Thursday, December 13, 2012


Over the next few days, I'm participating in the WordServe Water Cooler Christmas Blog Parade! The Water Cooler post will go live Dec 14th.

If you're not coming from the Water Cooler, I hope you'll stop by and take a look at all the posts and prizes being offered. There are LOTS!!

If this is your first time wandering to Redwood's Medical Edge-- it's a blog designed to help authors write medically accurate fiction. Generally, how to maim, injure and kill your FICTIONAL characters. I field writing related medical questions and blog on medical topics.

I am giving away a chance to win one of three personalized copies of Proof to three people drawn at random (must live in the USA) who leaves a comment on this post that ***includes your e-mail address*** by midnight Christmas Eve. Winner announced here Christmas Day.

Hmm... my writer's wish list.

Just one simple wish really...
Lunch with Dean Koontz-- to say thank you.

Last June, when Proof released, fellow medical author Candace Calvert posed me this question and I have been thinking about it ever since. If you were in Southern California and were lunching with Dean Koontz, what three questions would you ask him.

I nearly passed out just thinking about that scenario.

But more than that, I would like to thank him for writing such great stories. I can't confess to reading his entire body of works. I also don't claim to LOVE every one of his books but he is, by far, an author I have learned a lot from. An author I would like to write like. An author I love to learn from. When I'm stuck in my own writing I'll often crack open one of his books to get me going again.

Okay-- I'm going to amend my wish. Dean, please write another book on writing! Please, for me. Just. For. Me.

Then I thought, why stop at Dean? What writers/authors would you say "thank you" to and for what? Let me know in the comments section-- when you leave your e-mail (hint...hint).

Here's a short list from me. If I could have a Castle like poker game with all these folks . . . well . . . heaven!!

1. Dean Koontz: for being a master story teller.
2. James Scott Bell/ Donald Maass: for writing such great craft books. Really, check them out.
3. Julie Cantrell: for being the most down to earth NYT bestselling author I've ever met that I get to call friend. Oohhh, I did lunch with her!
4. Candace Calvert: for being a mentor to me.
5. Lynette Eason: for being the first person to ever endorse one of my books.
6. Robin Cook/Michael Palmer/Harry Kraus: for writing great medical thrillers.
7. Harlen Coban/Linwood Barclay/Karin Slaughter: for writing great suspense.
8. God: for writing the best book there ever was.

What would your list look like?

To all my readers-- and hopefully some new ones-- Merry Christmas!!

Jordyn Redwood


  1. Love your wish list! I just launched my book review site, so you'll be hearing from me soon about "Proof."
    Great column as always, Jordyn. :-)

    1. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on Proof, Patti.

      Have a GREAT Christmas.

  2. I would thank and have lunch with William Kelley my dear friend and Academy award winner for Witness, God rest his Irish ass!

    Stephen King for his audio series on writing, even though he is an odd duck, but aren't we all.

    Robert Liparulo my pal and constant source of support for my writing, always nice to have a best seller on your side even when they write in a completely different field.

    And I'd like to thank all of my students because in teaching other writers I am challenged to do better myself.

  3. Great post, Jordyn! And I hope you dine with Dean Koontz some day! It could happen!

    I have a long list of people I'd like to visit with. Some of these interactions have already happened through writer's conferences (like breakfast with Debbie Macomber). Other meetings, like my one with Jack Hayford and Ann Graham Lotz, happened by a wild turn of events.

    I'd still like to visit with Billy Graham and a few other non-fiction writers. If that doesn't happen on earth, I'll have to wait for the great marriage supper of the Lamb. : )

    Merry Christmas!

    1. Great list, Cheryl. I was at the ACFW conference when Debbie Macomber spoke. Great lady.

  4. Jordyn,
    I LOVE your list...very much!
    I would like to visit w/ you..we can share nurse stories :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

    1. Great to have a fellow RN comment here. Hope you have a GREAT Christmas.

  5. What an awesome list! Can I piggy-back and be a third wheel at your lunches? Pretty please???

  6. Loved your post, Jordyn! I recently got rid of some writing books I wasn't using, but would NOT part with those by James Scott Bell and Donald Maass. Ever!!!

  7. I'd be tongue-tied with admiration if I ever got to sit down with my fav writers! The list would include Vince Flynn, Dave Barry, Janet Evanovich, James Rollins and Joan Chittister.

    1. I'll have to check out Vince Flynn and James Rollins. Been hearing a lot of great things about them.

  8. Proof sounds like a great book and I would love to win a copy! Thanks! makeighleekyleigh at

  9. "What writers/authors would (I) say "thank you" to and for what?" Oh, goodness, Jordyn ... what a great question! Honestly, the first author that comes to my mind is Anne Lamotte. I've referred a lot of writers to her work, especially her book, Bird by Bird. But I've learned so much from so many writers and writing instructors. And I'm grateful for every one of them! Thanks for asking, Jordyn!

  10. Karen, I've had this book of Anne Lamotte's on hand for a long time and ALWAYS hear good things about it. Guess it's time to read it.