About the Author:
Jordan Castillo Price grew up in Western New York, born in 1968 she spent her formative drinking years in inner city Chicago, and is now writing paranormal thrillers from her home in small-town rural Wisconsin. Jordan graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA). She also started JCP Books in 2008 so she could have creative control over her stories, from the content of the book to the cover. In 2010 she added Josh Lanyon and Sean Kennedy to her lineup. Up until last year she worked as a graphic designer until she quit to focus on her publishing business.
Jordan is best known as the author of the PsyCop series, an unfolding tale of paranormal mystery and suspense starring Victor Bayne, a gay medium who's plagued by ghostly visitations. Visit JCPbooks.com to glimpse Chicago beyond the veil.
Question and Answer:
-When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I wrote my first totally unpublishable novel at 31, then I proceeded to figure out how to write. I stumbled upon fanfiction and wrote that for a few years, published my first short story in a print anthology when I was 36, and started my own publishing company when I was 40.
-How did you start writing?
I was an avid reader, so when I got my first computer, I immediately used it to begin writing a novel.
-What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer?
Read analytically and try to determine why the things you like work for you. Read plenty of books and magazines on writing. Join websites where new writers trade critiques, or join a local writing group, and learn to quell the urge to be defensive when your crit partners tell you what needs work in your stories. Submit your work selectively only to publishers who are appropriate for your story.
-What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
I usually work from 7-7 every day, though the day is broken up with tasks other than just pure writing, such as accounting, correspondence, research, typesetting, etc.
-How did you name your characters?
Unless the character names magically "come to me," I look at baby name lists and try to ensure the characters in the story don't sound too similar to each other (their names don't start with the same letter, and they have a different number of syllables). There are also some good random name generators at seventhsanctum.com
I've got a ton more writing advice at packingheat.net, so check that out if you're looking for inspiration to keep your butt in the chair and keep writing!
Books by Jordan Castillo Price:
#1: Among the Living
#1.1: Thaw (Free)
#2: Criss Cross
#2.2: Many Happy Returns
#2.3: Mind Reader (Free)
#3: Body and Soul
#3.1: The Stroke of Midnight (Free)
#5: Camp Hell
PsyCop: Partners- Contains Among the Living and Criss Cross
PsyCop: Property- Contains Body & Soul and Secrets
Camp Hell: A PsyCop Novel
(The PsyCop Ebook Series along with the free short stories can be found at JCPbooks.com. Paperback editions are at Amazon.com)
Channeling Morpheus series:
#5.5: Heaven Sent (Free Promo Ebook)
Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary (Paperback)
(Paperback available at Amazon.com
Ebook versions available in multiple formats at Changeling Press)
Sweet Oblivion series:
(Ebooks available in multiple formats at Changeling Press)
Petit Morts series with Josh Lanyon and Sean Kennedy:
#1: Hue, Tint and Shade by Jordan Castillo Price
Yellow is as yellow does.
#2: Slings and Arrows by Josh Lanyon
It's a fine line between "secret admirer" and "stalker".
#3: Moolah and Moonshine by Jordan Castillo Price
If you ever go to France, watch out for those ticklers.
#4: Other People's Weddings by Josh Lanyon
Pulling off the perfect wedding can be murder.
#5: Spanish Fly Guy by Jordan Castillo Price
I held my nose I closed my eyes...I took a drink.
Petit Morts 1: Sweets to the Sweet- books 1-5
(Petit Morts are available ala carte, or you may buy them in a bundle at JCPbooks.com and save a buck! Paperback available at Amazon.com)
Sleepwalker by Jordan Castillo Price
(Available in multiple formats at JCPbooks.com)
The Art of Dying, Partners in Crime #4, written with Josh Lanyon
(Paperback at Amazon.com, Ebook at Aspen Mountain Press
Chapter 1 preview)
Stand Alone Titles
Hemovore (Ebook available at Samhain Publishing, Paperback at Amazon.com)
Kindred Spirits (Available at SmashWords.com)
The Voice (Kindle edition available at Amazon.com)
Starlight (Available at SmashWords.com)
The Serpent in the Garden (Kindle edition available at Amazon.com)
Zero Hour- (ZERO HOUR is a serialized story published monthly in Jordan's newsletter, JCP News. Curious? Read rough draft online. It's free!)
(Standalone Ebooks available at JCPbooks.com)
Torqued Tales (Available in paperback at Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com)
by S.A. Clements (editor), Mychael Black, Syd McGinley, Sean Michael, Willa Okati, C.B. Potts, Angelia Sparrow, Julia Talbot, B.A. Tortuga, Elisa Viperas, Vic Winter, Laney Cairo, Jordan Castillo Price , Dallas Coleman, Jane Davitt, Kiernan Kelly, Kara Larson, Jay Lygon, Renee Manley, Kit Zheng
Firestorm (Kindle edition available at Amazon.com)
by Jade Buchanan, Alice Gaines, Anne Kane, Belinda McBride, B.J. McCall, Cameo Brown, Isabella Jordan, Jordan Castillo Price, Kate Hill, Mary Winter, Selena Illyria
GhosTV (PsyCop, #6) Estimated release date: Feb/Mar 2011 from JCP Books
A Bitter Taste of Sweet Oblivion (Sweet Oblivion #1-5 in paperback) Estimated release date: Coming out this month from JCP Books
Zero Hour, Ebook and Paperback edition Coming Feb/Mar 2011 from JCP Books featuring cover art by the illustrious PL Nunn!
Insomniac Followup to Sleepwalker, coming 2011 from JCP Books
Other Free Books by Jordan Castillo Price:
Luck (Horror flash fic)
Carving (M/M flash fic)
Snowblind (M/M short)
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