My name is Jacquelyn, but please feel free to call me Jackie.

Everyone does! As a little kid who was 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 dedicated my debut novel, London Belongs to Me, to her. She passed away a few years ago, and I miss her every day. More than anything, I hope she’s proud of me.

I live in Toronto with my British husband and love nothing more than spending time with him and going for walks with our dog. Career-wise, I worked in television broadcasting for years before switching to my dream job—writing. At first, I wrote freelance health and lifestyle articles. My work won several national writing awards and was published by USA TodayCanadian LivingBest HealthNational Geographic TravelThe Toronto StarReader’s DigestChatelaine, and Today’s Parent.

One day, I decided to do what scared me most—write a novel. I’ve always wanted to try, but you know…fear, self-doubt, time. There’s always a reason not to try, right? But I did. It was challenging and nerve-wracking but fun. So much fun! Seriously, why didn’t I try this sooner? Writing novels, creating worlds and characters, exploring emotions and why people act they way they do is the best job ever.

If I had to sum up my books, I’d say they’re character- and relationship-driven stories about people dealing with the triumphs and disasters we all experience. They’re also love stories for hopeful romantics—I say hopeful because my novels are always optimistic and ‘happily ever afters’ are more important now than ever before. But life is messy, relationships are messy, and my books aren’t afraid to go there too – in other words, they’re not rom-coms.

I’m proud to be an own voices author—I’ve had anxiety, panic attacks, and depression all my life, and I include mental health in my books. I’ve always felt that there should be more representation of mental health in novels. And by more representation, I mean realistically and empathetically portrayed mental health. I’ve seen many novels where mental health issues are treated like a character trait and nothing appears on the page to show its reality. Anxiety and depression aren’t disorders you can try on like a trendy pair of jeans. So, who would be better equipped to show anxiety and depression in a true-to-life way than someone with those very challenges? I’m pleased to have this platform to inform people about this misunderstood affliction. My goal is to entertain AND bust the stigma—one book at a time. If one person with anxiety or depression comes away after reading my books and feels understood and not alone, I’ve done my job.

Meet my books…

London Belongs to Me

My debut novel released in October 2016 and 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 this contemporary coming-of-age story with a touch of romance almost didn’t happen, check out my blog post about how the book came to be.

London, Can You Wait?

My second novel, a contemporary romance, was published in October 2017. London, Can You Wait? won the 2019 prize for Women’s Fiction from the Indie Reader Discovery Awards, the gold medal in the Romance category of the 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards, received an Indie Brag Medallion, *and* was a finalist in the 2019 Las Vegas Romance Writers ‘I Heart Indie’ Awards.

London, Can You Wait? 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?. Since this book is a romance I should mention there are more sexy times in London, Can You Wait? than there are in London Belongs to Me.

Until the Last Star Fades

Released in November 2018, Until the Last Star Fades earned me the title of 2019 Best Canadian Author at the Toronto Romance Writer’s Northern Hearts Awards.

Until the Last Star Fades also won the Romance category at the 2019 Book of the Year Awards held by the Independent Author Network and was also a triple award finalist in not one, but three North American writing chapters including Contemporary Romance Writers, Toronto Romance Writers, and the Las Vegas Romance Writers. Ben and Riley’s story also received an Indie Brag medallion.

Until the Last Star Fades is a standalone contemporary romance/women’s fiction novel with new characters, however, it takes place in the same world as my previous books…in other words, it’s a companion novel and 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 London Belongs to Me & London, Can You Wait?.

If you’re a goner for a slow-burn, friends-to-lovers romance set in NYC featuring a strong American heroine, a fun-loving Brit hero, and an unbreakable bond between a mother and her daughter, Until the Last Star Fades is for you!

Say Hello, Kiss Goodbye

Released in November 2020, this contemporary romance was a finalist in the 2021 Stiletto Awards and the recipient of TWO STARRED INDUSTRY REVIEWS (Publisher’s Weekly Booklife and BlueInk Review).

Say Hello, Kiss Goodbye is a switch on the traditional flings trope. Leia, a sustainable fashion designer and recent divorcee, wants no strings sex with zero emotional attachments or pillow talk, while wealthy British property developer Tarquin is searching for The One.

Say Hello, Kiss Goodbye is a heartfelt, sex-positive story with both mental health and accessibility reps amongst the lead and secondary characters. It’s told in alternating third person and whisks the reader off to London, New York City, and the Orkney Islands of Scotland. It’s also really sexy! My sexiest book yet.

The Certainty of Chance

Author Kelly Siskind called my Christmas in London romance “The perfect heartfelt holiday romance.” Entertainment Weekly magazine included Certainty on their “best holiday romances of 2021” list, and BlueInk Review, the indie partner of the American Library Association’s Booklist publication raved, “Heartrending and heartwarming, [The Certainty of Chance] is an undeniably endearing romance,” and gave it a STARRED REVIEW—as did Kirkus Reviews!

Madeleine and Julian’s story is sweet and beautiful, deals empathetically with grief, and celebrates found family and music. It’s also a celebration of London and all its sparkle at Christmas! The Certainty of Chance is an Indie Brag Medallion recipient, won the 2022 Outstanding Holiday Fiction award from the Independent Authors Network, and was the 2022 winner for Best Romance at the Indie Reader Discovery Awards.

There is also a Christmas Pudding Special Edition of The Certainty of Chance with an illustrated cover by Leni Kauffman. It’s available exclusively in paperback from Amazon.

A Smile in a Whisper

My most recent release (August 2023) received two glowing industry reviews: an EDITOR’S PICK designation from Publishers Weekly Booklife and a STARRED REVIEW from BlueInk Review!

This past/present dual timeline, second chance summer romance unfolds in Orkney, an archipelago of islands off the north coast of Scotland, and features a female lead with Crohn’s disease and her love interest who has panic attacks. I cannot wait for you to meet Evie and Nick!

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