Jordan Link is currently contracted with Entranced Publishing for her novel “The Sacrificed”, which will be released on May 6, 2013. She won first place in Jack L. Chalker’s Young Writers Contest of 2012 for her short story “The Bubble”, and attended Balticon 46 last year. She earned an honorable mention on December 3rd for the Young Voices Foundation Short Story Contest and will be published in their anthology “Oh, the Stories They Tell!” which will be available on Amazon. Her early love of reading inspired an equivalent passion towards writing, and she plans to continue doing so.
If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
I would definitely want my laptop, a good book, and some food. You can never go wrong with those three things.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
When I was little, I wanted to be a writer. I was the type of child who was constantly asking for the next book in a series!
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
You should read The Sacrificed for a dose of fresh dystopian fiction, and especially if you enjoy forbidden love stories.
If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why?
Athena. Eternal beauty is nice, as is ruling the rest of the Gods, but intelligence will get you much farther overall.
What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
It is rumored that an adaption of the Ranger’s Apprentice series is searching for a 2013 release date. As for the book…I am dying to read the second installation of The Selection this year.
If you could leave this world for your “book world,” would you?
That’s a tough question. Often times, my family life can be taxing, but I would hate to abandon all of my friends for a world that is thick with divides!
About how long does it take to write a book?
If you’re using a program like NaNoWriMo it may take the standard month. But the editing process will increase that number substantially! For me, it takes about two to three months from start to finish.
What is your favorite part of the writing/publishing process?
For me, it’s receiving the cover. The cover is the pinnacle of your hard work, the stamp of approval on your progress.
What do you think of book trailers?
Some are fancier than others. Many times, the elaborate ones can distort your visualization of the characters. All of them, however, attract attention to your book, and that is a good thing.
In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?
Kiera Cass. Between the awesome acknowledgments section to the back flap of Th e Selection, I can tell that she has a very down-to-earth personality type.
Do you write as you go or do you have the book all planned out from page 1?
Planning can be both your worst enemy and your best friend. If you outline too heavily, you can end up bored and disinterested by the middle of the book. For me, you have to draw a line in the sand. I list the most important plot points to keep myself on track.
Emerald Hayden lives in the City of Centsia, a half-winged among the other walkers. She has no family, friends, or food: only a grim future filled with tiresome labor in the upper level’s factories.
But everything changes when she meets Dusk, a winged from the place that she previously scorned. He opens her eyes to a new possibility: the possibility of the unity of winged and walkers, of freedom, and of love.
Together, they decide to challenge the upper level’s supreme, winged council. But when a friend betrays them, they must choose whether to sacrifice their beliefs and save their own lives, or to remain along the thin line that divides the city in two. Success could mean liberty; failure, death.
Slowly, ever so slowly, she dropped to her knees and peered around the corner.
There was a winged boy standing there, muttering something to a few walkers. It was impossible to distinguish the color of his eyes, or even his expression from her sheltered position, but his features were still rather shocking. His hair was a creamy white, a pigment that Emerald had only ever seen on the heads of other winged. His skin was pasty and faded. She wondered between pounding heartbeats how the winged remained so pale when they spent so many days in the sky above Centsia, arcing near the curve of the sun and circling back around again as they went to and from their duties. The boy’s wings, however, were by far his most striking feature. The feathers seemed to form intricate pictures as they fluttered in the midnight breeze. Emerald continued to stare as the boy withdrew something from his pocket.
It was bread.