Tell us about yourself and your books.:
Jacqueline never wanted to be the poster girl for manic depression but as a writer who was a privileged, successful international model for 17 years, living and working all over the world for top fashion clients, Armani, Moschino, Vogue, Elle, Land’s End, and countless others. She understands the intrigue of her unique story and the importance of using her voice to raise awareness, suicide prevention, and empathy.
Writing "The Red Bench" "was a way for me to cope with what was happening and it was a safe space, and it was an actual place," Cioffa said. "I was battling mania and depression.
Cioffa borrowed pieces of it for her first two books, “The Vast Landscape” and “Georgia Pine.” In the former, Cioffa said, she "wrote the real me for half of it and then made the rest of it up because I wasn't ready."
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I like to walk, listen to music, sit outside and observe nature while storing and plotting stories in my head, an always accessible filing system. I get more writing done when I'm not sitting in front of a computer screen.
What authors have influenced you?
John Irving, Sylvia Plath, Mary Oliver, Brene Brown, Sylvia Plath, JD Salinger, Virginia Woolf, Cleo Wade, The Dalaii Lama
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Pay attention to your surroundings, give yourself permission to honor your unique voice, and always write the hard truths.
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