About me

Me standing beside a shuttle at a Star Trek convention

I'm Sarah Jackson, a writer living on the edge of Epping Forest in London, UK and occasionally zooming through it on my tricycle.

Writing

I write short speculative fiction for the most part, but I'm also writing the first draft of a novel in 15 minutes per day, which feels a lot like emptying a lake with a teaspoon.*

My short stories, flash fiction, and micro fiction have been published in magazines and anthologies, and some are available to read online.

I also have a Goodreads Author profile (I don't use it to record my reading though - I prefer Storygraph for that.)

Since early 2022 I've been part of the editorial team at Fantastic Other literary journal, which publishes a selection of exceptional fabulist stories, poems, and art twice a year.

Exploring our inner worlds

As a writer, a champion daydreamer, and as someone recovering from complex PTSD, I'm very interested in our inner worlds.

By that I mean both how we experience our thoughts, feelings, and memories, and the rich worlds that we generate from our imagination.

For me, fantasy, horror, and science fiction offer the very best tools to find words for the wordless, express the inexpressible, and imagine the impossible.

Groups and networks

Finding writing community has been massively important for me, and it's the first thing I would recommend to any new writer. Currently, I'm a member or an associate member of the following groups and networks:

Learning and teaching

Like a lot of people, I spent a long time feeling like I wasn't a 'creative person', whatever that means.

Whenever I tried to make art I struggled with perfectionism, thinking that I would never be 'good enough', worrying that I didn't have anything to say, and feeling that perhaps it was all pretty pointless.

Thankfully, I had the opportunity to change my mind about all those things!

As well as continuing to develop my own writing practice, I aim to support others to get started with their own creative writing. My next creative writing workshop "Haunted objects: A domestic horror writing workshop" will be taking place online on Sunday 9 October 2022, 6 - 9pm BST, places are £15 each.

I'm always learning (aren't we all) and I'm trying to share what I learn as I go along. On this website you can find:

Contact and support

If you'd like to get in touch, you can email me at kestrelcopy@gmail.com.

If you've enjoyed my writing you can help me do more of it by supporting me via Ko-Fi.

*Not my analogy but I love it (source)