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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Interview & Giveaway! Jordyn Redwood ~ Author of Peril!!

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


Check out a video for Peril!

Enter for a chance to win a copy of Peril courtesy of Jordyn Redwood! Giveaway is only open to US residents. Ends 10/22.

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  1. Would love to read this and then pass it on to a friend who is waiting for an organ transplant.

    1. Hi Emi,

      Wow-- that would be amazing. I'll be praying for your friend. What type of organ is she awaiting transplant for?

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    1. Wow-- that's tough. I'm such a big movie buff!! For comedy I'm a big Sandra Bullock fan. I watch While You Were Sleeping every Christmas. Love, love suspense movies. The two I always think of-- one is super old-- The Changeling with George C. Scott and Stigmata with Gabriel Byrne. I actually really like M. Night Shyamalan's films. The Sixth Sense, Lady in the Water, and Signs are some of my favorites. The movie Devil was really pretty interesting but gory so not for a timid audience.

  3. Very good interview. You must be very good with time management to do all you do and work too. I would love to read Peril.

  4. Excited to read these novels by Jordyn! My mom read the first two and enjoyed them, and considering I am always up for a good suspense novel, I'm really excited to start these. :)

    Congrats on a new book!

    1. I've read the first book and loved it! I plan on reading/finishing book two soon. :) If you want to be entered in the giveaway, be sure to enter via the Rafflecopter form. Thanks for commenting!

    2. Hi Rissi!

      Glad your mom liked the first two books. Peril is probably my favorite of the three-- I just think my weaving a suspense tale improved a lot. I'll be interested in hearing what you think!

  5. Thank you for this giveaway!! These books sounds wonderful!!!

    (signed in Amber M)

  6. I just loved reading about you and especially about your books. My best friends mother had a heart transplant and after started having all kinds of not only food cravings, but thoughts. As the family was not secretive about their daughter, my friend's mother found out the cravings were from the recipient as well as the thoughts. It is just fascinating. I am an RN. I have worked in Psychiatry, ER, Worker's Compensation and Dermatology. I loved Psych the best. I am excited to know about your book and if I do not win it, it is going on my To Read shelf :) Many Blessings

    1. Molly,

      Wow-- what a story about your friend's mother! Nice to meet a fellow member of the nursing fold. If you love psych I think you'll LOVE Poison (book #2) of the series. It deals with an ethical question surrounding hypnosis and a psychotic, troubled young woman.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and I'd love to hear what you think of the books!

  7. Thanks so much for the great giveaway. Please keep on using your god given talent by writing wonderful books.

  8. Great interview! Lots of things in there that are the same for me especially the end times reading! Scares me silly!

  9. Great interview and I've been wanting to read one of her books. So, now would be a good time to get started, huh?

  10. Sounds like a great book and really interesting series of books. Hope I win so I can do a review

  11. I absolutely LOVE the cover!! Her eyes are enchanting!

    1. Hi Beth,

      I am such a fan of the covers, too! Though I am biased. Poison is probably my favorite cover.

  12. This is a new series to me, anxious to check it out. The cover does make you want to stop want you are doing and invite her to coffee to hear her story.

    1. Janet,

      She has quite a story to share. That's for sure.

  13. Great interview with Jordyn. Medical suspense is one of my favorite genres, and there aren't a lot of them available. Thank you for featuring Jordyn and her newest release! I'm adding it to my wish list!

  14. Jordyn, do you have any say in your book covers, or does your publisher decide this?

    1. Hi Nancee,

      Kregel was great. For Proof, I actually had the choice between two book covers. You can see the one I rejected at this link: http://wordservewatercooler.com/2012/04/03/the-tale-of-two-book-covers/.

      I actually liked the one with the evil, scary dude on the front cover but I thought a woman would be less likely to pick it up so I went with what is published now.

      For Poison-- they wanted something different and I really did hate the one they initially designed-- I mean couldn't get behind it even a little bit and they were VERY responsive and Poison is probably my favorite cover.

      Peril had to fall in line with the rest so it was finding a photo that captured the heroine best. I LOVE the green, too.

  15. I loved the interview and finding out a whole lot of interesting things about Jordyn. She is a new author for me and I find the premises of these three books fascinating. Thanks for the giveaway.

  16. What a great interview. I don't see any replies to comments. I guess you are way too busy.

    1. Hi Charisse,

      Never too busy for readers!! I just wrapped up a couple of 12 hour nursing shifts in the ER-- hence a little delay in my being able to post comments but I have enjoyed them all and feel very blessed to be here with Melanie's readers.

      So glad you enjoyed the interview.

  17. this book sounds really interesting

  18. Thanks for reviewing. This was a good review. Thanks to Jordyn and to Christian Bookshelf Reviews.
    i would love a chance to win your book. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  19. This sounds like an interesting book. Can't wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  20. Great Interview. I'd love to read this book.

    Katie J.

  21. Sign me up! I've been looking for Jordyn's books at my library & can't wait to read them.

  22. Thanks for sharing the interview. I look forward to reading this book.

  23. I have been wanting to read your books since I first heard about them a few months ago.

    Jasmine A.

  24. I don't read a lot of suspense, but maybe I should give it a try. Thanks for the interview and the giveaway!


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