Name: Jordan Mierek
Where are you from: Central New York. Most people assume that’s New York City, but I’m a little over 4 hours away from the city. I come from a land of farms rather than sky scrapers.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
My fourth book, COGLING, was released from Curiosity Quills. It is currently available on Amazon via preorder, and will be out on January 25th.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Since I could talk…since I could imagine. The stories are inside me, and I must write them down.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
The first time I had a novel published. I had short stories before that, but a lot of people told me that didn’t count. I knew it did, but the naysayers got to me.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My first book was so long ago! For this book, however, it was a joint project between myself and an illustrator friend, Aaron Siddall. Sadly, the finished project doesn’t feature his work, and that breaks my heart.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I like to try a new style for each of my stories. I hope it keeps them fresh, and I love to try new things. It’s fun. 😀
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
It came from a fun discussion between Aaron and me.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Do anything for your family.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
It is about hags and steampunk inventions, so not much, but I do hope my characters come across as realistic. Even though they live in a fantasy world I want the reader to make a connection with them.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
For COGLING, not really, but the main character, Edna, is named after my maternal great-grandmother, Edna Mae Hammer Clark.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
Maria V. Snyder has been a huge help in my writing career; her books are also amazing!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
THE DOVEKEEPERS. I love the imagination of Alice Hoffman. The book came up as a choice for my online book club. It didn’t win for that month, but I couldn’t keep myself from reading it anyway.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
New authors, no, but I have fallen in love with the Heartsong books. The series is sweet and romantic, and the books are short enough they can be read in one evening.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I just finished a new manuscript, so now I’m brainstorming my next. I have a list of ideas, so I need to really analyze it to see what speaks to me the loudest.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Two grade school teachers supported me 100%, but then there was one who ridiculed me so much I cried. I saw her again just a few years ago, and she was talking about how she knew I had it in me. It was all I could do to stay civil.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I want it to be someday. It hasn’t happen for me yet, but I am still dreaming.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I would find a way to incorporate Aaron’s artwork.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I loved stories, so I wanted to make up my own. I thought mine might be better than some I had read, haha.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
At the moment, nothing to share.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Pleasing everyone. My critique partners always have different ideas, and sometimes it is hard to make everyone happy. I have learned that I must be true to myself and the story, even if that means losing a critique partner along the way.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I have a lot of favorites at the moment. I always go toward the books that really suck me in.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I wish! At the moment I just do local signings. I love to travel though.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
COGLING was done by Mandie Manzano.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The end. The editor had me rewrite it, and I went through a bunch of different versions before deciding on the one the book has now.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I normally keep my books to around 70K words, and this one is almost 100K. It was fun to up the adventure and romance.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Check out critiquecircle.com. I’ve found the best critique partners there. I love getting multiple opinions.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Please leave a review. Bad or good, just be honest. Reviews help authors out so much.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
THE SEVENTH PRINCESS. It was my first chapter book.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
The show “It’s Always Sunny.” I watched new season on Netflix and couldn’t stop laughing.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
I was just talking about this! I think it would be fun to meet Jane Austen. So many people adore her books and she was really able to spin a spell with words. I would like to talk to her about what her life was like as a published author.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
Not sure, but I want to be buried near my family. I want us all to be together so we can keep on laughing.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
Painting. Writing and my day job have basically become my whole life, so I don’t get to do much else.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I have recently fallen in love with the Murdoch Mysteries.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
I love tofu. It is so versatile and healthy.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Be an artist. I love to paint.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?