Meet Jacqui Jacoby - Giveaway and Interview
ANNOUNCEMENT: The winner of Jacqui's giveaway is Cherie Le Clare. Congratulations Cherie!
It's my pleasure to welcome author Jacqui Jacoby to MBB today. An award winning author, she lives and writes in Northern Arizona, USA. Jacqui is a self proclaimed, self-defense hobbyist. Having studied martial arts for numerous years she retired in 2006 from the sport. She is a working mother, whose career includes writing books, teaching online and live workshops and penning short non-fiction.
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Jacqui, you're very welcome, thanks for coming to talk to us. Has it been a long journey from writing to being a published author?
I started writing when my son was eleven months old. He turns twenty five this coming May. And yet, With A Vengeance is my debut novel. That is twenty-four years of
submissions and rejections on a multitude of manuscripts. Then there was my expansion
into writing short nonfiction for newsletters and magazines and the introduction of
teaching workshops both live and online. I needed that to keep me busy while I continued
to write. I knew it was just a matter of time. Did I have a clue how long it would take? No.
But once I started I could never stop. Who knew when that big break was going to come?
Tell us a bit about your writing routine. Do you write every day?
day, after lunch but before dinner. That’s early for me as I am a late riser. The reading
Stephen King, in his
book, On Writing, says that in order to be a writer you have to do two things: read a lot
and write a lot. I try to do both every day. The writing comes in the early part of the
comes later, after I’ve gotten ready for bed. I tuck myself in with my Kindle and get down
to work. What I read depends on what comes up on my list. In 2011 I started reading the
top 100 books of all time. I didn’t read the classics when I was younger so I am doing it
What, for you, is the USP of a great book? The characters or the plot?
I have to care for the characters in order to get into the plot. I’m a people person and
I like to hear people’s stories. To really get into the novel I need to have the characters
turn into flesh and blood through the use of dialogue and background and relationships.
A plot is important. It’s the place where the people live and move but give me a person I
can care about and I will read from page one to the end.
Can you try to sum up the essence of your new release in just 140
characters (that's the size of a Tweet, BTW)
CIA action/adventure romance: Jaime Walsh finds love in an unexpected place while
bringing down a corrupt official with murder on his mind.
After this release, what's next on your agenda?
I will do more of the same. Teach some workshops, write some short piecesandWITH A VENGEANCE
continue to write novels. I will sleep in most days and enjoy my time doing exactly what
I want to be doing …living with my imaginary friends in the worlds where they come
Daughter to murdered CIA officers, niece to a deputy director, Jaime Walsh has never known life outside the world of espionage. Until a high-action case in Buenos Aires leaves her gutted. Physically, emotionally…and professionally.She’d planned for her long-overdue vacation to be a time to rest and reassess. With her longtime partner Stephen not far behind, it’s a tropical paradise away from work. A paradise where boundaries will be tested. From their training days, Stephen Reid has watched Jaime kick ass while performing what has become his second job—watching her back. But now his feelings have grown.
As best friends look at each other in a new light, they like what they see. And Jaime dreams of a new life outside “the company”. Except someone from their past won’t be satisfied until Jaime and the man she loves are hunted to the brink of death. Now Jaime must find the strength to trust her heart and let go of her fear. Before she loses everything…
Read an excerpt here.
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Jacqui is giving an ecopy of WITH A VENGEANCE away to one person who comments here, so be sure to leave a comment before you leave here!!!! Thanks for the giveaway, Jacqui..