BIO: Kelsey Jordan is the author of the Gardinian World Novels. She is a collector of back packs, pens, and an unseemly amount of paper. When she isn’t working on the series, you can usually find her scrawling on something, playing video games, or taking glorious naps.
Q: Who is your greatest literary influence?
I must profess that when I sat down to write about my greatest literary influence, I immediately drew a blank. I, shamefully, didn’t grow up in a household that loved to read. By my early twenties, I learned to enjoy reading for the sake of enjoyment, which is late if you ask me. I’d been writing poetry (badly) since I was in middle school, but didn’t transition to novels until I was twenty-two. Choosing an influence to my writing was hard because I honestly can’t choose a single writer that influenced me to start writing or that influenced my style of writing.
There is one author that I have been compared to, most notably by my editor, and that is Sherrilyn Kenyon. I won’t say she is an influence directly because it was years after I started writing that I even discovered her work. She is, however, great at the one thing I hope I am doing right and that is world building. I love creating new worlds—the rules, lore, creatures—all of it makes me extremely happy to write a new novel.
Kenyon has multiple worlds and universes, some of which intertwine. I do as well, though I have yet to jump to those other worlds. I hope that at some point the transition to my other universes will go as seamlessly as it appears to do so in Kenyon’s writing. Going forward, I hope that my work reflects the attention to detail that Kenyon has in her worlds while also maintaining the intimacy needed for the reader to truly connect with the characters and have an emotional stake in their adventures.