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Jackie Buxton's blog, Agenthood and Submissionville , started life as a peek into the world of chasing agents and waiting to hear back from publishers. But while Jackie was studying her in-box every couple of minutes and lamenting the writer's lament, bizarre things began to happen. There was the call from actor Andrew Bernard (the real one, t the character in The Office), rather hoping to reach his own agent but instead finding himself on Jackie's telephone line; the killer date swallowing incident - t advisable when you work alone; and the fraud of the bogus writers' website host (would she ever learn?). Quickly Jackie's blog evolved into a collection of the quirky, humorous and sometimes poignant tales of the strange and often humiliating things which happen while she's minding her own business and trying to be a 'rmal' mother, wife and writer. But then strange took a full scale leap to serious. Jackie was diagsed with cancer in December 2013 and suddenly it looked like the writer would be demoted to patient and sufferer. Jackie however quickly realised that even with cancer, life was far from bad.Never kwn for her scientific prowess, Jackie netheless became a 'bit of an expert' - at least in the field of hair loss, water retention and Rich Tea biscuits - and decided to use her blog and her writing to share her experience and observations to help others recognise you don't have to be defined by your cancer. Jackie finished 2014 a year from diagsis and tentatively celebrating her 'Cancerversary'. She isn't complacent about her future but she is optimistic. She hopes that her forthcoming book, Tea and Chemo, inspired by her experiences and the very personal words of her inspirational blog, will help cancer patients and their loved ones who may be facing the life challenges that cancer inevitably brings. All proceeds from the sale of Tea and Chemo will go to two incredibly important charities, whose compassionate care and professionalism make the difference to so many lives: 1. The Haven (breast cancer support centres): http://thehaven.org.uk/about-us/ 2. The Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre, Harrogate Hospital: http://www.hdft.nhs.uk/
ackie Buxton is a freelance writer, editor and teacher of creative writing. She is currently working on her second novel whilst pruning her first, Glass Houses, for publication in 2016. First chapters of both have won or been placed in The Oxford Editors' and Writers' Billboard competitions. Jackie's short stories feature in three anthologies, on-line and in Chase Magazine, for which she also writes a bi-monthly double page spread of book reviews. Jackie's blog, Agenthood and Submissionville, evolved from a wry look at the world of novel submission for publication, into a pot pourri of stories of the strange things which happen while she's trying to write or bring up her children. Diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in December 2013, Jackie decided to blog about her experience of living with cancer and its nine months of treatments. The result is a candid, often humorous, insight into a time she nicknames, Not All Bad. Motivated by reader enthusiasm to publish a book based on her blog, tea & Chemo : Fighting Cancer, Living Life is a patchwork of positivity and resource for those living with cancer, as well as for their family and friends. Jackie lives in Yorkshire with her long-suffering husband and teenage children - much more fun than they sound - and when not writing, can often be found cycling, running, dreaming or tripping up through the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.