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Guest Author Jordyn Redwood: Humor Me

I’m thrilled to have my friend, debut suspense novelist Jordyn Redwood as my guest blogger today! Jordyn Redwood is a pediatric ER nurse by day, suspense novelist by night. She hosts Redwood’s Medical Edge, a blog devoted to helping contemporary and historical authors write medically accurate fiction. You can connect with Jordyn via her website at www.jordynredwood.net.

Jordyn’s debut novel, Proof, released June 1 from Kregel Publications. 

Dr. Lilly Reeves is a young, accomplished ER physician with her whole life ahead of her. But that life instantly changes when she becomes the fifth victim of a serial rapist. Believing it’s the only way to recover her reputation and secure peace for herself, Lilly sets out to find–and punish–her assailant. Sporting a mysterious tattoo and unusually colored eyes, the rapist should be easy to identify. He even leaves what police would consider solid evidence. But when Lilly believes she has found him, DNA testing clears him as a suspect. How can she prove he is guilty, if science says he is not?

You can buy your copy of Proof here. Jordyn is giving away a copy of Proof to one commenter. Please leave your email address with your comment. 

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Don’t we need humor in life to make it through? Life is hard. I have two very serious jobs. I’m a real life pediatric ER RN and a suspense novelist. Those can be heavy days but they can also be fun days—by using a little humor to get through.

Marriage is no different, right? Humor is necessary. What are some of the funniest things that have happened between you and your spouse? To take a break from discussing serious subjects: like death, trauma, and writing suspense—I thought I’d take a humor break and share some funny highlights from my married life.

Do you find that opposites attract? That’s the truth with my husband and I. He’s the quiet introvert. I’m the more outspoken extrovert. He gets queasy at the site of blood. Obviously, I do not. What we have seems to work—as we’ve been married almost fifteen years.

During our dating years, we were set to see a movie. I drove to his place and let myself in—and then sat there fuming when he was nowhere to be found. This was before the age of everyone having a cell phone. Finally, his phone rings. I answer. He’s on the line. “Where are you?” He asks. “Where are you?” I ask right back. He says, “I’m at your place!”—“Well, I’m where you should be.”

Other funny moments? Let’s see—teaching kindergarten Sunday school with his ex-girlfriend. Well, we can laugh about that now.

My husband likes to trim his own hair. One day, he mistakenly forgot to put the spacer on the clippers and took a swipe. Without much introduction, he comes into the living room and asks me, “Can you fix this?” with one bald stripe down the middle of his head.

I burst out laughing so hard—I still crack up thinking about it. ER nurse honey—not hairdresser extraordinaire.

Sometimes, you need those lighter moments in life to get you through serious novels, too. I have a very dry sense of humor. My debut medical thriller, Proof, deals with some very serious subjects and I thought whilst writing the ms—I really do need some moments of levity.

Hence, the humorous pairing of my odd couple detectives, Nathan Long and Brett Sawyer. Nathan means business. He’s serious and organized—bordering on an undiagnosed case of OCD. A southern gentleman. Brett’s the laid back easy type—maybe plays a little bit loose with the rules to get the job done. Often, their interactions provide comic relief in Proof. Let me give one example: an elderly woman with some questionable underwear choices serving them tea with a heavy dose of liquor during an interview. You may think that would never happen. Well, just recently I had a 14y/o show up just in his skivvies—at the ER. That’s right—just the white cotton briefs. And let me say—he was not deathly ill. Plenty of time for that young man to get dressed.

Your turn: What about you? What’s the most humorous thing that’s happened in your married/dating/writing life? I’d love to know—could end up in my next book. Names withheld—of course. 

Remember to leave your email address with your comment so we can contact you for your mailing address should you win a copy of Proof

Lisa Jordan

15 Comments

  • Jennifer Tipton says:

    Hi Jordyn! My husband and I met at our work Christmas party. I’d come with my friend Michelle and we were sitting when Adam( my husband) and his friends entered and I was like who’s that to my friend. I mentioned to her that he looked like Meatloaf. And what do you know Adam and his friend sat our table because his friend Milt was friends with my friend. We got in line for dinner and I am usually shy but I proceeded to tell him that he looked like Meatloaf ( he had really long hair). Well after dinner his friend who was sitting next to me got up and went to talk to a girl at the next table and Adam thought how rude because he thought I was the girl his friend had liked. Well when we went back to work he sent over a blue card with his # on it but all my friends said he was supposed to call me so I sent a blue card back with my # on it. At first he thought I had turned him down and was sending back his # and was going to throw it away but the deliverer said you might want to check first and we’ve been married almost 15 years ( Sept. 20th).

  • Pat Trainum says:

    You know, funny things happen to me all the time, but if I sit down to put one of those funny things…or romantic things in a comment, it goes right out the window. So I guess this is my funny thing!
    Love this post. Would love to win Jordyn’s book. pat at ptbradley dot com

  • Michelle Lim says:

    Jordyn, love the premise of your new book. As for funny things that happened… the funniest would take too long to tell. I shall just sit back and enjoy the stories.

  • Sounds like a great book! I love suspense.

    One time my husband gave me a pair of earrings. He was so proud of himself. But I happen to be wearing the same pair…he’d bought them for me before. Guess he knew I’d like them. 😉

    Lindsay dot harrel at gmail dot com

  • That’s hilarious! On our second date, my husband went in to pay for gas and when he came out and opened the door he slipped on the ice and fell under the driver’s door. I laughed until I peed a little. Like I really did pee. He was humiliated of course, since he was trying to be cool. I’m laughing right now, (not peeing). TMI I know.
    Jordyn, I have your book as one of our medical thriller picks for book club next month! I’d love to win a copy!
    jrpatch at yahoo dot com

    • Jessica!

      That’s an awesome story. I have to say I’m a sucker for a good slip and fall, too. I think I get that from my dad. I am a fan of America’s Funniest Home Videos and Wipeout.

      Thanks for putting Proof up as an option for your book club! Be sure to send me a link when the info is live: jredwood1 (at) gmail (dot) com.

  • These were some fun stories! We are definite opposites. On top of that, he’s an engineer. When we got new carpet years ago, I just wanted to stand on the samples barefooted and see which one felt the best and he was weighing them and measuring the depth of the pile and analyzing everything until I thought I would scream! LOL And I’m even pretty logical compared to some of my friends.

    Would love to win the book! Thanks for the opportunity. I’m assuming I don’t need to put my email here since I had to enter it to leave the comment.

  • Beth K. Vogt says:

    Oh, Jordyn,
    I am glad I didn’t miss this post.
    Hysterical! I’m too busy laughing to even think of some funny moments …
    I know I’ve mentioned my husband is a doctor. I do recall him telling the story of a guy showing up in the ER after work because he had an ingrown toenail. Do you consider that an emergency — an ingrown toenail? The guy was all irate that they wouldn’t take care of him. The doc said, “Of all the things we have here, we don’t have toenail clippers.”
    Sheesh.

    • Oh Beth,

      Too many stories of “not” an emergency I could share with your husband– that’s for sure.

      At least he something. I had a mother bring a child in for a fall. “Where is his injury?” I asked.

      “He doesn’t have one.”

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