Please tell our readers a few tidbits about yourself, that readers may not know about you?
I spent my middle grades years living in the mountains of Pakistan. I lived in a little town called Murray and on a good day, could see the Himalayas on my walk to school. I had a forest for a back yard and I think this was when my imagination really began to fly. I loved it.
I started writing my first story when I was eleven, but never finished it. I tried again when I was sixteen, but the computer ate it and I sobbed my heart out. Attempt number three happened when I was about 25 and I haven’t looked back since 🙂
What is the single most important thing you have ever done?
Hmmmm – good question. I feel like I’ve done lots of important things in my life…well, important to me 🙂
I guess the most epic thing I’ve done is gotten married to an AMAZING man and had two gorgeous sons.
How do you get your creative juices flowing?
My three main brain stirrers are…a shower, doing something mundane – like the dishes and going for a walk. Those three things spark my imagination… oh yeah and being in a place where I can imagine a story being set. I’ve just spent two nights in Las Vegas and my imagination has been going wild 🙂
How do you prioritize your day?
I break it up into chunks.
FB and emails before the kids wake.
Kids – breakfast etc.
Once they’re on the bus, I get back to the apartment as fast as I can and then allow myself 30 more minutes finishing off FB and email stuff, then I QUIT OUT of the internet and my email so that I can focus on writing, editing or formatting…whatever I’m up to on a project.
My youngest son then gets home from school around 11.30 so everything is shut down again until his quiet time. I’ll jump back on again for another hour or so to do a little more FB, Twitter, marketing stuff.
I set lots of goals – yearly, monthly, weekly and daily. I try really hard not to go to bed until my list of daily goals is complete. It keeps me on task and productive.
Two-fold question: What inspired you to write this genre? Why this setting?
I write in a variety of genres and have loved them all. I’d always wanted to write contemporary romance, but was just waiting for the right opportunity. Fever and the rest of the Songbird books came to me years ago, but I’ve just been sitting on them, letting them brew in my head and build into something better. It wasn’t until I decided to give each of these stories I’d already created, a soundtrack…as soon a I did that, the Songbird novels idea was born and I started making all these connections and having a bunch of light bulb moments. So many of my stories had music running through them already, so I decided to group together in this series and it’s been an AWESOME world building experience 🙂
I wanted to set Fever at a big university and UChicago seemed to fit really well. The next novel will be set in LA, because that’s the right setting for it 🙂
What is next for you as an author?
I have so many plans 😀
For the rest of this year…I plan to release the rest of the Masks books – Two-Faced, Snake Eyes and Poker Face. I also want to release the next Songbird Novel.
Next year, I want to write two spin off novels for the Fugitive Series and release a few more Songbird Novels, plus I have two more series ideas that I want to get started on 🙂
Thanks for the interview. I had a blast answering all these great questions 😀
Thank you, Melissa, for stopping by today. We look forward to your upcoming book.
About the author…
Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books. Recently she signed with Evatopia Press and her first Evatopia book came out in February 2014 – True Colors, The Masks Series #1. She is very excited to be trying out new things this year while continuing to publish under her own name as well. She has six books planned for 2014 and is excited about writing each and every one of them.
“I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love.”
Links for Melissa Pearl Author
Mark My Words Book Publicity
*From the author’s website*
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