Melissa Pearl is a romance author writing in a variety of genres from teen fiction to contemporary romance and romantic suspense. She also writes under the pen name Jordan Ford. She’s passionate about telling love stories with relatable characters who will take you on a journey. If you’re after an escape from reality, then you’re in the right place.
Sign up for Melissa's mailing list and sample one of her books for free! http://www.melissapearlauthor.com/page/sign-up/
I spent years trying to get published the traditional way - desperately looking for an agent, but then my brother suggested that I check out self-publishing to see if that would be a better way to go. I did my research and loved the idea of having full control over what I wrote and published.
I have absolutely no regrets about taking this path. It's been really hard work, but I have learned so much and it's completely awesome.
Which other authors have most influenced or inspired your writing?
I have so many, but off the top of my head...
I was first inspired by Francine Rivers and Dee Henderson. Their books spoke to my heart in a very special way.
In the indie publishing world, Cambria Hebert and Anna Cruise are my favorite "go-to" authors. I know I'll love everything they write!
From a learning stand point - Chris Vogler and Robert McKee have helped me so much with their amazing books on story structure and character development :)