|Jordyn Redwood, Author of POISON
This will be my last author interview for a while, as we get our Married…with Fiction website up and running on April first. But there’s no one I’d rather save for last than my friend and awesome author, Jordyn Redwood.
I first heard about Jordyn through her website, Redwood’s Medical Edge, which provides a stream of valuable medical information to authors. I encourage you to check it out, if you haven’t: Redwood’s Medical Edge.
After reading Jordyn’s first novel, Proof, last year, I could not wait to read her second in the Bloodlines trilogy. This year, Poison released, and I’m thrilled to be reading it right now.
Here’s Jordyn’s bio:
Jordyn Redwood is a pediatric ER nurse by day, suspense novelist by night. She hosts Redwood’s Medical Edge, a blog devoted to helping contemporary and historical authors write medically accurate fiction. Her first two novels, Proofand Poison, garnered starred reviews from Library Journal and have been endorsed by the likes of Dr. Richard Mabry, Lynette Eason, and Mike Dellosso to name a few. You can connect with Jordyn via her website at www.jordynredwood.net.
Now, on to our interview!
HG:Jordyn, I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again. The cover art on your books perfectly captures the mysterious vibe of the stories. And the cover of POISON is my favorite thus far. The close-up faces set your suspense novels apart from others in the CBA. I’m trying to remember if I voted on the cover for POISON—will readers be voting on the PERIL cover, as well? My FB readers just voted on my upcoming (tentative) book title, and I think they have good instincts for the most marketable choice.
JR: I agree, Heather. I do love the covers, too and POISON might be my favorite as well. Kregel did a fantastic job designing them and I wanted them to look a lot different than other suspense covers. I was pretty specific in wanting them not to look medical because though I will always write in the suspense genre—I may not want to just always do medical thrillers. Even POISON borders on more a psychological thriller to those who have read it though still with a medical mystery. The cover for PERILis already done and readers can get a sneak peek here.
HG: Speaking of PERIL, when does it release? And how did you come up with the clever one-word “P” titling idea? Also, did you come up with your series name Bloodlines, or did your publisher?
JR: PERIL releases in October, 2013 if everything goes according to schedule. The “P” titles were worked out in conjunction with my publisher but the series title gets to be owned by Cat Hoort—who was the fiction marketing director for Kregel at the time. And if readers are glad there are three books to the series—you should send Cat a note of thanks as well.
HG: I’ve read the first five chapters of POISON online at your website here: http://www.jordynredwood.net/resources/. That Lucent is one creepy dude! My mind is already spinning out possible directions the story can take. How long does it take you to plot out a book? Do you use a specific plot structuring technique (snowflake, etc)? Also, do you use a special writing program, like Scrivener?
JR: My plotting doesn’t happen all at once—which it probably should because I tend to write myself into a corner and then, literally, have to pull out a piece of paper and start graphing out timelines and which evidence points where. I don’t use a specific plotting method. Since I’m at the point of planning a new series—I did just get Scrivener since so many authors sing its praises so I’m excited to use it. It will be nice to have everything in one place.
HG: Is there a suspense/mystery author you’d love to be compared to, and why?
JR: If anyone compared me to Dean Koontz—I would probably die right then and there. (Click to Tweet!) He’s always been an inspiration to me. I’ve grown up on his books and learned so much from him. If I’m stuck in my own writing, I’ll often just open up one of his novels and read for inspiration. Truly, he’s just a master storyteller and I’m hoping if I mention him enough in these interviews he’ll eventually call me up and invite me to lunch.
HG: Finally, is it a relief to have moved up from the ranks of “debut author?” Or is it even tougher? And as you near the end of the Bloodlines trilogy, do you have another series up your sleeve (I hope so!)?
JR: Wow. Good question. I do think it gets tougher because you don’t want to disappoint your readers and I always want to write a better novel than the last one. I am ecstatic to now be multi-published. That’s just such a blessing and something I never, honestly, thought possible. Yes, I have threepotential series begging to be written in this crazy mind of mine—I just need to decide which one to turn into a book proposal right now.
Heather thanks so much for having me! It’s been an honor being here.
Thank you, Jordyn! Here’s more about POISON:
Five years ago, Keelyn Blake’s armed, mentally ill stepfather took her family hostage in their house in rural Colorado. She and her half-sister Raven made it out alive, but others did not. Authorities blamed the father’s frequent hallucinations about a being named Lucent, but in the end, even the best of the FBI’s hostage negotiators failed to overcome the man’s delusions and end the standoff peacefully.
Now, Lucent is back, and he’s no hallucination. In fact, he is a very real person with dangerous motives. He has kidnapped Raven’s daughter, and–Keelyn worries–maybe has hurt Raven as well. Though she is estranged from her sister, Keelyn feels the immediate need to find Raven and save what family she has left. But when others who were involved in that fateful day start dying, some by mysterious circumstances, Keelyn wonders if she can emerge unscathed a second time.
****Today Jordyn is offering a book giveaway of POISON! (Click to Tweet!) Please leave a comment or question for Jordyn to be entered in the drawing! Will announce the winner next Wednesday, March 27th!****