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Neta Jackson

Author of The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Down

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Neta Jackson's Bio:
Born in Winchester, Kentucky, in 1944, Neta Jackson is the daughter of a Christian-school principal father and a school librarian mother. Her childhood took her from Boston, Mass., to Longview, Texas, to Seattle, Washington. She barely noticed because she always had her nose in a book Ė when she wasnít drawing pictures of horses.

Her love of perfectly placed words never wavered. As a high school senior, she took the winnings from a Scholastic Magazine First Place Award for story writing and bought a typewriter. She hasnít quit writing since.

She planned to attend Wheaton College but spent her first year in a bible college closer to home. Husband Dave said he is glad she did. That is where they met and fell in love. Neta stayed true to her dream of attending Wheaton the next year and left Dave behind, trusting that if God meant for them to be together, things would work out.

Hundreds of letters later, they were married. After two children, one foster child and grandchildren of their own, Neta and Dave enjoy one of the most successful writing partnerships ever. Their Trailblazers series and Hero Tales have stacked up such prestigious awards as the Angel Award of Merit from the Education Clearinghouse Product Review, Best Childrenís Book of the Year from the CBA New Zealand and the ECPA Gold Medallion Award.

The Yada Yada Prayer Group and The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Down (Integrity Publishers, August 2004) are solo projects for Neta. The Yada Yada Prayer Group, released last year, has sold over 75,000 copies in less than six months and has been nominated for a 2004 Christy Award.

When not pounding out another great story, Neta enjoys gardening and genealogy and adores the new experience of grandparenting. She and Dave worship at the Worship Center in their hometown in Illinois.

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