Pat Jackson has a wide variety of interests, which are reflected in the books she has authored co-authored, or edited.

Pat was born and grew up in Chicago, and has since lived in many places in the U.S. from coast to coast. Since 1967 she has resided in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. After being a nurse educator for ten years, she left her career to become a volunteer for the Sierra Club in many roles, first in the U.S. and then in Canada. For many years she enjoyed hiking, cross-country skiing and canoeing. Travel within North America and overseas presented numerous opportunities for new experiences and making new friends.

She pursued her interest in the Klondike Gold Rush by hiking the Chilkoot Trail. This was followed by a later visit to Dawson City to see for herself some of what the two cousins in the book experienced in 1900.