Author of the bestselling series "Renegades", "Wildwood", "Rough Riders Hockey", and other works.
Thank you so much for taking the time for this interview. I'm sure your readers are looking forward to hearing a bit about you as much as I am. Let's just start, shall we?
Yay! Yes! Thanks for having me!
I'm sure you have been asked this question many, many times but truth be told, I'm curious. What inspired you to become an author?
And I’ll give you an answer so many other authors give – I was an avid reader and ran out of things I loved to read, so I started writing. That said, I have to admit to having a rich fantasy life since I was a kid. I can remember making up stories in my head since elementary school. Writing things down just seemed like a logical extension of that activity.
What are your ambitions and goals for your writing career?
This may sound a little odd…but I’ve always had a deep desire to write stories that make readers feel the way they feel when they listen to their favorite music. I enjoy many genres of music, but country music is one of my favorites. I love the way they weave an entire story into a three minute song. I love the metaphor and the emotion. And I continue to strive to write emotionally moving and meaningful stories.
Beyond writing good books, I’d like to explore more suspense in my books and maybe even write thrillers or mainstream suspense one day.
Have you got any role models in the world of literature?
I deeply enjoy Dean Koontz' work. I admire his imagery and the sheer beauty of his prose. I read Lisa Gardner and Karin Slaughter, wishing I could be them when I grow up. In romance, I love Suzanne Brockmann’s SEALs and Shannon McKenna’s suspense.
Could you please briefly explain what your series "Renegades" is about?
Renegades is all about the rough and ready Hollywood stuntmen, experts in the fine art of death and destruction on the big screen. The best of the worst. When it comes to wearing it down or blowing it up, no one can do it better, faster, or with more flare than a Renegades’ bad-boy on a mission. When it comes to pleasing a woman, no one can do it with more intensity or eroticism than a bad-boy with the need. And while women come hot and fast for these adrenalin junkies, holding onto the RIGHT woman may just be the hardest stunt they’ve ever had to pull off.
Thinking of Jax, the main character of the first book in the series "Renegades", where have you drawn your inspiration for this particular protagonist from?
Truly, out of thin air. I don’t know anyone like him and I haven’t patterned him after anyone – not even a movie star or other fictional character. Jax and Lexi developed out of the story and because the living breathing “people” they are through the events of the story.
What are you working on at the moment? Can we look forward to a new book release soon?
I’m excited to say I’m working on a new series: "Manhunters". It’s a romantic suspense series with ex-military hotties taking on black-ops missions in the civilian sector that other law enforcement units can’t or won’t touch.
Tell me a bit about your writing schedule. Do you sit down whenever an idea hits you or have you got a structured day in which you won't call it quits as long as you haven't managed to write a certain amount of words?
My schedule is really never regular. I have a love-hate relationship with calendars and planners. That said, I typically start my day at McDonald's for breakfast and a couple hours of email and writing. And I continue to write throughout the day in 1-2 hour time blocks interspersed with workouts, errands, classes and time with friends. When I have a deadline, I typically write 6 hours a day. I also manage promotions, research, handle social media… I’m doing something related to work almost every hour I’m awake.
How do you write? On a laptop? Typewriter? Longhand?
I write on a laptop, and if I’m not at McDonald's, I’m in bed. I write best laying down, though I’m not sure why. All my writer friends say they’d fall asleep if they wrote this way, and I won’t lie, that may have happened once or twice. But generally, it’s the most relaxing way for me to write. I brainstorm in longhand and pictures and colored pens.
Where do your ideas generally come from?
Everywhere – snippets of a friend’s story mixed with something from the news turned upside down, twisted and then showered with wild writerly imagination.
What do you consider the hardest thing with regards to writing?
Everything. And it feels like every book gets harder. But I consider that a good thing – it means I’m stretching and growing and producing the best book I possibly can for my readers.
And the easiest?
Honestly, nothing. From idea to implementation, every facet of writing has its own challenges. Every book has its own personality, its own trials and tribulations, and that definitely keeps things interesting.
Is there one particular thing you have learned since you've started writing which still fascinates or surprises you?
How many stories authors can come up with when they’re put in a room together!
Who do you think are your biggest supporters?
My husband and my closest author-friends.
What books are you reading at present?
I’m reading "Extreme Danger" by Shannon McKenna and "The Productivity Project" by Chris Bailey. I actually read a lot of self-improvement non-fiction and mainstream suspense.
How do you relax in your spare time?
I find it very hard to relax. I have the kind of mind that always needs to be busy or negative things happen (like anxiety and depression), hence, all the stories in my head as a kid. So relaxing for me means learning something, striving toward mastery of something. I take a lot of courses – cooking, baking, knitting, all kinds of art like basket weaving (yes, really!), mosaics, ceramics. And I row. During the rowing season I try to get out on the Potomac at least 3x a week.
Just recently "Reckless", the first book of your "Renegades" series, was released in German. Are you excited?
EXTREMELY excited! I’m thrilled to introduce the Renegades to a whole new audience.
Will the second book of the Renegades, "Rebel", also be available in German soon?
Yes! Translations do take time, but as soon as I can swing it, I’ll have Rebel out in German, along with the rest of my Renegades and my hockey series, Rough Riders.
Have you got any plans to publish your books in any other language than German soon?
All of them…it’s just a matter of time. :-)
Is there a closing statement you would like to share with your readers?
I LOVE my readers! I know I couldn’t do what I do without them, and I’m deeply grateful for their support and enthusiasm for my books.
Skye, once again, thank you very much for this interview. It was a great pleasure, and I'm wishing you the best of luck for the future. I'm very much looking forward to reading more of your books!
Thanks so much for having me and for your expertise in translating Reckless into German!
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Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Skye-Jordan/e/B00ERG2U9W