After losing 140k in a romance scam, Jordan thought f*ck, now what. Canadian born and raised, she left her hometown of Oshawa, Ontario to live in the wild west before heading Down Under to New Zealand twenty-five years ago. Jordan has enjoyed working in operational and strategic roles in North America and Australasia and is currently Managing Director at Pangaea Consulting. She engages in strategic and change projects, facilitates groups and enjoys coaching individuals. Now a best-selling author, the founder of Love Assist and the UBU Practice lives in Wellington with her husband and two daughters.
What authors did you dislike at first but grew into?
Do you try more to be original, or to deliver to readers what they want?
There is a famous quote attributed to Henry Ford: “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” I think it is important to stay true to your original voice – the one every writer hears from deep inside. Remaining authentic to it, you will always offer a unique perspective. I write non-fiction and feature memoirs as a context, so I think at this stage, it is pretty easy to be original. In my trilogy about Life, Lessons, Love, I often hear from readers both what they like and dislike in books – mine and others. Their comments enter the bloodstream and cannot help but influence some of the writing experience. Balance and perspective remains the domain of the author. In I love you, send money, I received equal portions of ‘loved’ and ‘didn’t need’ the meanderings of food, beverage and historic references. What is superfluous to some is essential to others. It can be tricky trying to second guess or to ‘deliver’ faster horses, when a different solution may work best. In the sequel, Turbulence:
An extreme love story, I took on board reader comments and toned down the ‘meanderings’ (I didn’t of course blank them out completely – distraction is part of my Gemini DNA after all!).