Interview with Jordan Foye

What is your writing process?
My writing process? You mean there's a process to writing? Just kidding. My writing process has developed as I've written the Legend of the Voice series. "Reign of the Voice" was a very organic writing process where I simply started and watched where I went. I didn't really have a solid idea of where the story was going until I finished it and started on the sequel, "Children of the Voice." When I got to "Children" I actually sat down and figured out a timeline of events, scenes, and dialogue that I had envisioned. I'm doing the same thing, but way more detailed, for the third book, "Legacy of the Voice."
What do you read for pleasure?
Since I'm so busy with grad school, pleasure reading doesn't really exist. When I want to relax or read a quick book over Christmas break or something similar, I will do one of two things. Most often, I will pull out a Calvin and Hobbes or Garfield compilation book. When I want something of more substance, I'll usually pull out something by Tolkien, the Silmarilion, The Hobbit, or The Lord of the Rings. Additionally, I'll thumb through my complete works of Hans Christian Anderson, the Grimm Brothers, or my collection of Sherlock Holmes stories.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The thought that if I don't I'll be throwing away 18 years of continuous education and a scholarship that some would kill for.
When do you find time to write?
I don't get a lot of time to write because I'm a graduate student and my studies come first. However, breaks are fairly productive, I write when I procrastinate on homework, and occasionally I write during lecture when I'm bored.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling. The Harry Potter books had a huge impact on me growing up. Another author is Terry Brooks. His books about the Shanara family are frickin' epic and the way he's created a whole universe over the course of twenty or thirty years really appeals to me. In some ways, I want to emulate his epic style of writing and create my own universe like he did. Whether I can succeed at this is still up in the air of course.
Describe your desk
What desk? My apartment is too small/cluttered for me to fit a desk in it right now. I sometimes sit at my small kitchen table. On rarer occasions I use my coffee table. My desk at school is for school work (that's what I tell myself at least). When I sit down to write, I usually do it reclined on my bed.
What are you working on next?
I have two projects that I'm slowly toiling away on (grad school sucks most of my ambition away). I have the sequel to "Reign of the Voice," entitled "Children of the Voice," finished and in the editing process (which could take a while). The third book, "Legacy of the Voice," is being written right now, and if it comes to choosing between editing or writing, I'll usually choose writing. "Legacy" is maybe a third of the way written. I'm not quite sure about that because while I have it fairly well outlined I'm still experimenting with concise writing while trying to maintain some of my organic process from the first book.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind my latest book... Well, the only book I've managed to publish on Smashwords so far is "Reign of the Voice" which is a culmination of stories that I've worked on since I was in fifth grade. My fifth grade teacher wanted me to enter a short story mystery writing contest, so I wrote a story, but it was too long, and instead of changing it or writing another, I said screw it. I like it the way it is. I was pretty stubborn...still am, actually. I edited it off an on through middle school and wrote a sequel. When I hit high school I decided they needed to be combined in one document, and that's when I started working on the book that would eventually turn into "Reign of the Voice." I just now published it because I discovered Smashwords and figured the worst people could do was not read it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is envisioning my story, writing it down to the best of my ability, and imagining how a reader may envision it themselves and enjoy it.
When did you first start writing?
Probably before I can rightly remember. I remember sitting down with those giant books adapted from Disney movies, opening them, and copying the words out of them on a separate piece of paper. Most people probably wouldn't count that as writing, but I always had stories in my head, and occasionally I'd try to write them down. Understand this was in the early days of school, so it was on loose leaf paper in really bad print letters. Nothing ever came from those stories, but I was writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
There were a couple writing assignments in elementary school that I can't remember a whole lot of but which I'm sure my mother has stashed away somewhere. If asked in person about my writing, I usually just mention "Reign of the Voice," which I just published.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
The only device I have that's capable of showing ebooks, other than my phone with it's 3-inch screen, is my laptop. Remember, I'm a graduate student. My computer holds most of my life - not only my ebooks, but my research, pictures, music, movies, and more.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I don't get a lot of time for reading anymore, but when I do, I usually just sift through the thousands of ebooks available on sites like Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and of course Smashwords. If someone mentions a really good book they've read, I'll check if there's an ebook for it and try to fit in between scholarly articles and books about hillslope hydrology.
Published 2014-07-09.
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Books by This Author

Reign of the Voice
Series: Legend of the Voice. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 82,490. Language: American English. Published: July 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Historical » Paranormal
There is an abandoned mansion in Virginia called Underwood. It is haunted by the spirits of the past who are ruled over by Christina, a spirit consumed by rage and hate. Denied death, the spirits' only hope for peace lies in five unsuspecting teenagers who've just arrived. They must figure out how to bring the spirits peace while avoiding Christina's murderous intent.