Hey guys! My name is Jacquelyn but feel free to call me Jackie. Everyone does! As a little kid who was just learning how to write, Jacquelyn felt so long and complicated. Add in my surname and it’s even longer. My mum didn’t want my name shortened, but it ended up that way. It was just easier and the shortened name stuck. I did make a promise to myself though that if I wrote a novel, I would use my ‘proper’ name. My mum always believed in me, always said I would write a book, so I feel like I’m honouring her by using the name she so lovingly bestowed on me. I’ve dedicated London Belongs to Me to her. She passed away a few years ago, and I miss her every day. I hope that she’s proud of me. I did it, Mum!
I live in Toronto with my British husband and Schipperke dog. I’ve spent most of my adult life working in television (at CHUM Television: Citytv and MuchMusic; and at Alliance Atlantis Broadcasting: Discovery Health Channel, Slice, and National Geographic Channel), but I’ve been writing full-time now for about eight years. In that time I have won several national writing awards and have been published by several of the most popular magazines, newspapers, and websites in North America including USA Today, Canadian Living, Best Health, National Geographic Travel, The Toronto Star, Psychology Today, Reader’s Digest, Chatelaine, Today’s Parent, and Flare. I’m also the creator of AUTHORS CELEBRATING AUTHORS, a column in my blog featuring Q&As with my favourite authors. K.A. Tucker, Jill Santopolo, Karen Swan, and Penelope Douglas have been among my esteemed guests.
Pop culture favourites—I have so many! Sherlock, Humans, Doctor Who, Outlander, Riverdale, Gossip Girl, and Gilmore Girls live on my iPad. I love hockey and soccer/football, comic cons, and have an unhealthy fascination with London, England. Music is also a huge part of my life. I even named both LONDON BELONGS TO ME and LONDON, CAN YOU WAIT? after favourite songs (by Saint Etienne and Gene, respectively and yep, they’re from London, of course!). Give me British milk chocolate, magazines, and tickets to a play, and I’m a happy girl.
I’m a proud member of the Professional Writers Association of Canada and the Romance Writers of America.
LONDON BELONGS TO ME, my debut novel, was chosen as one of eight honourable mention winners in the mainstream/literary category of the 25th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. If you want to read more about how LONDON BELONGS TO ME almost didn’t happen, check out my blog post about how the book came to be.
My second book, LONDON, CAN YOU WAIT?, published October 2017, won the gold medal in the romance category of the 2018 IPPY Awards. It can be read as a stand-alone novel; however, if you’ve read LONDON BELONGS TO ME, you will have a deeper understanding of the characters and their world in LONDON, CAN YOU WAIT?. Because there are more sexy times in LONDON, CAN YOU WAIT?, I would recommend it for readers 18+.
My next book is called UNTIL THE LAST STAR FADES—due for publication fall 2018! I cannot wait for you to meet Riley and Ben, and experience their lives in New York City. UNTIL THE LAST STAR FADES is a new story with new characters, however, it takes place in the same world as my London books…in other words, there might be people, places, and things in UNTIL THE LAST STAR FADES that ring a bell (and hopefully, bring a smile to your face) if you’ve read LBTM & LCYW.
Readers who want to discuss my books can join The Mark Keegan Appreciation Society, a private Facebook group to share spoilers, celebrate my books’ characters, and make new bookish friends.
Anything else you would like to know? Drop me an email via the contact page on this website or reach out to me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook (links are at the bottom of this page). I love hearing from readers and seeing your photos of LONDON BELONGS TO ME and LONDON, CAN YOU WAIT?—I often share your photos on my social media. It really is my favourite thing ever, seeing your photos of my books. 🙂
If you want to check out my other work, visit my freelance writing portfolio featuring articles on health, fitness, travel, pop culture, and pets.
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