Debbie Jenkins

I’m Debs Jenkins, writer, author, horse addict and painter. I live in Spain with a host of animals. Some people say I’m Bonkers In The Nut! If you want to know more about where I live take a look at: www.NativeSpain.com. I am the #AgileAuthor.

I’d be really happy if you stalked me over at Facebook or Twitter. Or the more civilized Linkedin.

If you want to hire me as a book coach or to help you write your book just get in touch. If you want to hire me for anything else, well, I’m open to ideas, get in touch…

Business (Boring) Version

debs-smallDebbie Jenkins has a 1st Class Degree in Electronics Engineering and has run her own businesses for the last 20 years. She was the co-owner of a marketing and publishing company where she commissioned, edited and published 80 books in the coaching, self-improvement and small business development fields.

During her career she has interviewed over 1,000 engineers, managers and directors helping companies such as Siemens, Mitsubishi and Toyota find the right people for their projects.

She authored or co-authored 10 books on marketing, including The Gorillas Want Bananas and The Wealthy Author. She has written hundreds of articles on Spain at her blog www.NativeSpain.com and is the author of the popular (now in its third edition) Going Native in Murcia guide book. Her most recent book is a dual-language cookery book, Spanish Village Cooking – Recetas Del Campo.

Debbie’s analytical engineering background makes her great for her role as a book coach as she is able to probe and uncover all relevant information. Her experience in the publishing and book marketing fields ensures your writing project is kept on track.

Debbie is bilingual (English & Spanish) and lives in Spain with her cats, dogs and horses.

My Version (Less Boring)

deb-roccoAll I ever wanted to do when I was a kid was be a writer. I had all these notebooks that I’d start writing in and then lose somewhere under a pile of bike bits, test tubes or a lock of Barbie Hairstyling Hair… I always got A+ in English Literature & Language for all my essays. I was a right swot.

So, when it came to career’s day at school when I was about 14, and I had to choose the subjects for the final two years of compulsory education, I was excited to tell the career’s advisor that I was going to be a writer. She turned her head to one side and sucked on her false front tooth, flipped through a few sheets of paper and said, ‘There are no jobs on my list for writer. Choose something else.’

‘Ok, journalist.’

‘Nope not got any of them either. What about bank clerk? There are loads of jobs for them and you’re good at maths.’
I thought for a bit, trying not to cry.

‘Look Deborah, you need to be realistic, there are no jobs for writers and there’s no money in it, choose something sensible.’ Oh God, if only I’d listened, she was so right, I’ve never had a paid job writing.

cookery-contest‘Can I see the list please, Miss? There’s got to be something on there.’

So, I looked hard at the list of careers available and decided to take her advice, ‘OK I’ll be an engineer.’

She spluttered and spittled, ‘You’re a girl!’ I left the room shortly after.

If you finished your secondary education at my school in the 80s you were considered a success, irrespective of your grades. Finishing school meant that you hadn’t got yourself pregnant – success! So I finished school (sin bebe) and became an engineer.

I quickly realised I wasn’t cut out to be an engineer, I talk too much. I suppose selecting your career choice to spite a middle-aged career’s advisor is a bit stupid really. But hey, I met two of my husbands through being an engineer, so it’s not all that bad!

I ended up running my own businesses, moving to Spain and living in a cave for while, before finding a farmhouse and buying horses.

If I had to describe myself I’d say I’m a bit of a Jack of all trades, and a master of some… In the Renaissance era I’d be revered (no, really I would) as a polymath. These days it’s kind of weird to change from being a (1st Class Hons Engineering) degree qualified engineer, to (top fee earning) recruiter, to (serial) entrepreneur, to business book writer, to publisher, to horse tickler, to cave dweller, to linguist, to painter, to book coach, to cookery book writer and above all else champion wine drinker & poo-picker.

My personal motto: If you’re not having fun, what are you having?

How I can help you…

If you’ve spent hours of your life working on your book, ebook or website copy I can take it apart for you and throw it back together in a different form. Usually, it’s a better form, with some spelling mistakes corrected and a few sentences re-constructed.

Sometimes I even offer advice and suggestions, do research and re-write your stuff entirely. You can call it ghostwriting – or whatever you like – at the end of the day the words are yours.

You can pay me for this if you want. If you have a book idea, proposal or finished manuscript that you want me to look at, get in touch, I won’t bite.

I love writing

I love writing stuff: Books, articles, websites, To Do lists, shopping lists… Here are a few of my favourite articles: My Irrational Fear of Vicars, Emergency Knickers & Language Learning If you want to see any of my books take a look: Books written by Debbie Jenkins And my shopping lists usually include: hay, cat food, dog treats and wine…

Making a TV Program (& drinking gin!)

Making a TV Program (& drinking gin!)

Did I mention I like talking? A Lot! If you want someone to talk about living in Spain, Murcia, cooking or writing books then I’m your girl.

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One of my paintings as a book cover…

The Disaster Farm

Here at the Disaster Farm our first priority (before fixing the roof!) was to set up a riding arena so we can train our horses. Here are some gratuitously gorgeous horsey photos… And if you want more horsey photos go and have a look at www.BonkersintheNut.com