Award-winning author Autumn Jordon is a quiet nut who has earned the title of 'trouble' by her family and friends. Even her pets look at her with a cautious eye, at times. Life is never dull in her valley surrounded by the beautiful Blue Mountains of northeast PA.
She loves to travel with the man who is not only her husband but also her best friend. They love to learn about the areas they visit and make new friends. She's never bored as she has a long list of hobbies. No matter what Autumn is doing, she's busy dreaming up ideas to put her very believable characters of her romantic thrillers in grave danger.
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Autumn, please share about your newest release.
Evil’s Witness is my most recent release and winner of the 2010 Golden Leaf award for ‘Best First Book.’ It was my 2009 Golden Heart Finalist, then titled His Witness. It’s a true romantic suspense story. The suspense triggers the romance and the growth of the relationship between the heroine and hero feeds the escalating suspense.
Stephanie Boyd needs refuge. John Dolton needs a witness. Together, will this Mafia target and FBI agent survive a killer's wrath? And while on the run, find the kind of love they’ve both closed their hearts to?
To buy link TWRP: http://www.thewildrosepress.com/evils-witness-p-4075.html
We’d love to learn more about you…
Why did you become a writer…was it a dream of yours since you were younger or did the desire to write happen later in your life?
I’ve always written and always wanted to be a published author. In high school I was a reporter and later an editor for my school paper. My life took a different direction and I married a solider a week after graduating from college. Twenty years and four children later I decided it was now or never to realize my dream.
What was the inspiration for your latest work of fiction?
I do have a new release coming out soon. Like Evil’s Witness, In The Presence Of Evil is also about a small town woman and her hero who takes on the Russian mafia and destroys the mafia’s plot to launder money through unusual circumstances.
What inspired it?
I put two ordinary situations together and said what if.
Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?
Totally from imagination— although physical image is usually drawn from a picture I’ve found in a magazine, catalog or newspaper. I post the picture on a board and put the character’s GMC and other details below it. I also interview my characters several times through the book to learn what exactly what is going on in their heads at that point in the story.
What was the most interesting research you had to do for any of your books?
Interviewing. I’ve spoken to FBI agents, local and state police officers, bankers, lawyers, soldiers, clergymen, truckers and many others whose lives mirror my characters. I usually interview once the story is written to verify facts I’ve learned through other sources and I come prepared with a list of specific questions, so not to take up too much of their time. Sometimes they open up and tell you bits of their personal lives that you can use in your story.
How do you go from an idea for a book to the birth of the story? Is the process the same for every book you write? How long does it take you to write a book?
Stories usually start with a first line for me. It could be dialogue or not. From there I picture a scene where my heroine or hero is in trouble. I normally write around 50 pages, getting to know my characters a little, and then I write a bare bones synopsis. I’m a panster so I let the characters take a lead often.
Are you currently working on any new book projects?
I’m currently working on another romantic suspense. I’m so excited about this book. I love the heroine. She is such a strong person, yet doesn’t realize it. The hero opens her eyes though and together the take on bad guys. I haven’t finished it yet, so I hope all works out for them. It has to, right? GRIN
Do you have any advice for beginning writers on how to write a book? Do you have any advice for them regarding promoting that book once published?
Write the story you would love to read. If you don’t love it, your readers won’t.
Put your heart into it. Again, if you don’t, your readers will feel it. Believe in yourself. If you don’t no one else will.
Promoting: I’m new to the game. I think just putting yourself out there getting your name recognized is probably the next best thing to writing a darn great book.
What’s your writing schedule like? When do you find time to write?
My life is busy just like everyone’s, but this is my career of choice and my business. If I don’t write, I have nothing to sell. I write almost every day. I study the craft or industry every day. I’m promoting my work every day. I might not have uninterrupted hours on end to write but I do have stolen minutes and believe me you can write a lot in twenty minutes. And even if you only get a few lines down, that is a few more than you had. Word By Word, Line By Line, Page By Page has been my motto for years.
Thank you, Joanne, for inviting me to be here today and letting me meet your readers. I hope I’ve posted something of interest or that will help encourage someone else.
Autumn, you’re very welcome. Thank you for stopping by and it was so nice to learn more about you and your work