Jan Moran is an author for St. Martin’s Press (A Promise of Roses, 2014). She wrote Fabulous Fragrances I and II, which earned spots on the Rizzoli Bookstore bestseller list. She is represented by Jenny Bent at The Bent Agency. She is at work on another novel.
As a fragrance and beauty expert, she has been featured in numerous publications and on television and radio, including CNN, Women’s Wear Daily, Allure, InStyle, and O Magazine. As an editor and writer, she has covered fragrance, beauty, and spa travel for a variety of publications such as Cosmopolitan, Costco Connection, and Porthole Cruise.
Read her latest blog posts at JanMoranWrites.com.
She is the founder and creator of Scentsa, a touch-screen software program for retailers and brands. The fragrance and skincare programs are at Sephora stores in the US, Canada, France, Mexico, Brazil, and Denmark. Scentsa was recently sold to Sephora.
As a speaker, consultant, and major brand/retailer spokesperson, she has spoken before numerous groups, including Fashion Group International, The Fragrance Foundation, and The American Society of Perfumers. She has represented brands and retailers in media on behalf of several PR companies, including Edelman and DeVries. She is available for consulting, training, and speaking engagements.
She is a graduate of the Harvard Business School and the University of Texas at Austin. As an entrepreneur and former CEO and board member, she speaks on a variety of topics, including topics in the fragrance and beauty industries, technology engagement at retail, entrepreneurship, the business of writing, women in business, and other topics.
She is a member of The Author’s Guild and the RWA.
What inspires you to write?
I find inspiration everywhere, and I always think about what type of characters I’d like to know. I enjoy writing about creative women and men who take charge of their lives and succeed against the odds.
Tell us about your writing process.
My work begins with a long thought process before ever committing words to paper. I often write on airplanes or in libraries, near the ocean, and make frequent notes on my phone. Early mornings and late nights are when words flow best.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I like to have a complete story in mind before I begin, knowing, of course, that it will expand as I write. I develop character sketches, scenes, and plot points, layering conflicts and building tension. Most of all, my characters must have heart, they must care deeply about something.
What advice would you give other writers?
Sometimes I create collages of character styles on Pinterest, or in a notebook. I create a history for each character; even if I don’t use all the details, it goes to motivation. A timeline is critical, especially with historical stories.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
After extensive editing, I self-published my first novel, which found an enthusiastic following. This success attracted the attention of an agent (Jenny Bent), who then sold it to St. Martin’s Press and several foreign rights publishers in Germany, Brazil, Turkey, etc. Under the guidance of an editorial team, I revised it and created a brand new ending. My advice to writers is to be professional at all times, present a quality manuscript or book, and be ready to make improvements. As writers and human beings, we’re always evolving.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I enjoy working with a team of professionals; it’s difficult to wear many hats well! I believe both traditional and indie publishing will continue to exist, and readers will have flexibility in how they chose to read. I love print books, but I’m also an avid ebook fan, and an excited about new technology in the publishing world. And social media is a wonderful way to connect with readers!
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Women’s fiction, historical fiction, epic romance, nonfiction.
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print