Short bio: Jordyn Redwood is a pediatric ER nurse by day, suspense novelist by night. She hosts Redwood’s Medical Edge, a blog devoted to helping contemporary and historical authors write medically accurate fiction. You can connect with Jordyn via her website at www.jordynredwood.net.
thank you so much for hosting me on your blog. It's an honor and pleasure to be
Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
JR: I don't think I intentionally write a lot of myself into my characters. For me, I give my characters qualities that I aspire to have. Though, when my mother read Proof, she did say, "I can see a lot of you in this book."
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
JR: Well, there could be a lot to draw on here. When I was in high school, I was trying to figure out if I could handle trauma nursing and I thought the best way to do that was to ride around with the our local fire department to see if I could handle all the blood and gore. Those ride-a-longs gave me some interesting life experiences.
When did you first discover that you were a writer?
JR: I don't know if I have a date and time per se. In elementary school, I began to write stories. I had a Disney themed pocket folder that had a picture of a few characters panning for gold and I remember writing a story based on that picture. Storytelling has always been a joy of mine.
Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
JR: I have two broad categories that I like to read. I'm well read in suspense, the genre I love to write, and I have my favorite authors where I'll read everything they publish. I also read a lot of non-fiction as research for my fiction and the range of this can be very eclectic. For instance, for a trilogy I'm developing, I'll be doing a lot of reading on scientific evidence for the soul, near-death experiences, and prayer and how we can interpret these findings through a Christian worldview.
How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
JR: I really have to be organized to stay on schedule—particularly with working 24hrs/wk and having younger children in the home. I set monthly word count goals and try to write at least one blog post on my writing days. I try to stay ahead of the writing things I can control because it has surprised me that it's hard to anticipate publisher's demands at times. I know when the initial manuscript is due, but the different points of the editing phases are harder to plan around. I'll think the next month is smooth sailing, yet, get my manuscript from the publisher with a few weeks to turn it back around.
How do you choose your characters’ names?
JR: I don't delve too long into picking character names. I generally go with something I like with good beginning letter variability.
What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
JR: Finishing my novel and getting a publishing contract. There is something very gratifying by having "gate keepers" find value and entertainment in your writing enough to put their money behind it.
If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
JR: A black panther. They're beautiful and stealth-like. You don't want to tangle with one. I admire their strength and don't-mess-with-me attitude. ER nurses tend to be like this, too.
What is your favorite food?
JR: Love a big plate of Nachos-- complete with fake cheese. Though, just the basics. Taco meat, nacho cheese, sour cream and black olives.
What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
JR: One of the critiques I got of my early writing was that it was very stark emotionally. When I first wrote stories, I wanted the reader to infer their own emotions onto the characters versus me adding that emotional impact. What I learned was the author and reader function hand in hand but the reader needs to feel the emotions on the page to feel connected to the story. Overcoming it took a lot of work and I don't know that I'm there yet. I literally made a note card that said "add emotion" as a constant reminder to add that extra punch to engage the reader. I think the note card also said "Less i-n-g words".
Tell us about the featured book.
JR: Proof examines the real life possibility of DNA testing setting a guilty criminal free. Lilly Reeves is the fifth victim of a serial rapist and even though she correctly identifies her assailant to the police-- DNA testing sets him free. Convinced of his guilt, she sets on a path to unravel his DNA mystery.
Amazon Blurb: Dr. Lilly Reeves is a young, accomplished ER physician with her whole life ahead of her. But that life instantly changes when she becomes the fifth victim of a serial rapist. Believing it's the only way to recover her reputation and secure peace for herself, Lilly sets out to find--and punish--her assailant. Sporting a mysterious tattoo and unusually colored eyes, the rapist should be easy to identify. He even leaves what police would consider solid evidence. But when Lilly believes she has found him, DNA testing clears him as a suspect. How can she prove he is guilty, if science says he is not?
Please give us the first page of the book.
JR: How about the first five chapters? They can be found here: http://www.jordynredwood.net/resources/
How can readers find you on the Internet?
They can find me at www.jordynredwood.com .
I've loved having you, Jordyn.
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