UK author Jacky Rom donates children’s books to St. Maarten | THE DAILY HERALD

Author Jackie Rom (left) receiving a token of appreciation from Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle President Denise Antrobus.

SIMPSON BAY–Author from the United Kingdom Jacky Rom paid a visit to Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle as its guest speaker. After the passing of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017 she was feeling frustrated and helpless in the UK and wanted to help. She collected 400 children’s books and the books were shipped to St. Maarten with the help of her local Rotary Club and Round Table.

When Rom finally could travel to St. Maarten she met up with her friend Rotarian Jeff Jhangiani, who had been helping the less fortunate in the community after the passing of the hurricanes.

Many items were received to help those in the community with help from people worldwide. Rom said it has been an emotional journey, during which she has “laughed, cried and wept.”

Rom grew up in Romford, Essex, England, and qualified as a hairdresser and makeup artiste at London College of Fashion. It was always a dream of hers to become a film director. She wrote her first play when she was just 17 years old and has written and directed many plays over the years.

She had spent many years in TV and film studios with up-and-coming actors before she decided to write her first book.

When Rom turned 50 in 2008 she decided to take a month’s vacation in St. Maarten. She began to wonder what she would do to with her time while vacationing, and that is when she decided to write a book. This turned into a series of five books, all about the adventures of an 11-year-old detective. She said she enjoyed every minute of the process.

Her adult crime thriller Make up to Murder was released in 2015 and Hollywood has already shown interest in the film rights, she said.

Rom’s latest venture is taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she has been filming a documentary called “Method of Murder.”

Source: The Daily Herald