Jackie Madden Haugh is a true native of California. Born in San Francisco, on December 31, 1952, to the son of Irish, Catholic immigrants who fled the potato famine in the late 1800s, and the daughter of silent movie actors, circa 1915 in Hollywood.
Sandwiched between three boisterous brothers, life for Jackie in her youth was anything but calm. Trying to have a voice amidst the rampant testosterone and alpha-male posturing was an impossible feat. With the gift of a small six-by-six diary on her tenth birthday, Jackie discovered the joy of journaling. Hiding in her room, pouring her heart and soul out on the blank pages not only gave her solace, but a friend who would listen to her thoughts, dreams and desires without any judgment.
For the next forty-five years, she continued writing and in April, 2009, she published her first memoir, My Life in a Tutu. It started as a simple gift for her children, but instead morphed into something much larger. Word got out about the project in her small suburban town of Los Altos, California and soon sales prompted her to pen a second book, a volume of heart-warming stories gathered through her years as a columnist for the Los Altos Town Crier.
Jackie still resides in the loving home where she raised her four adult children. She continues to work in her career as a real estate agent, but devotes her spare time to her writing and her love of teaching dance to children. Currently, she is working on her next project in her series of memoirs.