Jordan, thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions. Can you tell me a bit about yourself? I have my degree in education and right now I’m working as a trainer. I am obsessed with writing and reading. Maybe sometimes it borders on the unhealthy. Like, I will be listening to someone talk and think of a million different story lines. I suddenly realize they are still talking and I have to admit I’ve just visited a fantasy world, and can they repeat the last five minutes?
I am an author who struggles for story ideas. What advice would you give me? Get out and dream. The majority of my ideas come from my dreams. Whenever I wake up, I jot down what I remember from the night. I also try to do as much as possible. I will go for a walk in a park, visit a new area, just sit in the mall and observe. One year when I went to Niagara Falls, there was a man painted cold handing out necklaces. That inspired my short horror story “The Gold Man.”
Where did the idea for Escape From Witchwood Hollow come from? Is they any of you in Honoria? My friends, cousins, and I were always making “movies” when we were younger. I came up with this idea for us based off the woods near our house, which included a cemetery and old foundations. I didn’t base Honoria’s attitude after me, but I did play her in the movie so I did picture myself when describing some of the features. I also played Lady Clifford in the movie, so I also based a bit of her appearance off of me.
Tell me about your daily writing routine. I get home from my day job, run errands, get dinner, and then paste myself down in the computer chair to get to work. I’m usually up until midnight, and then back up at 6am. Hard considering I’m a big fan of sleep.
Do you need total silence, or do you write while listening to music? If so, what kind of music do you listen to? Total silence! I have to be alone in a room with the door locked to ensure no one disturbs me. I like to get lost in my writing.
How do you deal with stress? What do you do to take care of yourself physically and emotionally? I will talk to my mom, go for a walk, or write. If I’m really stressed, I will break away from my current manuscript to whip out a short story based on my feelings. I’ve found that’s the best way for me to deal. I’ve been told to sleep it off, but then I would just stay in bed all day mulling.