Name Maryann Jordan
Where are you from : currently living in Fredericksburg, VA
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc I have a master’s degree in Educational Counseling and work as a high school counsellor. I have two adult children and have been with my husband for 33 years (I married my best friend)
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
My debut novel, Emma’s Home was just released and I am busy promoting it.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I have been a reader of romance novels for years. I joke that I cut my romance “teeth” on the old bodice ripper novels! I started reviewing and beta reading for authors, then last year created my blog, Lost in Romance Books, to promote indie authors. In Dec 2013, I decided that I wanted to step out on my own and give a voice to the characters in my head!
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
About February 2014. I finished my first book and the beta readers loved it and I was almost finished with my second book. Then, it seemed real.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Years ago, I read a novel that had a scene where a group of friends (mostly couples) were sitting in a bar enjoying each other’s company. I used to rewrite that scene in my head. What if one of the characters was being set up on a blind date with a woman he thought was much older, but turned out to be his age and gorgeous. From that scene in my head came Emma’s Home.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I write the type of books that I like to read. I like strong, alpha males paired with strong females. I like good stories that allow the readers to care about the characters. I spend a lot of time developing secondary characters. Not only could they become spin off books, but they build the good feelings that I want my readers to walk away with. I don’t write cliffhangers. I love HEA.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Titles are hard. While my book is a sexy romance, it is essentially the story of Emma and Jake falling in love. It is about the main female finally finding her place after spending much of her life taking care of others. Emma’s Home just seemed to fit. I worked with Kari Ayasha with Cover to Cover Designs for the cover. I love it and everyone tells me that it fits the book perfectly. I was concerned that maybe the title or the cover weren’t “sexy” enough to grab some readers. But ultimately, I wanted to cover to match the story – not just be a naked sexy cover.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Love can come. Love does not have to be insta-love; it can and should grow with time. Friends and family can mean everything.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Almost allof the book is realistic. In fact, many of the reviewers are saying they love it because it is based in reality!
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Jake’s mother has rheumatoid arthritis. He lives with her to assist (that is why he thinks he will never find a woman to share his life with). I also have rheumatoid arthritis and while it is a small part of the book, I wanted to make the characters real.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? In the romance genre, it is varied!
For a go-to book, I will always turn to any of Kristen Ashley’s books. Most of her books follow the same type (alpha males, strong females, no cheating, once the male/female get together, they are together)
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Kristine Raymond has been instrumental in assisting me with my writing. A group on FB that I belong to for new indie authors has been absolutely a life saver with becoming an indie author.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I am reading Throttle Me by Chelle Bliss and Silver Lining by EJ Shorthall.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Andrea Michelle, EJ Shorthall, Victoria Brock, Jen Andrews, Kristine Raymond, LL Collins, and A.D. Justice.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I am in the editing process of the 2nd book in the series, titled Laurie’s Time and am currently working on the 3rd book, Carol’s Image.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Indie authors on FB and my street team!
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I have a full time career, but will be retiring in a few years. I see writing as being my second career.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
In Emma’s Home which of course is live, I still see phrases that I could have written differently, but overall, I love the book and it is being well received. In Laurie’s Time, my betas have made some excellent suggestions so I have time to change it up a little.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I’ve been reading since I could hold a book. I have had characters in my head for years. Now it is the time to let them out!
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Emma’s Home has a little bit of a mystery with a twist. Not wanting to copy that, while keeping with the feel of the series, Laurie’s Time will have the drama come from relationships (past and present).
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Keeping it fresh. I don’t want to be accused of writing the same books over and over. So my series takes place with a group of friends, so while their associations are the same, their individual love stories are different.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I go back to Kristen Ashley. She has written 20+ books, similar but keeping them individualized.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Kari Ayasha from Cover to Cover Design.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Finding the time to write is difficult when working full time. But now it is trying to continue to write the next book while promoting the first. It takes a TON of promoting to get your name out there, get people to notice your book.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned how hard it is. I am a perfectionist and refused to put something out there that was not well written, edited numerous times, etc. I am doing the same for the others.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Take the plunge. Know that it is not easy, but there are people who will help you along the way. And – have fun!
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I hope you fall in love with the characters as much as I have. Give it a chance – if you buy it, read it, I think you will really enjoy it. And let me hear from you!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I remember my mother reading a story to me every night called “The Popcorn Man”. I heard it so many times, it was the first book I could read on my own.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Not right now!!!
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Nothing now – I am writing all of the time! (sounds boring, doesn’t it?!)
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
food – really good Chinese; Colors – anything bright and jewel toned (blues/pinks/purples); music – country!
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done? I am a full time high school counsellor and love this job!
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it? My blog is Lost in Romance Books.