Jordan Taylor writes. Lots. She wrote her first book at the age of six, dictating a story about red foxes to her mother at the typewriter, then illustrating it herself.
Ten years later, Jordan wrote her first novel. This time, she managed to type the 100,000 words herself on the advanced technology of a roughly thirty-pound and three-inch thick laptop. She received helpful reader feedback, revised, pitched the manuscript to a few literary agents, then stored it on an external hard drive and started writing a second novel.
Another ten years and Jordan is still writing. Still keeping her novels safe, comfortable, and top secret in storage. (And, no, she won’t tell you how many she’s written that have never been pitched or published—only needing “one more” revision before they’re “ready.”) Until the chains are broken, could she interest you in some short fiction?
After writing the first few novels, Jordan learned from various books on writing that one should break into penning fiction by starting with short stories. Uh-oh. Jumping the gun. So she wrote shorts, poetry, a nonfiction book or two, and a screenplay which she produced as a dramatic short film. (See Hope below.)
Strangely, none of this caused her novels to spring from those hard drives, publish themselves, and find their ways into the hearts and minds of millions of readers, allowing her to quit her day job and write for twelve hours a day. =
In the leftover minutes besides writing, Jordan is a professional dog trainer who worked with dogs in the entertainment industry for over five years. Her credits include short and feature length films, photo shoots, and live theater.
An artist since childhood, award winning book cover designer, amateur photographer, gluttonous reader and ice cream eater, and World War One enthusiast, Jordan’s second greatest life ambition (after being able to make a living from her writing) is to live permanently (legally) in her favorite place on Earth, the English Lake District.
See Firefly’s profile for more facts you probably never wanted to know in the first place.
Since author bios are traditionally written in third person, and Jordan cannot write a synopsis for Little Red Riding Hood, much less one for her own books, Firefly is often called upon to assist with such tasks. [Jordan has to edit her work to remove eighteen or twenty exclamation marks per paragraph.]
To be honest, writing is not Firefly’s thing. A recent unofficial retiree from acting and modeling, Firefly spends her days trying to become a better sous-chef, fridge stocker, kitchen tester, and singer. Many of Jordan’s Tweets and Facebook posts relate to her so it seems fair to give her a profile, though it may go to her head.
Jordan longed to have a Smooth Fox Terrier in the family since she first read her favorite book, The Plague Dogs by Richard Adams, as a preteen. Firefly was adopted as an adolescent from a nonprofit rescue group at the end of 2008.
She has worked in films, notably appearing in Grassroots with Jason Biggs and Lauren Ambrose, is crazy about agility and tennis balls, and has traveled across the U.S. three times and spent nearly a year living overseas.
In 2012, Firefly and Jordan walked some of the same Lake District paths together that the heroes in The Plague Dogs traverse in that amazing novel.