Today’s indie author’s story most likely developed from her ‘daytime job’ and the life experiences of her grandfathers. Welcome, Genevieve Jordayne!
Frontline Angel takes its readers from 1940s Wisconsin to the Philippine Islands just prior to World War 2 and through the Japanese occupation and liberation. It tells the tale of Eliza-a small-town Midwestern girl with dreams of travel and adventure who enlists with the United States Army Nurse Corps despite her parents’ protests. Eliza will find the fun and adventure she desired as well as an unexpected romance with a handsome soldier. Yet all changes overnight as war destroys her tropical paradise. Our heroine must quickly adapt in order to survive the harsh, unforgiving jungle climate, and become a skilled combat nurse on the frontline. The story will take you from the fall of the islands through the terrible conditions endured by those placed in internment camps and their struggle for liberation. Can Eliza find the strength and courage needed to survive such horror and still emerge with her spirit unbroken?
Frontline Angel was recently named the Winner in the FIRST NOVEL (60,000-90,000 words) Category of the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (NGIBA).
What do you wish you’d known before you were published?
I wish I would have had a list of great, reliable editors and would have understood that not all editors actually do the same type of editing. I didn’t realize there were content editors, line editors and probably more that I still don’t know about. Editing is so important but even when you cough up several hundred dollars it doesn’t mean the editor you chose is actually all that good. There are so many of them when you do an online search! So, from now on, I’m reaching out to other authors that I feel have well edited works and getting recommendations from them.
How did publishing your first book change your writing process?
With my first novel, I didn’t have much for structure or timeline in my writing. I was just so happy to finally get the story down on paper that had been running free in my mind for so many years. Since then I’ve started to work on being more focused, creating outlines, and sticking more to a timeline for completing tasks.
What is something memorable you’ve heard from your readers/fans?
What has been most memorable for me is when I meet a reader who has personally been alive and affected by events in my work (I write historical fiction) and shares with me the emotions that my stories brought out, the memories they evoked, and the gratitude they express in having someone share these stories with the world. That’s what it’s all about for me.
What’s your favorite kind of cookie and why?
Salted caramel stuffed chocolate chip cookies. My entire life my favorite cookie has been good old dependable, delicious chocolate chip cookies. But now I discovered they come stuffed with this amazing sea salt concoction and after all these years I’ve had to upgrade my cookie choice.
What’s the last thing you watched on TV/Netflix?
I’m currently part way through the Breaking Bad series. It has a plot based around very illegal business happenings but it is so fascinating watching the character development throughout.
Book you’d want with you if you were stranded on a desert island?
It would be so hard to only have one book with me so hopefully they rescue me soon. But if I had to have a book to read over and over for a while I think it would have to be The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. It’s long enough to help pass some time and has such fascinating historical references as well as a fast paced, intriguing plot.
Genevieve Jordayne has proudly worked in the field of nursing for nearly a decade. In addition to writing her novels, she is a practicing Family Nurse Practitioner and nursing history aficionado. Genevieve lives in rural Minnesota with her husband, three little boys, and two rambunctious boxers.
Genevieve became interested in war history from her beloved grandfathers–Don who was an avid reader and Richard who served in WW2 in Pearl Harbor. In nursing school she was challenged by a professor to learn about the roots of the nursing profession. Through this exploration Jordayne was able to gain a larger appreciation for the struggles and triumphs of nurses throughout time.
Jordayne is currently working on her second novel.