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Please Welcome Jordan Summers


Jordan, Thank you so much for agreeing to be a guest on my blog.

Thank you for having me, Greta. Nice to be here.

Can you tell everyone a little bit about yourself?

I think this question is one of the hardest to answer because I never know what to say. As my short bio mentions, I used to be a flight attendant (or sky goddess as we preferred to be called). I flew for fourteen years before hanging up my wings and delving into full-time writing. As an aside, I tried to pet a lion at the zoo when I was six. Almost made it, too. Got in trouble. Still disappointed I didn’t succeed.

How long have you been writing?

 Like a lot of writers, I began writing in high school. I took classes on and off over the years, but didn’t seriously return to writing until 2000/2001. I absolutely believe that your writing doesn’t take shape until you make the conscious decision to take the craft seriously.

What is your writing process like?

My writing process has changed over the years. I started out as a panster, but moved to a half plot/half seat of the pants writing style. I now create a loose and VERY general outline before I delve past the first chapter of a new book. When I’m writing, I work six days a week, every week until the book is finished. If I take more than a day off, I lose momentum.

Can you tell us about your newest release Scarlet?

Scarlet is the second book in my Dead World series and picks up where Red left off. Only a few weeks have past. My heroine, Red is trying to acclimate to her new life with Morgan Hunter in the town of Nuria. She’s left her job at the International Police Tactical Team and is more than a little lost without it. Unfortunately for her, events and people conspire against her to make sure she doesn’t succeed. If that fails, they’re not above framing her for murder. The romance that began in book one, RED also continues, but there are bumps in the road as the past comes back to haunt the couple’s future.

Are there plans for other books in the Dead World series (Red, Scarlet, & Crimson)?

At present, there are no plans to write more Dead World books after Crimson is released. Obviously that might change if the series does well. 🙂

Do you have any other books coming out this year?

I’ve written a novella called ‘Paris After Dark’ that will be included in the Mammoth Book of Vampire Romances 2, which comes out September 2009.

What are you currently working on?

I currently have an urban fantasy making the rounds in New York. Hopefully, it’ll find a home.

You write in several romantic sub-genre’s (supernatural, urban fantasy, contemporary/suspense, erotic romance). Which sub-genre is easier for you to write in?

 LOL! I don’t think ANY writing is easy. It doesn’t matter what subgenre you’re playing in. As to my preferences, I favor urban fantasy (adult and YA) and supernatural romances with a strong helping of suspense. Although I’ve written several erotic romances, I do not find them easy to write.

Where do you get your ideas for your books?

I get my ideas everywhere. There is no set place. Some of my favorite ideas have come from rewriting movies in my head because I don’t like how they turned out onscreen. I’ve also gotten several story ideas from reading science articles. I’m addicted to Popular Science and Scientific American. Fascinating stuff.

As an author, you must be an avid reader. What books do you enjoy reading? Who are your auto-buy authors?

I am an avid reader. Buying books beats clothes shopping ANY day. I enjoy reading a lot of different genres from science fiction to thrillers. I’m particularly fond of action/adventures (like Matthew Reilly), urban fantasies, YA, suspense, and historical romances. My auto-buy list has changed over the years. Right now, my auto-buy authors are: Patricia Briggs, Lora Leigh, Christine Warren, Simon Green, Stephanie Laurens, and Karen Chance.

What books are on your keeper shelf?

It would be easier for me to list which authors are on my keeper shelf. I currently have Virginia Henley, Dara Joy, Stephanie Laurens, Christine Warren, Lora Leigh, Angela Knight, Patricia Briggs, Lynn Viehl, Kathleen Woodiwiss, Johanna Lindsey, and Susan Johnson. (Virginia, Kathleen, Johanna and Susan have been on there for a very long time.)

What was the first romance book you read or the first romance book that has stood the test of time?

The first book I read that I thought was a romance was a book called Ghost Fox. Turned out it wasn’t a romance, but it did have romantic elements. It was followed by Kathleen Woodiwiss’ Shanna. With that book, I fell in love with the romance genre and bought everything I could get my hands on. Rose in Winter is still one of my favorite all time romance novels.

If one of your books was made into a movie, which book would you like it to be and which actors would like to see as the lead characters?

Thus far, I’d have to say RED. Although I do have a book that hasn’t sold yet that I think would make a fun and scary movie. As for actors, I think Hugh Jackman or Daniel Craig for Morgan Hunter and Angelina Jolie for Red. She has the right acting chops and can pull off the attitude.

If you could switch lives with one of your characters who would it be & why?

I wouldn’t. I’ve found my better half in this life. No need to live someone else’s life.

If you were not writing, what would you be doing?

I’d probably go back to school to finish my degree. I really like school. Just wish it wasn’t so expensive.

When you are not writing or reading, what do you enjoying doing in your spare time?

In my spare time I like to watch movies and cook.

If you could ask readers any one question, what would it be?

I actually have a couple of questions to ask. The first would really only apply if you’re familiar with my work. I’m curious how readers would classify me as a writer (ie do they see me as an urban fantasy writer, a paranormal romance writer, an action/adventure writer, an erotic romance author, etc.)? The second question goes out to all readers. What book have you been dying to read that hasn’t been written yet?

Greta, thank you again for allowing me to play on your blog. It’s been a pleasure.

For more information on Jordan Summers and her books you can visit her website at: http://www.jordansummers.com/

***Leave a comment answering Jordan’s questions for a chance to win a copy of RED the first book in her Dead World series. Good Luck 🙂


66 Responses

  1. Hi Jordan! I haven’ read any of your books but after researching a little bit, both Red and Scarlet sound very interesting and they are going on my shopping list for the next book shopping 🙂 Regarding your question: I’m dying for a book series (because I always want to know what happens next) that can last for years but can keep me interested the whole time. My experience with the long series is that after several books they lose their novelty and freshness and become just too predictable.

  2. Morning, Jordan! I haven’t read RED yet but I must say, I love the cover! And for SCARLET, too. But from reading the blurbs and some reviews, I’d think you’d be an urban fantasy writer. Is romance a big factor in your stories?

    I’m dying to read Sookie ends up with Eric. But at the same time, I don’t want it because maybe that would seem like the end of the series? And I just can’t have that. *grins*

  3. Hi Jordan,
    Sorry to say that I have not read any of your books yet, so can’t answer your first question.
    As for your second question. I loved Lora Leigh’s book Loving Lies, from the Men of Summer series. I would love to read another book from the cast of characters in the first book, but don’t know if she has time due to all of her other obligations. Would be a shame if they were never written, because LL is one of my favs of hers.

  4. Hi Jordan,

    I’m another newbie to your work. Love the cover of ‘Scarlet’ and yes, I can totally envision Hugh & Angelina together bringing your books to the silver screen!

  5. Hello Jordan!

    Would definitely watch any movie with Hugh and Angelina for one of your stories. But I would prefer seeing her back with Daniel Craig.
    For the stories I would like to read would probably be any sookie stackhouse with Eric but like another reader said that would mean the end of the story. Other than that any story of Dark Hunter by Sherilyn Kennyon.
    And Still waiting to read both Red and Scarlet and by the reviews I have read I will probably wait impatiently for the third book of the series.

  6. Hey Jordan! I absolutely love your Atlantis series!! Haven’t read any of the Dead World series yet but I can’t wait to start one. Love the cover!

  7. I’m always looking for new authors to read and you are one for me, the reads sounds great!

  8. You are a new to me author still at this point. I knew I had wanted to buy RED but for whatever reason I never did and still need to.

    I don’t know what book hasn’t been written that I would like. There are still so many books out there for me to try and read still.

  9. Frana, It’s extremely hard to keep a long standing series fresh. It takes a lot of effort (and talent) to do so. I’ve seen a few authors as of late come back and shift their series so that it’s once again fresh for the readers. I’ve also heard of readers pretty much expecting what the authors are giving them, so it’s a double-edged sword.

  10. I read Red so don’t enter me into the contest.

    I think that you are an Urban fantasy/Paranormal Romance writer that is how I think of you.

    I am dying to read the final conclusion to the Eve and Roarke’s story… but I don’t want it to come because then I wouldn’t get to read about them. It is a double edge sword. I am also dying to read Artemis’ story from the Dark Hunters – I would love to know who she is redeemed.

  11. Wendy, A lot of reviewers seem to think my book is an urban fantasy because a villain is written in first person point of view and the plot driven story is extremely gritty. I just set out to write a romance that was a little different. RED, SCARLET, and CRIMSON ARE still romances. In fact, I introduce a secondary romance in SCARLET and continue it through CRIMSON, so we have two romances going at once.

  12. Booklover, I’m sure Lora Leigh will get to it if she has time. She is a VERY busy lady. She’s also one of my favorite authors, too. I buy all of her SEAL and Breed books. I have since we both wrote for Ellora’s Cave.

  13. Karen, I’m glad I am not the only one that pictured those two actors. Although I am torn between Hugh and Daniel. I think either would work, especially now that I’ve seen Daniel in Bond. *g* Sigh.

  14. Elayne, I agree it would be an interesting cast.

    I hope you enjoy the series when you get around to reading it. 🙂

  15. Hey Danni, Thank you! 🙂

  16. Thanks Teresa.

  17. Brandy, I hope you manage to pick RED up and get it read because SCARLET will be here in seven days. 😉

  18. Marnie, Urban Fantasy Romance is a relatively new term. I think it’s a good one for the books that don’t quite fit into urban fantasy, but also don’t quite fit into romance. There are certainly elements of UF in RED, along with science fiction and horror. The funny thing is I was trying to write a dark fantasy romance. *ggg*

    Eve and Roark would be an interesting one. I’ll be curious to see how JD Robb and Charlaine Harris wraps up both their series. I’m so far behind on reading both of them. I’ve been catching up lately on a lot of older books I’ve had on my shelves for **coughyearscough**. I still have a long way to go, but it does give me hope I’ll eventually catch up with them all. It doesn’t help that my reading tastes keep changing.

  19. I haven’t had the pleasure of reading your books yet. They are on my wish list.
    And book I am totally looking forward too is Hawk’s story by Nalinie Singh
    or Maybe Cassie’s or Jonas’s by Lora Leigh whichever one comes first would tickle me to know end.

  20. Hi Jordan,
    The Dead World series sounds like a series I’d like to read!
    I definitely agree with you that buying books beats clothes shopping ANY day. Unless it’s textbooks! But then you said you liked school. Have you thought about open course ware?
    The book I’m dying to read that hasn’t been written yet? Other than the next book in the series’ I’ve been following, I never really thought about it. It would have lots of suspense. Maybe set in an unusual place for some crazy reason.

  21. I haven’t read any of your books, but Red and Scarlet sound very good, and I love the covers! ❤

  22. Pam K, Thank you. I have a few of Ms. Singh’s books on my shelf at present. Like I said, I’m slowly making my way through my massive pile.

  23. Chey, What is open course ware? I do like school. Not crazy about most textbooks. *g*

    I’m looking forward to the next Mercy Thompson book by Patricia Briggs. 🙂

  24. Chielle, Thanks! Chris McGrath did a wonderful job with my covers. I HEART him. 🙂

  25. I’ve seen Red on the shelves for months but haven’t had the chance to read it. Your series sounds great and I am looking forward to reading it.

  26. 1. I’m going to go with Urban Fantasy – I see that theme seems to play out the most in your work.

    2. It’s so hard to come up with something that’s never been done before. I really like the idea of people with superpowers – whether that be shapeshifters, vampires, gods, whatever – but it’d be fun to see something about superheroes again. But maybe more dark – like Watchmen and Superfriends all rolled into one. I’m kind of a comic geek, but I think it would be really neat if something “romance” was comic-esque and could then continue the crossover (like Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series) into comic form.

  27. I haven’t had a chance to read Jordan’s books yet, but it sounds like a great series! It’s definately on my to read list now. I don’t know what books I would like to have written. What each author comes up with is usually more than an idea I ever thought out!

  28. Greta – I love your blog…so many good tips *happy*
    Jordan, I havn’t read your book but I will do it soon – can hardly wait…
    I’ve waited for Ash’s story forever and longer 😉

  29. I’ve already read Red so don’t enter me in the contest, unless you want to replace with Scarlet ::grin::

    I’m probably one of the few people that don’t even think about what genre other than general an author writes in. To me Red was a paranormal romance, but I’ve also been told that my definition of such is way wrong. As long as I can find you that’s all that counts in my book.

    As for what I’d like to read that hasn’t been written yet – geesh I have no idea, I’d have said Ash’s story by Kenyon, but she just did his, then there’s the wolves in her Dark Hunter series, but she recently did those as well. Maybe LKH’s end of Merry Gentry so I’d know who was to be crowned King along with Merry being Queen.

  30. I have not read your books yet, but they sound great and are now on my wishlist. So I can not answer question one. What I always want most is a new series that doesnt get old or rehash old storylines. One that stays fresh over a number of books and doesnt die out after four or five.

  31. I have not read any of your work yet, but Red and Crimson sound very good!

  32. Hi Jordan, it was great to get to know you. I haven’t gotten to Red yet, but you definitely peaked my interest.

    I found a lot of new paranormal and urban fantasy stories out lately that have been very satisfying reads, with storylines that keep me guessing, and I like that.

  33. Aleksandra, Hope you get a chance to pick it up. 🙂

  34. Elisa, I figure my books are a bit like ink blots. You see what you want to see in them. *ggg* 😉

    That sounds like a really cool idea.

  35. Lisa, I hope you enjoy RED.

  36. Lani, Thanks!

  37. Tammy, *g*

    I’m sure my definition doesn’t gel with the norm either. Those sound like good books.

  38. Donna, I hope you like Red.

  39. Estella, I hope you get a chance to check them out.

  40. Cathy, I’m glad I tweaked your interest. 🙂

  41. Hey Jordan! 🙂 Love your work and this new book looks fantastic!

    I don’t know what other people think, but I would classify you in the category of more urban fantasy fiction writer…kinda like J.R. Ward. There’s romance and adventure…but I love you either way!

    Happy to see you out in the blog world!

  42. “sky goddess” Bwa ha! Love that!

    I haven’t read any of your books(yet!) but I have to say, they sound good and I love the covers!

    The books that I’ve been dying to read that haven’t been written yet are the sequels to Julie E. Czerneda’s Trade Pact Cycle in her Clan Chronicles series that are slated to come out sometime in The Future(aka. I dunno when). 😀

  43. Thanks Rachie! 🙂 I do write straight urban fantasies, too. I just haven’t sold one yet. 😉 Thank you for putting me in the same sentence with J.R. Ward. *g*

  44. sorry I haven’t read any of your work yet either
    I have a huge list of books I want to read.
    Branded by Fire by Nalini Singh I’m looking forward to reading

  45. Hey Jordan!!

    I don’t know if I can give you a classification. Your books have romance, good sex, adventure, and are fun. Maybe you should just be called a darned good writer?? 🙂

    The new book looks great!

  46. Hi Jordan, I’d guess I’d say Urban Fantasy best fits a label for the series. (Already have Red, so not in contest).

    I know some readers like to see more of the same in a series, but for a longer series, I’d rather see the author make a shift somehow to keep it fresh and interesting.

  47. Lyoness, LOL! I’m not sure the publisher would run with that one. 😉

  48. Pam, I hope I get the chance to show the world my straight UF. Of course, thus far only one of the books have had a romance in them. (Scratches head.)

    At least the Dead World series sticks with the romance/s. That has to count for something. *g*

  49. Great interview! Scarlet sounds great!

  50. Jacqueline, Yes, the Sky Goddesses of the world have to stick together. 😉

    Thank you! Hope you get to check them out.

  51. Amy S., Thanks! 🙂

  52. Hi Jordan, I have and loved the Atlantean Quest series. It sounds as if the Dead World series is completely different so I won’t even try to put a label on your work!

    The books I’d love to see written – Rebecca Brandywine wrote two books in the Chronicles of Tintagel series then left it hanging. And Linda Lael Miller’s vampire series left the warlock hanging.

  53. Lynda, LOL, it’s probably safer that way. I’m glad you enjoyed the Atlanteans. They were truly a blast to write. And yes, this series is COMPLETELY different from my Ellora’s Cave books. (Apples and Oranges)

    Oh, man, I hate it when that happens. Most of the time the authors have nothing to do with a series stopping.

  54. I can’t wait to see who Greta picks. I’ll send the winner their book when I get back from BEA. Good luck everyone! Thank you, Greta for allowing me to play. 🙂

  55. Hi Jordan, I haven’t read any of your books, but after this post I’m going seek out your books!

  56. I’m waiting for Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning. The year long wait for her next book is always a big torture 🙂

  57. Hi Jordan!
    I have been looking forward to this series….This just might be the kick in the @$$ that I needed to go pick Red up! As for your question…
    I have a horrible imagination. I don’t know what I want that hasn’t been written. I will just gladly take whatever I can get! 😀
    Thanks for the interview!

  58. Hi Jordan!
    I haven’t had a chance to read your books yet, but the friends who have recommended you to me have all said urban fantasy if that helps 🙂

    The book that I’m dying to read is from Lora Leigh’s Breed series. I want Dane’s book! Now! LOL.

  59. Jordan, oh, really? Wow, I’ve seen a number of reviews that describe both RED and SCARLET as urban fantasy. It’s good to know for when I review them. 🙂

  60. HI Jordan! I haven’t read any of your books yet so I can’t answer one of your questions. As for your other question, I would love to read a book that switches genres by the chapter! Wouldnt that be fun? LOL 🙂

    Your books sound really good and I can’t wait to try one! Great covers too!

  61. I liked your comment about buying a book rather than shopping. I could spend hours in a bookstore or library and two minutes in a clothing store is more than enough for me!

  62. Red and Scarlet are now both added to my wish list! Sound great.

  63. i just wanted everyone to know, jordan is a very VERY generous person and RED is a great book. but jordan is a thoughtful caring , in this evrey getting world ,of ppl just not giving a hoot about others

  64. I’m really looking forward to this series! I’ve been putting it off because I knew it was a series and I ❤ series so much that I'm willing to let them be until there's a few books that I can read at one time. I hate loving a book and sitting on the edge of my seat for up to a year for the next book!

  65. Hi Jordan~

    I am really looking forward to reading this series…I love series and this sounds so great.

    I think that the story I am waiting read right now is the next Jeaniene Frost or the next Patricia Briggs book.

  66. Thanks Sue A. I hope you like them.

    Maija, I’m on pins and needles, too.

    Natasha, I hope you do. It’s sad, but first sales of a newly released book count for so much these days.

    Lillie A, I have been told that’s what they are, but I’m still convinced they’re a hybrid. *g*

    Wendy, It’s like I said before, the series is kind of like an ink blot. It’s what the reader ‘sees’ that counts. 😉

    RachelfromNJ, That would be a VERY hard sell. Not saying it can’t be done, but it would be tough. *ggg*

    Karin, I’m the same way.

    Thank you, Katie. 🙂

    Tami, Blush.

    Jessica, Well Scarlet will be out in a few days and Crimson in less than six months, so I think it’s safe to start. 😉

    Lori T, Thank you!

    It’s been a pleasure chatting with you all. Enjoy the books if you get a chance to check them out. 🙂

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