Monday, January 30, 2017

Interview with Historical Author Genevieve Jordayne

 Please welcome Historical Romance
Author Genevieve Jordayne!

·      When did you get started writing and what motivated you to write?
o   I started writing little snippets and stories as a child. I was obsessed with books and would read boxes of them (a mix of genres) all summer long that my aunts would loan to me.  I had to take a break from writing for pleasure (aka college) and started writing in earnest about two years ago.

·      What genres do you write in and why?
o   I primarily write historical romance.  Romance makes everything better in life but it’s especially fun to live it through the eyes of someone who wore different clothes, saw different scenery and had different societal expectations.

·      What do you have published and where?
o   I’m a newly published author!  Frontline Angel is a historical romance set in the Philippines during the Japanese invasion of WW2 that tells the story of a young American nurse and her fight for love and survival.  My publisher is BlackRose Writing and available in paperback and ebook at any of the traditional retailers (eg Amazon)

·      Tell me about some of your WIPs?
o   My current project is another standalone but will follow a similar style in that it is set during another war (the American Civil War) and the heroine will have nursing duties.

·      Tell me about yourself?
o   I’m a total book lover as I mentioned. Not only do I love to write books but I love to read and review them.  I also love people so interviews and learning more about what makes people tick is amazing.  I’m also a mom to three little boys, a nurse practitioner, a dog lover and a country girl.

·      Where can we find you on the Internet?

·      What do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?
o   I love to shake things up but my ultimate favorite books are romance, especially historical.   I also love a good thriller, a murder mystery and I’ve read a lot of classics.  My favorite authors are Julie Garwood, Sue Grafton and J.A. Jance

·      Do you like writing your hero or heroine better? Which POV do you prefer?
o   So far I’ve stuck to the heroine POV but I think as I get more experienced I would love to really dive into a male character

·      What is your perfect hero? Perfect heroine?
o   I love heroines that are smart, hard-working, sassy but also have a vulnerable side.  I like heroes that are good looking, smart and not afraid to work to get the woman they love.

·      Do you belong to any writer’s chapters or groups, like RWA?
o   Black Rose Writing Author Group and Loved Kissed Authors have been my mainstays

·      Do you have any recommendations for aspiring writers?
o   Find an awesome editor.  Editing is the hardest, worst part of the process in my opinion and readers love to find that one error that somehow slipped through despite dozens of rounds of edits.  I swear the computer somehow does that when you turn it off.  I know I didn’t leave that mistake in there, lol!

·      How long did it take you from when you started writing to being published? From first submitting to being published?
o   I actually started researching my first book 7 years about but with birthing and raising my three little spitfires I didn’t actually put ‘pen to paper’ until about two years ago. Then I submitted my work to an author’s site and my publisher contacted me and offered a contract.

·      Do you do research for your stories? If so, what kind?
o   Tons of research.  I read at least a half dozen biographies, autobiographies and non-fiction books about the time period. I also perused lots of websites trying to get more pictures and a sense of what the area looked, felt and smelled like.

·      Are you a plotter (plots and outlines) or a pantser (by-the-seat-of-your-pants writer)? Why?
o   I am a jotter.  I have notebooks that I carry with me everywhere and when a scene comes to me I write it down in steps.  Then when I actually sit down to write I fill in the blanks and add the researched parts to make the scenery believable.

·      Do you use a pen name? Why or why not?
o   I do use a pen name.  My name, Jordayne is a combination of my boys’ names.  I felt it was a more meaningful and intriguing name.

·      Is there a genre that you haven’t written that you would like to?
o   I would love to write a great thriller.  Something with twists and turns that keeps you guessing to the end.  And knowing me there’d still be a touch of romance along the way.

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