Interview with Jorden Leonard

Who are your favorite authors?
Brandon Sanderson
Dan Simmons
Eric Frisch as E. E. Knight
George R. R. Martin
Iain Banks
Joan D. Vinge
John G. Hemry as Jack Campbell
What's the story behind your latest book?
Destiny's Hand is inspired by soul crushing life experience and fantasies of world domination.

This was a very delicate and complex book for me to write. Someone less stubborn would have picked a simpler story for their first published book, but I am a mental masochist.

This tale dives deep, but it stops short of hard sci-fi with a familiar space village like setting. I also try to have humor throughout and am very curious as to how that's received.

It has more of a focus on mystery and intrigue than sex and violence, with humor added I hope it will win positive reviews. Funny but not silly sci-fi is my favorite kind.

I got the idea for telling a story on a generation ship from a friend who showed me a National Geographic article on possible interstellar ships. My mind got stuck on the design that had a heat sink tail hundreds of miles long.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My ego is too big for a single personality. I need to regularly spew out people from my mind or my head will explode.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting feedback, even negative feedback. It's like a hug or a tip of a hat. It's respect for my work and I love it.
What are you working on next?
Working on Book 2, Advocate's Promise, which will be done this next November. I also will have several supporting short stories done and available for free, and I will be posting to my writing/family blog at nedroj.net every week or so.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was either The Life of a Nail or The Rotten Apple. I think I was in fifth grade and wrote them for second or third graders as part of an assignment. They loved them. The artwork wasn't good, but the stories really drew them in.
What is your writing process?
Try to get enough sleep and wake up early enough that I can write before going to work. Writing in the morning is best. Although, there is something drug like about writing while sleep deprived in the middle of the night, which can break through into fun territory.
How do you approach cover design?
It's got to match the story thematically. I don't want to give the wrong impression of what the book will be with a cover. A romantic couple intertwined in space might sell more books initially, but I think will hurt long term success.
Describe your desk
Two computers, three monitors, and my son's drawings all over my notes.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Hawaii, the Big Island. I love technology, but my upbringing has instilled a deeper love of nature.
Published 2014-12-01.
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Books by This Author

Ranger of Path
Series: Lords Under The Eye. Price: Free! Words: 126,480. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Ishkur, an orphan serving his adoptive band of ambitious adventurers, sets out on a redemptive mission across a contested realm. When world shaking events interrupt and strip him of everything but headstrong optimism, he pushes on, blazing his own foolhardy path.
Destiny's Hand
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 104,500. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Naked with a body at his feet, Artim faces a living death punishment unless no memory works as a defense. A space village in a generation ship allows no escape. Spark a revolt and there can be no retreat.