I write because I want to create worlds for readers to disappear into, even just for a chapter or two.

Hi! I'm Jordan Marie Green, a YA author and stay-at-home-mom. I write books about first loves and teens finding out who they really are.

My Querying Journey: How I Got My Agent

I recently announced on Twitter that I’ve signed with a literary agent, specifically Moe Ferrara of BookEnds. Cue dancing and cheering (figurative dancing and cheering because hello–introvert over here)!! It’s been quite the journey, three years of querying three different books. Here’s how my stats line up:   Book 1: The Way Our Horizons Meet 34 queries sent 2 full…

My First Writer’s Conference

A week ago, I had the opportunity to attend the 2019 Writing Conference of Los Angeles and since it was my first writer’s conference, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I read a lot of articles about what I needed to prepare and tips for making the most of my time and I probably stressed WAY more than necessary. Here’s…

YA: short for young adult

There’s a trending hashtag going around the YA writing community on Twitter and it’s called #YAGoestoProm. Writers and agents share their prom picture and a quick story about their prom experience. So here’s my picture, but the story that goes along with it is rather a LONG one. (Hey, I’m a writer, what did you expect?)   My senior prom…

Ailao Afi: fire-knife dancing

I set out to complete a new YA WIP for NaNoWriMo, however I didn’t reach that goal. My world was turned upside down in the middle of November because of the Woolsey Fire, and it was too hard to focus on day-to-day activities, much less keep up with my daily word count. It feels appropriate that a fire was what held me back from writing about a teenage fire-knife dancer.

I started writing again after the holidays and after receiving feedback from my CPs, was finally ready to query in March. I got some likes during #PitMad (yay!) and more importantly, some great interest and feedback from my fellow writers and readers. They liked the premise? They want to read it? Ahhh!

So what is the premise? Aptly titled FIRE-KNIFE GIRL, the story follows Kalea Pasi, a sixteen-year-old girl who lives on the North Shore of Hawaii–paradise, really–except she struggles to make ends meet even working two jobs. She dreams of becoming a fire-knife dancer, not only for the higher wages, but to fulfill her late grandpa’s legacy. To be considered for the traditionally male role, she promises the new director she’ll show his entitled teenage son around the island. Cue the enemies-to-lovers trope, a lot of dangerous stunts, and a surprise visit from his jealous girlfriend…

I had a lot of fun writing FIRE-KNIFE GIRL, especially since it takes place in my hometown. The best part is that it was inspired by real fire-knife girls. When I was in Hawaii last summer, I saw a young woman spinning a fire-knife at the PCC night show. I’d never seen a woman spin before and I was so intrigued. What was her story? What obstacles did she face to get her place on stage? The story pieced itself together before my return flight and the more I delved into the subject, the more fire-knife girls I found. They’re few and far between, but fierce and feminist role models. I only hope their stories (and mine) will inspire more girls to chase their dreams and bask in the spotlight.

And because I love making videos, here’s how I imagine Kalea.

NaNoWriMo 2018

For the uninformed, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, which has been designated as November. The idea is to write 50,000 words during the month of November (albeit a very short novel, more like a middle-grade range). That averages out to 1,667 words per day. I’ve heard about NaNoWriMo for a while now, but it’s always felt too daunting to…

#PitchWars 2018 Bio

I’m jumping on the #BoostMyBio bandwagon. Hi, I’m Jordan. I live in California with my husband and three kids. I’m an avid reader, travel enthusiast, and music lover. My current job title is stay-at-home-mom, so things can get a little crazy around our place. I wrote my first picture book in grade school, won my first poetry contest in middle school,…

Doldrums: a state or period of inactivity, stagnation, or depression

I haven’t blogged in a while and it’s because I’ve been trying to keep busy while waiting. The endless waiting for query responses. It’s a funny thing, when you deliberately try to distract your brain with tedious tasks and activities to prevent yourself from thinking of the one thing that always lingers in the back of your mind. When will…