Friday, March 23, 2012

Interview with Jayne Fordham Author of Intuition

1. Can you tell readers a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to write in this particular genre?

Hello, thank you for having me. My name is Jayne Fordham and I am a writer from Sydney, Australia. In my day job, I work as a psychologist and in my spare time I write. I have self-published two titles, the first a YA fantasy romance novel, A Season of Transformation and my newest release Intuition, a supernatural suspense novel. I really enjoy the paranormal/ fantasy genre and read quite widely within this scope. I had been playing around with stories for years, but when I added the fantasy elements it just gave me more to work with and more challenges for my characters to face- which was very exciting. So, when I wasn’t at work I would escape into fantasy worlds either through books or through writing and my stories eventually evolved and the characters had special abilities.  I suppose there are really no limits to the fantasy genre and this means I can really stretch my imagination and challenge my characters.

2. Please tell us about your latest release.

Intuition is the first book in the Elite Series, which I plan to develop into a trilogy. The protagonist, Olive Morgan is a psychologist. She is in a bit of a rut in her job and is unhappy in her relationship and she has the ability to see into peoples’ memories when she touches them. When an explosion in a Sydney shopping mall causes havoc in the local community, Olive is approached by a government agency to utilize her skill and she joins an Elite team of consultants with skills like hers. Here’s the blurb:
Olive Morgan is not your typical psychologist. She can also access the memories of anyone she comes into contact with.
After an explosion in a Sydney shopping mall, Olive is enlisted alongside a team of 'Elite' consultants. She joins Canan Jones who can attune to the emotions of other people, including Olive. Initially, she distrusts the agency, but when another explosion threatens more lives Olive has no choice but to use her skill to prevent another disaster.
Is terrorism really at play or is the agency hiding the real reason behind these attacks?
Olive wants to solve the case, but her personal life is suffering. Despite having a boyfriend, she feels a connection brewing with Canan, who has an uncanny way of making her feel calm when life becomes overwhelming...

3. What inspired you to write this book?

When I finished my first novel, I had a nagging feeling that I wanted to write about a young psychologist who had special abilities. Even though I love my job, there’s something very appealing about working for a secret government agency using specialist skills. So I came up with the idea for the Elite Team, a group of consultants with special abilities who are recruited by a government agency. The protagonist, Olive Morgan is also a psychologist. I really enjoyed writing Olive’s story because it gave me the opportunity to write what I know as well as getting my daydreams down on paper!

4. Do you have a special formula for creating characters' names? Do you try to match a name with a certain meaning to attributes of the character or do you search for names popular in certain time periods or regions?

I like to choose unique names for my protagonists. In A Season Of Transformation, I chose Makenna which I think is a beautiful and strong name. In Intuition, I did things a little differently. I chose names for each of the Elite consultants that reflected the ability that they possess.

Olive has the ability to see into the memories of other people- her name is represents the olive branch that has been seen as a symbol of “peace” in biblical times. I thought this reflected on her ability to help someone find peace in the past.

Canan has the ability to attune to other peoples’ emotions. His name means compassionate and merciful.

Zac has the ability to persuade people. His name is short for Zacarias which means devious in its Spanish origins.

Hope’s ability is to see into the future and her name is fairly self-explanatory.
Nerina has an elemental ability and she can manipulate water. Her name is Italian and means ‘water.’

Aiden also has an elemental ability and can manipulate fire. His name means ‘littlefire’ in Gaelic.

5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? How do you deal with it?

I think I have the opposite problem- too many ideas and not enough time to get them all down on paper! Over time, the way I plan a novel has evolved. I tend to start with a vague outline and then I try to fill in the gaps. Then I start to write. As I write my characters come to life and little nuances emerge in the plot and this helps me to move forward and come up with new directions for the story as I go along. Once I hit the half way mark, I read back over what I have written and then I find more details that I can expand on and work with in the story. Each time I sit down to write, I have a scene in mind that I want to work on. The only time I have ‘writer’s block’ may be when I get started on a scene and I’m not sure where I want the scene to go. Once I figure that out, I’m on my way. I aim to just get words down on paper, even if it’s not the scene I had envisioned or I’m unsure where the plot is going… but if I don’t move forward and get the words down then I am likely to procrastinate- never a great writing strategy!

6. Do you write in different genres?

Yes. I am an eclectic read and I suppose I write eclectically as well. I enjoy trying new things and challenging myself across various genres. So far I have written YA fantasy and then supernatural suspense and currently I am working on a romantic suspense novel set in rural Australia.

7. Other than writing, what are some of your interests, hobbies or passions in life?

I love to read and I read a lot. I have a book review blog which I update daily which aims to promote Australian authors and books. Outside of writing and reading, I really value my ‘quiet time’ and enjoy spending time outside in the garden, going for walks with my dog Buddy and snuggling up with my boyfriend to watch a DVD.  I’m also involved with an online writing group this year which has been invaluable. I also play soccer in a local women’s comp and have played for many years. It’s a lot of fun!

8. What can readers expect next from you?

More books, hopefully! I’m currently working on two projects: Book Two in the Elite Series where the Elite Team’s adventures continue and I’m also working on a romantic suspense novel as I mentioned earlier.

9. Where can readers find you on the web?

I have a book review blog @ http://australianbookshelf.wordpress.com

My author page @ http://jaynefordham.com




10. Would you like to leave readers with a little teaser or excerpt from the book?

Excerpt from Intuition, Book One of the Elite Series
By Jayne Fordham
Olive’s phone rang before she could locate the remote control. The phone number on the screen was blocked; she had no idea who would be calling her.
         "Hello?" Olive asked tentatively.
         "Olive Morgan?" A stern voice asked.
         "Yes, that's me."
         "My name is Regent. I work for a confidential agency with the government.”
         “Um, hi,” she mumbled. She wondered if this was going to be some kind of sales pitch.
         “You better turn on the news. There’s something you need to see,” he said firmly.
         “Huh?” Olive was feeling a bit confused, but the man sounded quite serious, so she did as she was told. The remote had fallen between the cushions on the lounge, so she retrieved it and hit the power button.
         An image of an explosion flooded the screen. Olive stood up straight, her eyes glued to the display.
         “What’s that?” Nat cried, getting up from the table to come closer to the television.
         Olive turned up the volume on the news channel where a young woman was now on the screen with a microphone. There was black smoke behind her and people running all over the place.
         "An explosion in south-west Sydney has caused havoc,” the reporter announced. “It is feared that many are dead and many more injured. The circumstances are considered suspicious at this stage.”
         "Oh my gosh! This is so scary,” Nat gasped.
         Olive was shaking. An explosion so close to home. They thought it was suspicious; she felt her stomach recoil. She placed the phone back to her ear.
         “Who are you?” she asked suspiciously. 



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Intuition

by Jayne Fordham


Synopsis:

Olive Morgan is not your typical psychologist. She can also access the memories of anyone she comes into contact with.

After an explosion in a Sydney shopping mall, Olive is enlisted alongside a team of 'Elite' consultants. She joins Canan Jones who can attune to the emotions of other people, including Olive. Initially, she distrusts the agency, but when another explosion threatens more lives Olive has no choice but to use her skill to prevent another disaster.

Is terrorism really at play or is the agency hiding the real reason behind these attacks?

Olive wants to solve the case, but her personal life is suffering. Despite having a boyfriend, she feels a connection brewing with Canan, who has an uncanny way of making her feel calm when life becomes overwhelming...

Intuition is a tale of supernatural suspense and the first book in the Elite Series.

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About the author:


Jayne Fordham resides in Sydney where she works as a psychologist and freelance writer while working on another novel. Jayne has also authored the YA fantasy novel, A Season Of Transformation.


Author blog http://jaynefordham.com

Book blog http://australianbookshelf.wordpress.com

Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4810810.Jayne_Fordham

Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/AustBookshelf

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