We are delighted to welcome Jordan Dane.
Jordan I am anxious to talk to you about the book you wrote, The Last Victim
Your novels, seem ripped from the headlines are page-turners for your readers. You create realistic plots and weave your stories throughout with characters who are flawed and unforgettable. That is a talent on its own.
What brought about the writing of this story?
I’ve never written a psychological thriller or a story about a serial killer, so I took it as a challenge. I like writing books that keep me off-balance and slightly unsure. I chose this story-line to put my spin on it and set the novel in one of my favorite settings – Alaska – where I lived for ten years. Many of my main character’s experiences, FBI profiler Ryker Townsend, a city guy in the remote wilds of Alaska for the first time, were drawn from my own experiences. I was an urban goddess who is lucky to have survived. While in Alaska, I camped and backpacked, climbed mountains, kayaked, fished, and flew in very small planes, often taking off and landing on iced rivers and lakes. I was a checkpoint operator on the Iditarod Trail in the dead of winter for the International Iditaski Cross Country Ski & Snowshoe race. I experienced many close encounters with bears and moose. So I wrote my thoughts and feelings into Ryker but added the frightening layer of hunting a serial killer on foreign turf. Personally, facing a grizzly might be a better bet.
What was the most challenging part in writing this story?
The biggest challenge was trying to even remotely understand the evil human beings can inflict on one another. I tend to write novels that seem ripped from the headlines because I want my books to read as authentic. In this book, The Last Victim, for example, I write about a software app that is frightening when put into the hands of a criminal. That app is real, unfortunately. I only changed the name. I discovered the app in my research and asked the important writer question “what if…”. Scary to think of something so innocent could be used for such a heinous purpose, or that someone posting to social media could put themselves in the path of a killer. Crime fiction authors have fertile minds for mischief and mayhem. I scare myself often. We should all give serious consideration to therapy.
Did it require a lot of research and if so what kind?
I did quite a lot of research in profiling and serial killers, focusing on non-fiction authors with a long successful career in FBI profiling. I even attended a lecture from a former FBI profiler, turned Criminology professor who had shared his haunting interview with Charles Manson. Such insights helped me mold the darker elements to my story. It’s not easy delving into the sinister side of the human mind. I have much respect for real profilers who have to unleash their dark side to hunt such evil.
What’s next for Jordan Dane?
I’m focusing on the next book in the Ryker Townsend series. I’m getting great response from this first book with readers wanting more. I had an American version of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes (Masterpiece Theatre/BBC America) and actor Tom Mison’s Icabod Crane from Fox’s SleepyHollow in mind when I developed my main character (Ryker Townsend) but added a psychic twist to the character that made him a tortured soul driven to keep his secrets. I love him being in my head. No matter how crazy that makes me sound, at least I’m never alone.
Thank you for visiting today.
Readers be sure and visit Jordan’s website http://www.jordandane.com/
Her books are a must read.