The idea for my novel, JORDAN, had been marinating in the remote recesses of my brain for most of my life. As a child, I wanted to do two things, and I knew—just knew—that if I concentrated hard enough, they would happen.
The first was flying. I had recurring dreams of simply spreading my arms, jumping into the air, and soaring over my neighborhood. I loved those dreams. However, no matter how hard I focused or how many times I tried leaping from my bed or a tree limb, gravity granted me no relief and enacted its power on me.
The second was being able to heal myself and others just by touching them. Again, each time I got a cut or scrape (some of which were results from the flying attempts), a ridiculous amount of my time was squandered in concentrating on healing it. Eventually, my interests progressed to other things, though I still, to this day, have wonderful flying dreams.
A few years ago—I’m not sure what triggered it—those memories came back to me. I began to wonder . . . what would happen if someone who could heal by touch appeared in today’s world? With everything going viral so fast, how long would it take until things went off the rails? If you seriously give it just a minute’s thought, the scenarios will scare the heck out of you.
And I realized it was a terrific idea for a book.
I set the story in modern-day Boca Raton, Florida, for two reasons. One is that I lived there for nineteen years, and I know it well. Two is because it’s a misunderstood place, much like my lead character, Jordan, is misunderstood. Boca has citizens who are phenomenally rich, and the country (especially late-night comedians) loves to ridicule the city for that. But Boca also has quite a lot of ‘normal’ people. I met most of my dearest friends in Boca. It’s also a gorgeous place to live. So many books are set in South Florida, but I hadn’t seen any novels set in Boca, so it felt like a unique setting to me.
Thank you so much for having me here!
About the Author:
Victoria Landis is a professional writer, editor, and artist. A 16-year member, and former board member, of Mystery Writers of America, she Co-Chaired the SleuthFest Writers Conference from 2015-2018.
She’s taught at SleuthFest, the Authors Academy at Murder on the Beach, and the Alvin Sherman Library at Nova Southeastern University.
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