Friday, 31 March 2017

Get to know you interview - Maryann Jordan

Book Questions

Tell us your latest news?
I have decided to add another book to the Saints Protection & Investigation series.

What book are you reading now?
I am re-reading Knight by Kristen Ashley.

Your books are so emotional. How long does it take for you to be able to get the characters out of your mind and move on to the next?
I write in series (and spin-off series) so my characters are all developed as I start writing.  Once my series starts, I write quickly because they are all in my mind (and wanting their own book!)

Are the names of the characters in your novels important?
I think we all have names (especially male names) that conjure up ideas of strong personalities.  I search name databases to pick just the right one.  For my Saint series, I used the names of real Saints.

What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer?
Taking time for myself and my family.  Reading (and for me, that means on my porch when the weather is nice!)  Not taking myself too seriously, to reduce stress in this ever changing market.

What is the most demeaning thing said about you as a writer?
Writing romance can have a negative connotation.  Some think everything is either “50 Shades bsdm” or a “lower-class” of writing.  
How do you react to a bad review of one of your books?
A bad review will always sting.  It just does.  But I have learned a few things from some of the constructive criticisms.  I have even made a few changes in some of my books based on these criticisms.  Most seasoned authors say they don’t read reviews and I am slowly getting to that place.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
When I get to the 30% of every book, I wonder what I’m doing (and I’ve written 26 books!).  I will print it off and read it over, helping to see where I need to go with the story.  Then at the 60% point, I do the same thing!  Once I get past the 60% point, I just want to get to the finish.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I write Romantic Suspense and Military Romance, I have done a lot of research for my writing.  I have learned a great deal about the FBI, Special Forces, the military, life in Iraq for military personnel, terrorist cells in the U.S., explosives, drugs, drug traffic, private investigations, poisons, etc.  As far as myself?  I have learned that I can do anything I set my mind to!

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Love can truly conquer all.  The relationship between two people who care deeply for each other makes life worthwhile.

Have you ever read or seen yourself as a character in a book or a movie?
Any of my books could be a movie, but my newest series, Baytown Boys, could easily be a movie or TV series.

Describe in 5 words, your writing:
Sweet, steamy, happily-ever-after!

What do you use to write your book?
I write in Word then transfer to Vellum.

Do you listen to music while you write or read?
I listen to instrumental music or Brain FM (for production).

If you could write with any other author(s) who would it be and why?
I grew up reading historical romances and would love to co-write a book with someone in Scottish historical romance.  


When you were a child what did you want to be when you grew up?
Child psychologist - I achieved this by being a adolescent counselor for 25 years.

What is your favourite coffee shop drink?
Caramel Macchiato

What's your favourite tv show?
I watch very little TV so I can’t say what is a favorite.

What is your favourite kind of cookie?
I have such a sweet-tooth...I love all cookies!  But I especially love Double-Suffed Oreos!

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three things would you have and why?
My computer with internet connection, my husband, plenty of food

Where would you go if you had a time machine?
To a Scottish castle back in the 1800’s and meet a gorgeous highlander in a kilt...with a big sword...

Which is your favorite quote?
“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road.  They are the destination, and the journey.  They are home.”  Anna Quindlen

If you were an ice cream what flavor would you be?
Mint chocolate chip

What song best describes you?
I have no clue!


Pepsi or Coke

Cows or Sheep

. Castle or Town house

City or Country

Lover or Fighter

Pop or Rock Music (neither - Country!)

80’s or 90’s (neither - go back to the 60’s!!)

Singing or dancing

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