Monday, March 04, 2013

POISON - Jordyn Redwood - One Free book

Welcome back, Jordyn. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
: I write suspense because it’s inherent to my nature as an ER nurse. I want readers to experience the adrenaline rush I get at work when they read my novels.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
: So many happy days. Probably the next that would rank the highest were when I got married and when my daughters were born.

How has being published changed your life?
: Great question. I work a lot more now. But also, it has brought me in closer relationship with God. For me, writing was a path I didn’t pursue until the Lord essentially pulled me onto it through some significant events in my life. It’s faith affirming for me to see God’s fingerprints all over my writer’s journey.

What are you reading right now?
: I just finished Andrew Klavan’s A Killer in the Wind and Henry Kraus’s A Heartbeat Away. I read both secular and inspirational suspense. This is why I’m now reading Beautiful Creatures by Garcia and Stohl. What is it about these books that’s resonating with readers and if it’s secular—it there a way to write these storylines from a Christian worldview?

What is your current work in progress?
Jordyn: Right now I’m working on a book proposal for my next trilogy. Haven’t settled on what it will be quite yet but I’ve been doing some research into near death experiences and views on consciousness/memory.

What would be your dream vacation?
: Either Italy or Hawaii. Italy because I’m a research nut and I desperately want to get into the secret Vatican archives.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
: With my first trilogy, I picked something close to home—literally. I set the novels in my home state. I love Colorado for its beauty and mystery. It lent well to a suspense novel.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
: Dean Koontz. He’s my all time favorite suspense author and a huge inspiration to me on many levels. I’d love to just pick his brain about his writing, his faith, and his love of golden retrievers.

We had a golden retriever when I was growing up. What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
: I love to quilt and cross stitch. That’s how I unwind at night.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
: The first draft is the hardest for me—particularly if I don’t know what’s coming next in the book. I’m somewhere between a plotter and a pantser so I don’t have every scene outlined. Staring at a blank computer is difficult.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?
: The first draft is just yours. What happened to me for years is I was stuck on the first 30,000 words. I would submit the first part of my book to others for critique but then I felt like I had to incorporate all their suggestions. I was having trouble discerning my own author’s voice. Finally, I just decided I needed to finish my novel and then go to a few trusted people for their opinion. The result was a finished novel and through the writing of the book I learned what was important to keep and what could be deleted/changed without harming the integrity of the story.  

Tell us about the featured book.
: Five years ago, Keelyn Blake's armed, mentally ill stepfather took her family hostage in their house in rural Colorado. She and her half-sister Raven made it out alive, but others did not. Authorities blamed the father's frequent hallucinations about a being named Lucent, but in the end, even the best of the FBI's hostage negotiators failed to overcome the man's delusions and end the standoff peacefully.

Now, Lucent is back, and he's no hallucination. In fact, he is a very real person with dangerous motives. He has kidnapped Raven's daughter, and—Keelyn worries—maybe has hurt Raven as well. Though she is estranged from her sister, Keelyn feels the immediate need to find Raven and save what family she has left. But when others who were involved in that fateful day start dying, some by mysterious circumstances, Keelyn wonders if she can emerge unscathed a second time.

Poison delves into some interesting medical concepts: Are there such things as repressed memories? Does hypnosis work? Can someone be brainwashed? And of course—there’s a deadly toxin mixed in.

Please give us the first page of the book.
: Here is a website link to the first five chapters.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
: They can find me at or at my medical blog for authors:

Lena—thanks so much for having me back! It’s been a pleasure joining you and your readers.

It's a pleasure to have you back, Jordyn. Both my husband and I loved your first book. I'm sure we will love this one, too.

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Poison: A Novel (Bloodline Trilogy) - paperback
Poison (Bloodline Trilogy) - Kindle

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Amy C said...

Thank you for the wonderful interview with Jordyn. I haven't read her first book yet, but I do have it downloaded on my Kindle.

Anonymous said...

Would love to read this one. Thanks for the chance to win.

Bonnie Jean

Abbi Hart said...

Great interview! I have been hearing a lot about these books so I'm thankful for the chance to win!

Redwood's Medical Edge said...

Good morning Amy, Bonnie and Abbi!

So nice to see your comments. Thanks for entering.

fredamans said...

Poison sounds like a powerfully, suspenseful story. Please enter this gal from Ontario, Canada. Thank you.

Hannah said...

I'd love to win! The book sounds great :)

Anonymous said...

Please enter me in the drawing. Sounds like a good book.

Katie J. from FL

Redwood's Medical Edge said...

Good to see you stop by: Hannah and Katie and I love Canadians!!

Norma S said...

A great interview. Thank you for giving me a chance to win your book, it sounds great i would love to win it. So you like suspense books inherent to your nature as being an ER nurse? I thought it was so nice were you see God's fingerprint in all of your writing, that just thrills me.I think your cover and tittle would sale all of your books. Great job and God bless you.
Norma Stanforth from Ohio

Mary Preston said...

The Vatican archives would be fascinating indeed.

POISON looks like a great read.

Mary P


karenk said...

Thanks for the chance to read Jordyn's latest novel.

karenk...from PA
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Jo said...

Great interview! Jordyn is a new author to me and this is definitely a book that I want to read. Thanks for the opportunity!

Jo from Southern Arizona

Jean said...

Thank you for the opportunity of acquiring this book!

Jean K
West Palm Beach, FL

Lyndie Blevins said...

Thanks for the opportunity to get this book.
Lyndie Blevins

Duncanville, Tx

Kandra said...

I have been impatiently waiting for my local library to acquire Jordyn's books. How nice it would be to have one on my shelf at home!
Kandra in TN

Sharon Richmond said...

Enter me!!
Sharon Richmond
Blanch, NC.

Sarah said...

I would love to win,Enter me!!!
Thanks for the giveaway and God Bless!!!
Sarah Richmond

Anonymous said...

This book sounds very interesting.Thanks for the chance to win!

Katie N.

Redwood's Medical Edge said...

Thanks everyone for these great comments!!

Jo-- nice to meet you and I hope you get a chance to check out Proof and Poison.

Kandra-- did you request the library to carry it. Sometimes they need a little nudge-- especially for newer authors.

Good luck everyone!

Abigail Richmond said...

Enter me Please! Looks Great!!!
Thanks and God Bless!

Blanch, N.C.

Kristie said...

This book seems super suspenseful. Usually I don't usually read suspense but I'm trying to branch out. I have never read Dean Koontz. Gasp! Maybe I'll put one of his novels on my "to-read" list. Kristie from Ohio. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.