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Friday, October 11, 2013

Author Interview--Jordyn Redwood


Anne: Our interview today is with that pediatric emergency room nurse/medical mystery writer, Jordyn Redwood--a go-gettum-girl that I love to read and feel privileged to call "friend." If you'd like to read the reviews I did of the Bloodline Trilogy books, click HERE for Peril, THERE for Poison, and THIS SPOT for Proof.

Super Short bio: Jordyn Redwood is a pediatric ER nurse by day, suspense novelist by night. She hosts Redwood’s Medical Edge, a blog devoted to helping contemporary and historical authors write medically accurate fiction. Her first two novels, Proof and Poison, garnered starred reviews from Library Journal. Proof was shortlisted for the 2012 ForeWord Review’s BOTY Award, 2013 INSPY Award, and the 2013 Carol Award. You can connect with Jordyn via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and her website.
So, Jordyn, why did you write Peril?

JR: I was fascinated by the medical phenomenon of cellular transfer of memories. This is where an organ recipient develops tastes or has memories of their donor. I wanted to look at the ethical implications of life and what we believe makes us human wrapped up in an intense medical thriller.

Anne: You talked about books you used to research the plausibility of the medical end of this mystery in the Acknowledgements section of Peril. Can you elaborate a little (without giving away the plot, of course)? 

JR: I use the details of non-fiction to enhance the story line of my fiction. For instance, I think you have to use current medical facts in order to take people on an ethical leap, so a few books I used to support my medical implications in Peril were Mind Wars by Jonathan D. Moreno, Gianna by Jessica Shaver Renshaw, The Heart’s Code by Paul Pearsall, The Woman Who Can’t Forget by Price and Davis and Unplanned by Abby Johnson.

Anne: Which of the characters in the book is your favorite? Why?

JR: Morgan is probably my favorite in this novel. She just exemplifies how sometimes all we can do is hang on with all we have to get to the next day. And with that is a lot of conflict—particularly when some falsely believe that death is the easier choice.

Anne: What is the most profound statement one of your characters made?

JR: It probably comes from Drew—that often times what is needed to gain control of our lives is to surrender to God.

Anne: Do you ever hope this series might make it to the big screen?

JR: Oh, absolutely!
Do you have actors picked out to play the parts?

JR: Actually, if you go to my Pinterest boards you can see who I picked out for all the books, but for Peril Morgan would be played by Emilie de Ravin and Tyler Adams would be Chris Pine.

Anne: Would you like to tell us what's next?

JR: I developed a fiction series around near death experiences that my agent is currently shopping around. It hasn’t found a home yet, but I’m hoping it will soon.
Anne—thanks so much for all your support. I truly appreciate it!
Anne: I can honestly say the pleasure is all mine. I love your writing, and I love you. Thank you, and God bless! By the way folks--if you'd like to watch the trailer for Peril, this is it:

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