Interview with Bob Jordan

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
That's a great question. I grew up in a rural section of Ohio that was filled with lakes, rivers, forest and woods. I had a 'Leave It To Beaver' type of childhood. The kids I grew up with had everything to do with my decision to become a writer of books. I shared the playground with some strange, quirky, funny kids. As I grew older I was never able to leave them behind. Their faces, stories, and laughter hitched a ride into my adult life and have been with me ever since. I have to write about them, they left me no choice! I grew up in an era where imagination was the engine of your entertainment. I can pretty much sum things up this way...I never grew up I just got taller.
When did you first start writing?
I remember that time of my life well. It was the Spring of 1972 and I had enrolled in a Creative Writing class at Pasadena City College. Our Instructor's first assignment was to take a pad and pen and for the next hour sit outside the college somewhere and write down everything you see. I thought he was nuts at first, but later I began to see the method behind his madness. Later that year I began writing poetry and actually had my first poem published in the local newspaper. I also had another one published in a poetry magazine and received a check for seven dollars. I still haven't cashed it.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I was a squirt growing up ( now there's a word you don't hear often ). Because of my diminutive size I was the favorite target of bully's. I quickly developed a sense of humor which save me from many beatings. My latest Children's book is titled, 'Ants and Elephants' and depicts the extraordinary lengths a sixth grader goes through to stay one step ahead of the class bully.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing is the process itself. As I write, I am living vicariously through the characters I create. This makes me extremely happy.
What are you working on next?
I am working on an amazing mystery novel that is so good I can't wait to read it. :)
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I had a heart attack two years ago. Every day is a gift which I am extremely grateful for. Being able to live another day inspires me to get up.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Riding my mountain bike, working out at the gym, visiting friends at my neighborhood coffee house, playing Frisbee catch with my chocolate lab.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. The Timekeeper. It's a children's adventure story available here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/115238
What is your writing process?
I'm old fashion. I write down everything in a spiral notebook then transfer it to my computer.
How do you approach cover design?
I have a talented person I work with. I give her my idea's...she designs it...I pay her...done.
Published 2013-08-21.
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Ants and Elephants
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Series: Kids I Grew Up With, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,120. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
Being a sixth grader is a tough job. Mix in being bullied and things can get out of control. Wil is a quintessential 98 pound weakling and doesn't know how to handle the situation, but his best friend, Chloey does. Wil heads for the woods and makes his new residence in a tree house he built. Can he hide forever? Will he face the bully? Find out what happens.