Hello. 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 a massive pop culture geek (Sherlock, Doctor Who, Outlander, Gilmore Girls are faves), 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 London Belongs to Me after a favourite song of mine by Saint Etienne, one of my favorite bands (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 Canadian Authors Association.
London Belongs to Me is my debut novel. If you want to read more about how it almost didn’t happen, check out my blog post about how the book came to be.
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. I often share readers’ photos on social media and in blog posts, so keep them coming!
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