Interview with KM Jordan

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I wrote it when I was in High School. It was a short story called "Into The Fire". It's about a girl struggling internally with the existential challenges of finding and understanding her place in the world. Her angst focuses on people our culture discounts or ignores, especially the homeless whom she feels a kinship with, from the standpoint of herself wanting to disappear or fade into the tapestry of society. There, she believes she could experience true freedom and enlightenment. One night, she gathers with vagrants near an expressway underpass and while immersed in song and talk unknowingly sets herself on fire. As she burns and dies, she has the realization that in that moment she is the most liberated and empowered she's ever been.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is intensely cerebral. I lie down on my back, close my eyes and envision how the characters behave, speak and act. My visions complete the scenes and then I wake from my semi-coma to write down what I saw inside my head.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My favorite book is Crime and Punishment. It's not the first story I read, but it's the first story that I read that made me laugh, cry and question my own path. The main character is so fully realized that I couldn't believe he was only written in words. Of' course this isn't most likely the case, Dostoyevsky must have based him on himself or another living person. The main character was dealing with the timeless battle of good vs. evil and how to live within the perimeters of a so called just or moral world. At the time I read the book, I was a self-professed rebel and wondered what kind of life I'd lead. As an artist, I am always pushing the boundaries of what is true or real vs. what our culture trends as true or real.
How do you approach cover design?
I design and paint my own covers. In doing so, I attempt to drawn the viewers' attention by creating something unique but also human and relatable.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My favorite five books:
1. Crime & Punishment
2. One Hundred Years of Solitude
3. The Children of Men
4. Blindness
5. Night

These books address and tackle the questions and status of the human condition. I love these books because they all exhibit a confirmed respect for humanity despite of our failings. They are life-affirming. My favorite books truly appreciate the essence of who and what human beings are, even as we continue to evolve in time through technology and such, beyond our mishaps, the kernel of fragility and beauty that is expressed in the universe through us remains precious and well documented by the stories we tell each other.
Published 2016-07-05.
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Books by This Author

The Graphic Transitory: The Prism-Volume One
Series: The Graphic Transitory: The Prism - Volume One. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 190. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Science fiction
We All Come Back, but only a few of us get to choose who or what we return as. This graphic novel is a sci-fi, psychological thriller trilogy. We all wonder what happens after we die. This story takes its reader on a speculative reality adventure that confronts these questions through its characters’ past lives on Earth and present life in Transitory. 1 Soul. 7 Lives. No One. No Thing. Ever. Dies.
Transitory: The Prism
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 47,590. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
No one, no thing on Earth dies. All life transitions and is reborn in Transitory. Only a few souls can choose who or what they return to Earth as. After his suicide, SX267 serves in Transitory as a Life Re-assignment Steward (LRS). Angry and resentful, he watches the lives of humans on Earth through prisms and devises a revengeful plan that threatens the lives of others and his soul's salvation.