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Who is Jacqui Jacoby?
I’m a grown up person with imagery friends. Friends who have lives of their own and stories that they want to be told. Luckily, I’m the one they tell them to and I get to type their words onto the page. I love my job. And it’s a job I will finally be able to do full time. Having always listed myself as a working mom, my youngest is heading to college this coming May, leaving me to face the dreaded Empty Nest. I think I will fair alright with it, though. I have my “friends” of course and a plan of action to keep busy at the keyboard.
What inspired you to be a writer?
Today they call it fan fiction, but when I was a teenager in junior high watching The Hardy Boys it was just neat to think about the episodes I watched and rewrite them in my head. I never told anyone I did it, never put anything on paper. I just kept the stories to myself. But it laid the foundation for me to start to think up my own characters, my own plots. Having my over-active imagination may have kept me a little bit isolated in social circles – I preferred my stories to the other kids --, but it was perfect for cultivating a sense of writing.
How did you choose your genre?
I didn’t choose my genre. My genre chose me. As a self defense enthusiast with ten years of martial arts experience including sword fighting and some knife defense, writing about tough chicks, about woman who know how to take care of themselves, comes natural to me. And taking care doesn’t necessarily mean a woman who can fight and score. It’s more about the inner strength that gives them the ability to face down tough situations and in some cases, painful pasts.
What made you tell this story and why did you write this book?
Stephen King, in his book “On Writing”, talks about not so much of writing a book as of unearthing one. I always felt that way about this book. “Who wrote that?” I would think when I went back to read some part of the manuscript.
How did you come up with the title?
I wanted a title that conveyed the goal of Jaime, the heroine, that she wanted justice for the crimes that are committed within the pages of the book. The bad guy had to meet a just end and she had to have the motivation to go after him and make him pay. The title chosen wasn’t the title I was going for … LOL … though I am happy with the one the publisher decided on. Still, I think it shows a sense of urgency at what Jaime wants and the determination she has to see justice fulfilled.
WITH A VENGEANCE
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…
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