MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR MELISSA PEARL & JORDAN FORD
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
I have two writing names: Melissa Pearl & Jordan Ford.
My Jordan Ford books are very specific—YA Sports Romance with a mystery twist.
My Melissa Pearl books spread across a few different genres—YA time travel romance, YA romantic suspense, NA contemporary romance & Adult romantic suspense.
I love the variety 🙂
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I tend to work from 9am – 3pm (when my kids are at school). My typical day starts with rushing through a few admin type things (emails, Facebook, monitoring my ads) before getting onto either planning, writing or editing whatever project I’m working on. I squeeze a quick workout at the gym in there too. And I usually do a few hours on the weekend, but try to keep that as family time.
I have an offie in my house that I’ve set up with my standing desk. The wall in front of my computer is covered with character inspiration photos, quotes and bible verses that I find encouraging, poems that melt my heart and also some of my kids’ art work 🙂
When I’m in the “first draft” phase of a book, I try to write 3-4 chapters a day.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I’m about to release the final book of the Aspen Falls series (Small town romantic suspense)—Daylight Robbery. It comes out on Sept 28th. I’m super excited because my review-team absolutely LOVE the book, which is really encouraging 🙂
It’s written from the point of view of a teenage thief, a police chief and a social worker. Their three lives interconnect and watching the two adults fall in love while they try to catch, and help, this thief is awesome. I fell hard for all three characters and can’t wait for readers to meet them 🙂
After that, I’m moving onto a Jordan Ford trilogy that I’ve been planning for a few months. It’s going to be set in the fictional, seaside town of Ryder Bay, CA. The sporting element is surfing and I’ll be following the lives of high school students from the public school, and high school students from the rich, private academy. I’m really excited to play with these dynamics and have couples from the two schools fall for each other and watch how that changes the relationships of their current friends and social circles. The trilogy will deal with dysfunctional family relationships, self-reflection and finding the courage to be the person you want to be, not the one everyone expects you to be.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Sometimes I look up the meanings of names and make sure they really fit the character. For other books, I just go with names I think sound cool or suit the character 🙂 I LOVE naming my characters. It’s so much fun!
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
It’s always the “first draft” phase. The planning is so much fun and energizing and I LOVE the editing part too. But the actual writing can be really hard. I usually fly through the first 15 chapters, and then when I reach Act 2, I hit a slump. I just have to push through until I get over half way through the book, and then I’m away again. Like running to the finish line 🙂
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I LOVE book trailers. I used to make them for my books, but I haven’t in a while because they’re quite time consuming and mine aren’t as good as so many others I’ve seen.
Here are a few trailers I’ve made:
Golden Blood (YA time travel romance)
See No Evil (YA romantic suspense)
True Love (NA contemporary romance)
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Publishing any book is an accomplishment, especially if my readers love it. It’s such a thrill to read a good review and know that I’ve given that person a few hours of escape—a chance to get sucked into a book that they love.
My Barlow Sisters trilogy by Jordan Ford has been my most successful yet, and I’ve got to say, to see it do so well made my head spin. I was STOKED! I hope I can repeat that experience again some time 🙂
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Being able to live in all these imaginary worlds and hang out with all these characters I’ve created is the best feeling. I LOVE IT!!
I also love interacting with my readers. It’s cool to hang out online with people who I can chat books with.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I hope I’m still writing 🙂
I’d love to have grown my business some more and reached more readers with my books. All I can do is try to make that happen, keep learning what I can, and hope for the best.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
Yes. I always read them. I figure if someone’s taken the time to write a review, I should respect that, and make the time to read it.
The good reviews encourage me and help me to keep writing 🙂
With the bad ones, I try to learn what I can from them. Sometimes people’s criticims are really valid and it’s a lesson I can apply to future novels. Some bad review can be nasty, but I often find those really mean ones don’t hold much substance and there’s nothing I can take away or apply to my next book.
Reading is so subjective, so I choose never to be offended by people’s opinions of my work. For every reader who doesn’t like my book, there’s a reader out there who loves it 🙂
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
I’ve attached a couple of teasers for Daylight Robbery (my upcoming release)
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Planning and editing energizes me. Writing the first draft is quite draining, but I still love it…most of the time 😉
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
That’s such a tricky one. I’d love to be completely original, but unfortunately, from a marketing standpoint, that’s not a great move.
So instead, I research my market and write books that the readers want. I’m happy to do this as well 🙂 I want my readers to look forward to my work and know what to expect when they’re buying one of my books 🙂
Where can your fans find you and follow?
Signing up for my mailing list or joining my reader group on Facebook is probably the best way to keep in touch with me.
I’m also on Instagram and Twitter.
Newsletter sign up (you get a free book!): https://www.melissapearlauthor.com/page/sign-up/
Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/297953353741807/
Thank you so much for this interview.
I had so much fun answering these questions, and am honored to be featured on your blog 🙂
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️