I am delighted to welcome Jordan Ford (who also writes as Melissa Pearl) on the blog today 🙂
Welcome, Jordan. Tell us a little bit about you…
I’m an author in love with romance 🙂
I have been making up stories since before I can remember and I started writing in my early twenties. I write under two names: Jordan Ford and also Melissa Pearl. Between them I have a collection of around 30 books ranging in romance genres from Urban Fantasy to Romantic Suspense to Contemporary Romance.
I get so much joy out of writing books and it is such a huge privilege to be able to share them with people.
Your inspiration for Shoot the Gap?
There’s nothing like a friends to lovers romance, and when the opportunity came up for me to include Shoot The Gap in the Big Play Novels Series, I jumped all over it. Sammy and Tyler provided the perfect characters for me to wrap up the series. I love Sammy so much. She’s a kick-ass chick. I so wish I could have been her in high school – LOL 🙂
Initially, I wasn’t going to write a fourth book but I fell in love with Sammy while writing The Red Zone and I knew I had to add a fourth book to the mix. In the end, it came together perfectly with Sammy and Tyler being instrumental in outing “the bad guy” and wrapping up the series 🙂
Which part of writing about young love do you enjoy the most and why?
There’s something so magical about young love. It’s intense and all-consuming. I love how passionate so many teenagers are. They have their whole lives ahead of them…so much hope. But they’re also trying to work out how to be an adult and I love walking that journey with them. Falling in love is such an amazing thing and it’s even more powerful when you’re young 🙂
Where and when do you write?
I write almost every day… even if it’s just one chapter. I do most of my writing in my office. It’s my sanctuary and I’m very happy there 🙂
Are you a planner or a pantser?
Planner – all the way. In fact, I’ll often plan out an entire series before even starting the first book. There’s always room for movement within my plans, but I like to know where I’m going 😉
Do you do any research? If so, any sites or sources you care to share?
Yes – I tend to research as I need the information. I always start with Google and then go from there. If something medical is involved, one of my good friend’s is a nurse, so I start with her. My brother was also instrumental in helping me get the football stuff right in these Big Play Novels 😀
Do you read inside your genre or out when writing?
I like to read a variety of genres…as long as romance is involved! In saying that, I have less time for reading these days, so I tend to stick with my favorite genres which is Romantic Suspense – either YA or Adult, I don’t mind. I just love the genre so much. I also LOVE YA Contemp Romance so I have a lot of them on my kindle too!
Your author heroes?
I have a few key people that have inspired me throughout the years. When I first was interested in writing, I was reading a lot of Francine Rivers books. That woman KNOWS how to craft a story. She’s such an amazing writer and her early work in particular is outstanding. Same goes for Dee Henderson. Her early stuff is some of my favorite!
I’m also a huge Nora Roberts fan and I love Simone Elkeles too! My go-to authors (as in, I buy their books whenever they come out) are Cambria Hebert and Anna Cruise. Love their stuff and their style so much 🙂
Thank you, Jordan, for joining us today.