Interview with Jennifer Melzer

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The people I write about is one of the greatest writing joys for me. Getting to know them, feeling intimately close to them... They feel like close friends who will always be a part of my life.
Who are your favorite authors?
Neil Gaiman, J.K. Rowling, Amy Tan, Liane Moriarty and Holly Black are just a few of my favorite authors. I have so many, it would be impossible to name them all.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Knowing there is a nice, hot cup of coffee waiting to be brewed.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I also love to read, paint my nails and travel. Life's too short to stand in one space all the time.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Most of the time I discover new books from the Amazon top 100, or through recommendations from blogs and friends.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote and finished my first novel when I was sixteen. It was about a dancer who fell in love with twin vampires. Sounds kind of like The Vampire Diaries, doesn't it?
What is your writing process?
I like to create a basic summary of the story so I know vaguely where I''m going, and then I just start writing. Sometimes I end up exactly where I planned to end up, other times it's a surprise even to me.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My mother made me read a lot when I was a kid. When summer vacation started, each summer day required one mandatory reading hour. She didn't care what I read, as long as I read. The first book I remember reading for mandatory summer reading was Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. It sparked my imagination. I grew up in a small, woodsy neighborhood, and spent a lot of my mornings playing in the forest, pretending I was Laura Ingalls.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a wide variety of genres, from sci-fi and fantasy, to contemporary romance and chick lit.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read on my iPad, using both iBooks and the Kindle app.
Published 2013-09-17.
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Books by This Author

Heart of the Sun
Series: Hands of War. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,370. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2015 by Dragon's Gold. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
A single act of mercy could turn the tides of war. A healer’s compassion could touch the heart of a monster who doesn’t believe he deserves peace or redemption. If the sun could descend from his throne to give his heart to a human girl, surely an elf can find it in himself to love outside his race… even if only for a little while.
Rusted Memory: A Wanderer's Tale
Price: Free! Words: 11,930. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2014 by Dragon's Gold. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Cursed by the gods to wander until the end of days, never knowing the bond of friendship, the strength of family or the comfort of coming home, Morovio discovers he is not alone in his divine punishment. There is another, an impossible relation who's come to exact vengeance for the very blood that flows through his veins.
From the Dark Side: A Charity Anthology
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Black Velveteen
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