I’m someone who likes to get their feet wet in a number of creative outlets, and thus refer to myself as a “Creative Explorer.” Over the years, I’ve performed stand-up comedy in two countries (Australia and Malaysia); filmed short films, music videos, travel footage, and stand-up comedy; written short film screenplays (and one feature), a one-act play (with a friend), short stories, fiction, and non-fiction; blogged particularly about my travel experiences; photographed a lot on my travels, and put together albums with photos; and acted in a few plays. I’ve taken a few comedy and improv workshops, and currently perform improv with two troupes – YUM!, which is one of Leela’s Performing Improv Ensembles, and LiGht BrighT, and LGBT improv troupe I helped put together with other Leela performers.
My first novel, Adrift, was released in September 2013, and I’ve had various short stories published published in anthologies edited by other people, as well as one I put together, Amok: An Anthology of Asia-Pacific Speculative Fiction.
Though now based in Oakland, California, I was born and raised in Western Australia, to American parents, then moved to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with my husband and first child in November 2008, where we stayed until June 2014. These factoids are the main reasons I’ve travelled so extensively in my life. I’ve been to over 30 countries on 6 of the 7 continents in the world. My main lifetime travel goals are:
1. Go to all the Disney theme parks around the world (which I’ve done!)
2. Visit all 50 US states (I have 16 left)
3. Go to all 7 continents (1 to go; Antarctica)
Jeremy Malcolm (also born and raised in Western Australia), and I were married in 2006, when I was 22. Our first son, Doyle, was born in January 2007, and our second son, Leonard, was born in Malaysia in August 2010.
In November 2012, about a week before turning 29, I publicly came out as bisexual because I wanted to talk about that more in the context of how it can influence my creative projects. I tend to like to explore diverse characters in my writing – both screenplays and prose, focusing primarily on diversity in race and sexuality since that’s where the diverse spread is most common in my own life and friendships. I regularly search for “bisexual” on Indiegogo because I like to find other projects that focus on bisexual characters, since I feel like we aren’t represented often enough.
My tertiary education qualifications include a Bachelor of Science in Internet Computing, with minors in Media Studies and Multimedia Information Systems, followed by a Graduate Diploma in Media Production.
Favourite TV programmes
3rd Rock From the Sun, Angel, The Blacklist, Boston Legal, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Chaser’s War on Everything, Doctor Who, Firefly, Frasier, Good News Week, Glee, Hawaii Five-O, Just Shoot Me, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Lost, Medium, Once Upon a Time, Orange is the New Black, Red Dwarf, Ringer, Scrubs, Sense 8, Smash, Supernatural
Favourite video games
Donkey Kong Country 2, Donkey Kong Country 3, Donkey Kong 64, Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy X-2, Final Fantasy XII, Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2, X-Men Legends
Bottle Rocket, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Royal Tenenbaums, Zoolander, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Pirates of the Caribbean, Kate & Leopold, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Favourite Disney films
Mulan, Tarzan, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast
Wes Anderson, Kevin Smith
Sandra Bullock, Edward Norton, Ryan Gosling, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jensen Ackles, David Spade, Ryan Reynolds, Owen Wilson
Where else on the Internet you can find me
Facebook: “Creative Explorer” page and Jaclyn Rousseau page
YouTube: Video Channel
Goodreads: Author profile
Amazon: Author page
Kickstarter: Because I like supporting other creative projects/artists
Indiegogo: Ditto, but this is a site I have campaigned on