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Jordan Dane
October 1st, 2010, 04:09 PM
:clap:Welcome…
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I’m so glad you could join me at Coffee Time Romance for this Master Class in Writing Suspense. Some of the topics I will cover are:

· Where do story ideas come from and how to start (Day 1 Post)
· How to create characters editors are looking for (Day 2 Post)
· Ten Key Elements to Writing a Thriller (Day 3 Post)
· Killer Research (Day 4 Post)

I’ll post each daily lesson plan during the week of Oct 4<SUP>th</SUP>. There will be no posts on Friday. Ask questions anytime and I will answer during the following week, Oct 11<SUP>th</SUP> through Oct 17<SUP>th</SUP>. I also have a FOR WRITERS (http://www.jordandane.com/writers.php) page on my website (http://www.jordandane.com/) that has more information and resources I hope you’ll find helpful.
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I’m excited to be here at Coffee Time Romance and am looking forward to hearing from you.
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Jordan Dane - Bio

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Avon/Harpercollins launched Jordan Dane’s debut suspense novels in a back to back publishing event in Spring 2008 after the 3-book series sold in auction. Ripped from the headlines, Jordan's gritty plots weave a tapestry of vivid settings, intrigue, and dark humor. Publishers Weekly compared her intense pacing to Lisa Jackson, Lisa Gardner, and Tami Hoag—romantic suspense that “crosses over into plain thriller country”. Pursuing publication since 2003, this national best selling and critically acclaimed author received awards in 33 national writing competitions. Her debut novel NO ONE HEARD HER SCREAM was named Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2008 and Romantic Times Magazine nominated NO ONE LIVES FOREVER as Best Intrigue Novel of 2008, with EVIL WITHOUT A FACE named as winner of the 2009 National Readers Choice Award. And IN THE ARMS OF STONE ANGELS (Apr 2011, Harlequin Teen) will be the first release of two Young Adult novels written by Dane. Formerly an energy sales manager in the oil and gas industry, she now is following her passion to write full time. Jordan and her husband share their residence with two cats of highborn lineage, a rescue dog named Taco and the sweet memory of an impossible to forget canine.
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For more, visit www.jordandane.com (http://www.jordandane.com/). smilies/beer1.gif:sofa:smilies/aah.gif:euro::hatecomputer:
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Mahalia Levey
October 2nd, 2010, 05:40 PM
Yay,

I can't wait :)

Jordan Dane
October 2nd, 2010, 07:30 PM
Yay,

I can't wait :)
Coffee Time Romance has been doing a great job with all the authors they've lined up. These sessions are GREAT!

So ask plenty of questions...

Karen McGrath
October 2nd, 2010, 09:59 PM
I'm excited about this seminar. Thanks, Jordan.

CharmedGirl
October 2nd, 2010, 10:16 PM
Can't wait for this seminar to start.

SherryG
October 3rd, 2010, 06:39 AM
Thank you for offering this seminar. I'm so looking forward to it.
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mdbenoit
October 3rd, 2010, 08:34 AM
Looking forward to it!

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Jordan Dane
October 3rd, 2010, 10:50 AM
If you early birds want to ask anything outside the bounds of the agenda, feel free. I'll be in and out today and will check in.

Are any of you busy on a manuscript? Have you completed a book yet? Monday's post is fairly basic on starting to write. (I never know who will be participating in these sessions.) Has anyone sold?

I moved to Texas earlier in the year, while I was on deadline. (remind me not to EVER do that again) And my husband and I are slowly getting our house put together. We're shopping for furniture. (Of course, nothing from the old house works in the new one.) And we're hanging paintings and family photos. Everything is beginning to look like home.

And as if we aren't busy enough, we've been feeding a homeless Great Dane lose in our hood. He was starving and stroking out in the heat earlier in the summer, but a few of us have been feeding and watering him. Now he's got a girlfriend and he's bringing her by. But before winter hits, we want to trap him in our backyard so we can find him a good home. He's actually quite handsome.

Tristy
October 3rd, 2010, 07:03 PM
Hi Jordan,
I've finished the first draft of my first novel, I'm now editing it, witch is basically a rewrite. Its an Urban Fantasy for Young Adults.
I've been listening in on all these seminars participating here and there and they have been great!
I'm really looking forward to yours:yes:
Cheers,
Tristy.

Jordan Dane
October 3rd, 2010, 07:19 PM
Hi Jordan,
I've finished the first draft of my first novel, I'm now editing it, witch is basically a rewrite. Its an Urban Fantasy for Young Adults.
I've been listening in on all these seminars participating here and there and they have been great!
I'm really looking forward to yours:yes:
Cheers,
Tristy.

CONGRATULATIONS, Tristy!! Finishing your first book is HUGE. I think I got a little teary when I finished mine. And I can still get a little misty if the writing is particularly tough.

My first edgy YA is coming out with Harlequin Teen in Apr 2011 - In the Arms of Stone Angels. And I'm currently working on book #2 for them. I LOVE YA. So many authors are doing fabulous work. And urban fantasy is a popular genre. Good luck on selling your baby.

I'm an avid reader of YA. I just finished Cassandra Clare's Immortal Instruments series and loved it. Her world building was phenomenal. And I'm currently reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and really enjoying it.

My topics may be adult suspense oriented, but you'll be able to apply what you'll read here to your work. And if you have any questions, just remind me you're working on YA and an urban fantasy so I can gear my answer for you.

Thanks for sharing and best wishes to you!

JewelSol
October 3rd, 2010, 11:09 PM
Hi Jordan!

Thank you for this class.

Right now, I'm working on a paranormal romance novel and suspense is a big part of it, so I'm sure to learn something from you that will be just what the story needs.

Thanks again!

Jordan Dane
October 3rd, 2010, 11:31 PM
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Hi Jordan!

Thank you for this class.

Right now, I'm working on a paranormal romance novel and suspense is a big part of it, so I'm sure to learn something from you that will be just what the story needs.

Thanks again!

Hey there, JewelSol--Best wishes on your paranormal romance. I've got a proposal with my agent for a paranormal urban fantasy with romance and I can't believe it's taken me so long to discover paranormal. It is so much fun to write. An author is only limited by his/her imagination. And suspense goes well with that genre too. Love it.

Happy writing!

SherryG
October 4th, 2010, 04:28 PM
My debut novel, The Brat released by The Wild Rose Press on 1st October. But I'm struggling with a mystery/suspense wip now.

Jordan Dane
October 4th, 2010, 05:05 PM
My debut novel, The Brat released by The Wild Rose Press on 1st October. But I'm struggling with a mystery/suspense wip now.


Congraulations on your new release, Sherry! A debut book is always so special and I wish you loads of luck on it.

Please feel free to ask any questions you may have on mystery/suspense. Maybe I can help with your struggle. :fencing:

Jordan Dane
October 4th, 2010, 05:19 PM
My debut novel, The Brat released by The Wild Rose Press on 1st October. But I'm struggling with a mystery/suspense wip now.


Hey Sherry--I forgot to send a link I have on my website's FOR WRITERS (http://www.jordandane.com/every_virgin_author.php) resource page that's geared for new authors. You might find some of these points helpful. It's mostly about promotion. Some of it is basic, but there might be some interesting links for you.

Doreen
October 4th, 2010, 07:23 PM
Jordan: I am really looking forward to the class. I write primarily historical paranormals but they usually contain suspense-or at least I hope so. I look forward to learning things to make them better. Dory

Jordan Dane
October 4th, 2010, 07:37 PM
Jordan: I am really looking forward to the class. I write primarily historical paranormals but they usually contain suspense-or at least I hope so. I look forward to learning things to make them better. Dory

Hey Dory--I sure do have a lot of respect for anyone writing historicals. The research must be extensive. Kudos!

And I think paranormals go hand in hand with suspense. It's the creep factor.

Does your research involve period weapons? :fencing: I'd love to hear more about what time period you have your paranormal set. And I'd love to hear about the most difficult thing you had to research, if you care to share.

afendley
October 4th, 2010, 08:22 PM
Hi Jordan and all,
I am writing my first book a mystery/suspense, so this comes at a great time! I belong to RWA and am a member of DSRA here in Arkansas.

Jordan Dane
October 4th, 2010, 11:10 PM
Hi Jordan and all,
I am writing my first book a mystery/suspense, so this comes at a great time! I belong to RWA and am a member of DSRA here in Arkansas.

Glad to see you're an RWA member. And the local group is probably a help too. And if you're writing mystery/suspense, whether it's paranormal or contemporary or historical, you should consider joining the Kiss of Death online chapter (http://www.rwamysterysuspense.org/index.php). A great organization. I'll be talking about them in my Killer Research section.

Betty S
October 4th, 2010, 11:18 PM
Okay. Not quite sure how I got here, but I think I found it. I'm not normally this techno illiterate.

SherryG
October 5th, 2010, 04:01 PM
Thanks Jordon for both posts, I'm just linking through to your site now as I'm beginning my promo bash now and don't know whether I'm on my head or my heals!
Thank you too, for your good wishes for The Brat.