Thanks so much for hosting me today. I’m thrilled to be here as part of my Perpetual Light Blog Tour.
1. Who is Jordan K. Rose, really?
Hmm. Well… that’s a good question and I think the answer changes from day to day or possibly minute to minute depending on my mood and what’s going on around me. So, today I’ll say I’m a woman who’s open to trying new things. A wife. A writer, most certainly. I’m a chocolate lover, a wine drinker, a let’s go out and eat tonight-er. A somewhat opinionated woman. For example, there is no way I can agree with anyone who says white chocolate is better than dark. That’s like saying day-old bread is fresher than a loaf right out of the oven. It’s just not true. I’m a Boston Red Sox fan, in spite of their bad behaviour last year. An animal lover. I just adore my black Labrador, Dino. I also love my niece dog, Dakota. Well, I love the human nieces and nephews, too.
2. Where did you get your inspiration from for Perpetual Light?
What sparked me to write the story was reading ton of vampire stories right around the holidays. I read everything from the Twilight series to Dracula to The Vampire Chronicles to The Sookie Stackhouse series. Then with Christmas and church the idea spun around in my mind for a few weeks, and in January I sat down to write.
3. Do you ever have problems with writers block? If so how do you get through it?
YES! I make lists. That sounds kind of dumb, but I have to put everything else in order and then I can write. So everything from clean the bathroom, do the laundry, grocery shop, buy birthday cards, etc. goes on the list. Then I tick all the items off and it frees my mind to be creative. I find when I’m least able to write, I’m usually worrying about something other than my current story.
4. Perpetual Light is your first release, was the road to publishing what you thought it would be?
I didn’t really know what to expect at first. Once I joined some writers groups and learned what other writers had experienced, the trials and tribulations made sense and I’ve been open-minded about the whole process, expecting rejections, and considering them part of the process. I’ve learned how to improve my craft and to accept criticism even if I have a wild desire to punch someone in the mouth! (For the record I’ve never acted on that desire. I’ve just eaten more chocolate and blasted the radio!)
I will say the thing that surprised me the most was the marketing and promotion an author must do. I had no idea it was the author’s responsibility. In fact, the idea of it never occurred to me. I’m enjoying all the blogging and meeting new people and learning new technologies, but it has been busy.
5. What’s next for you?
I have two things brewing. The first book in my Eva Prim series is just about complete. Eva is a vampire looking for friends, which as you can imagine is somewhat challenging for an obsessive, tender-hearted, very opinionated vampire. She has a website at www.evaprim.com. And I’m working on the second book in the Perpetual Light series.
6. While working on a story, do you work directly onto the computer or are there notebooks and plot ideas jotted down in various places?
Typically, I work directly at the computer. My penmanship is atrocious! I sometimes wonder what the heck I wrote on one of my lists! But, I do have notebooks for everything, too. Sometimes I need to jot down ideas or details separately so I don’t lose them. Then I have notes connecting pages with each other. It’s very messy when it’s not on the computer.
7. What do you do when you’re not writing/editing or thinking about writing/ editing?
I try to relax, but honestly in the back of my mind I’m always thinking about my current story. There is always some sort of detail for me to consider, whether it’s the development of a character, a plot idea or just the specifics of a scene.
8. If you had one piece of advice for all those writers sitting out there procrastinating about making that first submission or taking that first publishing step, what would it be?
Like Nike said: Just do it. I can’t stress that enough. You can’t win, if you don’t play. The fear of succeeding or failing holds so many talented writers back. But, if you want it, get over it and get it done. I went into writing planning to be published, knowing that day would come but getting there would cause me aches and pains. I took the rejections into stride. I know Eva will be rejected by some, but I also know there is an editor out there just dying to meet her. I’ll plug along until I find my next editor. You can do it, too!
9. Please share your favourite scene with us from Perpetual Light.
I love this question. I had to think about this for three seconds before an answer came to me. Then I stepped back to pick through all the other scenes I love and landed right back here. In Perpetual Light my hero, Vittorio, and heroine, Lucia, have a wonderful bond that allows them to share memories. Lucia is not as skilled at this as Vittorio, and he’s teaching her to utilize this ability by showing his memories to her.
He shows her the moment when he fell in love with her. It occurred on their vineyard in the 1600s when they were just teenagers. They grew up together. He was older and typically put out by her being underfoot and following him around babbling about whatever the topic of the day was. But on this day he sees her as a beautiful young woman and gets completely wrapped up in her charm. He’s so entangled that the work they were supposed to be doing doesn’t get completed. She, of course, blames him, which then leads them into a competition to see who is the better worker.
I love it because the entire scene is from his perspective and he describes her voice and how he wants to take the blame for everything and tell her he loves her, but he can’t. She’s not quite old enough to court so he has to wait and he doesn’t know if she even notices him in that way. It’s a sweet little scene.
Thanks so much for taking the time to be here today, Jordan! J
Thanks for having me. I enjoyed the interview and look forward to hearing from your readers. I’m offering a $5.00 Amazon gift card to one random commenter.
Fate is cruel. Especially when the one you’ve sworn to love for all eternity, the very soul who changed your destiny is the last person you should trust.
After more than three hundred years of running, Lucia Dicomano must make a choice.
Forced to take her place as a Pharo of Redemption, the divine slayer needs to master her forgotten powers. Lucia turns to Vittorio, the one vampire she’s failed to deliver from eternal damnation. But overcoming smoldering remnants of love, lust and anger aren’t their only obstacles.
Samuel, who may know Lucia better than she knows herself, hunts her with a fervor stoked by a thousand years of vengeful hatred. His plan—capture and enslave the weakened Pharo then take control of her elusive power.
Can Lucia trust Vittorio long enough to reclaim her powers? Or will she have no choice but to kill him and battle Samuel alone?
About the Author:
After trying her hand at many, many things- from crafting and art classes to cooking and sewing classes to running her own handbag business, Jordan finally figured out how to channel her creativity. With an active imagination and a little encouragement from her husband she sat down and began to write, each night clicking away at the keys with her black Labrador, Dino curled up under the desk.
A few short years later she’s entered the publishing arena with no plans to ever turn back.
Jordan’s a member of Rhode Island Romance Writers, as well as RWA National, and the New England (NEC), Connecticut, and Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal (FFnP) Chapters.
Her first book, Perpetual Light, releases in February of 2012 from Crescent Moon Press.
Find Jordan on her website at www.jordankrose.com.
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