September 28, 2015

Blog Tour: Picture Imperfect by Jelsa Mepsey – Interview and Giveaway



Hello everyone, and welcome to our Tour Stop for

Picture Imperfect by Jelsa Mepsey

presented by Swoon Romance!

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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 Hewson 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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Picture Imperfect by Jelsa Mepsey
Publication Date: Sept 22, 2015
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Genre: YA, Contemporary




Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!
Thank you for organizing and hosting the blog tour for PICTURE IMPERFECT! I really appreciate all the work you’ve done and am thankful for the opportunity to make a brief appearance on your blog.


Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)
Max signed up as a photo model, not Melly’s friend. But the year-long project will plunge him headfirst into everything he’d rather avoid.


What was your inspiration for writing this book?  Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?
After I read Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan, I was inspired by how she incorporated photography into her writing as a central part of the plot. At the time, I was also doing a 365-day writing challenge. This resulted in the idea for a 365-day photography challenge. The ideas for PICTURE IMPERFECT rolled in faster than I can number them from there.


Tell us about the main character(s).
Max was once forced to wear a dress as a child, doesn’t always make the best choices, and thinks much more deeply than everyone expects him to. Melly dislikes eating waffles but has a dog named Waffles, owns multiple cameras, and her favorite subject is history.


Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?
My favorite quote would give too much away, but my second favorite is definitely the homecoming scene.


Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing?  If so, why?
I always had a difficult time writing realistic scenes about every time Max dyed his hair because I’ve never done anything special to mine. I had to get a lot of help from people who were more knowledgeable.


What sort of projects do you have going on right now.  Any new books coming out?
My WIP is about a girl who starts her freshman year of college using fortune cookies to help her make decisions. I’m also hoping to release the prequel to PICTURE IMPERFECT: a novel-in-verse with the working title SURRENDER, which is about Max’s older brother, Adam. Hopefully, I can do this within a year or two.


It was great having you on the blog today!  We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success in your writing future!!
Thank you so much! My best wishes to you as well!


About Jelsa Mepsey

Jelsa Mepsey

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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  1. Wendy

    This sounds like a really good read!!! Thanks for posting.
    Wendy recently posted..Release Day Blitz-Dare To Fall In Love Boxed Set by Kathi S. Barton @bookenthupromoMy Profile


  2. Karen Mikusak

    This looks like a good read. Thanks for the chance to win!


  3. Zed

    I love Q&As and particularly liked the response to ‘describe in 140 words’ question.
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  4. Judy Thomas

    Thanks for sharing, it sounds great.


  5. Deb P

    The book sounds interesting.


  6. Sherry S.

    I enjoyed the interview and think this will be a very good book.


  7. Karin S

    his book sounds good :)thanks for sharing!


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