Coffee-fueled author Jordan Brock writes engaging contemporary queer romance with a deliciously pan-romantic sensibility and an emphasis on consent, respect, and, of course, love. Her characters are constantly surprised by the way love's slow burn sneaks up on them.
A little more about Jordan; Coffee-fueled author Jordan Brock writes engaging contemporary queer romance with a deliciously pan-romantic sensibility and an emphasis on consent, respect, and, of course, love. Her characters are constantly surprised by the way love’s slow burn sneaks up on them.
Jordan’s children are all four-legged and furry. They love to be oh-so-helpful with her writing. She can usually be found seeking caffeine with the help of her service dog, Bucky.
Jordan identifies as Asexual, WTFromantic, Queer and prefers the pronouns She/Her.
I sat down with Jordan to ask her some questions, mainly for my own amusement!
1. Besides LGBT+ OwnVoices, anything else in your books OwnVoice (mental illness, physical disability, etc.)
PTSD, service dog handler, Jewish character, adopted character
2. What is the best money you've spent as an author?
Court fees, a divorce lawyer, and a cross-country move!
I finally got up the courage to leave an unhappy, abusive marriage and chase my dream of happiness. Now I've escaped the desert and live with my wonderful asexual wife, who's also a writer. She understands the frustration and joy of writing, and she's always willing to talk plots or bounce ideas.
3. Do you view writing as a "spiritual" practice?
[No particular answer.]
4. Have you ever googled yourself? Anything interesting?
I was part of a pinch-hitting team for a Goodreads m/m prompt writing event. Since I'd already published two m/f books under my legal name, I had to come up with a pen name, and fast. I tried to ask my then-agent for help, but she was unavailable, so I started throwing names together, then googling the result to make sure I wasn't stepping on anyone else's name.
In case you're wondering, "Jordan" has always been one of my favorite names. "Brock" came from the villain Crossbones in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, mostly because I thought "Barnes" would be too obvious, especially since my service dog's name is Bucky.
5. What part of life do you write most about? (Child, Teenager, Adult, etc.)
I write adult characters. I don't have kids, and pretty much anyone under forty leaves me baffled. I can be coaxed into writing college-age fanfics, but I'm most comfortable writing characters in their mid-twenties and up.
6. You've been transported to the world of Harry Potter! What House do you want to be in? Who do you try to date (if anyone)? Is Harry your BFF or the antagonist?
I have strong feelings about the Hogwarts Houses, so I'm going to take the Jack Harkness route and pick none. In fact, I wrote a ficlet about it!
7. You meet your favourite author! They tell you they've read your book and LOVED it! What is your reaction?
I've had the excellent fortune to actually meet my favorite author, Nalini Singh, at RT16 in Las Vegas. She was gracious and funny and absolutely wonderful in the face of my babbling. I think if she actually read my book, I might just die on the spot from shock.
8. You're at the club (I know we're both probably introverts but like, play along) Your favourite song comes on! What is it?
Introverts unite, separately! If we're all at a club, it's probably because of a fandom event, so I have to go with Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas.
9. You're transported to your WIP! What is your relation to the MC?
Since I have too many WIPs, I'll go with TRUST FALL, because that one's about a kinky Jewish asexual, so it's #ownvoices three times over. I think I'm Kevin's friend from the dog park where he takes Audrey the greyhound to play. Since Kevin's Deaf, we're working on training our dogs to respond to hand signals/sign language, which is easier than you might think! Dogs are awfully smart.
10. Anything else the readers of this world should know about you?
My service dog, Bucky, is a cross between Siberian Husky, Malamute, and Chinook, so he's three times more stubborn than your average dog and thinks he's a cat. He's desperately in love with Sapphire, my wife's kitty, and he can't understand why she smacks him in the face every time he gets up close and sings to her.
Yes, friends. My dog is a dudebro.
If Jordan seems like your kind of author, you can follow her on Twitter @JordanSBrock
She also has a personal website: anauthorandherservicedog.tumblr.com
Where Can We Find Your Books?
CHANGE OF ADDRESS is dear to my heart for many reasons, especially the #ownvoices ones.
Like me, one protagonist has PTSD, though his stems from a very different reason. We both have service dogs, which actually impacts a handler's life far more than you'd think.* One reader apparently complained that the book focused too much on the dog, but that's a reality for service dog teams. In a lot of cases, our dogs are with us 24/7.
As for the other protagonist, we're both Jewish and adopted, which is a weird intersection when looked at from the outside. I've had people tell me I can't be Jewish because I don't know my birth mother and Judaism is matrilineal, to the point where I felt compelled -- at age 45! -- to go to a rabbi and ask if I was actually Jewish. (BTW the answer is yes.)
Josh is also bisexual, a label I wore for decades while struggling to figure out what fit better. I knew I wasn't heterosexual, so I figured maybe I was bi. Or pan. Or something. It wasn't until I was 40+ that I learned "asexual" can apply to people as well as single-celled organisms. So while I'm now proud to be asexual, I spent a lot of years living as bi/pan, because that was the closest to "right" for me.
* I actually co-wrote a fanfic about a PTSD service dog, and I got EVERYTHING wrong, from the laws to the minutiae of having a dog at your side 24/7.
We thank Jordan for joining us today!
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