Jockie Loomer-Kruger moved back to Nova Scotia following retirement years spent in Saskatchewan and Ontario. Her return to the town she left forty years earlier came just in time to be locked down in her Truro condo.
Throughout the COVID-19 isolation of 2020 she applied herself to polishing the manuscript of her first novel, and sometimes ducking into her art room to create whimsical folk art paintings.
Jockie describes her working life as a potpourri. She has been a nursery school teacher, receptionist, bookkeeper, florist, and antiques shop owner. Her playtime life has included writing for amateur theatre, The Globe and Mail, Homemakers, Humanist Perspectives, Folklore, and 50 Plus Magazine; and, in 2021, a Moose House novel, Until the Day We Die..
She self-published her first book, Valley Child—A Memoir (2016), the year she turned 80, with support from the Region of Waterloo Arts fund. 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.
She has two daughters in Nova Scotia, a son in Ontario, and a longing for a cat, but has settled for chickadees at her bird feeder.