10 Years of Widdershins

10 years ago today, I sat down and typed the opening line of the book that would change my life.

I was late for my appointment with a dead man.

It was the first day of Camp NanoWriMo, 2012 (starting the next year, Camp Nano shifted months so it’s no longer in June). The book didn’t have a title yet, but within a few days became Widdershins.

Mock cover I made for CampNaNoWriMo

I had no idea I was starting an eleven book series that would touch so many people and literally change my own life. In fact, I thought the opposite: only a handful of people were ever going to read it, mainly because it defied the marketing wisdom of the time.

Marketing “wisdom” in 2012:

  • The book must have a clear genre. LOL, nope! Paranormal romance, but also historical, but also Lovecraftian horror…keeping in mind “paranormal historical” was really a thing back then
  • Readers hate first person. Strike two.
  • Historicals don’t sell. Strike three.
  • The hero must be a confident, sexy, decisive alpha male type. How about a nervous, socially anxious philologist who forgot to comb his hair and drops his books on his love interest’s foot?

So the book was obviously doomed in terms of sales, but I wanted to write it so bad that it didn’t matter. Once I’d gotten it out of my system, I’d move on to something that would pay the bills. But for now, for this month, I would write the book of my heart.

Needless to say, I was wrong about everything, from getting it out of my system to how many people wanted to follow the adventures of a nerdy philologist who hates telephones. I guess if there’s any lesson here, it’s that no one knows what the future holds, and you should do whatever creative project calls to you, even if it seems like you’re the only audience for it. Because you truly can never tell.

I wanted to mark the day, even if it has significance only to me. Later on in the year, I’ll be doing some fun things to celebrate the tenth publication anniversary (December 3, 2012—the date on Amazon is a weird glitch that happened when I was changing the price before the release of Stormhaven, and makes it look like I wrote Book 2 before Book 1), so stay tuned for that!

In the meantime, to celebrate both the 10th anniversary of that fateful Camp NaNoWriMo and Pride Month, you can download Widdershins for free from THIS LINK for all of June. Chances are if you’re on this blog, you’ve already read it, so please feel free to pass the link on to any friends you think would enjoy it.

And thank you so much for a wonderful decade. I’m so grateful to each and every one of you.

Love,

Jordan

Posted June 1, 2022 by jordan in books, Whyborne & Griffin, Widdershins / 8 Comments

8 responses to “10 Years of Widdershins

  1. Liz Thompson

    I am so glad you did go ahead and write them. Enjoyed them tremendously,definite re-reading material!

  2. Christy Thompson

    I’m so glad you followed your heart because I can’t imagine not having Widdershins in my life.

  3. Caitlin

    Thank you so much for ignoring the “wisdom” and writing YOUR book (and series)! Widdershins is one of the first queer series I ever read and there’s been no going back. Passion projects always bring the win. 🙂

  4. David Fetz

    My life would be less rich without all of your lovely books. I think with the anniversary occurring it would be a great time to go back to the beginning and read the whole saga again! It would only be the third time! Happy Anniversary and thanks!

  5. Claudia

    When I first read Widdershins, I felt totally in love with all the characters but the one who had my heart from the beginning? Whyborne. That shy, lonely man, who was so utterly unaware of his own courage and value, who was exquisitely courteous with everyone and yet would stubornly demand respect for Christine once and again… and who was willing to give his life to save the world, how could I not love him?

    By now, I’ve read the series so many times that I’ve lost count. I simply can’t stay away from them for too long *laughs* Thank you, thank you very much for such beautiful gift ♥

    Happy Anniversary!

  6. Wyntr

    I love your books but was so sad when you went to switching every chapter by character. I don’t know which publisher, editor, or whoever thought this was a good idea. I happen to hate it. Most of my favorite authors write both main characters pov’s without having to have a whole chapter and naming which character it is. I have decided not to read anything new by authors that do this. I hope you go back to writing the way you used to because I love those stories the best.

  7. Gill

    Well I must say I love your writing, and don’t mind how many pov’s you use

  8. K.C.

    I discovered Widdershins last month. I’ve now read the whole series, and one of the best things I love (besides Whyborne of course) is that I never knew what was coming. I would try to guess, and once or twice I got it. Your characters, your world, the conflicts, the story…it’s all amazing, and the whole theme behind it is stunning. Found family indeed. My only sadness is that the series is over, and I find myself wishing they had more adventures to tell. But how can you top saving the world? lol And I suppose my other sadness is that Whyborne and Griffin didn’t have a family of their own. They would make amazing dads! (Especially geeky, goofy, loving Whyborne.)