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Mrs. Jackson has completed twenty-five books since her retirement in 2012. 2020 has been a difficult year. Highlighting positive outcomes is part of her mission. Her Memoir of her mom, “Her Name Was Bess’ is one. “The Nature of Things” supported World Poetry Day in March 2020. Unfortunately, the local event by Brevard Poetry Lovers was canceled. Difficult times we’re enduring.

Betty Whitaker Jackson: Author

Betty Whitaker Jackson writes fiction, memoir, poetry, nonfiction, devotional guides, and anthology pieces. Although she has written for years, retirement from a forty-year career as a secondary language arts teacher has given her the required time to devote to her craft.

She has won First Place in the Reader’s Digest Life Rich Memoir Writing Contest, and has published with WestBow Press, Life Rich Publishing, and CreateSpace.

She is an active member of the Space Coast Writers’ Guild and volunteers with the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra. She now resides in Palm Bay Florida after living in New York, New Jersey, and Iowa. She is a cum laude graduate of Hope College with a major in English Education and minors in history and music and hold a Master of Arts degree in Humanities from Hofstra University. She is a designated Master Teacher and is a National Board Certified Teacher.

Her favorite writing quote is: “I write to discover what I know.” By Flannery O’Connor.

Her website includes her blog, “The View from Here,” and information about her twenty-five published books. Her most recent books are “The Nature of Things: World Poetry Day 2020”, written to celebrate the Brevard Poetry Lovers event in March which had to be canceled because of COVID-19 restrictions, and “Her Name Was Bess,” a memoir honoring her mother. Her newest book, due for publication in early January, is “Concord Place on Apple Tree Lane,” written during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November. She is also published in three additional anthologies released this year, “Change,” “Survival” and “Pandemic.”

Mrs. Jackson has struggled with retina issues for two years, but thanks to two surgeries and continued treatment, is able to write with enlarged print. She is thankful for prayers on her behalf.



Betty Whitaker Jackson, Author:

2012  It’s a God Thing!

2013  Job Loss: What’s Next? A Step by Step Action Plan

2013  Bless You Bouquets: A Memoir

2014  And God Chose Joseph: A Christmas Story  

2014  Rocking Chair Porch: Summers with Grandma  

              (First Prize in Reminisce/Reader’s Digest LifeRich Memoir Contest 2014)

2015  Whispering Woods

      LifeRich Publishing.

2015  Winter Wonderland at Whispering Woods

2016  Splendid Springtime at Whispering Woods

2016  Christmas Is Coming at Whispering Woods

2015  Thanksliving: Attitude of Gratitude, a Devotional Guide

2016  Beyond Easter: Ascension and Pentecost  

2016  Advent Adventure: A Devotional Guide

2016  My Psalms Devotional Guide

2017  Seaside Serendipity

2017  Yay! Hooray! It’s Concert Day!

2018  It’s Surely a God Thing!

2018  Restore My Soul Psalms: A Lenten Journey

2018  Encore Anthology  Stories and Poems

2018  Life-Changing Water: Chaos to Glory: a Metaphor Study

2019  Apple Tree Lane

2019  I Hear Music Everywhere

2019  At Home on Apple Tree Lane

2019  Led by the Spirit

2020 The Nature of Things

2020 Her Name Was Bess

Betty Whitaker Jackson, Author:

2014 First Prize in Reminisce/Reader’s Digest LifeRich Memoir Contest
2015 Whispering Woods Book Trailer

Her blog, “The View from Here”

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Soon celebrating their 52nd anniversary, the Jacksons have lived in New York, New Jersey, Iowa, and now, the paradise of Palm Bay, Florida. Their two grown children and daughter-in-love, all orchestra musicians, and beautiful granddaughters Kaley and Emily, live nearby.

Hobbies include gardening, symphonic music, singing, book clubs, and teaching a weekly small-group Bible study for seniors. Foundationally, they daily enjoy God’s divine appointments called Godincidences, which show God’s providence and loving kindness.

Ms. Jackson’s books are available as ebooks and paperback at, WestBow books, and LifeRich Publishing.