who love to chat, dine and explore out of the way places. There was only one difficulty. Neither of them have any sense of direction and often got sidetracked, made countless U-turns and frequently found fascinating stories by accident. It's a story of newly revealed truths and longstanding friendship.
In A SOUTHERN WOMAN'S GUIDE TO HERBS, she took a break from penning stories of murder and mayhem to share her love and knowledge of growing and using herbs, the helpful plants. In a manner as informal as a neighborly chat, White explores designing herb gardens to suit the reader and gives commonsense tips on planting and caring for them. In later chapters she concentrates on preserving herbs for year-round use and shares some of her favorite recipes, covering everything from cocktails to desserts. The shrimp and herb pasta for two is perfect for a romantic evening while the lavender cookies with their pastel icing will have the kids begging for more. In addition to using herbs for cooking, White presents a number of the most common medicinal and cosmetic uses for these plants along with a delightful chapter of herbal crafts. Illustrated with the author's own photos, it even includes a humorous chapter of magic spells and potions using herbs.
THE GREATEST CHAMPION THAT NEVER WAS is Jackie's latest biography. Publisher's Weekly has already declared this biography of boxer W.L. "Young" Stribling one of the top ten sports books of the fall of 2011 and Jackie won the Georgia Author of the Year - Biography for it. Stribling was born in a small south Georgia town in 1904 and should have lived his life in that rural setting. But he was performing in vaudeville before his fourth birthday and was a professional boxer by sixteen. His career spanned only twelve years before his death at age 28 and, during that time, he fought 287 matches, losing only 12. Although he never achieved the championship he sought, Young Stribling was true to himself and the values with which he'd been raised. The most important things in his world were sportsmanship, honor and doing his best. He never did less.
Of course, Jackie hasn't given up delving into the criminal side of life. Her novel,MOCKINGBIRD IN THE MOONLIGHT introduced readers to Dixie McClatchey, who was a rising young homicide detective when she inadvertently caused the death of a loved one. In this unsentimental Southern novel, Dixie puts her past behind her to build a new life in Macon, Georgia, a charming city where ghosts, gracious living and blackmail live side by side. She makes some friends, opens a bookstore and volunteers with Friends of the Library. When one of the volunteers is killed behind her shop, and evidence points to members of the library group,Dixie is reluctantly drawn into the investigation. As the story unravels, she learns she's not the only one with a past.
Like Mockingbird in the Moonlight, Jackie's first novel DISTANT HEARTS combined suspense, romance and humor. And Distant Hearts adds a healthy dose of southern history and a primer on genealogical research as well.
But Jackie hasn't abandoned true crime. Whether recounting a forty-year-old tale of serial murder and black magic, as she did in Whisper to the Black Candle, or relating in The Empty Nursery the heart-breaking story of an infant's disappearance in present day Georgia, Jaclyn White has the unique ability to present a true story as if it were a novel.
White's ventures into the field of biographies has produced three acclaimed books. The above-mentioned Greatest Champion, A Very Special Gift, the history of a remarkable and generous family, and Bestest, which recounts the exciting life of southern businessman, bon vivant and philanthropist Peyton Anderson.
She also contributes frequent articles to local and regional magazines. Most recently she's been working on fascinating stories of bygone times in her home state for Georgia Backroads.