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Jacqui Castle

Freelance Writer and Editor

Location icon United States

Jacqui is a full service freelance journalist based out of Asheville, NC, who brings over twelve years of experience producing high-quality copy to the table. She has been published in a variety of publications, both regional and national including Mountain Xpress, and WNC Woman.

Her debut novel The Seclusion, a dystopian sci-fi novel that draws from current politics, is the winner of the North Carolina Author Project, and a Foreword Indie Award Winner in SciFi.

Jacqui offers a wide range of services(including copy writing and editing, and audio narration) at competitive rates. For project inquiries, contact [email protected]

Mountain Xpress
Nurses in Mission's NICU go above and beyond

In Mission's NICU, the youngest patients in the hospital system and their parents receive extraordinary levels of care and support that help these babies through their roughest moments and then go on to thrive. These stories will break your heart and open it at the same time.

Mountain Xpress
Keeping it real: Asheville restaurants commit to food transparency

"It's fairly easy to make food taste good with white flour, white sugar and cheap oil, and that's a lot of what's going on in the world - and actually our town. So, we put the handcuffs on ourselves on purpose, and we love it," says Mitchell Orland, who owns the new Haywood Road restaurant BimBeriBon along with Reza Setayesh.

Writing Bloc
Recommended Reading for a Post-Trump Future - Writing Bloc

When I was coming up with this reading list, I toyed with several different directions that I could go. I considered a reading list comprised of novels loosely related to mine. Perhaps consisting of science fiction or dystopian reads with political themes, but with a slightly different twist.

Writing and Literature

Writing Bloc
Freewrite Portable Typewriter Review - Writing Bloc

When I first sat down to write this review, I pulled out my laptop. I know, I know. What was I thinking? But, habits are hard things to drop, which is why we all need a bit of help sometimes. Luckily, I realized my mistake and quickly closed the laptop and grabbed the Freewrite.

Mountain Xpress
Troy & Sons owner releases memoir, Pure Heart

"Traditional Scotch-Irish Appalachian moonshine had a history that dated back long before Prohibition, and it was one of the best hard liquors the world had ever known. And nobody, anywhere, was making it that way anymore. When I discovered that, I knew moonshine was my opportunity.

Pop Mythology
The Apocalypse Book Club: May Selection - 'The Sirens of Titan'

The Apocalypse Blog Book Club picks a different dystopian-themed novel to read each month and has an online discussion, as well as an in-person meeting in Milwaukee. Different club members will write reports on our selections each month for Pop Mythology.

Mountain Xpress
Local author releases how-to book on adopting a vegan lifestyle

Western North Carolina blogger and author Aisha Adams has penned a new resource for the vegan and health arenas. Vegan Curious: Answers, Recipes, and Activities to Help You Jumpstart Your Vegan Lifestyle offers practical suggestions for those interested in transitioning to a vegan diet.

Food & Drink

Mountain Xpress
Ashevilleans jump off the sugar train

Laura Marion, an Asheville resident and local acupuncturist, recently embarked on a sugar-free diet. She reports experiencing such benefits as a boost to mood and energy levels, healthy weight loss, sharpened cognition and improved digestion. "I started having some digestive issues, so finally I just kind of had this serious talk with myself and was like, 'OK, it's time,'" says Marion.

Mountain Xpress
Cultivating a subculture: Asheville's bubbling craft ferments industry

Creating a subculture around symbiotic cultures? That's precisely what is happening in Western North Carolina's fast-growing fermented food and beverage industries. Cultivating beneficial microorganisms to yield tasty drinks and foods that benefit the mind, body and spirit is being embraced as a business opportunity by an ever-increasing number of locals.

Mountain Xpress
Asheville restaurants support Planned Parenthood with Chow for Choice

Seven area restaurants will support women's health organization Planned Parenthood on Tuesday, May 16, through the third annual Chow for Choice initiative. That day, each participating eatery will donate 10 percent of the day's proceeds directly to the organization. "It's a great way to engage locally owned restaurants," says Nikki Harris, director of philanthropy for Planned Parenthood in Western North Carolina.

Mountain Xpress
Asheville Food Truck Showdown throws down at WNC Ag Center

"I'm a big fan of food and what food trucks can do in such a confined space and area. The fact that they can put out this high-level, quality food really impresses me," says Asheville Food Truck Showdown organizer Carey Harnash.

Mountain Xpress
Farm & Fork Dinner supports sustainable agriculture in downtown Black Mountain

Local farmers and chefs will gather on the streets of downtown Black Mountain on Saturday, Sept. 17, to serve 100 ticket holders a six-course, open-air dinner right on Sutton Avenue. The all-hands-on-deck Black Mountain Farm & Fork Dinner will help raise scholarship money to benefit a local student studying sustainable agriculture.

Mountain Xpress
Asheville food and farm tours can brighten fall and winter days

As the sunny days of early autumn transition to a crisp November chill, many local tour companies, farms and restaurateurs have wrapped up their outdoor offerings, shifting their focus to the offseason work that demands attention.

Travel & Tourism

Explore Asheville
Eyes to the Sky: A Fall Experience to Remember | Asheville, NC's Official Travel Site

Fall is a favorite time here in Western North Carolina, when the cooling weather provides ideal conditions for exploring all that this area has to offer. The changing leaves along the Blue Ridge Parkway present a feast for the eyes, and the migration sightings can provide memories to last a lifetime, particularly for hawk enthusiasts.


Mountain Xpress
Asheville dietitians see pros and cons to the ketogenic diet

The high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet has been steadily gaining in popularity both locally and nationally as a weight-loss strategy as well as a way to manage specific health issues, but it's not for everyone, say Asheville nutrition experts.

Mountain Xpress
Oasis: Mobile ceremonies bring tea to the people

"A lot of tourism and a lot of community around Asheville is based around drinking beer. How do we build a community around another beverage that has innate healing qualities?" wonders Charles Wu, co-owner of Wu Gong Fu Tea. Wu's comment reflects a shift in the local tea community, which is joining the growing trend...

Explore Asheville
Spa Experiences with an Asheville Twist | Asheville, NC's Official Travel Site

When on vacation many of us crave experiencing something out of the ordinary - an activity that stands apart from the monotony of everyday life. Well, prepare to be beguiled - and reap the benefits! Asheville's reputation as a destination for health and wellness dates back to the 1800s.

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