We’re beginning to introduce you to all the generous authors who have selflessly donated money, books, swag and items of comfort for our Fisher House families.
I’m happy to introduce you to Maryann Jordan. I asked Maryann a few questions and I think you’ll enjoy her responses.
First of all, welcome. Can you share your personal connection to the military?
My father was in the Army during the Korean War. My father-in-law was in the Navy during WW II. My husband was in the Army in the mid 1980’s. Many of my students served (or currently serve) in the military.
Wow, okay, tell us a little bit about yourself. Where you’re from, where you live? Do you have one of those day-jobs?
I was raised in Tennessee, but have traveled a lot when my husband was in the Army and then with the government. We lived in Texas, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Virginia, Okinawa Japan, and Cairo Egypt. I was a special educator before becoming an adolescent counselor in the school system. I worked in education for almost 30 years before retiring and now work full time as an author.
That’s awesome, you’re worldly! Share your latest release and share one detail from your current release with readers that they might not find in the book?
My next book will be part of the Baytown Boys Series. The premise of the series is: After graduating from high school, a group of small-town friends all joined the military and went to war as boys. They came home as men. Discovering their small town held just what they needed as adults, they invited other military friends who did not have a home to join them. My readers know that Baytown is a fictional city based on Cape Charles, Virginia on the Eastern Shore. It is one of the best places in the U.S.A. for finding sea glass! (And, yes, sea glass has a part in every book!)
Oh, I’ve seen you post about sea glass, that’s cool. Do you write military characters in your books? If so, how did you research them?
I write military romance and military romantic suspense. I do a great deal of research for my military characters and my scenes. In fact, I was pleased when some reviewers noted that they appreciated that my books are accurate. I am careful to use the terms correctly (everything from description of places, geography, military ranks, jobs, duties, and abbreviations.) I go to the websites for the military branches, as well as check certain facts with my husband.
Accuracy is important and thank you for doing that. What would you choose as your specialty if you were in the military?
Realistically, I would have to say that counselor would be what I would do…it was my vocation for so long and the idea of helping military personnel with some of their problems would be so satisfying.
I imagine it would and so very needed. Do you have anything you would like to say to our members of the military and their families?
I want you to know that I understand how difficult your sacrifices can be and I am so grateful that you do what you do. I was only an Army wife for four years, but they were both a time of great pride and great frustration. My heart is with you and God bless you.
Thank you Maryann. You can find out more about Maryann and her fabulous books on her website.
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