A writer’s perspective
Hello&Welcome, Author Jordanna East!
Congratulations on your new release, Blood in the Paint. So good to have you back 🙂
Would you like to share a bit about yourself?
Sure, I started writing years ago as a hobby, wanting to write something that was different from most crime fiction. I wanted to focus on sympathetic killers, on antagonists that were also protagonists. I began with Blood in the Paint, but I found I wanted to introduce readers to my characters and their pasts more thoroughly so I released a prequel novella, Blood in the Past, first. Blood in the Paint has just recently been released (March 31, 2014).
When did you fall in love with reading?
I’ve been reading since I was little girl. My grandmother, who was an Italian immigrant, valued an extensive command of the English language. As a result, she wouldn’t let me read simply constructed children’s books (Dr. Seuss, “See Dick Run…,” etc.), but instead encouraged me to read adult selections. I grew up reading Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Patricia Cornwell, and other such authors. Their work has definitely helped define my own.
When did you fall in love with writing?
As I said, I started writing as a hobby; it was something to do when I was bored and had read all the books in my possession multiple times. I guess I could have gone to the library, but…Anyway, I brought some of my writing in to my job to work on during my down time and a few of my coworkers read over my shoulder, really enjoying it. I eventually shelved the project, but picked it up again when one of my close friends passed away. Her name was Jillian and I had very loosely based the character Jillian Atford on her. I decided to finish the series to honor her and my dedication to the project awoke something in me that I hadn’t known was there.
In which genre do you write? Do you enjoy writing in more than one genre, or do you prefer to stick to one?
I currently write psychological thrillers as it is my favorite genre to read and you should write books you want to read yourself, right? I do have a YA story in the works, but at its core it’s still a psychological thriller. Perhaps the first ever YA psychological thriller?
If you could introduce two characters from two different books you have written, who would they be and why?
I would introduce Jason Brighthouse Jr., from the Blood for Blood Series, to Beres, from my YA story. Despite the age difference, they’re cut from the same cloth. I’d bet Brighthouse would be a great mentor to Beres (pronounced “Bears”).
Do you have any recurring themes in your novels/characters?
I really just try to make readers understand the motives behind my characters’ actions. People’s lives and personalities and decisions are based on such a wide array of factors that it’s impossible for me to write a story without explaining the ‘why’ behind everything. When you explain the ‘why,’ more often than not, readers will identify more with the characters. Perhaps, not throughout the entire novel or series, but definitely at certain parts.
When do you feel that you are at your most creative?
On sunny days when I’m in a good mood. If I’m sick or if it’s raining or if I’m sad, I can’t write. I’ve tried, but I usually end up staring at a blank page/computer screen, feeling sorry for myself. Haha.
What is your biggest inspiration?
I pull inspiration from everywhere. From other authors, both famous and aspiring. From my husband. From my surroundings. From the news. From movies and television. From loved ones who have passed away. I take advantage of everything.
What song/songs do you have on repeat, lately?
Umm, none? Don’t judge me, I’m just not a music person.
Ha! No judgement. But somehow, I keep forgetting about that. Sort of.
What’s one of your favorite quotes?
Is it okay if it has nothing to do with writing? Haha. My favorite quote is, “To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.” No, the irony is not lost on me that this is a Dr. Seuss quote and I wasn’t allowed to read Dr. Seuss. Anyway, it makes me think of my husband. I’m an undercover sap. Don’t tell anyone. If you tell people anything, tell ‘em I write awesome psychological thrillers. 😉
Haha! Secret’s Safe. And do you have an excerpt you wouldn’t mind sharing?
Sure! Since I’ve already mentioned Jillian, here’s an excerpt from her storyline. In Blood in the Paint, which takes place ten years after Blood in the Past, she’s a psychologist with her own practice. One of her newest patients seems familiar to her and it’s most unnerving. I hope you enjoy this snippet:
Looking around, the layout was different than it had been before; Jillian could tell, even though she had been inside only once. She poked her head through each doorway, venetian blinds filtering the midday sun’s rays into zebra stripes on the walls. First, a cheery, yellow bathroom. Next, a studio with easels, canvases, and countless more tins of acrylic paint. At this point, she ascertained that the homeowner was most likely the artist of the pieces on the lawn—which made her increasingly uneasy. Jillian continued to edge her way down the hallway, hoping her hunch was incorrect. She reached a sterile, plainly decorated bedroom, probably a guest room. At the end of the hall, the last remaining door opened into a master bedroom.
When Jillian entered it, she gasped and choked on the sudden influx of unexpected air. Her arms shot out from her sides to clutch at the doorframe. She scanned the space with darting eyes. The room was a nightmare: set up exactly as that where Calvin’s wife, Susannah, had bled to death ten years ago.
Great Excerpt, lots of fun having you here, again!
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Before you go, take a look at my review of the newly released, Blood in the Paint:
Lyla Kyle murders people; author Jordanna East tortures her readers with cliff hangers. Finally, the follow-up to Blood in the Past is published, and every bit as amazing, if not better than the prequel.
From the first line:
“Blood is red, but she always wore purple …” we are once again immersed in Lyla’s world. And in this world, we travel to the depths of Lyla’s unquenchable hunger for vengeance.
In Blood in the Paint, Lyla’s games begin, and the way she chooses, lures, thinks of, mocks, and despises her prey … fascinating. Disturbingly fascinating.
It is apparent that the author is not only well-versed in the psychological aspects of a serial killer, but she has taken the time to study the lingo and profession of those in the field of law enforcement. This adds so many layers, makes the scenes so believable, gives the book the realistic element that can at times become lost in blood, gore, and sex — this novel delves deeper.
Much longer than the prequel, (a novella), murder by murder, it is spine-chilling to feel so close to the scenes and reasoning behind the killings — in detail …