Interview with romantic suspense author Jacki Kelly

Romantic suspense author Jacki Kelly joins me today to chat about her
new novel, In Pursuit of Perfection.

During her virtual book tour, Jacki will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and
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for a chance to win, use the form below. To increase your chances of
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Men and women have always sought the
promise that only love can offer. Jacki invites you into an intriguing world where
romance abounds around every corner and down every street. You’ll be amazed at
the crazy things we do and don’t do for the promise of love.
Jacki has been writing since her fourth grade teacher made
her keep a journal for a grade. Now she does it to keep track of all the
fascinating and heartbreaking moments that life throws our way. Poetry,
personal essays, short stories and novels have all occupied space in her heart
and her hard drive.
Jacki lives in the northeast where the winters are too cold
and the summers are warm. But, she wouldn’t trade it for anywhere else, well
maybe for a fabulous house on the sunny sands of Miami Beach in February. Her
loveable husband and adorable floppy eared dog endure her long periods behind
the computer creating happy-endings for her amazing hero and heroines. Romance
makes the world go round and Jacki is enjoying the ride.
Welcome, Jacki. Please share a little bit
about your current release.

The next man in Macy Rollins’s life must be
perfect. She’s had enough impostors and isn’t willing to settle for anything
less. All she has to do is get through the company contract negotiation season
and she will get that promotion she has been working so hard for. Avery
Malveaux – one of Philadelphia’s most eligible bachelors – has been hired to
work with her as legal counsel for the company. From the moment they are forced
to work together tensions are high and expectations are low. He questions her
ability, she questions his intentions. After Macy is suspected in an accounting
shortage, she accuses Avery of betraying her confidence. Has she once again been
deceived by a man she thought she could trust? Can she clear her name and win
her job back? And can there be any hope for Macy’s pursuit of perfection.

What inspired you to write this book?

I worked in corporate America for several
years and I learned sometimes it took more than just doing a good job to climb
the corporate ladder. So I wanted to show a heroine juggling work, office
politics and a relationship.

Excerpt from In Pursuit of Perfection:

She closed her
eyes and drew in a deep breath. All her thoughts whirled around the hurt little
girl her father left standing in the doorway. That was the 202 area code number
that kept showing up on her phone. She sighed. Brian had been too young to
understand the destruction their father had caused. But she couldn’t forget,
and she couldn’t forgive.

What exciting story are you working on next?

My next book drops later this year. It’s
entitled Trouble in Paradise, it’s the second book in the Sebastian Island
Series. I’ve also begun the next book in the Pursuit series – entitled In
Pursuit of Payback. So I encourage your readers to be on the lookout for both.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I started writing poems, then moved to short
stories. This was all while I was still in grade school. I started believing I
could be a writer when I started making up stories for my sister and me when we
played with our dolls. Writing is something I’ve always done. In 2012, I
decided to get serious and see if I could get a novel published.

Do you write full-time? If so, what’s your work day like? If not, what do
you do other than write and how do you find time to write?

I’ve been a fulltime writer since 2015. I usually sit down at my desk after
breakfast and try to get at least one thousand words on the page. In the
afternoon, I’m doing writing-related tasks – reaching out to readers, social
media, marketing or plotting a new story.

When I’m not writing, I’m reading or drawing.
When the weather is perfect, I’ll get out on the golf course and smack the ball
around with my husband.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

My interesting writing quirk is that I won’t
let anyone read my books until I’m sure I know where the story is going. I also
won’t give the book a title right away. 
Usually I wait and see what strikes me mid-way through the book.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a journalist, but my mother
wanted me to do something that would get me a job when I graduated from
college. So like a good daughter, I studied Business Administration. Now, I’m
in full pursuit of something I’m passionate about – writing.


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23 thoughts on “Interview with romantic suspense author Jacki Kelly

  1. James Robert says:

    It has been great hearing about your book and although I am not the reader myself, my 2 sisters and 2 daughters are. They love hearing about the genre's they like and me helping them get to find books they will enjoy. Thanks for sharing!

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