Thursday, March 14, 2013

Jordyn Redwood - HBS Author's Spotlight

Today our blog puts the Spotlight on Author Jordyn Redwood. She is a Suspense writer/peds ER RN. She runs a medical blog for authors called Redwood's Medical Edge. (see link below.)

Author Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Religion & Spirituality, Romance

Website: Jordyn Redwood - Spine Tingling Suspense
Author's Blog: Redwood's Medical Edge
Blog: Google +
Twitter: @JordynRedwood
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Author Description:
Jordyn Redwood is a nurse by day, novelist by night. She has specialized in critical care and emergency nursing for nearly two decades. As a self professed medical nerd, she reads medical textbooks for fun. This led to the creation of Redwood's Medical Edge-- a blog devoted to helping authors write medically accurate fiction. Jordyn loves to weave medical mystery into her story lines and see how her characters navigate through the chaos she creates.

SPOTLIGHT Questions and Answers with the Author

Let’s start with what’s next. Rumor has it that you have another book on the horizon called Peril is coming this fall. Can you tell us the timeline for its release and give us a little tease?

James, thanks so much for hosting me! Peril is the third and final novel in the Bloodline Trilogy and should release October 2013 if everything goes as planned. It examines the estranged relationship between a daughter and her father (that was presented in Proof) amidst the tale of a controversial medical topic.

You have a good following on twitter. How important have your social media relationships been? Do you see a carry over to your writing success?

I think social media relationships are very important. The internet affords people a lot of networking opportunities and I’ve found endorsers for my novels and lots of guest bloggers on Facebook and Twitter. So in that way, I do see them as contributing to my success as I hope I am contributing to their success by offering to do the same thing.

Do you do book signing, interviews, speaking and personal appearances? If so, when and where is the next place where your readers can see you? Where can they keep up with your personal contacts online?

I do all of the above. The best way to learn about my speaking engagements is on the news and events page on my website.

You have great covers. They carry your brand with them. How does your book cover creation process work? Do you hand over the basic theme or do you have more of a hands-on approach? Do you get your readers involved in its development?

Thank you. I think the publisher has done a great job with them. My publisher (Kregel) sends me mock-ups for the covers. For Proof, I told them I didn’t want it to look medical. I wanted it to look dark/suspenseful. They gave me two options. You can view those here where I posted about the book cover design process and see the other option I was offered. For Poison, they had three options and posted a survey for reader feedback which definitely helped the direction for the cover. We knew Peril had to fall in line with the rest so it was just a matter of finding the right fit for the character.

You have a book trailer for your novel Poison. (See link below.) Do you know how much impact they have had on your book’s success? Tell us about the process that you used to create your trailers? They look very professional. Do you use the trailer in your character development? Are the pictures and background the way you see your characters and scenes?

Honestly, I don’t know how much impact a book trailer has. Creating a book trailer, in my case, was a joint effort. They are professionally done which is a true blessing. The company creates a script for approval and then submits it for critique from the author. It’s a lot like the book editing process in a way. I had the option of changing out photos and voices so they would better fit the characters. I do think in our visual culture book trailers are important but how much they directly impact sales—I don’t know.

What kinds of writer support groups do you belong too? Do they help with the writing, marketing and the publishing process?

I belong to the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers). It’s a wonderful group of writers on all levels of the writing journey where you can learn about all of these things. They have helped me grow a lot in my writing.

Between your book writing, blogging, marketing, your day job, family and all the other things that can get in your way, how do you manage your time? Do you have a set schedule or do your sort of play it by ear?

I do try to maintain a schedule on the days I’m not nursing. I try and get everything done while my children are at school. I’m not always successful but since I work evenings anyway—I don’t want to eat up family time by working when they are home.

What has been your experience in giving your books away free? Have you been involved in any other type of giveaways and how did that work out? What was your main goal in doing this? Did you run into any obstacles?

Hmm . . . great question. I have given my books away for free—mostly through blog giveaways. Kregel also offered Proof as a free download through Amazon a few months after its release. I guess the hope is that you get your novel into the hands of readers who wouldn’t have risked paying money for someone unknown. That they in turn will fall in love with your writing and help grow your base with that word of mouth spread. So far, I haven’t run into many obstacles. The thing I worry about is the expectation of the public that all books will eventually be offered for free and they are tending to wait for this to happen rather than purchasing a book. Trouble is—an author has to earn money to keep writing so if you’ve gotten a free download and truly love the author—really do consider buying their other books when they are released. If you don’t, there could be a risk they won’t be published anymore.

Have you ever done a book tour? If so, did it contribute to the success of your book sales?

I have not had the opportunity to do a book tour.

You have a great blog. It is a unique way to keep in touch with your fans and provide useful information to other writers. What is your primary goal? Do authors contact you for inside information to get their stories more accurate?

Thanks, James. Redwood’s Medical Edge is designed to help authors write medically accurate fiction so my primary goal is education. I’ve had many authors contact me for help with their stories and I often use their questions as content for the blog.

Author's Book List
Poison: A Novel - Bloodline Trilogy
Five years ago, Keelyn Blake's armed, mentally ill stepfather took her family hostage in their house in rural Colorado. She and her half-sister Raven made it out alive, but others did not. Authorities blamed the father's frequent hallucinations about a being named Lucent, but in the end, even the best of the FBI's hostage negotiators failed to overcome the man's delusions and end the standoff peacefully. Now, Lucent is back, and he's no hallucination. In fact, he is a very real person with dangerous motives. He has kidnapped Raven's daughter, and--Keelyn worries--maybe has hurt Raven as well. Though she is estranged from her sister, Keelyn feels the immediate need to find Raven and save what family she has left. But when others who were involved in that fateful day start dying, some by mysterious circumstances, Keelyn wonders if she can emerge unscathed a second time.
Book Trailer: Poison: A Novel
Order the Book From: Amazon - Barnes and Noble
Proof: A Novel - Bloodline Trilogy
Dr. Lilly Reeves is a young, accomplished ER physician with her whole life ahead of her. But that life instantly changes when she becomes the fifth victim of a serial rapist. Believing it's the only way to recover her reputation and secure peace for herself, Lilly sets out to find--and punish--her assailant. Sporting a mysterious tattoo and unusually colored eyes, the rapist should be easy to identify. He even leaves what police would consider solid evidence. But when Lilly believes she has found him, DNA testing clears him as a suspect. How can she prove he is guilty, if science says he is not?
Order the Book From: Amazon - Barnes and Noble
Author Recommended by: HBSystems Publications
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eBook Author’s Corner and Mystery Reader’s Circle

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