Check out this author spotlight for Jordan J. Scavone!
You can find all his links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out his books!
1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!
I am a children’s and young adult author with five picture books and one urban fantasy novel out! I’m a dad to a one-year-old, an early childhood educator, and have my M.A. in Children’s Literature. I take the world of children’s lit very seriously and firmly believe that kids are much smarter than we give them credit for and that kids’ books are for everyone!
2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 (or more!) of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!
Winter, spring, summer or autumn?
Autumn! I’m a pale ginger boy so the sun and I do not get along. Much like Humpty Dumpty I love to “have a great fall.”
Tea or coffee?
Coffee all day. The darker the better. Also cream and sugar.
Morning or evening?
Morning. I’m up by 8 everyday, and for the past 15 months I’ve been up at 6 everyday.
Library or museums?
Can’t it be both?
Plotter or pantser?
Planster! I have elements from both in me. I like to outline, but I also have no control over my characters.
Standalone or series?
Hero or anti-hero?
I’m more of a traditionalist and love the hero. There is definitely a place for the anti-hero, and when they’re done right they are amazing. Not a fan of being edgy to just be edgy.
3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?
I like the familiar trope that has been turned on its head. I want the ruthless and evil baddie, but I also want to know why they’re like that. I’ll take the destined star-crossed lovers, but make them feel real. The old man mentor? Great, but make them unique. Tropes and cliché are popular for a reason, just put your own spin on them.
4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!
I mostly do children’s lit. Picture books are my bread and butter, but I’ve recently been branching out into some of the bigger kid books. My urban fantasy novel is YA (the audiobook just released!) and there is currently an all-ages graphic novel funding on Kickstarter!
5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!
NIGHT WARRIOR – The Audiobook is my most recent release and is the audiobook adaptation of my urban fantasy novel. It’s about a wannabe fantasy author, who, after magical shenanigans, has to deal with her book characters entering our world!
My debut all-ages graphic novel series, POPPY BLACK, is also currently funding on Kickstarter!
That one is about Poppy who is a believer in the world of fairies, and Beauden who is a skeptic. However, when Beauden gets transported into a fairy world, it falls to Poppy to try and save him!
6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!
The kids in my classroom are a huge inspiration for me, and several of my children’s books feature fictitious versions of them as the main characters! Two of them even appear in my author photos for those books! Besides that, a lot of my inspiration comes from fairytales, folklore, and the world of superheroes.
7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!
Routine? I’m not sure I’m familiar with the word…When I’m actually writing I tend to do it in bursts. I often have a huge bottle of water, or a cup of coffee, put headphones on, and just blast music as loud as a I can. Sometimes I’ll do short bursts where I write for several minutes only, and other bursts last for several hours. One day I’ll actually get a routine down, but that day isn’t today.
8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to becoming an author, what would it be?
I would let myself know that it’s going to happen. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there, and people actually are going to like what you write. Something that is still hard for me to accept, but I’m getting better!
9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!
@RealJScavone on Twitter and Instagram!