Jamie spent her early childhood years living alongside the Buffalo River in Northwest Arkansas without television or neighbors. Those long, formative hours spent exploring the wild river and peaceful forests which surrounded it, set in motion a way of looking at the world that would later inform her as a storyteller. Alone in nature early in life, and then moving frequently throughout her adolescence, Jamie cultivated her writer’s sensibilities, carefully observing everything about the world around her and the people who populated it. At age twelve, her aunt gave her a journal with the gentle instructions to “write about it” and she has. Although that writing has taken various forms over the years, storytelling has been her constant companion, greatest love, comfort and inspiration.