About Jordan

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Hello.

My name is Jordan, and I’m an absent-minded writer of YA and other stuff living somewhere north of Atlanta, Georgia. I like tea, books, and rock & roll. I can’t decide if I would rather be Neil Gaiman or Neil Young. Probably both, let’s be honest.

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Here’s a little about my current project: Walls, YA contemporary (UPDATE 1/5/14: We have a first draft! Read more about it!)

Sixteen-year-old graffiti artist Andy leaves her mark on the walls of every town her mother drags her to, which after eight years of home-staging is more than she can count. Things change when they move to Vanns Ferry. First she falls for a boy after promising herself it would never happen again, then she discovers why her mother has moved them more often than most kids go to the dentist: her father is a convicted murderer on death row with less than a month to live. With so little time to figure out how things could have gone so wrong, Andy’s not sure if getting to know the man whose absence she’s always felt is worth the pain of saying goodbye. Then the pieces of the mystery surrounding her family’s past come together, and Andy turns her frustration into art she sprays all over the walls of Vanns Ferry, a town ready to receive closure for its most infamous murder. Andy’s not ready though. She’s not even close. When she finally unearths the truth concerning the crime that destroyed her family, she has to decide just how far she’s willing to go to bring them justice.

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More about me and my writing, since the two are hard to distinguish:

And some Adventures in Story Research:

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14 responses to “About Jordan

  1. I go with listening to Neil Young while reading Neil Gaiman.

  2. Hi Jordan- excellent work on your blog! I’m looking forward to following!

    Much success,
    -Andrew

  3. lauraeflores

    I look forward to reading your book, when is it gonna be out? I’m currently working on thesis (it’s of a documentary) that deals partly with graffiti, and also… In my own book project (You and Me and the Devil Makes Three), graffiti has a small part, so this really caught my attention. My hubby lived many years in Georgia, I haven’t visited yet though, but… I’d love to though.

    • What is it about graffiti that’s so fascinating? I don’t know about you, but I’ve never personally known a graffiti writer, never lived where it was prevalent. In real life I’m something of a goody-two-shoes! Maybe it has this dark-side draw, as a socially-illegitimate method of expression, which of course would attract the interest of any artist. We like unorthodox things.

      As for my book. . . I have to finish it first, haha. Then I need an agent, then a publisher. I’m still in the creating stages, but I’m happy to know at least someone is interested in the premise. I was afraid it’s a bit too narrow. Thanks for checking it out!

      • Jordan, think kindle. That way you don’t have to wait an eternity. Writers already do all their marketing, unless they are Stephen King. A lot of professional writers are going that way.

        • There is something about seeing your name on the spine of a book, endorsed by respected publishing house, almost like a seal of approval. I’ve always been a big fan of gold stars, and somewhat inept in tooting my own horn to the masses. Marketing…is important. But scary. I have neither the desire nor the energy to do it all myself, from a single Amazon listing up. I would rather throw myself into creating, convince people more powerful than me and with better resources I’m worth it, rather than trying to do all the legwork myself. Self-publishing works for many, many people, but I’m afraid I’m not assertive enough for it.

  4. Am working on a 10,000 word story currently called “Jesus Junction”. Might submit it as a kindle select. It is currently 3000 words long in first draft. Will have several people critique it when I have gone through an edit. Was wondering if you would be interested. It’s not humor like I write in my blog. It explores Faulkner/O’Connor territory. The setting is a small backwater Southern town in the fifties. It is written in the first person point of view. Main character is a fourteen year old boy whose mother is deeply religious and father is a backslider. My background is that I was born in Alabama and raised in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky and Texas. The family is much like families who are relatives. So I know the territory well. Just thought I’d ask. If you can’t or don’t want to, it’s ok. No pressure.

  5. Haven’t seen you for a while. Hope your writing is going well.

  6. Jordan:

    Thanks for mentioning the Atlantic piece about revision, or The Revision Way of Knowledge, and I was glad to hear that you found it accurate. I have been thinking, however, about the point you bring up, that is, knowing when it is time to stop. It would be nice to know precisely what this point is, and for me, as precisely as I can say it, I think it is time to stop when I begin to feel queasy, as though I had the flu, when I sit down to work. Or a little more than “queasy.” How about sea sick? That’s about right.

    Good luck, Craig Nova

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