Friday, Friday, Friday. The days fly by, and the holidays are almost upon us. Hope you have your turkey already, because the Butterball Apocalypse has begun. Instead of stressing out about the shortage of obese birds, have a seat, take a deep cleansing breath, and get familiar with this week's featured author. Welcome, Jordanna East, to the blog!
Who are you and why are you here?
I am Jordanna East, an independent author-publisher of psychological thrillers and owner of two cats both named after food. I am here because screaming out of my living room window that I published a book and have another one on the way doesn’t seem to be working. I thought I might try some internet exposure. It’s quieter and the neighbors don’t complain as much.
Give us some details about the work you’re promoting.
I published my first work, a novella introducing my Blood for Blood series, in June 2013. Blood in the Past is a prequel revolving around three individuals whose lives are changed and entwined by death and the consequences of their choices. I’m currently working on the first full-length novel in the series, Blood in the Paint, which follows the lives of the characters from Blood in the Past, but ten years later when they become aware of each other and how their pasts are connected. If you’re wondering how these books are psychological thrillers, then maybe I should have mentioned that the characters are a female serial killer, the ambitious cop who’s after her, and their psychologist. Yes they see the same psychologist. And she’s connected to both of them in an equally dark way. It’s all quite twisted. Anyway, I’m polishing up the final draft of Blood in the Paint now and it goes to my editor next month. Its anticipated release date is February 19. But just to be sure, feel free to sign-up for my never-spammy mailing list: http://eepurl.com/rA0R9
What’s next for you?
Well, after I hand Blood in the Paint over to my editor, I plan on taking a couple of deep breaths, maybe chewing some antacids, then I have some short stories to work on for a couple of anthology collaborations. I’ve also written a serialized novel about an off-the-grid religious cult plagued by power hungry members, torture, and abuse with one young couple desperate to escape. I would like to have that cleaned up soon so I can begin releasing episodes this spring. Once more I’ll refer you to the mailing list, but no pressure.
Something most people don’t know about you?
I was in a music video! I was in college and I thought I was hot stuff and some guy who wanted to impress me knew some local Philadelphia rappers and told me where to go to get on the set of their first music video. I went, and I was really excited, but it turned out not to be as glamorous as you’d think. Inches of makeup on my face, I was there ALL DAY only to be in the video for like 14 seconds, plus, I was basically the only non-stripper there and the rappers were annoyed that I wasn’t as…ahem…friendly.
If you ever get arrested, what will be the crime you’re charged with?
That’s easy. Murder, mitigated by temporary insanity. I’m thinking road rage or someone in the express lane in front of me at the store has more than 12 items AND is paying with a variety of small coins.
When people discover you’re a writer, chances are good that they’ll pepper you with questions. What is the hardest question to answer?
“Oh, like 50 Shades of Grey?” I was wrong above. Forget the person in front of me at the store with the coins. This question asked ONE too many times will be the reason I land in jail.
Worst job you’ve ever had?
Oddly enough, a bookstore. I briefly worked at a Bargain Book Warehouse and I guess because I applied for the job with the expectation of it being pure awesomeness, I just hated it. I thought I would encounter customers who loved to read, who were open-minded, who were…nice? I encountered no such species of humans. Instead I got people who argued that $1 books should be marked down lower, people who were shopping for others and didn’t really care about the actual gift, people who were just…mean? I didn’t stay very long. Maybe I should try to work in a library instead.
Best vacation ever?
My husband and I went to Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora for our honeymoon. We stayed in one of those over-the-water bungalows and it was just perfection. The tropical fish right under our feet, flitting about the coral, and the views of the mountains ashore. It was the most beautiful place we’ve ever been and probably the most beautiful place we’ll ever go. Unless of course my writing takes off and we get to see if other places measure up. ;-)
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