15 AUGUST 1:30-3:00PM


Melissa will talk with Nicky Webber about her publishing journey so far, and the things she’s learned about creating pen-names and her own publishing company. She’ll also delve into the art of designing relatable characters and stories that are hard to put down, as well as the ups and downs of being an indie author.


Melissa's books will be for sale at the venue and this event is in partnership with Waikato Writers (local branch of NZ Society of Authors).

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Melissa was working as a middle school teacher in Auckland, New Zealand when she swapped the noisy, yet vibrant classroom for a peaceful writer's study. Then in her late twenties, she knew she wanted to share the compelling characters in her head with the rest of the world—all in the name of love!


The mum of two started writing using a version of her own name, Melissa Pearl. Her first series was originally inspired by Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series. She wrote a paranormal adventure about a girl who could travel through time. It took her three years and is still one of her proudest achievements. The Melissa Pearl pen-name evolved over time, covering a variety of genres from paranormal/fantasy adventures to romantic suspense.


But years later, the love lives of teens with big lessons to learn and adversity to conquer began to dominate her imagination, and it was time to give birth to the name we know and love today: Jordan Ford. The Jordan Ford books are her best sellers, with hundreds of thousands of copies sold worldwide.


With variety being the spice of life, Melissa has also written an adult contemporary romance series, which combines her passion for romance and music. She thinks they are the perfect combination and the result is her heartfelt Lyrics of Love series.


Now living in Hamilton, New Zealand, Melissa is still loving every moment in her writing space where she continues to create a plethora of novels for you to enjoy.

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Initially working as a journalist in South Africa and New Zealand, Nicky moved into publishing production and operational roles which merged into corporate business management. 

In 2015 she decided to go full circle, reverting to her primary passion and wrote her first book, No Ordinary Man.

Since then, she has published four other books, Duplicity and a three book series called, Shadows Between Lies. She is currently working on Crow’s Song to be published early next year.