Following retirement years spent in Saskatchewan and Ontario, Jockie Loomer-Kruger returned to her Nova Scotia roots in 2020.
She describes her working life as a potpourri, having been a nursery school teacher, receptionist, bookkeeper, florist, and antique shop owner.
Her playtime life has included writing for amateur theatre, publication in The Globe and Mail, Homemakers, Humanist Perspectives, Folklore, 50 Plus Magazine, and three poetry anthologies. The other playtime activity continues to be creating colorful, whimsical folk art paintings.
She has two daughters in Nova Scotia, a son, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren in Ontario.
With the support of a grant from the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund, Jockie self-published her first book, Valley Child—A Memoir in the year she turned 80 (2016). In the summer of 2020, she donated the book rights and her 33 original folk-art illustrations to the West Hants Historical Society Museum in Windsor, Nova Scotia.
Until the Day We Die is her debut novel and she appreciates being able to have it released by Moose House Publications, of Granville Ferry, Nova Scotia.