Sunday, March 17, 2013

Christian Author Jordyn Redwood

Welcome back to the Barn Door Book Loft, Jordyn. Is there a story behind Poison?

Jordyn: The villain's preferred method of killing actually stemmed from a patient care experience and that's all I say.

What’s the last thing you wrote?

Jordyn: I just wrapped up the manuscript for book #3 of the Bloodline Trilogy, Peril. That will release in October 2013. I think it's my best novel to date and I will be eager to hear what readers think.

What’s the first thing you ever wrote that you still have?

Jordyn: I have some of my early "books" that I wrote in high school. One was called White Roses for Sarah and was about a girl who was an empath (feel what others are feeling) who saved her friend's life from abuse. To one teacher, it was so realistic he wondered if I'd written it about a good friend of mine who was absolutely not getting abused at all but it made for an interesting chat with the teacher.

What’s your favorite genre of writing?

Jordyn: I love to write suspense. I'm a trauma junkie at heart and I want to take readers on that adrenaline ride in my novels.

Who is the most fun character you ever created?

Jordyn: I’m going to name two. Keelyn Blake, the heroine in Poison, is a great character. She’s a body language expert and I did a lot of research to get her character just right. And you know every man would hate to be engaged to a body language expert which does cause all sorts of problems for Lee. Poor guy!

I also really love Brett Sawyer. He's the cynical worse half of my detective team in Proof. He loves ribbing Nathan (who had some strong OCD tendencies) to get his ire up and their interview of the elderly woman who served them tea and whisky and had questionable taste in undergarments was one of my favorite to write.

Which of your written plots is your favorite?

Book #3 of the Bloodline Trilogy (Peril) is my favorite plot so far. I've worked really hard at growing as an author and so many things coalesced in that manuscript I'm really proud of. Plus, it is very controversial so it will be one of those books people either love or hate.

What’s the most unusual plot twist you ever wrote?

Jordyn: Identifying the villain by the middle of Proof (book #1 of the Bloodline Trilogy) initially throws people for a loop because they think how can this book get any better when I know who the criminal is but that's really just the beginning of the rollercoaster ride.

Do you believe in writer’s block? If so how often do you get it? How do you fix it?

Jordyn: This is a tough question because I don't know if I believe in writer's block but at the same time there are times when I have difficulty writing. Usually it signals a couple of things to me. I need to do more research. I need to set my manuscript aside for a couple of days and let my subconscious let my conscious mind know the next steps or something needs to be thrown out which is generally the hardest as a writer to do.

Do you type or write by hand? Computer? Typewriter? Legal pad?

Jordyn: I write at the computer.

Do you ever go back to an old idea long after you abandoned it?

Jordyn: Yes. Actually Peril is an idea reformatted. It was the original medical mystery I wanted to write about but the plot was a big mess. As a novice writer-- I was clearly trying to do too much in that novel. When I figured out more simple plots could still be suspenseful-- I revisited this idea but with a totally new group of characters so it will be interesting to see what people make of the medical mystery.

What’s your favorite thing that you’ve written?

There is a scene in Poison that I love where Keelyn needs to get out of the hospital but there are some medical things she needs to deal with in order to break free. And the scenes between Keelyn and Raven are truly compelling. I’m very proud of them.  

What’s one genre you have never written, and probably never will?

Jordyn: I don't see myself as a historical romance author or ever attempting the genre. But, never say never, right?

How many writing projects are you working on right now?

Jordyn: Right now I'm developing my next trilogy so I'm trying to think through three plots for new stories.

What are your five favorite words?

Jordyn: Hmmm.... no, that's not one. Let's see-- just because they're my favorite doesn't mean I use them all the time but: Caddywhompus, Fabulous, Amok, Conundrum, and Strong.

What character that you’ve created most resembles you?

Jordyn: Interesting question. Physically, probably Keelyn Blake in Poison though I'm not as skinny as she is. Personality wise-- probably Lilly Reeves in Proof though I don't have her marksmanship or karate skills.

How do you find the time to write?

Jordyn: It is challenging trying to launch a writing career while still nursing and living the kind of family life I want to have. I generally try to write in the afternoon when my girls are in school. The challenge has been separating writing work with family time because the computer is always a few steps away. I've done better about being able to turn off my writing brain in the evening but this year I'd like to be able to truly "rest" one day of the week.

How do people react when they find out you write?

Jordyn: Now it doesn't seem to surprise them as much. What does still surprise them is when I say..."Oh, my second book just released." Being published is a dream come true but getting to do it more than once is magical. I'm so thankful readers are connecting with these stories.

What or who is the biggest influence on your writing?

Jordyn: Dean Koontz hands down. I grew up on his novels and just consider him one of the best suspense authors there is. He's been a big inspiration to me.

Do you have a mentor?

Jordyn: I have been honored to get to know fellow ER nurse and author Candace Calvert. She has taken me under her wing and given me advice on writing, the industry and helps spread the word about my books. I am honored to call her mentor and friend.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

Peril releases October 2013 and will contain another medical mystery that deals with memory formation and transformation. It is the scariest of all three books.

Thanks so much for having me, Sharon. It's an honor being here.

The pleasure is all ours, Jordyn!

Where you can purchase Jordyn's book:
Barnes and Noble

Or have your local library order it in for you!

Jordyn Redwood is giving away a copy of POISON. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


cjajsmommy said...

Thanks for sharing a bit of your life with us. Please enter me to win a copy of this book. djragno (at) hotmail (dot) com

Cindi A said...

I enjoyed reading the interview.

Please enter me in the contest to win a copy of Poison.



karenk said...

a wonderful posting/interview...thanks for the chance to read jordyn's 2nd novel

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Joanne Sher said...

Would LOVE this book. Loved her first :) Please enter me!

Anonymous said...

i like the interview and i would love to read this book, please enter me and thanks

Boos Mum said...

Thanks for sharing. I look forward to the third book. Sounds very interesting. Even scarier? I will not read these late at night. Thanks for the giveaway.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Great interview. These books sound so good. I love mysteries. Thanks for having the giveaway.


Bethany said...

I'd love to be entered to win Jordyn's book!

Cbus.blogger at gmail dot com

Teela said...

Jordyn, I love this book jacket! My daughter is a nurse and I believe she's got enough stories to write a book! I've not read your works before and am grateful to the barndoorbookloft for introducing you to me. Would like to read your books!

Abbi Hart said...

Great interview! Thanks again for the chance to win!

Jo said...

I have really been wanting to read this book and have added it to my wish list. Thanks for the giveaway!


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