Jacqui Jacoby

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Jacqui grew up in the Foothills of the San Fernando Valley. She graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts in 16th Century British History. An award-winning writer of romantic suspense and paranormal romance, she’s written numerous articles on writing and has interviewed best-selling romance fiction writers, and is a regular contributor to RWR (Romance Writers Report) and KOD (Kiss of Death).[1] She’s a martial artist, which she uses in one of the several workshops she presents on the internet and in person.[2] In 2008, after raising her three kids, Jacqui returned to school to obtain a second Bachelor of Arts, this one in Modern Languages, majoring in French and minoring in Spanish. She lives in Northern Arizona with her husband, three children and the exchange students the family hosts.[3][4][5]

Writing career

Jacqui’s writing career began on October 26, 1993. Though she had written several novels before then, she credits them to education and claims this date as the day she moved from hobbyist to professional. She enjoyed both agent representation and success with her articles during the nineties, but suffered a drawback when her agent died unexpectedly. It took eight years before she signed with another one. She spent those years turning out more books and working for several non-fiction publications.

Pulling from her experience in martial arts, Jacqui has made “tough chick heroines” a trademark of her books. She coined the term “Romance with a Body Count” in the early nineties, a decade before “branding” became popular. In 1997, Dean Koontz critiqued her novel and said: “You have talent and will ... get to where you want to go.” In that same year, Clive Cussler asked to see her book and offered her an endorsement. These events gave Jacqui the self-confidence to continue through discouragement.

In 2006, on the recommendation of Suzanne Brockmann, Jacqui left behind her pseudonym, Leslie Scott, and returned to her legal name.

As her career grew with online and live classes, she increased both her non-fiction as well as her novel production, winning numerous awards along the way. For her work in non-fiction, Jacqui has interviewed Nora Roberts, Suzanne Brockmann, Sandra Brown, Debbie Macomber, Jayne Ann Krentz, Janet Evanovich, Jennifer Crusie, Christine Ridgeway and Vicki Lewis Thompson.[no citations needed here]

In 2003, she opened a production company, Body Count Productions, Inc. Along with her novels and non-fiction articles, Jacqui is a sought-after speaker for workshops.Template:Weasel-inline[no citations needed here]


  • First Place, The Molly 2007, Paranormal Division for MAGIC MAN
  • Second Place, Touch of Magic 2007, Paranormal Division for MAGIC MAN
  • Third Place, P.A.S.I.C. 2007, Paranormal Division for MAGIC MAN
  • Honorable Mention, Daphne du Maurier 2007, Paranormal Division for THE FOURTH SWORD
  • First Place, The Suzannah 2006, Paranormal Division for MAGIC MAN
  • Second Place, Dixie First Chapter Contest 2006 for MAGIC MAN
  • First Place, Daphne du Maurier 2005, Paranormal Division for MAGIC MAN
  • Honorable Mention, Daphne du Maurier 2005, Historical Romantic Mystery/Suspense for DEAD OR ALIVE
  • 2009 RWA Golden Heart Finalist: Paranormal Division with MAGIC MAN


  • With A Vengeance: eRelease, April 2013
  • With A Vengeance: Paperback, April 2014
  • Dead Men Play the Game: Paperback, July 2015
  • Magic Man: Paperback, September 2015
  • Dead Men Seal the Deal
  • Dead Men Feel the Heat
  • Dead Men Heal Slowly


  • Kiss of Death: Writing/Submitting/Hoping, January/February 2001
  • Kiss of Death: Lessons From the Giants, March/April 2002
  • FindaDeath.com: Pete Duel, 2002
  • Kiss of Death: Watch Out. I'm Armed., November/December 2002
  • Kiss of Death: Writer's Spawn, November/December 2003
  • FindaDeath.com: Alexander Godunov, 2003
  • FindaDeath.com: Rudolph Valentino, (co wrote), 2004
  • Kiss of Death: Keeping It Going, July/August 2005
  • Kiss of Death: Beyond Rebecca: The Life of Daphne du Maurier, January/February 2006
  • RWR Magazine: Tough Chicks: Heroines in Today's Market, June 2006
  • Kiss of Death: Reinventing the Wait, January/February 2007
  • RWR Magazine: Schmoozing In San Francisco, June 2008
  • RWR Magazine: Three's A Charm, December 2008

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