Interview with Melody Jackson

What are you working on next?
I am currently working on a sequel to "The Dragon Within", though it doesn't have a name yet. It will be connected to the first book, but will also stand alone, so you won't be confused if you don't read "The Dragon Within" first (though I definitely recommend reading both of them, as there will be correlation that will make more sense if you read both books.)
Who are your favorite authors?
Donita K Paul, definitely. Her DragonKeeper chronicles are actually what inspired me to write a novel about dragons.
I also love pretty much anything by Ted Dekker, especially his book Outlaw. That book was just...beyond words. Incredible. :)
Also, Suzanne Collins, J K Rowling and Rick Riordan are phenomenal writers, and their styles are different enough from mine that I don't accidentally steal their ideas, haha.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Writing. And deadlines. Writing deadlines especially, haha. It really motivates you knowing you only have a certain amount of time to get something done, and you want to get it done well, so you make yourself get up and work at it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Playing guitar is one of my favorites, as well as singing. And to relax and unwind after a long day of writing, reading a favorite book is also wonderful.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Hmm, seeing as I started writing at 3, it was probably just a little school project. I rather distinctly remember a story I wrote at 6 about a monkey with super powers, haha. It was one of those silly story starters that helped me with the part I struggled most with in writing stories: beginnings. I also remember writing an incredibly cliché fantasy story, even illustrating it myself, haha. I was so proud of that.
What is your writing process?
It starts with a lot of random brainstorming that no one but me can truly follow, where I develop the characters and plot. Then, I'm ready to begin writing the first draft. Often, the story goes much differently than I imagined because of the characters, but it always turns out better in the end.
Then, once the writing is finally done, I go through and find where things need to be changed, often rewriting large portions of the book to support any plot changes I make later in the story.
Finally, my least favorite part: formatting. But once that's done, I get to submit the story, and it's very exciting. Finishing a book is like no other feeling I can describe; it's wonderful.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
First story I read? Haha, that would've been a dumb children's book of some sort, and no, it didn't impact me in any lasting way.
The books that HAVE impacted me though include Eyes Wide Open by Ted Dekker, the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, and the DragonKeeper chronicles by Donita K Paul. Go read them; enough said. :)
How do you approach cover design?
Very meticulously. I normally end up having 6-10 versions of a potential cover and am always open to an 11th, especially if the ones I'm using aren't quite working.
I also make sure I get plenty of feedback from potential readers, because THEY are the ones who will be considering buying my book, and the cover should ultimately be what they want, not what I want.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Seems like a lot of questions are similar to this. ;) Well, here goes:
5. DragonSpell by Donita K Paul. Her world of Amara was just so intriguing and mesmerizing; so creative! And, of course, I loved the dragons.
4. Castles by Carolyn Ann Aish. The second in the Frencolia series, and my personal favorite because of the interaction between Jobyna and Eliad, watching his hardened heart soften towards this sweet, brave girl he's taken prisoner, this girl whose treatment of him is unfathomable, kind despite every horrible thing he's done to her. A really inspiring story that made me even love the "villain".
3. The Door Within by Wayne Thomas Batson. I devoured that book, and I can't rightly say why. It was amazing, and the moment I finished it, I went back and read the whole thing again!
2. The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan. Out of all the Percy Jackson books, this was my favorite, because there was just something I loved about it more than the others. The entire series is phenomenal though.
1. Eyes Wide Open by Ted Dekker. It changed my entire view of life in the most amazing way...I can't even properly put it into words.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Pinterest has surprisingly been my most effective marketing resource. I have several writing/reading groups I'm a part of, and took advantage of the opportunities to talk about my book, which got many people interested!
Face-to-face is probably the best though. I guess people are more likely to support you when they see you're just a normal person like them, and not some detached entity trying to sell them something.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting down my emotions and the stories in my head. It's just wonderful, feeling the words rush through my head, the scenes playing out on the paper as the characters' emotions tug at my heart as much as I hope they do for my readers. It's as if the story comes alive under my fingertips.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean so much to me! The whole point of this career is to share the magical and mystical worlds swimming in my head, and there's nothing greater than hearing a reader excitedly chat about how they loved the characters and works as much as I do. If they wanted and we could arrange it, I would even invite some way a fan to chat with me about the book, whether on a live chat or video call. That's how much my fans mean to me.
Published 2014-07-04.
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Books by This Author

Dragons' Might
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 124,940. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
How do you pull yourself back together when everything falls apart?
Dragons' Bane
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 90,950. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
If you had unlimited power, what would you do with it? And would you be able to control it?
The Dragon Within
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 113,680. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
"Long ago, war broke the bond of peace between dragons and humans. Now, something greater threatens their very existence, and one girl must reunite old foes to fight it off, all while keeping in mind where the true enemy lies: within."