About the Author
Jan Moran writes historical women’s fiction for St. Martin’s Press (Scent of Triumph). As a hybrid author, she also writes contemporary women’s fiction (Flawless, Beauty Mark) and nonfiction (Fabulous Fragrances I & II). Her stories are smart and stylish, and written with emotional depth. Jan has been featured in numerous prestigious media, including CNN, Women’s Wear Daily, Wall Street Journal, Allure, InStyle, O Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Elle, and Costco Connection, and has spoken before prestigious organizations, including The American Society of Perfumers. She is a graduate of Harvard Business School, the University of Texas, and attended the UCLA Writers Program. She lives in San Diego. Find her at www.JanMoran.com.
What inspires you to write romance books?
I believe some of the finest books are, at the heart, love stories. The beauty of romance has always attracted me, and I’m excited and honored to write in this genre.
Tell us about how you write:
I write most days. I have a skeleton of a plot in the beginning, and make several pass throughs in the manuscript to flesh it out, layer details, and description and sensory perceptions. For me, the editing process takes much longer than the initial draft.
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I’ll spin a scene in my head while I’m walking, or in a big bubble bath. When I visualize, I get my best scenes between characters.
What advice would you give other writers?
Read extensively, write daily, and stay determined! Look for groups and courses where you can learn, such as the RWA in the U.S., or similar organizations in other countries. Attend conferences, take courses, and keep improving your writing, business, and marketing skills.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
St. Martin’s Press publishes my historical romance (Scent of Triumph), and Briarcliffe Press publishes my contemporary series. Scent of Triumph was self-published before St. Martin’s acquired it, so I urge all writers to self-publish if they can’t find a traditional publisher at first. My first nonfiction books were self-published, and I sold those titles (the Fabulous Fragrances series) through all the major department stores and Rizzoli Books.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It’s never been a better time to be a writer, as we have more avenues open to us with regard to publishing than ever before: print, digital, audio.
What genres do you write:: contemporary romance, romantic suspense, historical fiction, historical romance, nonfiction
What formats are your books in: eBook, Both eBook and Print