Isabel Jordan writes because it's the only profession that allows her to express her natural sarcasm and not be fired. She is a paranormal and contemporary romance author. Isabel lives in the U.S. with her husband, nine-year-old son, a senile Beagle, a neurotic Shepherd mix, and a ginormous bed-hogging Great Dane mix. Her debut novel, Semi-Charmed, and its follow-up, Semi-Human, have sold tens of thousands of copies worldwide and are Amazon bestsellers. You can connect with her on her web site, Twitter, Facebook and at GoodReads.
1. What made you decide to self-publish instead of going the traditional publishing route?
I actually started my publishing journey on the traditional path. I did the whole thing: research, query letters, rejections galore. I ended up snagging an agent in 2012. It didn’t go…um…smoothly. I wrote about it in a blog post a couple of years ago. But in the end, I’m surprised it took me so long to self-publish. I’m an OCD control-freak by nature, so really, I prefer to be in complete charge of my own career.
3. In your experience, what’s the biggest challenge self-published authors face?
I think the biggest challenge is that as a self-published author, you have to be your own social media director, marketing manager, and IT expert…all while working on your next book. It’s a lot of work, and it’s not for everyone. Without dedication, hard work, copious amounts of studying, and an irrational amount of self-belief, you probably won’t reach the level of success you want. Writing the book is the easy part. Everything that comes after that? Well, that’s a little harder.
4. How many books in the Harper Hall Investigations series do you plan to release?
The plan is for 4. Although, who knows? Harper might have something to say about that…
5. If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?
I’m guessing that being part of the X-Men isn’t an option? If that’s the case, I have no idea. A movie and TV critic maybe? I do have MANY opinions on that subject…
6. You’ve been kidnapped. Which TV characters would you call for a rescue?
That’s a tough one. There’s so many. I think I’d go with Raymond Reddington from The Black List. He has the contacts and smarts to get me out of whatever mess I’ve gotten myself into. (I’d want to call Jax Teller or Rick Grimes, but their rescues don’t always end…neatly.)