Jordan: Hi! It’s great to be back!
HA: What inspired A Purple and Gold Afghan?
Jordan: It’s actually inspired by real life. While the situations in the book are all entirely from my imagination, I wrote the stories as a way to kind of “vent” some of the things I was feeling as I took the first steps into courtship and romance with my wife. There was so much to learn, and I often felt just like Joseph does in the book: utterly clueless and confused. I wanted to write romance stories that portrayed the process of courtship not as a swoon-worthy perfect story, but as the real-life uncomfortable and hilarious experience it can be.
HA: What is the most encouraging review you have received so far on this book?
Jordan: That’s a difficult question! I would probably have to say any of the reviews from people I don’t personally know that said I captured exactly what I was going for. It’s always great to hear that you did what you set out to do, especially from a complete stranger.
HA:When you are not writing, what do you enjoy doing?
Jordan: Filmmaking is my other big passion, probably more so that writing. I love making visual stories for others to enjoy. Also, while it’s kind of writing, another one of my hobbies is working on articles about marketing for self-published books.
I also like to hang out with my wife. Which I realize is a cheesy thing to say, but since my relationship with her inspired the book we’re talking about, I think I’m entitled to mention it. ;-)
HA: What do you plan to read this summer?
Jordan: I honestly don’t know what’s going to happen with my reading this year. The one book I know I’m going to read is The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw, which I have been waiting for since I read the first two books in the series last year. Other than that, my reading dance card is open.
HA: What are some of your favorite books of all time?
Jordan: This is not a fair question! But if I had to choose, I might say The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, The Bronze Bow, Half Magic, and Swallows and Amazons. To name only a few.
HA: Can you give us a sneak peek into your work-in-progress?
Jordan: Well, I have a bunch of ideas running around at the moment, but not a lot has hit paper because of my other job. However, I can tell you that my next project is probably a Kindle book marketing course. I haven’t decided if that will be a book or something else like an e-mail class, but stay tuned!
HA: What should readers expect when they read A Purple and Gold Afghan?
Jordan: Humor and heart. With a little d’aww on the side.
HA: Do you have any final thoughts?