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.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Haven't heard it yet if it's the best.
What are you reading now?
"Becoming" by Michelle Obama
What’s your biggest weakness?
What is your favorite book of all time?
"Owen Meany" by John Irving
What has inspired you and your writing style?
Trailblazers and artists I've admired in literature, poetry, film, music, dance, and my creative mind.
What are you working on now?
Promoting and sharing my story, THE RED BENCH my hope is to advocate, educate and help others struggling with mental health issues.
What is your method for promoting your work?
Writing my deepest truth has been my most effective promotional tour and marketing strategy, creating a snowball effect of kindness.
Why Writing Your Truth Is an Effective Marketing Strategy by Guest @JackieCioffa
By Rachel Thompson | #NaNoProMo
Authenticity Is a Big Part of Book Marketing
I have always tended to downplay my modeling career, but the release of The Red Bench is the release of my whole story, the good, bad and very ugly. I decided to embrace it. Radical acceptance is my watchword for 2019. When a media whiz from my town related to my story and contacted me, that became my winning promo strategy.
Before I knew it, I was booked on Bridge Street ChannelNews9, had feature interviews with newspapers lined up, a forthcoming author interview with Spectrum News, and speaking engagements. It’s been a whirlwind, which I could not have accomplished without all the invaluable promo skills, marketing tools and knowledge Bad Redhead Media imparted over the years. Through it all, I still incorporate traditional marketing and am always learning from the masters.
What’s next for you as a writer?
More essays, humanitarian stories, and creating a writing therapy workshop.
How well do you work under pressure?
Depends on the day.
How do you decide what tone to use with a particular piece of writing?
I don't. I trust the words to set the tone.
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