Bestselling, critically-acclaimed author Jordan Dane’s gritty romantic thrillers are ripped from the headlines with vivid settings, intrigue, and dark humor. Publishers Weekly compared her intense novels to Lisa Jackson, Lisa Gardner, and Tami Hoag, naming her debut novel NO ONE HEARD HER SCREAM as Best Books of 2008. She also pens young-adult novels for Harlequin Teen. Formerly an energy sales manager, she now writes full time. Jordan and her husband share their Texas residence with two cats of highborn lineage and two lucky rescue dogs.
What inspires you to write?
I’ve been a writer since I was a teen. It’s been a passion and a dream I had until I got published and sold in auction in 2006. I love touching people with the emotion in my stories and creating worlds where my characters exist. It’s the best job I’ve ever had.
Tell us about your writing process.
I write every day and target a word count goal. I print out the pages I wrote that day and edit them thoroughly as I go, in a rolling edit style. By the time I get to the end of my book, I have a very clean manuscript and I am ready to move on to the next idea.
I have a hybrid method of writing. I used to be a full on pantser, but now I use a 3-act screenwriting method to plot my major movements and create an outline/synopsis and storyboard from there. I’m a contributing blog member at The Kill Zone and have talked about this method, calling it my Bucket List for Plotting. The Kill Zone was voted at Writers Digests Top 101 Websites for Writers 2013. It’s a great place for authors to hang out and chat about the industry, latest trends, and author craft.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters talk to me. I usually don’t talk back…as far as you know.
What advice would you give other writers?
It’s important to learn the craft of writing through local writers groups, conferences, workshops,etc. Writing isn’t easy but it is the most rewarding job I have ever had. Write, write, and write some more. Don’t rehash the same project over and over., but finish every project you start, to work through your mistakes instead of jumping onto something else and run the risk of never finishing anything.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’ve been published before many times through HarperCollins and have a YA series with HarlequinTeen, but I wanted to build up my self-pubbed books too. I love having options in publishing today. I consider myself a hybrid author, in that I have an agent and sell on proposal to traditional publishers, but I also write certain books for indie publishing. It allows me to write what I want to write.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Much needs to be done to revise contracts and terms to authors, to protect the author’s copyrights, but with so many options and the need for good, well-written stories, I think the future is very bright for authors. I love having options.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
crime ficition, thrillers, suspense, mystery, young adult, paranormal
What formats are your books in?