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.

Jacqui Jacoby on the Web:

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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? 

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 
day, after lunch but before dinner. That’s early for me as I am a late riser. The reading 
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 piecesand
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 


The more she wanted out, the more they dragged her back in!

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.

Read reviews here.

Buy Links:

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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..


  1. Writing does feel very like living with imaginary friends!

  2. Yes Patsy, that's correct. It's a bit of a pain when they start talking to you when you're in the middle of something else.

  3. Having imaginary friends is the coolest,Patsy! They're always around and you never have to share your toys! =D

  4. I loved hearing about your writing and reading routine. For some reason it is almost easier to make time for writing in my daily schedule than it is for me to factor in reading time, even though reading is my favourite thing to do. I'm still trying to find a balance that gives reading daily its due, without leaving it for night time when I'm too tired to read more than a chapter! Great interview as usual!

  5. Nice premise for the book

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  6. I loved reading your answers to Maria's questions, Jacqui! Thanks for sharing about your routines.

    Congratulations on your release and all the best!

    Thanks Maria!

  7. Hey Edith -- wish I could take credit for the writing and reading routine. But I'm only following orders. Stephen King is the one who said it and I sorta figure Stephen King might know what he's talking about so here I am. Doing what he says. "On Writing"? Excellent read for anyone who wants to or is a writer!!

  8. Thank you. If you decide to read it I hope it delivers to your expectations!! =D

  9. Thank you Nas. It was a lot of fun being here and sharing some of what I've learned over my many years of writing.

  10. Hey, Jacqui, that's very well put!

  11. Edith, I'm with you on that one. Thanks for the tip, Jacqui.

  12. Wherever you live in the world, I hope it's available....

  13. My pleasure, Nas. I've picked up some tips from Jacqui this week.

    Thank you Jacqui

  14. Hi Jacqui,

    You have a French name like mine. I picked up a hitchhiker who was walking past our house on Sunday, and he was a young French Canadian who introduced himself as Alex. So I introduced myself and enjoyed him repeating my name as New Zealanders just don't say it with the same sexy accent!!!

    I like your cover, and your plot sounds very intriguing.

  15. Hi Cherie, my name is quite universal but it's pronounced rather differently in every country in the world. I must say, I like how it is pronounced in India. Well, I did until a lady from Haryana in the north told me that in her area it was pronounced like 'mar gaya', a word which means 'dead'.

  16. Cherie-Thank you for liking the cover. If you decide to read the book I hope, too, that you enjoy it. French names are the best, huh?

  17. That was a fun interview! I look forward to those days I don't need to set an alarm! :)

  18. Wow! You'd achieved my dream Jacqui, reading the top 100! I've always wanted to. I loved your quote from Stephen King's book, he is my favourite author of all time and altho I'm not as keen on his recent stuff, I still still to this day remember the thrills he gave me as a teenager reading his magical books.

  19. I'll have to read the top 100 too. It's on my list of things to do...

  20. I've only scratched the surface of the top 100, but it is a Bucket List Goal so I have time to plug way at it. And my favorite King? Besides his On Writing (which I think every writer should read) is Different Seasons ... not one of his scary books at all. It had The Shashank Redemption in it.


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