Today, I’m going to be doing ANOTHER Author Interview! Yesterday, I reviewed his book, and today I’m interviewing him!
Click here to see my book review for “The Only Boy” by Jordan Locke:
About Jordan Locke:
I live in Connecticut with my spouse, two lively daughters and a well-behaved whippet. A graphic designer by trade, my creativity has spilled over into the writing world. After five novels in as many years, I managed to snag an agent. And not just any agent—the fabulous Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency.
Like many writers, I have a day job. But most nights, after the dog is fed and the kids are in bed, you will find me tapping away at the keyboard.
Now for… the interview!
Give us a quick synopsis of your book “The Only Boy”.
The story takes place many years after a global epidemic wipes out all the men. Women live in small groups, scavenging for food. Little known to the leader, the Matriarch, a boy lives in one of the settlements. When his compound is destroyed, he’s relocated to Section One, where he needs to hide his identity or he may be banished… or even executed. Mary, one of the teenagers, starts having feelings for him, even though she doesn’t realize he’s a boy. The story unfolds as a dual narrative, back and forth between Mary and the boy, Taylor.
How did you come up with the concept for your novel?
I was thinking about the movie Children of Men, where children have stopped being born, and wondered what might happen if only women were alive. How would they reproduce? What might the society be like.
Are any of the characters inspired by people you know in your daily life?
I didn’t base any character on anyone I know, but here is surely some of myself in the main characters, especially Taylor. I was also quiet and reserved growing up.
How are there still children, when there are no men AND the woman are not allowed touching others?
Women combine genes from two women to produce female children. Apparently, it’s already been done with mice.
Which POV did you enjoy writing from more?
I can’t say I enjoyed one more than the other. Taylor was the easier of the two, because, as I mentioned, we are more alike. Mary is rebellious, which is a stretch for me, but it was fun trying to get inside her head. What I enjoyed most, though, was the interaction between the two.
Why did you decide to make your book in two different POVs?
This was the first book I wrote as a dual narrative. I’d recently read a book with alternating points of view and liked being able to see two sides of the story and the misunderstandings that arise.
Do you like the cover of your book, or do you have any plans to change it?
I’m happy with the way it turned out. Not sure if you know this, but I created the cover myself. I have no plans to change it, although it might be fun to create an alternative cover with Mary instead of Taylor.
When did you start writing?
Seven years ago. One day, a scene pooped into my head. I wrote a few pages and stuck it in a drawer. Four years later, I was listening to the radio, and the hosts were reading the openings of their favorite books. I thought about how mine would start, and the Ideas kept coming. I HAD to write them down. Now, I’ve written seven novels, although some of them will probably never see the light of day.
Did you share your novel with friends or family before publishing it?
A few family members read it, and a couple of friends (one critiqued it and another proofread it for me).
Can you provide any tips for newer writers on writing a novel?
Persistence is key. Keep reading, keep writing and keep learning the craft. The writers who get published are the ones who don’t give up.
I hope you guys enjoyed the second author interview I have done on my blog!
I would like to give a HUGE thanks to Jordan Locke, for letting me read, review and interview him and his books! It was so awesome corresponding with you, Jordan!
That’s it for today’s post! See you guys tomorrow!
Good Night Book Lions!