Tell us, if you don’t mind, a little about yourself.
I’m married to a wonderful man who’s also a creative. He’s an oil painter and has shown his work in Columbus, Ohio where we live. You can see his work here: James Kurella’s Art Site. I came to Columbus via the rest of the world — Cairo, Moscow, London, New York, Chicago, etc. But I love Columbus and don’t want to live anywhere else.
Keeping to the horror theme, my parents met at a murder trial when they were both journalists. They’re still alive and well today and very supportive of me and my work, as are my step-parents and my in-laws.
Could you give us some background on how you began writing, and in particular, what drew you to writing horror?
I wrote Star Wars and World of Warcraft fan fiction for 19 years before my husband convinced me to work on my idea for an original novel. I started it while I was still working as a medical social worker, but was declared disabled 2 months into the 1st draft. Now I’m able to write part-time while taking care of myself full-time.
As for short stories, I love writing horror because it really allows me to get my hands dirty in my imagination. Sure, with fantasy stories I can conjure up monsters and things that go bump in the night, but with horror I can really let those guys off the leash. Horror’s liberating.
Can you tell us a bit about your story that appears in Turn to Ash, Vol. 1?
“Hollow-Eyed Boys” started as a 500-word idea from the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop in Fiction, which molded and changed over time. The story uses more of what I know than any other piece of fiction I’ve written. At the hospital, it was my job to ask patients about their living situations, and I had a lot of patients who lived in trailer parks, so I learned a lot about them. For Belle’s narration, I kind of borrowed my long-time friend’s speech patterns. He’s from Southern Ohio, and a great guy.
Do you have any recent and/or upcoming work that you’d like to share?
Nothing current. I’ve been focusing on my novel, which I just got back from my editor, Anna Genoese, and am beginning 4th draft revisions. I recently finished two short stories with fairies in them. They’re fantasy, not horror, but fairies are horrifying enough on their own.
If you’re looking for other published work, I wrote an essay that appeared on Salon.com last fall: Jordan’s Salon Essay
Where, if anywhere, can we find you on the Internet?
Anything else you’d like to share about your work or anything else going on in this universe (or any other)?
I keep my imagination going by not thinking linearly and doing a lot of research. Reality is pretty weird on its own, and history has a lot of secrets, but if you let your mind go play by itself, it can come up with some really scary shit.