Peter Carseldine is an Australian writer who did not take writing seriously until he retired from full time employment in 2013.
When he retired, he joined a writers group to learn and understand the finer points of writing as well as mix with others of similar interests. Peter is now the chairperson of ‘Caboolture Writers’ Link’ in Queensland, Australia.
Peter writes short stories mainly for his own pleasure and to share with the writers’ group and a circle of on-line friends.
The challenge of Crimson Cloak Publishing’s 2018 competition spurred his imagination and he drew on a life experience to pen ‘Jacqueline’.
Peter always jokes, saying, “When I was a kid at school, my favourite subject was writing an essay. After the teacher marked the essay, it came back with red corrections all through it and with a comment “Wonderful story but atrocious spelling’. For that reason, I never wrote anything seriously until someone invented a word processor with spell check.”
The story Jacqueline, while fictitious, is based on a friendship the author had during the mid-1960s. The sequence of events that appear as diary entries of 1965 and 1966 are factual and form the basis of the story. The rest of the narrative is pure fiction. The character Jacqueline portrays the author’s friend who tragically did take her own life in 1978. While the character name Jacqueline is not the name of the author’s friend, the story is written with a heartfelt memory of her.