I had the privilege of meeting Jelsa Mepsey a little over a year ago and have followed her author journey since then. I’m so excited to see that her debut novel, Picture Imperfect, is finally out! It’s so fun to see another youthful writer get their wings, and I’m thrilled to have Jelsa visit my blog. Please welcome her!
Hi Jelsa! Thanks for visiting today! Can you tell my readers a little about yourself?
I love jelly-filled donuts and colorful pens. I hate spicy food and bugs. In college, I double majored in psychology and child learning & development with a minor in music. Currently, I work at a daycare while juggling my writing-related activities.
Do you see yourself in any of your characters?
Some people who are close to me have mentioned that Melly Hewson and I are very similar, but not quite the same. We both act like extroverted introverts and are very artistic individuals, but our family backgrounds are quite different. Also, she is a very visual learner, while I am an auditory processor. Interestingly, we score very similarly on the Myers-Briggs test as ISFJs.
When you’re not writing, what do you enjoy doing?
I play the guitar, piano, and sing at church. For exercise, I try to rock climb once or twice a week, although it’s been difficult to do that since I started work. Recently, I’ve attempted to take up longboarding. In my spare time, I also love playing board games.
More About Jelsa ~
Jelsa Mepsey writes young adult contemporary romance fiction, drawing inspiration from daily life. With her work, she is dedicated to spurring people to think about what they have taken for granted and to shed light on the issues people avoid talking about. As an Asian-American in her 20s, she is excited to explore more of the human experience as she herself journeys through life. Writing, rock climbing 5.12 routes, and playing various instruments have resulted in the formation of many calluses on her hands over the years. When not engaging in her previously mentioned hobbies, Jelsa can be found at her local library with a stack of at least ten books, naming her various pens, or staring at her dog Waffles for inspiration.
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About Picture Imperfect ~
Sixteen-year-old Max Prescott knows all too well the joys of cheating girlfriends and traitorous friends. He’s not eager to have his heart trampled again, but money and a fresh start can mean the difference between happiness and a dark path with his name on it.
So when Melly Hewson, a perky and enigmatic classmate, asks him to be her model for a year-long photography project, Max agrees. Melly is everything Max isn’t. She’s outgoing, witty, and always knows the right words to say. And despite his best efforts, Max finds himself drawn to her.
Still, he isn’t stupid. He knows a girl like Melly will only use him and then never speak to him again. Besides, he’s been to that rodeo. As long as he keeps his feelings off the market, he won’t make the same mistakes as last time.
Yet underneath Melly’s sweet smiles lies a secret she’d rather kept hidden. And as the year goes on and the photos pile up, Max and Melly will find themselves developing through the negatives, a story that when told could push them to opposite ends of their world. But the only thing worst than the truth is the facade that surrounds them.
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