Today I’m interviewing fellow Soul Mate Publishing author, Carly Jordynn, about her novels, Forest of the Mist: Awakening.
Q: How long have you been writing?
A: I started writing following my divorce in 1994. I wrote the first book in long hand as I didn’t own a computer at the time. That book is safely tucked away until it gets a major rewrite. In 2009, I got the idea for the Forest of the Mist series and started writing it.
Q: Tell us about your road to publication.
A: This has been a long journey. When I first wrote Travelers, book one in the Forest of the Mist series, I sent it off to some of the best agents in the industry. I was confident they would fall all over themselves wanting my book. Unfortunately, I learned the hard way that a great idea will only get you so far. I think that book was edited a million and three times. When I queried Debby at Soul Mate Publishing, she really liked the book, but they didn’t have a place for it at the time. They didn’t rep young adult or time travel. I kept in touch with Debby and when Soul Mate began to offer time travel romance, I was offered a contract.
Q: What advice would you give an aspiring author?
A: This one is easy. Edit within an inch of your life and then edit some more. I had so many agents and editors tell me that they loved the concept of my book, but my writing needed work. One was kind enough to go through the first three chapters and point out what was wrong with my manuscript. The feedback was so valuable. I rewrote it again and that is when things started happening. After you edit your book, have a friend read through it. Try to find a school teacher if you can. They will catch a lot of the punctuation errors that you missed. If you are self-publishing, hire the professional editor. It’s worth the money in the end. Do not send off your manuscript without that final edit. Also, learn how to write a kicking query letter, synopsis, blurb, and hook.
Q: Tell us about your latest release.
A: My latest release comes out in August. It is Awakening, book two in the Forest of the Mist series. The story picks up where book one left off. The “travelers” are waking from their comas and resuming a normal life. Characters from book one are followed, but it is the story of Jennifer that is followed the closest. She awakens from the coma only to discover that her husband from the alternate realm is dead, their son should be a toddler, but has crazy growth spurts as a result of being conceived and born in an alternate realm, and she learns that her dead husband has ordered her to marry Lily’s ex-boyfriend, Alex McGuire, a man she is not fond of.
Forest of the Mist: Awakening
ALEX McGUIRE never dreamed his life would take such a turn. His plan to complete college, become a lawyer, and marry his girlfriend, LILY LAVERY, tanked following his kidnapping to the alternate realm known as Paradise Valley. Now Alex has been ordered by a dead man, DAVID KYLE, to marry his young wife, JENNIFER BURKE KYLE, and raise their infant son, DAVY KYLE, as his own. That would be a great plan if it weren’t for the fact that Jennifer is still in a coma, has never met him, and her son has some strange attributes too.
JENNIFER BURKE KYLE woke from the coma to the realization that she was a widow and the mother of a young son who could read minds, create portals to an alternate realm, and have unforeseen growth spurts when he is in or near Paradise Valley. As if that wasn’t enough, a complete stranger has stated he is to marry her and raise her son as his own. All on the order of her dead husband, David.
DAVY KYLE was tickled pink that Alex McGuire would be his Dad and couldn’t wait for his mother to wake from the coma so the wedding could take place. What Davy didn’t see, was the trouble in the form of PRI, otherwise known as the Percival Research Institute. PRI agents were after his family and it was going to be up to Davy to hide them all until it was safe.
Together, Alex, Jennifer, Davy, and their friends from Paradise Valley, must join together to keep the family safe, destroy PRI, and protect the still comatose COLIN O’BRIEN, the last member of their Paradise Valley family. With the help of student nurse, DEANA COOK, they may just succeed in their plan and find happiness along the way.
About the Author
It was a dark and stormy night. The wind blew the small car all over the road as the young couple rushed to the hospital. Twelve hours later, Carly Jordynn was born. Life has been a rollercoaster ever since.
Carly Jordynn is a writer from Northern Kentucky who loves to weave tales of fantasy, paranormal, and romance. When she isn’t writing a book, she writes lyrics for the Christian band, Phil Parks and One Step Closer.
Carly loves to travel. You can find her at various conferences and other author events throughout the year. Her hobbies include: travel, photography, reading, party-planning, dinner with friends, and hanging out with her family.
Carly is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
Forest of the Mist: Travelers