Jordan McCollum author of I, Spy an Interview

What makes you passionate about writing, Jordan? 
Jordan McCollum author photo
I love the creation process, building worlds and people. I also love perfecting my craft and my worlds, making a book as real as I can.
Nice. Do you have a writing routine? 

As much as I can, whenever I can? My routine is really built around my kids’ schedules, since I have four young children at home. I write during nap time and stay up late to squeeze in writing after bedtime.

Amen to that. What is the title of your book? 
I, Spy is the first book in the series.
Also out now: the second book in the series, Spy for a Spy, and two prequel novellas, Spy Noon and Mr. Nice Spy.
What genre does your book fall under? 
Romantic suspense.
Great stuff. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? 
You know, I actually pick actors to use as physical models, but often I’m just looking at their pictures and know nothing about how they move or act or speak! So based on physical appearance alone (I’ve never even seen a video of her), my spy would be portrayed by Felicity Jones.

Good for you. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? 
To save her secrets and her country, CIA operative Talia Reynolds must sacrifice the man she loves.

Is your book self-published or represented by an agency? 
I like to say it’s professionally produced, self published.

Awesome…How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? 
The first draft took three weeks. I’m a fast writer and my first drafts tend to run short, adding 20-30% in revisions and edits. That “perfecting” process I mentioned, and the publishing process, took a little over a year.

I bet the result is awesome. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? 

I usually compare this series to Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls all grown up, because both are spy novels that deal with the personal side as well, and have a fun voice.
Who or What inspired you to write this book? 
A 1960’s pop song playing over the PA at the Dollar Tree on the day before Valentine’s day. I barely recall 😉 .
The song is basically about being “friend-zoned,” but since it was Valentine’s day, I wondered what if the object of this man’s affection really did like him back, but stood him up for some other reason. What could that reason be? What if . . . she was a spy?
🙂 What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? 
I had the idea for the book and I knew I wanted to write it, but I didn’t have a feel for the character until about 10 days before I started, when the first line popped into my head: “I don’t do catsuits.” Then I knew exactly who she was: a funny, no-nonsense spy who’s good at her job and shoots down stereotypes.Also, I, Spy and Spy for a Spy were both named among the five finalists for Best Mystery/Suspense Novel in the 2013 Whitney Awards.

So exiting…Where can we find your book?

I, Spy is available at:

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You can also order it through your local bookstore!

Thanks again, Anna!!
You are welcome. 🙂
Jordan McCollum

To save her secrets and her country, CIA operative Talia Reynolds must sacrifice the man she loves.

I, SPY, 2013 Whitney Award Finalist

CIA operative Talia Reynolds’s new boss is her ex-boyfriend. And that’s just the beginning of her problems.
SPY FOR A SPY, 2013 Whitney Award Finalist

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