Welcome to Writing for Christ Jordyn Redwood, it is great to have you here! Do you have an interesting fact about yourself the average reader probably doesn’t know?
Jordyn: Casey, thanks so much for having me! Hmm… one interesting fact. My husband has forbidden me from ever entering a dog shelter again because there is lots of the “ugly cry” going on (from me) and he only wants one dog.
Do you have a favorite genre to read/write?
Jordyn: I love suspense and it’s what I read and write.
Do you have a nugget of writing advice that has completely changed how you view writing?
Jordyn: There are lots but if I had to pick one to share it would be this: the first draft is just yours. What happened to me for years is I was stuck on the first 30,000 words. I would submit the first part of my book to others for critique but then I felt like I had to incorporate all their suggestions. I was having trouble discerning my own author’s voice. Finally, I just decided I needed to finish my novel and then go to a few trusted people for their opinion. The result was a finished novel and through the writing of the book I learned what was important to keep and what could be deleted/changed without harming the integrity of the story.
5 things you love?
Jordyn: Serious five things I love: Jesus, my husband, my two daughters, and writing.
Funny five things I love: Tea, Chapstick (peppermint flavored), Chocolate (though not chocolate cake or ice cream), quilt fabric and BOOKS!
What novel have you recently read that has stood out to you that both teens and adults will find enjoyment in?
Jordyn: Wow, this is a tough question. Some fiction I’ve read recently would fit one group but not the other. I’m going to pick a non-fiction book called To Heaven and Back by Mary C. Neal, MD. I read it as research and it deals with a physician’s near death experience. What’s amazing about this book is the other odd happenings that occurred after her accident (she drowned in a Chilean river kayaking) and what she’s learned from them. It’s very life and faith affirming for teens and adults alike.
Places for readers to learn more about you?
Jordyn: I can be found at www.jordynredwood.com (where there are free chapters of my books) and www.redwoodsmedicaledge.com (where I help authors kill off their . . . characters people!)
Thank you for being with us today!
Casey, thanks so much for having me and for all you do to get the word out about great books.
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