Today I want to welcome author Sara Kay Jordan to my blog. Sara is here to talk about her latest release, I’m Ready: A Moore Family Moment.
Welcome, Sara. Can you tell us who or what inspired you to start writing?
Storytelling held a certain importance for me growing up. My paternal great-grandmother loved to tell stories and she would even write them down for us in little books. I lived most of my childhood in the same house as my mother’s grandfather and he was a master storyteller. Having him tell us a bedtime story was the highlight of any day. Both of those grandparents, one on each side of my family, showed me that stories and the effort it took to create them were special.
I don’t remember a time when I didn’t have some kind of story playing in my head. It seemed a natural thing to imagine adventures and excitement. As a kid it was the best way to entertain myself and it became a habit that never went away.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Writing has always been a part of me, but I don’t think I really considered myself a writer until the day I was able to Google myself. The moment a search returned the cover art and a link to buy my first book is one I’ll never forget. I had been writing all my life and sharing various projects with other writers for a long time. If asked then I would have said writing was my hobby, and I would have shied away from calling myself a “real” writer. With the actual publication of my first book I became committed to actually being a writer. It was a defining moment.
How much of yourself, your personality or your experiences, is in your books?
Quite a bit, I think. Not the danger and adventure, and I’m certainly not as intelligent as some of my characters, but the most important part of them comes from me. The series as a whole is the story of a large, loving family and that’s something I know intimately. The way they interact, the importance each character places on being part of this family, the bond they share, is a huge part of both who I am and who these characters are.
Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your next book?
I have! Prodigy: Book 3 of The Moore Family Series is currently with the editor and we hope for a December release.
The tag line for the entire series is: happily ever after comes with danger and that’s a fitting description of the adventures in this next book. Joe and Kat are living out the fairytale ending of the love story we saw in Book 2, but theirs is not a quiet forever. These are two very special people, as is everyone in their family, and that brings its own dangers.
Here’s the official description:
Joe Moore and Kat Archer are living their happily ever after. For this amazing couple the fairytale ending holds more than love and happiness. It also contains excitement, the occasional danger and the ever-present challenge of raising two children with extraordinary gifts.
Annie and Jack Holmes share that parenting challenge. As the other half of the Moore family their house of geniuses and artists is just as chaotic as Joe and Kat’s.
The entire family is excited to join young Zac Holmes when he gets a once-in-a-lifetime chance to reach for his dreams. But their trip brings more challenge than they expect. While Zac shines, Kathryn and Joe confront new threats, an old secret from Annie’s past shakes up her family and Parker Moore faces an important decision about love.
How do you conceive your plot ideas?
Usually the germ of a plot comes when I ask myself how one of my characters would handle a situation. It can be a song lyric, a personal experience, or something I see portrayed elsewhere, anything really. Some of the most interesting story elements have been built on a single line of dialogue or emotional response that I imagine my character would give.
Do you outline your books or just start writing?
I’ve learned to outline, but I’m not bound to it. When I first decide on a basic plot line I sit down and either create a character sketch for new characters or give some thought to the motivations of returning players. I then get to work and type out the basic story. By the time I finish I have a rather thorough synopsis of the entire novel.
However, once I seriously begin writing that plot can change. I’m sometimes surprised at what happens along the way. Characters often have a mind of their own, and events I thought would be key or sway the story in a particular direction turn out to be something completely different. What that can mean is that the finish product doesn’t exactly match my starting synopsis.
Please tell us about your current release.
I’m Ready: A Moore Family Moment is a short story featuring the characters of The Moore Family Series.
When we left Joe and Kat at the end of the latest novel, they were just starting their life together. Two years later they are happy, but there is one thing missing. Can there be a fairytale ending when two people are so different? For Joe the answer has always been yes. Kathryn’s scarred heart needs more time before she can say she truly believes in happily ever after.
The great thing about this short story is that it’s a perfect introduction for readers unfamiliar with the series. If you are looking for a quick read and a sweet and tender love story, this will be just the ticket.
For returning readers this story is my way of saying thank you. They gave LOVE & GENIUS such wonderful praise and support. This epilogue is my way of giving back to them.
What inspired you to write this book?
I loved writing LOVE & GENIUS (Book 2 of the Moore Family Series) and I wasn’t ready to let go. The rest of the series is set progressively further and further into the future. We still explore lots of steamy and romantic moments between Joe and Kat, but it was fun to linger just a bit in the early days of their relationship.
Did you base any of your characters on real people?
Some are heavily influenced by real life people, usually its personality traits or the character’s interests, but sometimes it’s a bit more than that. I frequently name characters after real world friends or family, although that character might bear little resemblance to their namesake.
Do you have a specific snack that you have with you when you write?
The closest I come to a required snack is coffee. I’m an all-day coffee drinker and having a cup at hand helps me stay focused on whatever I’m writing.
If you could meet two authors, who would you pick and why?
Living: JK Rowling and Anne Rice. Both are incredibly successful, creative women who have established themselves at the top of the game. Each developed their own amazing universe and I’d love a chance to discuss their work.
No longer living: Tolstoy and Mark Twain. I’m in awe of the way they both mastered the art of examining their own culture.
Tell us a random fact about you that we never would have guessed.
I’ve never met my best-friend, we connected online and have never been face-to-face.
Joe and Kathryn found their happily ending. But, two years into their relationship there is still one final hurdle to overcome. Can there be a fairytale ending when two people are so different? For Joe the answer has always been yes. Kathryn’s scarred heart needs more time before she can say she truly believes in happily ever after. Join them as they take the final steps toward becoming everything they are meant to be.
The Moore Family Series
What happens when a brilliant and beautiful scientist falls in love with one of the army’s most elite soldiers? They live happily ever after. Except, sometimes fairytales come with danger. The Moores and those they call family are each special in their own way. Theirs are stories of love, adventure, family and growing up.
About the Author
Sara Kay Jordan holds a BA in English, and is a lifelong daydreamer, a combination that prepared her in equal measure to pursue her dream to be a writer. Her first novel, Snatching Genius, was released in 2011 to warm praise. Her family includes two grown children and one cranky old dog. Sara lives in Springfield, MO.
Follow her online on her website and on Twitter @sarakayjordan.