Interview with novelist Michael Jordan

Author Michael Jordan joins me today. We’re
chatting about his newest thriller novel, The
Company of Demons
.



During his virtual book tour, Michael will be
awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Nobel (winner’s choice) gift card to a
lucky randomly drawn winner. To be entered for a chance to win, use the form below.  To increase your chances of winning, feel free
to visit
his other tour stops
and enter there, too!

Bio:
Michael Jordan obtained his undergraduate degree from Ohio
Wesleyan University, with highest honors, and his law degree from George
Washington University, where he was a member of the Law Review. A trial lawyer
and arbitrator for over three decades, he has been recognized as an Ohio Super
Lawyer and named to Best Lawyers in America. A member of the International
Association of Crime Writers, The Company of Demons is his first novel.
An avid traveler, Michael has climbed Mt. Fuji, swam in The
Devil’s Pool on the cusp of Victoria Falls, trekked a glacier in Patagonia, and
visited numerous other countries. Yes—an international thriller lies in the
future! He has also acted in several theatrical productions and his experience
on stage is helpful in creating characters for his novels. He is currently
working on his next book, a thriller set during the closing stages of WWII.

A native of Saginaw, Michigan, Michael and his wife, Linda Gross
Brown, a soft pastel artist, divide their time between homes in Rocky River,
Ohio, and Longboat Key, Florida. They enjoy traveling, pleasure boating, and
very cold martinis.

Welcome, Michael. Please share a little
bit about your current release.
Years
ago, the notorious Torso Killer brutally murdered at least twelve people and
then disappeared without a trace, eluding even the legendary Eliot Ness. My
book draws on this fascinating bit of Cleveland history to ask the question:
what if the killer returned today for one final act of vengeance?

What inspired you to write this book?

I
found the story absolutely compelling—brutal murders, a frustrated Eliot Ness,
and the complete disappearance of the murderer.

Excerpt from The Company of Demons: 

A deep breath helped to calm me.
Oyster’s death had brought an ugly past alive. Just as I’d been assuring
everyone, though, there was nothing wrong. My main task for the day was to pick
Molly up after school and hope that she wouldn’t be too disappointed when she
learned that we wouldn’t be visiting the skateboard park. We would head
straight home for a quiet, uneventful spaghetti dinner. Cathy would have
polished and set the oaken table. We would talk of things other than serial
killers. She would remind me of her upcoming birthday dinner, with her sister
and brother-in-law. Her parents would stare down at us from faded color
photographs arranged in thin wooden frames on checkered blue-and-white
wallpaper. There were photographs of my mom, too, with her tight-lipped smile.
One photo of my father, handsome in
a blue uniform, hung on the wall. Whenever Cathy said grace, my eyes would
wander to the particular picture, and I would recall games of catch, walleye
fishing on the lake, our hikes through the Metroparks. We’d wander the trails
there most Saturday mornings, just my dad and me. Afterward, he’d take me to
Pete’s Hotdogs on Lorain, and we’d gorge on dogs stuffed into steamed buns and
topped with local Stadium mustard and greasy fried onions. Those were the
memories I’d try to focus on.
But I could never, ever block out the
rest.

What exciting story are you working on
next?

A
WWII thriller involving a plot by AXIS agents to derail our atomic bomb program
at Los Alamos, New Mexico

When did you first
consider yourself a writer?

I
have always thought of myself that way. I’ve written since I was a kid—poetry,
short stories, novellas.

Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?

I
do not write full time. I practiced law for many years, but now work as an
arbitrator. I like to write in blocks of time, so try and set hours aside
whenever possible.

What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?

Staring
blankly out of the window, trying to convince myself that creative thoughts
will come.

As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?

An
archeologist.

Links:

Buy links:
Amazon
| Barnes
and Noble
| Greenleaf
Book Group
| Books-A-Million
| 800CEOREAD

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10 thoughts on “Interview with novelist Michael Jordan

  1. James Robert says:

    Thank you so much for taking time to bring to our attention another great read. I enjoy these tours and finding out about many terrific books.

  2. Top Times Travel says:

    Thank you, Lil devil, Gwendolyn, and Victoria! Here is a quote from yesterday's review in the Cleveland Sun Press:

    "The plot, the characters, and the details all conspire to give the reader a book that is excruciating to put down because of the craving to see what happens next."

    Hope that you enjoy! Mike

  3. chereepie6719 says:

    Reading the exerpt. I found this book quite interresting. I don't normally read crime stories. Thanks so much for hosting and bringing attention to this book

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