Friday, March 07, 2008

Virtual Book Tour with Jordan Dane!

The Interview:

LINDA: THANK Y’ALL FOR JOINING ME TODAY as I interview debut author Jordan Dane, whose first novel is being released by Avon HarperCollins on March 25th. (She sold SIX to them prior to the first being released!)

Grab a tall cold one, sit back and enjoy the ride. Jordan will be stopping by to respond to your questions and comments.

Since Jordan has thrown a contest into the fray, your comments automatically enter you into a drawing for one of FIVE $20 gift cards to—what else?—a great bookstore. Winners will be announced at the live “Launch P-A-R-T-Y!” on March 30th at THE WRITER'S CHATROOM.


LINDA: Jordan, for those of us who’ve not yet had the experience of having our novel up for auction (being fought over by publishing houses!), please share your experience with us. How much do you feel the auction activity affected your advance for NO ONE HEARD HER SCREAM and subsequent novels? And, perhaps, some additional promotion was negotiated for?

JORDAN: Some of the publishing houses bidding increased their advance offer during the process. My agent (the stylish yet tough negotiator) Meredith Bernstein stirred the pot to keep up interest. She contacted 6-7 houses via phone pitch and electronically sent my manuscript to all of them. Then it became a waiting game.

When an agent has clout like Meredith, she got into the top editors and got them to drop everything to read. And I was able to get into houses that had never seen my work. (The RWA contest circuit is limiting as far as publishing houses that are judging. Yet another reason an agent is great to have prior to selling.) It was a stressful ten days, but an amazing process to watch unfold. I was at work and my receptionist kept getting me out of meetings or transferring calls to me from my agent when she had a new offer. My co-workers were extremely excited for me.

But in the end, a house will use a P & L statement to derive what they’d be willing to pay in advance monies. This P&L statement encompasses their marketing plan, expenses and expected revenues (break out the crystal ball) with a plug number calculated for advance to be paid to the author. The higher the advance, the more in-house promotion they are planning to support the book—always a good thing.

One thing I didn’t realize was that any subsequent advances dovetailed off my first advance. My house couldn’t offer any more money at the time I sold my second 3-book thriller series (since I had no sales to show), but my agent built in a contingency for more advance dollars if my second series netted X-number of sold volumes. That way, I could earn more advance money if my next series took off.

But there is a certain amount of stress knowing that as a new author, I would be tossed into the deep end of the pool with the big guys and gals. All of my books are lead titles. No pressure, right? To stay grounded through all this, I keep writing new books and focus on the one thing I have control over—the writing.

LINDA: You’ve credited author Sharon Sala with helping you to find an agent. What were your networking activities prior to Ms. Sala stepping up to the plate? How does a new author find such support?

JORDAN: Sharon actually got me into her house at MIRA too. Her editor read the book right away and went to committee to buy it. That initial interest jumpstarted the auction process that snowballed from there. Buzz is a good thing.

I had a lucrative job in the energy industry that allowed me to spend money on contests, conference travel, memberships in various professional orgs, creating a website before I sold, pitching to editors and agents, and doing outright proposals. And I got plenty of rejections—many, many, many. My own agent rejected me a couple of times.

When I entered the Golden Heart for the first time in 2005 and became a finalist, that put me on people’s radar, but that was still a roller coaster ride. For my thoughts on contests, the highs and lows, please see my website FOR WRITERS page: http://www.jordandane.com/writers.php I’ve got a Q&A on contests there.

The support I got with Sharon came purely from Sharon’s generosity and being a local chapter mate of mine. Every year she offers anyone in our chapter a complete read (with a light critique) of a mystery/suspense manuscript as part of our chapter’s Finish the Book Incentives Program. There were other incentives there for editors and agents, but I trusted Sharon to give me her honest thoughts and I love her writing. Her version of a light critique was a breathless phone call, “Honey, where do you have this?” and it ended with a 3-M sticky note with the word FANTASTIC! on it. I framed the note and it sits on my desk.


LINDA: Your Rebecca Montgomery is a strong, self-reliant detective who finds love in NO ONE HEARD HER SCREAM. Is her man Diego involved in her life in the other books in the series? No spoilers, please!

JORDAN: No. No One Heard Her Scream is more standalone. For now, Becca and Diego are in San Antonio, living at their Paseo Del Rio condo on the river and finding much deserved peace for both of them. That brings joy to my heart after what I put them through. That’s not to say that will always be the case. In the fictional world, anything can happen. For a deeper understanding of the locations I picked for this book (in my old hometown of San Antonio) with excerpts, you should visit my Story Behind the Story images at this link - http://www.jordandane.com/scream_photos.php

I can always make myself shed a little tear when I read the ending on this page—when I picture Diego and Becca together.


LINDA: You’re a self-proclaimed recovering Contest Diva. How important are contest wins when it comes to finding agent representation?

JORDAN: Some agents value this, but not enough to give you any big leg up. I had an extensive bio with my 33 contest finals/wins, but it still boils down to the story you submit. Contests do give you other unexpected surprises later that I had not anticipated. After I sold, I had many pubbed authors contact me to offer support and blurbs because they believed in what they’d seen of my writing through contests as judges. Allison Brennan has been the biggest supporter. I consider her to be a very generous mentor to me now. She’s a very generous person and a gifted author.

LINDA: Because of your background in the energy industry, will there be a series involving industrial espionage or an energy crisis?

JORDAN: I never thought I’d want to write about a career I had for so many years, but my natural instincts as a writer came into play recently when I conjured a domestic terrorism scheme that I hope to use in my Sweet Justice series. My energy industry background and my many visits to field facilities will add some authenticity to my descriptions, for sure. Having some inside info on energy and a propensity for drama and conspiracies, I can really come up with some frightening scenarios. I’m sure I’m on an FBI or Homeland Security watch list.

And because of my energy career, I got to live in Alaska (10 years), which became the adventure of a lifetime. I can’t tell you how many stories this will spawn. I’m sure it will be a bottomless pit.


LINDA: Please tell us more about what we have to look forward to in the Sweet Justice series.

JORDAN: I sold three more books to Avon in May 2007 and I just finished the first book in my Sweet Justice series, romantic thriller. I’m so excited about these books. Here is a sneak peek of the first book and at the thriller series:

“An illusive web of imposters on the Internet lures a deluded teen from her Alaskan home and launches a chain reaction collision course with an unlikely tangle of heroes. This is the initial driver to a new 3-book series from suspense author Jordan Dane and Avon HarperCollins. With an international setting, these romantic thrillers will focus on the lives and loves of three women—a bounty hunter operating outside the law, an ambitious vice cop, and a former international operative with a mysterious past.”

The first series story weaves in and out of remote areas of Alaska, (part of my energy career experience). And I really think I’ve hit a breakthrough in my writing with this book (#4) that I’m tentatively calling EVIL WITHOUT A FACE. It’s an ambitious plot and very fast paced, based on a real crime that happened in 2004 in Florida. My cast of characters is AMAZING and fun to write. I love being in their world. I’m writing book#5 (THE WRONG SIDE OF DEAD)—feeling like I’ve come home to old friends. This series electrifies me.


LINDA: Anything else you’d like to add?

JORDAN: Anyone can reach me via my contact page on my website at http://www.jordandane.com/. And I’d love to have folks sign up on my direct mailing list. I reward this behavior with special offerings & contests and my quarterly newsletter has excerpt teasers and other fun stuff.

Plus I’m a featured author with the International Thriller Writers debut program for 2008. You can check out fun articles, news, and other info by going to ITW’s website at http://www.thrillerwriters.org/. Look for the Debut Authors tab. For anyone writing mystery/suspense debut books, you’ll want to check into this great program.

And come and subscribe to my MySpace blog to see the real me—the side of “me” that my mother cringes at and blames on my dad. I’m getting a devoted following of blog subscribers from all over the world. I’m there to make friends, so you won’t see me working the sales angle hard. And I reply to emails I get through my blog or my website, so write me. I’d love to hear from you.


LINDA: Jordan, thank you for being my guest!

Since this is “SHOW—NOT TELL” month with Jordan Dane at The Writer’s Chatroom, I’d be remiss in my duties if I didn’t direct our visitors today to the next stop on the tour. Please join Kim on March 12th!

March 12 Kim Richards http://kim-richards.livejournal.com/

JORDAN: Thanks so much for featuring me the way you have. As a new author, I appreciate the support.

45 comments:

Cheryl said...

Great interview. I loved reading all the questions and answers. I can't wait for the first book to release

Cheryl

Jenna said...

Jordan, I'd love to hear more about what that auction day was like for you. Did it mostly come down to money, or were there other reasons you went with your publisher? How did you celebrate?

Oh... and CONGRATULATIONS! :)

Jordan Dane said...

Good morning! Picture me sitting by a fire, drinking my first cup of jo and chatting with friends. I'll be popping in all day so feel free to ask a questions or two. And thanks for coming. :)

Linda J. Hutchinson said...

I must apologize to all who have commented. Due to spam issues I had it set to moderate comments and forgot to change it.

Thank you to everyone who visits and interacts with Jordan! She's not only a fine writer, she's a fine person.

Jordan Dane said...

Thanks Cheryl and I appreciate you being here this morning.

And Jenna--I never expected an auction to happen for a new author like me. In fact, I never heard of one before. I credit the clout of my agent Meredith Bernstein for stirring one up. The woman contacted 6-7 houses in one afternoon, hitting them with phone pitches, then emailed my manuscript to them all. Then we waited with me holding my breath.

We started to get offers in and hell, I was practically wanting to take the first one. But My agent said, "Let's wait and see." Within ten days we have several decisions to make.

I had to weigh the differences of being lead title vs back to back releases as one decision. And being so new, I had no idea what a lead title meant. But after checking with author mentor friends of mine--Merline Lovelace, Sharon Sala and Mel Odom, I got a pretty good idea of what might work best for me but my agent asked if it would help if I could talk to all the editors. So that's what I did too.

I contacted all the editors in the running and talked to each one. I asked similar questions of each--how would you market me, what kind of career would I have with your house, would you ever consider a novel about a woman assassin. (I wanted to see how flexible they'd be on content with the assassin question.) Then I weighed what I heard.

Lucia Macro with Avon actually was the only one who didn't reject my woman assassin story right off the bat. She chuckled (while she was doing laundry at home) and said at this stage in her career, she wasn't sure she wanted to risk it for a woman assassin story. (Later, she actually bought that story as book#3 NO ONE LIVES FOREVER but I had envisioned a book beyond this one. We'll see what happens next on that.)

I decided to go with Avon for their back to back releases and my rapport with Lucia.

And I found out later, they made me lead title on all three books anyway--even though they hadn't mentioned it in the phone call. Avon has been great on all counts--fast on contracts, money distribution, and creatively.

I heart them.

Jordan Dane said...

I'm having trouble posting comments for some reason. I've sent an email to Linda. Let's see if this one posts.

Jordan Dane said...

I got off and logged back on and it seems to be working.

Linda J. Hutchinson said...

We now have 2 foot high snow drifts here in central Ohio. Jordan has been telling me all week how lovely the weather is on the west coast! Just wait until I "see" her.

Jordan Dane said...

I'm actually in Oklahoma, wishing I was on the west coast. Many of my friends are in Denver at Left Coast Crime conference and they've been emailing me so I feel like I'm there.

Here in OKC area, it's sunny but cold. Thank God the usual strong winds aren't around.

BTW Linda--My husband is from Euclid OH up near Cleveland. My OH connection.

Jordan Dane said...

Hey Cheryl--I noticed on your profile that you have lots of fish. My husband and I are raising Koi right now, a happy accident. I'm a Koi Wrangler. I never thought fish could be so cute. We've got them in an aquarium since they were too small for the outdoor cold. And they actually beg for food. Cute little fish faces.

Diana Castilleja said...

Hi Jordan! Great interview. I can't wait to see you at the release. It will be a lot of fun.

NOHHS was a very detailed and intricate book. Hoping you the very best with it and the successors.

Jordan Dane said...

Thanks Diana--I sometimes look back at the complexity of that book and wonder how I did it without plotting. LOL I still don't plot, I just write and see it playing out like a movie in my head. I always challenge myself with more and more complexity that I want to look effortless to the reader. And with SCREAM, I had the mystery elements of the body buried alive behind the wall and ran that parallel to the suspense plot of human trafficking. It was great fun but I had my moment with it.

But my book#4 EVIL WITHOUT A FACE is even trickier. The pace of that upcoming book is amazing. I keep experimenting and learning.

Jordan Dane said...

BTW Diana--My maiden name is TORRES. And I always find a way of getting Hispanics in my stories. SCREAM's setting is San Antonio, my old hometown. I loved telling the story there. I have a Story Behind the Story on my webpage, showing pics of the various locales with excerpts describing them. http://www.jordandane.com/scream_photos.php

Patricia said...

Snow seems to be every place. Hopefully spring is not too far away. We had a snow burst yesterday. I have a friend in Columbus, Ohio and one in Norman, Oklahoma that I share books with. I know Columbus is getting snow but haven't heard about Norman - sun or snow.

The auction process is something I've not read much about. Thank you Jordan for filling us in.

Evil Without A Face sounds exciting.

Pat Reid

Jordan Dane said...

Hey there Pat--Great to "see" you here. I'm in the OKC area and no snow here but it is cold. Sunny and cold. I used to live in Alaska and loved it, even the winters. But as I get older, I have less tolerance for cold.

And yes, an auction is an amazing process and scary. I used to be a gas commodities trader and I kept thinking they'd hard trade me like I used to do as a buyer or seller. Thank God editors don't think like I do. :)

Here's a sneak peek at info on Evil Without a Face and the new romantic thriller series:

"An illusive web of imposters on the Internet lures a deluded teen from her Alaskan home and launches a chain reaction collision course with an unlikely tangle of heroes. This is the initial driver to a new 3-book series from suspense author Jordan Dane and Avon HarperCollins. With an international setting, these romantic thrillers will focus on the lives and loves of three women—a bounty hunter operating outside the law, an ambitious vice cop, and a former international operative with a mysterious past."

The characters in this story are so much fun for me to write. And I;m learning so much about writing with each new book. Great fun.

Tina M. Russo said...

Whew!!! I thought I missed the guest and was a day late...

I love this virtual tour idea, I get to stalk my favorite authors and meet new people and see new blogs.

Now I have a question for Ms. Dane.

Do you ever get stuck? Not blocked but stuck? What sort of techniques do you use if you feel your characters have written themselves into a corner or if you aren't sure the POV of a particular scene is the right POV.

Thanks for so generously sharing your time and talent.

Helen said...

Jordan, I really enjoyed the interview. Reading about the auction from your point of view was quite interesting and reading in the comments about how you talked with each editor was great. Can't wait to read the book. Hello from Austin.

Jordan Dane said...

Well, good morning, Ms Tina. It's funny but I don't particularly believe in writers block. I figure there's always a way to get yourself out of a corner. But the last time I stopped writing (because I worried if I wasn't keeping up the intense pace of a thriller), I don't like to keep writing through it. That's a waste of time for me and a distraction. I'd rather stop and think. I do this on instinct and trust me instincts.

So the last time this happened, I sat down and watched a terrible Christian Slater movie about skateboarding called Gleaning the Cube. Since my mind never really stops working the issue on my writing, I actually found a resolution with that crazy movie. I went back to my work (didn't see the end of the movie) and outlined a brief summary of where I needed to go for the ending. And it worked.

I'm thinking of offering a writers workshop on the Six Degrees of Christian Slater and how ALL plots are connected to him. :)

Jordan Dane said...

Hey Helen from Austin--I grew up in San Antonio and my debut book is based in my old hometown. I was just down in Austin in Nov, speaking to a group of authors there. I love Austin.

With the auction, I didn't get the traditional "CALL" but talking to all the houses and getting their feel for my book and what they liked about it was a really good thing. As a new writer, you never know if what you're doing is right or effective. I got countless rejections, some good rejections (only another writer knows what this means) and some generic or awful. But my book#2 was the exact same book that some had rejected and the advance reviews for that book are really really great too.

A writer has to get beyond the industry professionals (get sold) to find their readership. And it's gratifying to hear a good review of the work you slaved over for months.

Thanks for joining us, Helen.

Jordan Dane said...

Hey Tina--Another thing I like to do is talk to my plot partner--my hubby--over breakfast. He makes a mean egg sandwich too. But I find it's not that I expect him to resolve my question, but it's more the act of talking it out. It's like you're having a conversation with your brain and by speaking aloud, the answer sometimes comes.

But he has also amazed me with his clarity. And when he comes up with an idea, it's usually not what I expected, but I go off on a tangent and leave him wondering "What the hell did I just say?"

He's fun to brain storm with. Do you have anyone like this?

Linda J. Hutchinson said...

I'm loving all this interaction! And I'm learning so much about the publishing industry. I thought I had a grip on that, but reading Jordan's comments, I'm seeing it through a new set of eyes.

We have a level III blizzard here, but I'll check in whenever possible. Jordan has the reins, folks. She's running the show.

Jordan Dane said...

I never have a problem telling me I know nothing of this publishing industry, but I am learning.

Being lead title, the print runs were pretty intimidating. So far, my editor is pleased with the orders that have come in already but it still takes people actually buying the book to transact numbers to make a bestseller's list.

Author Tess Gerritson has a great blog and she talks about this all the time. She and Joe Finder researched what it took to become a best seller and you;d be surprised how low your sales numbers had to be any normal week (not a week where Harry Potter hits). She blurted out on a panel once that she thought 7000 books would do it, but she and Joe found that it might even be as low as 4000. Of course this all depends on who else is releasing with you, but isn't that amazing?

Tina M. Russo said...

I find a not-sleeping-nap works. Close the eyes and let the character duke it out works on the subconscious level.

Or pacing across the room and channelling the characters--talking out loud. I do this when it is only me and the cats in the house--or me and the nurse at the asylum.

But I am always fascinated with how other authors do it.

Jordan Dane said...

Another funny story about the auction. When it was at its fevered pitch, my agent had an engagement to go to in Martha's Vineyard. We heard there was rumor that someone might preempt the offer so we talked about our strategy for the weekend and she went on her trip, leaving her cell phone for anyone who wanted to reach her.

I had a question and called her on her cell and she was in the middle of shopping at a jewelry store. While we were talking, she stopped to haggle over a price and I remembered laughing and thinking--"Yep, I got the right woman negotiating for me."

Meredith is all about THE DEAL. She's low tech and doesn't spend time on websites or maintaining blogs or editing her clients' work. She picks up the phone and calls. And being in the industry for as long as she has been, she really knows some people with clout. She doesn't even have her own website, but she's been a great agent for me--always positioning us for the next deal.

And me being an aggressive commodities trader in my former day job, I push too. We make a great team. Love her.

Jordan Dane said...

Tina--Next time you might try a Christian Slater movie. At least people won't think you're insane, only that you have bad taste in movies.

I also like the napping thing. The subconscious really keeps working on the problem and it's almost like you've delegated your problem to someone else.

God, I sound insane too. Bad enough that I'm channeling my characters' voices in my head. Jeez.

Jordan Dane said...

BTW--My publisher HarperCollins is doing a special sneak peek inside my debut book on Tues Mar 11th. We'll have some giveaways too.

And for people who have already read my debut book, they are also giving away other books from Harper authors. So mark your calendars and check out my contest page on Tues Mar 11th for more details.

There will be 3 ways to win.

Jordan Dane said...

Let's see if I can post my book trailer here. Here is the link to youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aK3bPCVDYII

Jordan Dane said...

I didn't want to spend the high dollar to make a book trailer so I did this one myself using moviemaker from Microsoft. It's free and a pretty good tool and fairly intuitive to use. The biggest amt of time is spent looking for suitable royalty free content.

Linda J. Hutchinson said...

Google's server went down. We'll be back up and running as soon as possible.

Thanks to everyone for stopping by!

Diane said...

Mucho kudos, Jordan!!! What a thrilling success story. As an unpublished author currently querying her romantic suspense ms, I wonder if you have any tips on what might catch Meredith Bernstein's eye in a query letter. What was your query experience before connecting with Bernstein?

Again, major congrats and thanks for being with us today.

Linda J. Hutchinson said...

Google seems to be hit and miss today. Thanks to everyone for your patience.

Jordan Dane said...

Hey Diane--When I queried Meredith a couple of times (before I was ready), she turned me down. LOL I didn't query her with my new story. The way I got in to her was through Sharon Sala, her client. Sharon sent an email, then talked to her on the phone. I got a chance to talk to Meredith on the phone and sent her my manuscript to her hotel at a conference. She read it on the way back to NYC and called me the next day offering representation. And it took me two nano seconds to say yes. My local writers chapter had several authors repped by her and I'd heard great stories about her thru the yrs.

I have so many Meredith stories, with other authors. A YA author I recommended to her. If she likes you, she sometimes will pick up the phone to chat. Scares the hell out of you to see that 212 area code, but she's a doll. Has a big heart.

On the query I sent to other agents with SCREAM, I got good attention though, so I was encouraged by that. But in my opinion, it still comes down to the writing. And I usually sent a cover/query letter, bio, & writing sample. I'll look for my query letter and see if I can post it here in a sec.

Jordan Dane said...

I forgot to say that I also sent a 5-7 pg synopsis with each proposal. And all of it went into a slick black pocket folder with my business cards. I've always gotten compliments on my presentation from agents.

For an overview of how to write a synopsis, I have this on my FOR WRITERS page at my website. This summary came from a lot of research and is what I liked to do. One person's opinion. Lisa Gardner's site has pages and pages of ideas on synopsis and it a wonderful source of info, but I boiled my down to all my research and came up with a simple way that worked for me.

I had a pre-pubbed website too that was like an online resume. Agents even had requested material after seeing posted excerpts so it pays to have an online presence that is professional looking.

Below is my query letter for SCREAM:

I am seeking representation on my latest completed manuscript – No One Heard Her Scream – a romantic suspense with elements of mystery, a project with a word count of approximately 100,000.

Please feel free to visit my website for my bio and excerpts of my other work, including my 2005 Golden Heart finalist manuscript - Crossing The Line. www.cynmarolt.com

The enclosed story has been close to my heart. It is based in my old hometown of San Antonio. I wanted to portray a woman detective trying to cope with the death of her sister while conducting a murder investigation that only reminds her of the tragedy. Every step of the investigation thrashes through her emotional baggage and she makes mistakes in her interrogations, ones she has to reexamine with eyes wide open. And in doing so, she begins to see the hero of my story in a very different light.

No One Heard Her Scream
Until Now…

A relentless detective with the San Antonio Police Department is barred from an investigation into the disappearance and murder of her younger sister and forced to take another assignment. Skeletal remains buried in the wall of an old theatre destroyed by arson make an intriguing new case. But when the bones turn out to be of a woman, close in age to her sister, the hunt for a killer gets personal—a vendetta for justice.

A seductive enforcer to the mob, with secrets of his own, stands between the detective and a powerful man she believes is linked to the murder. Will the reluctant henchman become an ally or betray her to his treacherous ‘benefactor’? Drawn into the sinister world of human trafficking, the modern-day slave trade, the detective unravels a grim trail of destroyed lives—leaving her little hope for vindication in the death of her sister and a nameless young woman buried alive.

I am a research-aholic, especially on topics of police procedure and forensics. I took a 45-hrs+ course with my local police force to immerse myself in the details of their jobs, including a day at the gun range shooting weapons and blowing up stuff with the bomb squad. And I continue to take online courses on forensics and crime scene investigation. On my previous project (2005 Golden Heart finalist-Crossing the Line), I had a police lieutenant as a technical advisor on my book. And with No One Heard Her Scream, I have a former homicide detective/author who is working with me on this project as a critique partner on police procedure and interrogation techniques. My heroine wins some and loses some as she deals with her guilt/pain of her sister's death. She’s a smart and courageous, but vulnerable human being.

Thanks so much for your time in consideration of this project. A partial or full manuscript with a 5-page synopsis is available at your request. I look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

Jordan Dane said...

Thanks for having me today, Linda. I'm heading out to dinner with my husband, a continuing celebration of our anniversary.

Feel free to contact me on my website if anyone thinks of other questions. Have a good weekend!

Linda J. Hutchinson said...

If anyone else would like to leave a question or comment for Jordan, I'll be sure she gets the message.

We were down for a few hours today because Google's server went down.

I appreciate each and every person who stopped by. Thank you!

A special "THANKS!" to Jordan Dane!

Next stop on the tour is March 12: Kim Richards will be your host at http://kim-richards.livejournal.com/

Mary Connealy said...

Great interview, Jordan, The titles along are so sharp and compelling. I'm so excited for you.

Kimberly L said...

Hi Jordan, great interview. Visited your website and you have some fantastic books that I can't wait to read.

Diane said...

Thanks Jordan for your query letter and insight on the query process. Enjoy and celebrate your success. It sounds like you earned every bit.

Thanks Linda for giving us this opportunity to talk to Jordan.

Linda J. Hutchinson said...

Hello Mary and Kimberly! Thanks for stopping by.

Jordan's website has a wealth of info.

Please visit each stop on Jordan's virtual book tour. Winners of the contest will be announced at the "Launch P-A-R-T-Y!" on March 30th at http://writerschatroom.com. Please join us. The virtual bar will be open, but you're welcome to BYOB.

And there is always chocolate at TWC!

Linda J. Hutchinson said...

Thanks, Diane! We do our best to show--not tell--at The Writer's Chatroom.

Jordan is definitely one to watch--and to emulate.

Word Crafter said...

Jordon
It is such a pleasure to read all about the fascinating adventure you've had in the publishing world and about your career, your work and all. You have so much energy - (that was not meant to be punny) but you do--The power in your writing is echoed by your personal energy.
Thanks for sharing with us - and Linda thank you for the great questions.
Billie

Linda J. Hutchinson said...

A hearty "Thank You" to Jordan and to all of the writers who joined us for this stop on The Writer's Chatroom's virtual book tour.

Winners of Jordan's contest will be announced during the live chat at http://www.writerschatroom.com on March 30th.

Please join Kim Richards on March 12th for the next tour stop!

glenna day said...

WOW It all sounds like such a stressful period for authors. I guess us readers don't really realize what you guys go through. Great interview.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed the comments and have now added No One Heard Her Scream to my to be read list
JOYE

Caitlin Hoy said...

i really enjoyed catching up on your comments. Sorry I couldn't be here.