When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?
I currently have the luxury of writing full-time. Hubby-pants (that's how I refer to him on the ‘internets') believes in my little pipe-dream and has afforded me the whole year to pursue said dream. We don't have children yet, but I wake up fairly early and begin right away and work throughout the day. I absolutely CANNOT work with music on for some unknown reason, so I usually put on reruns of Law & Order SVU, CSI: Miami, or Criminal Minds in the background. I try to maintain a presence on Facebook and Twitter throughout the day, as well. I aim for at least 1,000 words a day, but that's a bad day. 3,000 well-polished words is more the norm.
Where do you research for your books?
I write Psychological/Crime Thrillers and since I majored in Biology with minors in Criminology and Psychology, I just happen to have a few textbooks lying around. Oh yeah, and some knowledge. But nothing beats hands-on experience, and I was never a cop, never a psychologist, and (despite the word of others) never a psychopath. My favorite resource is the Crime Scene Writers Group on Yahoo. It's a forum where writers post a question via email and experts from different fields weigh in with their opinions. Some of the experts will even let you contact them directly and sometimes offer to look over your scenes and point out ways to tweak them for authenticity.
Does your significant other read your stuff?
He absolutely does! Which is amazing to me because he hates reading. I know, an author married to someone who hates to read. But yes, it's true. He usually reads my WIP's as I'm writing them, chapter by chapter. And he's very astute and tells me when I miss something, which is often helpful. Although I released Blood in the Past, a prequel, first, I wrote it second. Therefore, Hubby-pants was able to read Blood in the Paint, the first full-length follow-up, first, then Blood in the Past. It was great to see his reaction at having read them in reverse, his appreciation of the way I had tied certain things together and left other things hidden. My favorite moment though, had to be when he read the cliffhanger ending to Blood in the Paint. He just stuttered for about five minutes. “Wait, but, I mean, what? Shouldn't? Wouldn't? Who? Wait! WHAT?” Hahahaha! Priceless.
Who are your books published with?
I did loads of research before I decided to publish independently. But late last year, I actually registered my own publishing label with the IRS and with the state of New Jersey. Blood Read Press (pronounced Blood “Red”) is the imprint through which I'll be publishing all of my work. Right now, I have an amazing freelancer who does my cover art (http://www.kitfosterdesign.com/) and two separate companies that do my editing and formatting. I doubt I'll be able to lure any of them to work for me, but in the future I hope to open Blood Read Press up to submissions. That's so far down the line though, I can't even imagine the logistics of it yet. But the mere prospect is exciting.
Do you use a pen name? If so, how did you come up with it?
Jordanna East is a pen name! Jordanna is my middle name and East is an abbreviated version of my married name. It was the only way I could honor my husband's last name and still have it sound as marketable as my original first name and maiden name.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
Writers unwind and relax? I can't seem to get characters and plot twists out of my head. I must be doing something wrong…
If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?
Several years ago, my friend Jillian came to visit us. Her visit was shortened because she expected a little more hospitality than a five-star hotel. It upset me. She ended up leaving and we never spoke again. She passed away from an illness I didn't even know she had two years ago. She was my best friend, and although I sent her an email trying to explain why I was upset at her actions, maybe I should've tried harder, showed up at her doorstep or something. I don't know. I had already named one of the characters in Blood in the Past after her, but the novella is also partially dedicated to her.
Have any of your characters been modeled after yourself?
Believe it or not, Lyla Kyle. Mainly because she has a pension for science as well as art, which is very much like myself, since I majored in Biology but often took classes like photography, art history, etc…and, well, here I am writing books and stuff. But again, and just to be clear, (despite the word of others) I was never a psychopath. 😉
Jillian Atford falls for an older man, a handsome Philadelphia cop, whose mystery is that he's married, a reality Jillian refuses to accept. Lyla Kyle finds her mother dead on the floor from an apparent suicide. She blames her philandering father and wastes no time taking her revenge. Detective Jason Brighthouse Sr. is in the wrong place at the right time to attempt to save a colleague from his burning home. When neither of them make it out alive, his teenage son can only harp on their last argument. He shoots himself in the head…with his father's gun.
Three lives. Three deaths. One story. To understand the future, you must visit the past.
Blood in the Past. An introductory novella to the upcoming Blood for Blood Series, coming Winter 2013.
Jordanna East readily confesses that she started writing a novel one day when she was broke and unemployed. Her cable had been turned off. SHE WAS BORED. Longing to use her minors in Psychology and Criminology, she ventured outside the box; she plopped down on her bed and started writing…and she hasn't stopped. Though, now she has cable and pens her Psychological Thrillers at an actual desk. Jordanna currently lives in South Jersey with her husband and their two cats, both named after food.
Released in June 2013, Blood in the Past is the prelude novella to her upcoming, debut Blood for Blood Series, which follows three lives entwined by deaths and consequences, revenge and obsession. The first full-length novel in the series, Blood in the Paint, is anticipated for release this winter. Also be on the lookout for The Word and The Way, a serialized novel involving an off-the-grid religious cult plagued by power hungry members, sexual abuse, and murder—and young couple desperate to escape. Episode One of the first season is coming soon