Sunday, April 21, 2013

Author Interview with Jan Moran

Today I am really excited to showcase author Jan Moran on the blog for her blog tour, Scent of Triumph.  I have a great Q and A for all of you.  So Enjoy!!! 

Why did you want to become a writer?

As a child, I was an avid reader. Writers were my rock stars! Books were my passport to exotic locales and fascinating characters.

Who are your favorite authors and books?

A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford was an early inspiration. Also love Shanghai Girls by Lisa See and The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory. And who can forget Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, or War and Peace—the best Russian soap opera ever!

Can you tell us something about yourself that people might not know?

A lot of people might know that I’ve written earlier nonfiction books on fragrances, Fabulous Fragrances I & II, which grew into the immensely popular Scentsa touch-screen fragrance and skincare finders in Sephora stores around the world, but not many people know that I’ve also guided the creative effort on a fine perfume, and blended several artisan scents. These incredible experiences helped me breathe life into the character of Danielle Bretancourt, a French perfumer, in Scent of Triumph.

Anything you would like to say to your readers?

 I hope everyone enjoys Scent of Triumph, and I would really love to hear from you! You can always reach me at

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? 

Set between privileged lifestyles and gritty realities, Scent of Triumph is one woman’s story of courage, spirit, and resilience.

Please tell us a little about your book. Why is it a must-read?

Scent of Triumph is a character-driven story set against a tumultuous time of history—World War II. The protagonist, Danielle Bretancourt, is the kind of modern young woman that you really want to know, and, despite her mistakes, that you can root for. She’s a hard worker, cherishes her family, and longs for a partner. She’s wonderfully creative and has a sense of innate sense of style—even I envy her for that!

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

It’s hard to say, because both books are original ideas. Personally, I like to read a wide range of historical and mainstream women’s fiction, if that helps. Some of my faves are on my Goodreads page. Stop by and say hello.

What was the inspiration behind Scent of Triumph?

Scent of Triumph was initially inspired by my love of perfumery, but the main character quickly took charge and began building a business, despite her many setbacks. I was inspired by female entrepreneurs from the early part of the twentieth century, such as Elizabeth Arden, Coco Chanel, Madame Gres, Nina Ricci, Estee Lauder, Eleanor Roosevelt, and many others in the beauty and fashion industries. Family is also vitally important in this story; Danielle’s love and devotion to her children is really the root of her ambition, as it is with many female entrepreneurs who wish to create a better life for themselves and their children. She is an ordinary woman, who achieves extraordinary things. Like any one of us can.

Thanks so much Jan Moran for being with us today and sharing with us. 


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