Fiction Spotlight — Jordyn Redwood
I’m happy to have Jordyn guest-blogging with me today. Jordyn Redwood is a pediatric ER nurse by day, suspense novelist by night. She hosts Redwood’s Medical Edge, a blog devoted to helping contemporary and historical authors write medically accurate fiction. You can connect with Jordyn via her website. She writes for the Christian publisher, Kregel and wanted to talk with us today about STITCHING SUSPENSE. Jordyn is giving away a copy of her book, just answer her question at the end of the post by leaving a comment. Be sure and leave your email address too.
As an author, I will admit it’s difficult for me not to let my real life bleed into my books. After all, the more realistic a fiction novel is—the more relatable it is for people. I know, crazy right?
My mother began to teach me quilting shortly after I was married in 1998. She had always done garment sewing but when clothing prices made it cheaper to buy than to sew from scratch she stopped. During my high school years—she began to quilt.
Of course, my husband says my mother’s motive to get me quilting was so that I would have the same fabric obsession she does. Fellow quilters know all about the fabric stash! I merely reply that this is genetic as my paternal grandmother knits and has boxes upon boxes of yarn. I’ve been doubly hit from both sides of the family.
He just doesn’t get it.
My first quilt was a simple log cabin design. Then a pattern called woven ribbons that I promised to give away to someone but just couldn’t after it was completed. Does anyone else have this problem?
Since then, I’ve done dozens of quilts for friends and family and probably have enough fabric to make dozens more. I originally loved Thimbleberries designs and fabrics but have since then gravitated toward Nancy Halvorsen, Whimsical Quilts, and Crabapple Hill. Now that I’ve embarked on a writing career, I don’t have nearly as much time to quilt as I’d like and I love the more labor intensive pieces that are appliquéd or embroidered.
So how do you fulfill a love for quilting while writing a suspense novel? Well, include it as a clue of course!
Working as a pediatric nurse, I’ve seen hundreds of homemade blankets donated to our unit. Some of these are given out of grief for a child once lost. In Proof, one of my male leads, Kadin Daughtry, is an OB/GYN. His sister, Ellie, lost a baby and was unable to conceive another child. To work through her grief, she sews these beautiful quilts to cover the babies’ isolettes as they sleep in the NICU. This is done, in real life, to decrease the amount of stimulation the babies receive.
This fact, of Ellie making these quilts, is mentioned a few times throughout the book and is an excellent technique to use in fiction writing as a path of clues for the reader. One particular quilt in the novel becomes pivotal for the heroine, Lilly, to accomplish her goal in saving someone’s life and putting a guilty man in jail.
Do you have a love of quilting? What patterns do you like? What designers? Do you like novels that have a quilting element?