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Monday, March 20, 2017

Monday Feature: Jordan Castillo Price

C.S.: What do you write?
Jordan: Speculative, dark M/M fiction with strong hooks and quirky characters. I’m a big fan of interesting setups and fun worldbuilding.

C.S.: Why do you enjoy this genre?
Jordan: I enjoy the combination of character and action. Having a bunch of characters who don’t engage me is boring to read, so action in itself isn’t that exciting if I don’t care about who’s acting. And characters who sit around and think about their feelings bore me too. I need that character/action balance to be drawn in to the story.

C.S.: Tell us about your writing space.
Jordan: I prefer to work at a desktop computer, but I have a tendency to set up multiple offices in my space. (I’m not sure why…someone could probably psychoanalyze me and find a fascinating root cause.) Right now I have two sitting desks and a standing desk. I can’t work in public or with music. I need total concentration.

C.S.: What sort of work-related items do you keep at hand?
Jordan: Post-its, Post-its and more Post-its. You wouldn’t think having a Post-it holder would make a difference, but oh yes, it most certainly does.

C.S.: What’s the weirdest item you keep nearby that’s not at all beneficial to writing?
Jordan: I currently have a pair of glasses I never wear and a lava lamp I never turn on within arm’s reach.

C.S.: Do you have any ‘good luck’ charms?
Jordan: Like a special notebook or favorite pen? Not really, though I have some tumbled semiprecious gemstones sitting nearby to remind me of the novel I’m currently working on, in which the protagonist sells that sort of thing.

C.S.: What’s easily the most distracting item in your writing space?
Jordan: My neighbors. Good god. I think they flail themselves against the wall for fun.

C.S.: Do you have any bad habits when you write?
Jordan: This is so ridiculous, but apparently sitting with my foot tucked under me while I’m at the computer desk has done a number on my knees. So now I’m supposed to sit with both feet on the floor.

C.S.: What time of day are you most creative?
Jordan: I am such a morning person. I’ve tried to shift gears but it’s impossible. I spring out of bed raring to go and the brain starts fogging up by mid-afternoon. If I have another obligation during the morning, it blows my writing time for the day.

C.S.: Do you have any ‘helpful’ pets?
Jordan: My half-siamese Frank tends to hang out in the same room as me, but he’s not a lap kitty. Occasionally if I’m writing by hand he decides he really needs the pen, but my computers don’t interest him.

C.S.: What do you do to de-stress or enjoy that’s unrelated to writing?
Jordan: I find cooking very creative. It doesn’t feel frivolous, because creating meals from fresh ingredients is so good for you, but it’s also something I have no desire to monetize. Plus it’s kind of private since I don’t often cook for company, so if I have a bizarre kitchen disaster, no one needs to know.

C.S.: Do you drink or snack while writing?
Jordan: I might grab a water or soda when I need to get up and walk around and figure out the next thing. And as for drinking “adult” drinks, not at all. Alcohol shuts down my writing brain like flipping a magical switch.

C.S.: Listen to music? If so, does the soundtrack change with projects?
Jordan: Only if the neighbors are flailing against the wall particularly violently or a dog is barking. And then I’ll just find an ambient sound that best matches the pitch and masks the noise.

C.S.: Question from the audience: What was the craziest research you’ve ever done for a book?
Jordan: Visiting a taxidermy studio when I was writing the novella Sleepwalker was freaking awesome, especially interviewing the taxidermist, but even better was the bizarre taxidermy collection at Cress Funeral Home. (It was auctioned off in 2014). So glad I got to see it in person.

Release Date: February 7, 2017

Blurb: A storefront. You've never noticed it before. It's small, unassuming, and yet there's something about it that draws your eye. And the scent drifting out, dark and aromatic, so enticing. How could you have overlooked it? It must be new.

So why does Sweets to the Sweet look like it's been there for ages? And the pale man behind the counter...certainly you'd remember him.

Much like love, chocolate can be rich and heady, distractingly sensual, sweet and bitter. Just ask Chance. He’s been the catalyst of many a relationship over the years, though he himself scoffs at the notion of a happily ever after. But sometimes a mere hint of sweetness is all it takes.

Follow Sweets to the Sweet as it alights across the globe in twelve novelettes by Jordan Castillo Price, Sean Kennedy and Clare London.

Previously released individually as the Petit Morts series, now available together for the first time in this sweeping omnibus anthology.

Note: Check out Hue, Tint and Shade, the first novelette in Bittersweet Candy Kisses, by signing up for Jordan’s newsletter:

Author Bio: Author and artist Jordan Castillo Price writes paranormal sci-fi thrillers colored by her time in the midwest, from inner city Chicago, to rural small town Wisconsin, to liberal Madison. Her influences include Ouija boards, Return of the Living Dead, "light as a feather, stiff as a board," girls with tattoos and boys in eyeliner.

Jordan is best known as the author of the PsyCop series, an unfolding tale of paranormal mystery and suspense starring Victor Bayne, a gay medium who's plagued by ghostly visitations. Also check out her fascinating psychological M/M thriller, Mnevermind, where memories are client at a time.

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  1. It's good to know there are other post-it note pros out there! Love your books.

  2. Thanks, Kimberly! Love me some Post-Its!!