Welcome to Christian Bookshelf Reviews, Jordyn!! Will you tell us a little about yourself?
JR: I'm a wife and mother of two beautiful daughters. In the daytime, I'm a pediatric ER nurse and at night I'm a suspense novelist.
What is your new novel, Peril, about?
JR: Peril examines the phenomenon of cellular transfer of memories in a revved up medical thriller plot of medical research gone awry. This is where recipients of organs have memories from their donor or develop particular tastes of their donor.
What inspired your Bloodline Trilogy? What's been the most difficult part of writing these books?
JR: I am fascinated by medical mysteries and phenomenon. Each of the books in the Bloodline Trilogy asks a medical question and then takes a look at the ethical implications of the issues. In Proof, what if the gold standard of criminal prosecution, DNA testing, set a guilty man free because of a genetic defect? What does the victim do at that point? In Poison, can you influence someone to do evil acts via hypnosis. And Peril, if memories can be transferred between individuals does this change our viewpoint on when life begins. The hardest part about writing these books is the intricate plots I design. Particularly in Proof—I was diagramming out all the DNA groupings for the evidence. I almost wrote myself into a corner I couldn’t get out of.
What is something the average reader wouldn't know about you?
JR: Even though I'm a suspense girl I have a hard time reading End Times fiction. It starts to freak me out a little. The only reason I made it through the Left Behind Series was they came from a rapture point of view and I figured I wouldn't be around for all the ensuing chaos. Joel Rosenberg (I actually really like his books) affects me the same way. They are just a little too close to reality.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
JR: Literally from the time I could pen sentences I was writing stories. Late elementary school for certain. So I think I always have been a writer. The decision to pursue publication came later in life after I was foiled several times in getting my dream nursing job. I kind of threw my hands up to God and said, "All right, I'll finish this book that has been on my mind for years but you have to do something with it." Let's just say God showed up.
What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
JR: I don’t like anyone reading any part of my first draft.
Where do you like to write?
JR: My husband built me a gorgeous office with tons of bookshelves and this is where I write.
What is the best and/or worst part about being a writer?
JR: The best part of being an author is getting reader letters. My words impacted them enough for them to take the time and send an e-mail and let me know how my novel affected them. Nothing compares to that. The worst part is the amount of time it takes for such little pay—particularly in the beginning. I’m hoping to eventually have this reverse where I won’t be working another job to support my writing career but the brutal truth is most authors have to do this. It’s why many leave.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
JR: I love to snuggle with my girls, watch movies and cross stitch. These are the things that relax me.
What is your favorite genre to read and why?
JR: I am a huge fan of the suspense genre for reading as well. The reason—it must be that I like the feeling of being scared which is strange considering my above answer regarding end times fiction, right? We authors are complex.
Is there a place you’d like to visit, but haven’t yet?
JR: I’ve always wanted to visit Italy. I dream of breaking into the Vatican archives to see exactly what they are hiding.
Do you have a favorite Bible verse?
JR: From Joshua: “As for me and my house—we will serve the Lord.” This is significantly paraphrased.
Do you have a favorite song and/or movie?
JR: It’s too hard to narrow down but some recent favorites are Men in Black III, Star Trek Into Darkness, All I Can Do by Mikes Chair and Your Love Never Fails by Newsboys.
What is your favorite holiday?
JR: Christmas hands down.
What's your favorite season and why is it your fav?
JR: Autumn is my favorite season. I love everything about it. The cool, brisk weather. The rich colors of the leaves changing. The food—caramel covered apples, tea, anything pumpkin spiced and Thanksgiving dinner. I really don’t prefer the sun so I like the shorter days.
A few this-or-that questions:
Snowstorms or Thunderstorms? Thunderstorms.
Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla
Tea or Coffee? Tea
Call or Text? Text
Cats or Dogs? Dogs
Early-bird or Night-owl? Total Night Owl!!
Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
Sneakers or Sandals? Sandals
Are you currently working on any new novels? If so, could you give us a hint?
Right now my agent is shopping around my next book proposal that examines (in a dramatic fictional sense) near-death experiences. It hasn’t been picked up yet but I’m hopeful it will be soon. Of course, there are some medical mysteries along the way.
Thank you so much for being here! Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers and where can we find you on the web?
Melanie, thanks so much for hosting me! It’s been a great honor to be here. People can connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, my website, blog or newsletter.
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