Welcome to Writing for Christ Lisa Jordan, it is great to have you here! Do you have an interesting fact about yourself the average reader probably doesn’t know?
Thanks for having me, Casey. I’m excited to be a guest at Writing for Christ. The average reader may not know that Hubby and I eloped twenty-three years ago. I always dreamed of having a church wedding, but our situation at the time didn’t allow it, so we went to the local Justice of Peace and got married—Hubby was in the Marine Corps at the time. We planned to have our church wedding in our hometown in May of the next year, but I got pregnant with our first child in February, and we decided to wait. We will renew our vows in our church in 2 years for our 25th anniversary. I may not have had the wedding of my dreams, but I married my real-life hero.
Do you have a favorite genre to read/write?
My favorite genre to read and write is contemporary Christian romance, but I love to read romantic suspense too. I’m learning to love historical romance too—the rich history, the style of dress and the customs of those time periods are fascinating.
Do you have a nugget of writing advice that has completely changed how you view writing?
I have several nuggets of writing advice:
· Susan May Warren, founder of My Book Therapy, taught me to ask “What is your character’s dark past moment, and what lie does she believe because of it?” That shapes the character’s black moment toward the end of the book.
· Rachel Hauck, VP of My Book Therapy, taught me to always ask why to reach the characters’ core motivations. And she encouraged me to “tell the story between the quotes.” Basically put the “good stuff” in dialogue and not in the character’s internal monologue.
· Rachelle Gardner, my agent with Books & Such, continually reminds me I won’t please everyone with my novels, but I simply have to stay focused and write the stories God has laid on my heart.
· Melissa Endlich, my editor at Love Inspired, continually reminds me to create intersecting plots between my hero and heroine to keep them together on the page…essential for building a romantic relationship.
5 things you love?
· My Jesus
· My family—Hubby, 2 boys, extended family
· My writing support team—my mentors, craft partners, prayer partners, agent, editor, readers
· Apple products—love my MacBook & iPod for writing
· Crafting—cardmaking, knitting
What novel have you recently read that has stood out to you that both teens and adults will find enjoyment in?
Recently I read Rachel Hauck’s The Wedding Dress. I love the beauty of Rachel’s words. She has a literary feel to her stories, but they move at a solid pace. Her characters are well-defined, and the spiritual truth always always, always touches my core.
Currently I’m reading Sibella Giorello’s newest novel, The Stars Shine Bright. I love her Raleigh Harmon series. Sibella writes in first person, but her descriptions and storyworld are so rich that I feel I’m reading in third person POV.
Places for readers to learn more about you?
Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/author/lisajordan
Thank you for being with us today!
Thank you for having me!
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