SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – United Kingdom (UK) author Jacky Rom paid a visit to The Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle as their guest speaker, the civic club said in a statement on Tuesday.
“Jacky grew up in Romford Essex and qualified as a hairdresser and makeup artist at the ‘London College of Fashion’. It had always a dream of hers to become a film director.
“Jacky wrote her first play when she was just 17 years old and has written and directed many plays over the years. She has spent many years in TV and film studios with her own up and coming actors before she decided to write her first book.
“When Jacky turned 50 years of age in 2008 she decided to take a months’ vacation in St. Maarten. She began to wonder what she would do to occupy her time while vacationing, that’s when she decided to write a book.
“This turned into a series of 5 books all about the adventures of an 11-year-old detective. She enjoyed every minute of the process. Her adult crime thriller book ‘Make up to Murder’ was release in 2015, and she already has interest in Hollywood for the film rights.
“Jacky’s latest venture has taken place in Las Vegas where she has been filming a documentary called ‘Method of Murder’ she is currently waiting for the airing dates around the world.
“After the passing of Hurricanes Irma and Maria she was feeling frustrated and helpless back in the UK and she wanted to help. She collected 400 children’s books and with the help of her local Rotary Club and Round table, the books were shipped to SXM.
“When Jacky could finally get to SXM she met up with her friends Rotarian Jeff Jhangiani who had been helping the less fortunate in the community after the passing of the hurricanes.
“With the help from people worldwide, they have received so much to be able to help those in the community. Jacky says it’s been an emotional journey she has laughed, cried and wept.”