Please help me welcome author Bailey Ordiway to Jemsbooks Interview an Author. It’s a pleasure to have you here, Bailey. The floor is all yours.
- Please tell us something about yourself.
Describing yourself is difficult and hard to not sound arrogant if you’re also trying to sell yourself, so I’ll try and keep it basic. I’m happily married in South Dakota. I love playing music, watching movies, hiking, playing video games, and summer time BBQ with my family and friends.
Jjspina: Yes, I agree it is a difficult thing to do. You did just fine.
2. When did you know that you wanted to be an author?
Very young actually. My mother was an avid reader and owns hundreds of books. All the way back to when I can remember I used to look up at her shelves and dream of seeing my name up there along side everyone else. It is still quite surreal to pass by my own books at stores.
jjspina: That’s wonderful to realize your dream so young.
3. What process do you need in order to write?
I used to be very heavily routine based. I would get up at a certain time, sit at my desk with a coffee and a certain playlist, and light a candle. Everything was always the same. Now I have a family (wife and step-son) and I will soon have another child, so I find time to write when and however I can. Usually now it is in my recliner early in the morning when everyone is asleep.
jjspina: Congratulations on your new baby coming! How exciting! It may get tougher to find time to write once the baby arrives. Good Luck!
4. What do you expect to accomplish in 2019?
Every November I attempt to participate in NaNoWriMo, every year I find myself way too busy. I really want to buckle down and do that this year. I even have the perfect story! On a more personal level, I would like to get a house that my wife and I are looking at, and travel back home to Michigan to see my family.
Jjspina: I wish for you to realize all your dreams.
5. What hobbies do you have when you are not writing?
I played drums for a decade before I moved away. I haven’t touched a drum set in a couple years now. A close friend of mine and I plan on getting back in to music this year, So I am really looking forward to that. I’m a huge gamer though, as well as a big DnDnerd. My, friends, family and I will get together every Monday to play dungeons and dragons and unwind a lot of days with some Overwatch.
Jjspina: Hope you get back to your music one day. Having hobbies helps you become more creative.
6. What is your target audience for your book?
All of my books are targeted towards different demographics since I strive to be multi-genre. For example, Blackout is YA, while Death Do Us Part is heavily adult themed.
7. Please share your books with us and a synopsis of each.
Death Do Us Part: Not all love stories are happy. Not all tragedies are sad. Not everyone is exactly how they seem, and not every story goes exactly how you would think.
For Mark, life was easy, and he was content… He had no way of knowing he was truly empty inside until he stumbled upon something that made him feel more alive than ever before. Once he felt that way, he could never go back.
A modern tale of love, sex, murder, and everything in between
Blackout: In the future, after the world has succumbed to war. The government we know has collapsed, and the power has been turned off. A new government reigns supreme that wants nothing but control, and to hide the truth. Who will be able to stop us from being held down in a life before freedom or technology? Who will reveal the secrets and get the lights turned back on?
American Holdovers: Contraband, fraternizing, fight clubs, and a hurricane.
In the military there is a group of people known as holdovers. A holdover is someone that was seen unfit for duty once they arrived for basic training. They then wait around, sometimes months on end doing the dirty work on base until they get to go home. This is the untold story of just a few of them.
Based on a true story.
Jjspina: These sound intriguing.
8. Please share your links and where to purchase your books.
9. What advice would you give prospective authors?
The best advice I can give, and what I think any author would give, is to just do it. Procrastination is the easiest to fall victim to, but terrible to allow happen. Don’t worry about if its good, every first draft is garbage, just do it. It also helps at first to establish a routine that you stick to as it helps you get in the right mindset when you are first starting out.
Jjspina: Great advice, Bailey.
10. Is there anything else you would like to share?
Yes! Check out my website/blog at https://baileybee.me/ . I started it years back to write reviews on movies, TV Shows, books, etc. I have won multiple awards and I try to stay relatively active on it. I love it.
11. What would you do if you were not a writer?
I actually run a restaurant. I’ve been cooking in a kitchen since I was fifteen and if I wasn’t a writer I would still do that, just with more free time!
Jjspina: That’s wonderful! That’s something you can always do part-time.
Here are Bailey’s links:
Thank you for coming today, Bailey. I wish you much success with your books.
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