(1) Do you watch reality television? Why or why not?
Jean: No. For the most part, I don’t like reality television. I have enough reality in real life. 🙂 I like my television programs to have a story, to entertain me. Sorry to anyone who likes reality TV, but the programs I’ve caught seem pretty inane and embarrassing to the people in them. The only exception is The Amazing Race. Is that a reality TV show? The program goes to so many interesting places around the world and the competition seems real to me, not contrived like other reality TV shows. And, for the most part, the competitors don’t get viciously mean toward each other.
(2) What are your thoughts on e-publishing?
Jean: I think e-publishing is great. It gets our books out to more people at reasonable prices. I love my Kindle. I can finish one book, and order and start another one without leaving my couch. That said, the ease at which people can self-publish ebooks can be problematic. In my opinion, that ease puts a lot of material out there that isn’t very good.
For instance, I recently read a self-published book I got for free that had a great story line, but the story was bogged down by extraneous scenes with characters who weren’t really part of the story. They were friends and family members of the main characters, but the scenes didn’t show any interaction with the main characters. It was very obvious to me that the author was including those scenes to set up future related books. If the book had been professionally edited, those scenes would have been cut and the characters weaved into the actual story or not included. And the book would have been so much better.
At my day job as Editorial Manager and a financial writer, everything we write goes through a copy editor, a technical editor, three proofreaders, and another writer for final sign off before it goes into electronic or paper print. Consequently, I know the value good editing and proofreading adds to any piece. So, to get some assurance of quality, when I buy self-published ebooks, I buy only ones recommended to me by someone whose taste I trust or that are written by an author I’m familiar with.
(3) Which do you prefer? Facebook or Twitter?
Jean: Facebook. On Facebook, you can have a back and forth give and take with other people. And it’s easy to go right back and pick up the thread later. I can’t seem to get the hang of replying and having any kind of conversation on Twitter. I do Tweet, but my Tweets are mainly posts from my Facebook author page that go to Twitter automatically.
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Jean C. Gordon’s writing is a natural extension of her love of reading. From that day in first grade when she realized t-h-e was the word “the,” she’s been reading everything she can put her hands on. A professional financial planner and editor for a financial publisher, Jean is as at home writing retirement- and investment-planning advice as she is writing romance novels, but finds novels a lot more fun.
She and her college-sweetheart husband tried the city life in Los Angeles, but quickly returned home to their native Upstate New York. They share a 170-year-old farmhouse just south of Albany, NY, with their daughter and son-in-law, two grandchildren, and a menagerie of pets. Their son lives nearby. While Jean creates stories, her family grows organic fruits and vegetables and tends the livestock de jour.
Although her day job, writing and family don’t leave her a lot of spare time, Jean likes to give back when she can. She and her husband team-taught a seventh-and-eighth-grade Sunday school class for several years and currently serve on her church’s Evangelism Committee. She also shares her love of books with others by volunteering at the church’s Book Nook.
You can keep in touch with her at www.Facebook.com/JeanCGordon.Author, www.JeanCGordon.com, Small-Town Mom is available in stores and online now. It’s the third book in my Paradox Lake series for Harlequin Love Inspired. She has a fourth, Small-Town Midwife, tentatively scheduled to be released in March 2014.