I'd like to welcome author Melanie Jacobson
to The Sweet Bookshelf!
to The Sweet Bookshelf!
Books by Melanie
For those who haven't read your books, give us a little pitch on what they can expect.
My stories are about twenty-something girls on the verge of possibility. They're living the single life, often determined to avoid commitment, and busy having fun, building careers--until the Hot Guy (with a really cool personality) shows up, and then they suddenly have to re-evaluate their priorities.
Did you set out to write Latter-day Saint novels?
I started with LDS novels. I saw a place for stories that weren't being told, stories that were fun and light-hearted with strong, confident girls. Stories that weren't necessarily issue-driven, where testimonies are firm and there aren't trials of faith. They're built around this idea that it's fun to be LDS and dating and that being Mormon doesn't have to be super serious and hard all the time.
Have you written a bucket list? If so, what are some items on your list?
Definitely I have a bucket list. It includes going to an LSU football game in person, visiting Costa Rica and Israel, and running a 5K (I'm so not a runner).
What is the best part about being a published author? The worst?
The best part is sharing your stories with people and making new friends as a result. The worst part is the neuroses, the constant worrying about whether my books will sell well so that I can keep writing. They've both done really well, but I still worry. I'm told I'll get over it with time.
What are some books in your to-be-read pile?
I read such a broad range of stuff. I'm about to re-read Peace Like a Riiver by Leif Enger, and then I'd like to read The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, Obsession by Traci Abrahamson, and The Death Cure by James Dashner.
You met your husband online. I met my husband online. I have a lot of stories! Were any of the dates in Not My Type your personal dating mishaps?
Luckily, none of those exact situations happened to me, but I did have some pretty equally ridiculous situations come up during all my online dating experiences. I think the one that always makes me laugh when I think about it was this guy I went out with who wore cargo pants with legs that could zip off to make shorts. I have never seen anyone stuff so many things into cargo pockets. He kept putting more and more things in his pockets until they bulged like crazy, but that didn't seem to bother him at all. I tried not to laugh, but it was hard to walk around with bulging pockets man and keep a straight face.
Can you tell us about anything else you are working on?
I have two more books coming out next year in the spring and fall. Both have internet dating elements but they're set on opposite coasts. The first is in Washington and the second in Washington DC. The main characters in each story are really fun girls. I'm excited for readers to meet them.
What and Where are some of your upcoming events?
I'll be doing a book signing on Friday, November 25th at the Deseret Book in San Diego from 12-1:30pm.
So what can you win with this giveaway?
This is an E-book Kindle giveaway! I'm so exciited about it! I'm obsessed with my Kindle, so I wanted to give some e-books away. If you have a Kindle, or a kindle app on your iPod, iPhone, Blackberry, etc you can enter. This giveaway is International. You just need to have an Amazon or Amazon UK account.
Just fill out the form and you are entered! This giveaway will end on November 8, 2011.