Speed-dating . . . literary style

Got this idea off BookEnds LLC and thought how fun it would be for all my author buddies to participate and do the same.  Please copy and paste the questions, leave your answers on this blog and then copy and post to yours with a link back.

As we all know, the idea of speed dating is get to know your prospective date in 10 minutes.  Author Speed Date works in much the same way.  This should be fun!

Name (the one you write under):  J. Keller Ford

Speed date Bio (one or two lines):   Actively seeking full-time job by day, mom and YA fantasy writer with a voracious appetite for books 24/7.

Web Linkhttps://jennykellerford.wordpress.com

Next Book, pub date (if any):  In the Shadow of the Dragon King, (submitting)

Agent: seeking

About Me

Real Name or Pseudonym:   J. Keller Ford (pseudonym/maiden name),  Jenny Michaud (what friends and family call me).

Most recently read book:  Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Currently ReadingVienna Twilight by Frank Tallis

Next on Your Reading ListThe Debutante by Kathleen Tesssaro

Facebook or Twitter (include account name): Facebook as Jenny Michaud (aka J. Keller Ford); Twitter:  jkellerford

Three authors living or dead you would want to have dinner with: Robert Ludlum, Raymond Feist, J.K. Rowling.

Jet-setter or armchair traveler:  Would love to jet-set, can only afford the armchairs at the moment.

Glass ½ full or ½ empty:  Is it water or wine?

Tea or Coffee:  coffee in the morning, tea the rest of the day

Live to write or Write to live:  Always live to write.

About My Writing

When (time of day) I write:  Lately it is all day, every day.

Writing soundtrack:  classical guitar, instrumental Celtic, sometimes Michael Bublé.

Character Inspirations:  Every single person I hear or see.

Plot Inspirations:  real life situations, kids’ and teenagers’  imaginations.

Setting Inspirations:  real life, dreams, my imagination

Plotter (carefully plot books) or Pantser (write from the seat of my pants):   A little of both.  I know where I want to go with my stories, but I let my characters lead me there.  Then I edit.

Your turn!

June Blog Chain – Absolute Write

Wow, this one almost got by me.

This month’s blog chain on AW is about locations.  Participants have to write a location description, and make us feel as if we are there. No dialogue, no introductory comments, just a location. We’re the tourists, you’re the guide.

So, with that said, here is one of my locations from my novel, In the Shadow of the Dragon King.


David and Charlotte hiked along the forest path, their footsteps pounding the moist earth. Up ahead, Twiller waddled along, whistling a strange, yet familiar tune. Every now and then he’d glance over his shoulder, as if ascertaining his companions still followed. The path was not unlike those found in the mountains back home, sometimes narrow, sometimes wide, always up and down and winding. More than once, the forest opened on to lush, green meadows, only to close in around them again, swaddling them in a sort of dark, spiritual cocoon.

They soon came to a wide, arched stone bridge and stood for a moment, mesmerized by the roar of Grandeau Falls as it cascaded into the cerulean blue lake below. Cedar trees, showered by the constant spray, stood like silent giants along the bank. Spongy moss in an array of color carpeted the ground, ran up tree trunks, and over the rock’s face. Large boulders, like giant turtles, poked their smooth backs from the pool’s depth. Creeks and streams flecked with sunlight fingered off in every direction.

Twiller tugged on David’s sleeve, a signal to keep moving. Beneath the thick canopy of blue green foliage, David sensed a difference in this part of the forest than the one they’d left behind. It seemed as if a thousand watchful eyes were upon them, guiding and protecting them. Around them the katydids and crickets stepped up their twilight serenade.

Soon the path opened onto a glade backed by a mountain wall. Ferns of green, yellow and red grew from the cracks and crevices of the grey rock. Deer nestled on the woodland floor. David and Charlotte followed Twiller toward the mountain and stopped before an archway of wisteria, their branches braided so tight to each other, their crowns and aromatic lavender blooms so full and thick that no light penetrated the walkway underneath. Twiller motioned them inside and led them down a gold, mossy path. David looked behind him as the dense lavender curtain fell over the entrance placing them in complete darkness.


The participants so far:

orion_mk3 – http://nonexistentbooks.wordpress.com (link to this month’s post)
juniper – http://www.katjuniper.com/ (link to this month’s post)
LadyMage – http://www.katherinegilraine.com/ (link to this month’s post)
dolores haze – http://dianedooley.wordpress.com/ (link to this month’s post)
Me – https://jennykellerford.wordpress.com/ (link to this month’s post)
Ralph Pines – http://ralfast.wordpress.com/ (link to this month’s post)
TheMindKiller – http://www.jabberwocky.ws/ (link to this month’s post)
AuburnAssassin – http://clairegillian.com/ (link to this month’s post)
pezie – http://www.erinbrambilla.com/ (link to this month’s post)
WildScribe – http://DionneObesoBlog.com/ (link to this month’s post)
Inkstrokes – http://drlong67.wordpress.com/ (link to this month’s post)
Irissel – http://irissel.blogspot.com/ (link to this month’s post)
Guardian – http://daewrites.blogspot.com/ (link to this month’s post)
Lyra Jean – http://lyratorres.wordpress.com/ (link to this month’s post)
egoodlett – http://wordlarceny.blogspot.com/ (link to this month’s post)
cwachob – http://www.corriewachob.blogspot.com/ (link to this month’s post)
xcomplex – http://www.arielemerald.blogspot.com/ (link to this month’s post)
Della Odell – http://dellaodell.wordpress.com/ (link to this month’s post)
Aheïla – http://thewriteaholicblog.wordpress.com/ (link to this month’s post)