Jen: This weekend we are pleased to have Autumn Jordan as our guest. Autumn, will you please share a short bio with us?
Autumn: I’m a quiet nut with a reputation for finding trouble. Ask anyone in our village, which lies along the Appalachian Trail in northeast Pennsylvania. I live with my husband who supplies me with support and tons of laughs. My family is growing as the five kids are now starting families of their own. Writing has always been part of my life.
Jen: Tell us about Evil’s Witness your recent release and where it’s available.
Autumn: Evil’s Witness is a romantic suspense. Evil’s Witness is available now through The Wild Rose Press in both e-format and paperback, or through Amazon. Evil’s Witness is really the hero’s story. FBI agent John Dolton is a tortured soul. To read why, skip over to my blog www.autumnjordonsnotes.blogspot.com His back-story was posted on June 9, 2010. Because of the man he is and the job he does, John has lost everything. When he finds the break he needs to nail the SOBs who stole his life in Stephanie Boyd, he’ll do anything to protect her and her family. Little does he know Stephanie and her children are exactly what he needs to heal his lonely heart.
Jen: At what age did you discover writing and when were you first published? Tell us your call story.
Autumn: I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I wrote my first story at age nine. Later, I was a reporter and then editor for my high school paper. My dreams to go to college for journalism changed in a heartbeat, when I met a guy. I got married and busy with raising a family. I didn’t start seriously studying the craft until 1999, after going through a divorce. I refer to my newbie days as the good old days. I knew nothing about rules or how to break them. I finished my first novel a year later.
While I’ve been published in personal essay for the Cup Of Comfort Books, magazine and newspaper articles, and even had a line for a USA Today magazine online poem, I didn’t contract a novel until Evil’s Witness. In 2009 I sold Evil’s Witness to The Wild Rose Press, became a RWA Golden Heart Finalist and sold a second novel, Obsessed by Wildfire within ten hours of submission. 2009 was an awesome year.
Jen: Are there any other writers, published or not, in your family?
Autumn: No, just me. I’m the nutty one who hears voices and needs to have a pen and paper with her at all times. My family still loves me.
Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Autumn: I prefer to write in the early morning, but honestly, I write whenever I can. With kids you have to take your moments when you get them. My motto has always been ‘Word By Word, Line By Line, Page By Page.” I’ve written five single title novels working that way.
Jen: What is it about the romance genre that appeals to you?
Autumn: I love developing the relationship between a man and woman, and a happy ever after ending is a must for me.
Jen: How do you pick the character’s names?
Autumn: I know some authors sweat over naming their characters. Their names have to hold a special meaning. Not me. I have a character picture file. When I’m thinking of a new story, I go through the pictures and pick out my characters and post them on my story board. Looking into their faces and knowing just a bit about who I think they are, their names just come to me.
Jen: Do you feel as if the characters live with you as you write? Do they haunt your dreams?
Autumn: Definitely. Sometimes I think they take over my life, and I know they try to take over the story.
Jen: If you could travel back in time for one year, what time and place would you choose? And if you could only take 3 things with you, what would they be?
Autumn: LOL. I love this question. Probably 1918. Right before the 20’s. To me it was such an exciting time but still a time of innocence. That part was easy. Now what would I take with me. My husband… Okay, if I can’t take him, I’ll take a camera, a 24 pack of Diet Coke and an enormous bag of M & M.
Jen: If Evil’s Witness was made into a movie, which actors would you choose to play the hero and heroine?
Autumn: Easy. Keifer Sutherland and Jodi Foster. I’m a huge 24 fan. Love Jack. Love Keifer playing Jack. And Jodi is a strong, intelligent, beautiful woman. She’d definitely be Keifer’s equal.
Jen: Most people only dream of becoming a published writer. Now that you’ve accomplished that goal, is there anything else you dream of doing?
Autumn: Becoming an author who actually makes more income than her husband who is a federal employee.
Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors and books? What are you reading now?
Autumn: I read all genres and like too many authors to name names. I’ll tell you my favorite book of all time is Jean Aurl’s The Valley of Horses. I’ve read my copy so many times the pages are brittle.
Right now, I’m reading Karen Robards, Joy Nash, and a new author to me is Misty Evans. I’m usually reading two or three books at any given time. I’m enjoying all three of these.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Autumn: I just finished my next romantic suspense, IN THE PRESENCE OF EVIL. Gina Rizzo, a small town woman becomes a pawn in the Mafia’s plot to launder money. Gina’s only hope to save herself and her family is home-for-the-holidays special-op marine, Cole Hanson. I have a reader reviewing it now.
Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?
Autumn: I can do this? YES! (JUMPING IN AIR) What prompts you to try a new author, and where do you buy your books, and what do you think of the new e-book revolution?
Okay. I know that’s three. Pick any one or all them. Thank you. Thank you.
Jen: Readers, Autumn is offering an e-copy of her first release, Obsessed by Wildfire to one lucky commenter. Since it’s an e-book she will email it to anywhere in this world. The winner must be 18 years of age though, since it’s rated spicy. To enter the drawing, you first must leave a comment or question for Autumn. Then to finish your entry, you need to leave your email address in your comment or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. The winner will be chosen on Thursday, June 24.