R A Jordan
R A Jordan - A brief history of my writing's.
I turned to writing in 2009, as the other Robert Jordan Author now deceased wrote SciFi, I decided to use my initials R A Jordan to avoid confusion. I wrote a plot and synopsis for the first novel, 'Times Up', on a two-hour delayed train journey from London to Macclesfield. (Book 1). Another murder and further intrigue are in the second book, 'England's Wall ,' ensuring the pages are turned.
I have attended two creative writing workshops at Oxford University held by the Sunday Times during the literary festival. That experience and the love of writing coupled with the 'strange*' happenings during the novels' writing has propelled me to write five books.
The initial thoughts came as the financial crisis was at a 'full bore', fueling the literary fire that was burning inside me. ('Laundry' book 3) The stories follow the fortunes and misfortunes of the Wall family throughout the first decade of the twenty-first century. Based in Cheshire's county town Chester, a county where I was born, I know well. The family business of the main characters of the books in civil engineering and, latterly, property development. I have been involved with activities during my forty-five years as a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
'Cracks in the Wall' (book 4) enters a new realm of mystery and intrigue, with the abduction of a child and the financial crisis coming together to cause severe family and business problems. An arson attack on the old HQ building of the family firm puts the suspect in jail. It couldn't be Sandra's lover as they were in Spain together - could it?
The final book in the Walls Saga is Secret Side, bringing all the loose ends together and setting up my subsequent novels.
The current book is in edit now 'Tower of Strength' and features John England, the solicitor in the Walls Saga.
Robert started his own Chartered Surveyors business in April 1974. Not a good year. Subsequently, he formed Jordans Estate Agents selling to Halifax in 1986. In 1998 he formed Robert Jordan & Associates, specialising in letting residential property. This business was sold in 2012 to a significant company. Robert became a council member of the association of Residential Letting Agents in 1989. Ultimately it's President twice, once for two years and then five years. He has used his experience in property, travel, sailing, and a love of classic cars to give credence to the plots. The fifth book 'Secret Side' has been published, like all the others on Amazon.
*Strange happenings: An example of one such occurrence was when I was visiting Chester and the River Dee footpath crossing close to the Chester Rowing Club House. A suspension bridge spans the river at this point. 'England's Wall' (Book 2) will explain why I needed to go there. With the name of the family involved in all the books being 'Wall', imagine my surprise when I found that the suspension bridge had been opened in 1917 by the then Sherriff of Chester' Alfred Wall'!!
I am excited that my next book will be published with matador.
It is another John England Story called 'Failed Redemption'. It follows on from previous novels the latest being Tower of Strength