Dr. Jackie Cogswell is a physician and writer. She is the author of the Giggleheart Adventures series. Book Two, Super Luke Faces His Bully, was recently released by Divine Inspiration Publishing.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am a family physician, wife, mother, author and a Christian with a passion to help others and to seek the heart of God!
I graduated from medical school from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1994. Then, my husband and I went to Boston for four years where I completed my family practice residency. We returned to Michigan where I enjoyed helping people as a physician for seven years. But I put my medical career on hold when I had my third child. I felt the need to be a stay-at-home-mom for a while. The intent was to return to work when my baby was about six months old. Well, my baby is now seven years old, and I am still on “maternity leave!”
During this time God has captured my heart and given me a hunger to learn more about Him and to write fun-loving Christian children’s books. It has been such an adventure following God’s path for my life!
My husband is amazing, and so are our three children. We live in South Eastern Michigan. When we are home together, our house is filled with noise, energy, lots of giggles and love! But, the moment the kids are off to school, the house is quiet, and then it is my time to turn on my music, pray, read, write, and occasionally get distracted enough by dirty dishes, laundry and dust to clean!
What made you first decide to become a writer?
It all began about seven years ago when I first started studying the Bible. At that time, God somehow seemed to have flipped a switch in my imagination and starting flooding my mind with visual thoughts called word pictures (“visual slices” of stories that teach a lesson). These visual thoughts had deep meaning yet they were child-like and fun at the same time! Often my kids would say or do something that would spark another visual thought. For a while, whenever my daughter opened her mouth, I would capture another visual thought in my head, until I could write it down! In my wildest dreams, I never thought of writing a story.