Author Interview: Jacki Kelly & In Pursuit of Perfection

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Author Interview: Jacki Kelly

1. How did you choose your genre? What made you write this book? I love writing romance. The best part is the happily-ever-after endings or the happy-for-now endings I get to write into my stories. As an optimist, I always try to see the good in a situation, and writing romance allows me to escape the headline news, or the tragic story of the day and escape into a world that’s fun, exciting and upbeat.

2. Writers write what they know, and must observe the world. Are you a firstborn, middle or last child and how does this shape your view of the world? I’m a middle child and I believe there is a bit of me in each of my book. Like Macy Rollins from In Pursuit of Perfection, I used to work for a large corporation and understand the importance of knowing and coping with office politics.

3. Where is your favorite place to write? My office at my house. I don’t share it with anyone, so it’s full of all things Jacki. And sometimes it gets pretty messy, especially when I’m trying to finish a project. But in there, I don’t have to answer to anyone for the mess. And most times I can pretend like the outside world doesn’t exist. It’s just me and my characters.

4. How do you feel about killing your darlings, and what do you do with the remains? An author has to do what she has to do to make the book good. If I struggle with killing off a character, then I save them and hope they fit into another future book.

5. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them? I’d want to meet Gloria Naylor and ask her how she came up with the story idea for her book, Mama Day. It’s one of my all-time favorites.

6. Inquiring minds want to know…tell readers something about you that no one knows. I’m a stickler for being on time. I’m more likely to show up early, than be late. I think being late for events is a sign of disrespect. Time is such a valuable commodity; I don’t like wasting it.

7. You are stranded on a deserted island with only a backpack for company. What three items are in your survival pack?
Since I’m stranded, I won’t have to worry about my weight, so there will be lots of chocolate. Maybe even chocolate with nuts, my favorite. And my Kindle, because then I’d have lots of stuff to read, because my Kindle is full of books waiting for me to read. And a survival kit, that included a weapon, waterproof matches, a blanket, soap, a first aid kit and a waterproof cell phone. I cheated a bit, didn’t I?

8. If you could have one superpower in your existence, what would it be? The ability to make the world a peaceful and loving place. I know its sounds like pie-in-the-sky, but that’s what I’d love to see.

9. Favorite snack? In case you don’t already know – chocolate.

10. Indy 500 – Do you know how to get where you’re going or do you drive the speed limit? Most times I try to drive the speed limit, but have you ever tried to drive at 25 MPH. The car isn’t moving.

In Pursuit of Perfection

by Jacki Kelly


GENRE:   romance



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.



He held her waist as they danced and pulled her closer. She fit into his arms, as if they were made for each other. “So, do you forgive me for my callous comment?” He tilted his head to look into her light brown eyes.

“I’ll think about it. I work very hard for English and wouldn’t do anything to put the contract negotiations at peril on purpose.”

“I get that. I was out of line.”

She nodded. Her eyes softened enough to let him know that hurdle was now behind him. He relaxed a little. Her long, regal neck, the soft feel of her skin, and the sparkle in her eyes made concentrating on his dance step impossible. Seeing her in a different environment made her seem like a different person. So why wasn’t she already taken?

The song ended, but he didn’t want to stop talking to her or let her disappear into the crowd. Not yet. There was no guarantee he’d get another opportunity to hold her this close again.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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.

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