Jackie was born and raised in London in a Hong Kong Chinese family, but now calls New Zealand home.
She holds a Jt. Hons. degree in English & American Studies from the University of Nottingham, and an MA in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters. She has been lucky to count among her mentors Julian Bell, Rob Young, Pete Rock, Gretchen Icenogle, Elizabeth Knox, and Sue Orr.
Jackie spent most of her adult life working as a freelance food writer and fine-dining pastry chef. At the end of 2016, Jackie, her husband, and their two cats moved to Wellington, where she opened her small business Lashings (permanently closed in 2022) and rediscovered her love of writing.
Jackie's writing has been published in Newsroom, Headland, The Spinoff, Turbine | Kapohau, Capital magazine, and Takahē. She was a co-editor of Turbine | Kapohau 2022, named as one of the six highly commended entries in the prestigious Sargeson Prize 2023, is a roving food journalist, and freelance writer and editor.
Jackie is currently working on her debut novel, a coming-of-age historical fiction set in Hong Kong in the seventies and eighties, for which she received an IIML Project Scholarship and a Creative NZ grant in 2023.