John Goode On Writing, Characters, and his new YA Release Jordan vs. All the Boys (author interview)


Jordan vs. All the Boys by John Goode

Harmony Ink Press
Cover Artist: Rissarare@Fiverr

Sales Links:  Harmony Ink Press

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to have John Goode here today talking about his latest YA novel from Harmony Ink Press, Jordan vs. All the Boys.  Welcome, John.


Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Interview with John Goode



How much of yourself goes into a character?  Very little if I am to be honest. I spent a lot of time finding my guys and rarely do they have anything in common with me. They have a lot I wish I possessed but most of the time they come from outside sources.

Does research play a role into choosing which genre you write?  Do you enjoy research or prefer making up your worlds and cultures? I research everything. Like everything, everything. I learned baseball for Tales From Foster High, I learned basketball for Going the Distance and for Jordan vs. All The Boys I researched surfing, non alcoholic drinks, gay dating apps and various video games. No matter how small the detail, I can spend hours on hours finding the exact fact for it.

For example, in 151 Days, the third book in the Foster Series, I literally went to the high school schedule for the school Foster High was based on, and literally counted the days from Christmas break to graduation to find how many days were left in the year, hence the title 151 Days. I am research crazy.

Has your choice of childhood or teenage reading genres carried into your own choices for writing? I grew up reading sci fi, fantasy and comic books mainly. So except for Lords of Arcadia I would have to say no, I never read YA fictional books except for Outsiders by SE Hinton.

Have you ever had to put an ‘in progress’ story aside because of the emotional ties with it?  You were hurting with the characters or didn’t know how to proceed?  I have more than once. I wrote the end of 151 Days months before I started the book because just the scene itself made me cry like a baby. I had to distance myself from it just to be able to approach it because it was just too much for me.

 Do you like HFN or HEA? And why? I like whatever fits the story more. I am not afraid to make an ending dark or unexpected because that was what the story asked for. Sure there should be some pay off for a reader to go through all of that emotion so I don’t throw dark or depressing stuff in unless it’s needed for a story point but I think making an ending happy just because is as bad as making bad things happen to people in the story for no reason. If there is a purpose, then everything is possible.

Who do you think is your major influence as a writer? Douglas Adams, SE Hinton, Peter David, John Byrne

How do you feel about the ebook format and where do you see it going? Love it, the ability to carry a library around with you in your pocket is right out of Star Trek and hope it continues to grow.

How do you choose your covers? I make them myself, I just look at the feeling I am trying to convey and then start crafting the image around it. It’s a completely different set of muscles and I love using them.

What’s next for you as an author? I continue to write Foster High on my Patreon and am working on a couple of things for Harmony Ink.


Everyone has that one summer, the summer where you take your first steps into adulthood. The nights are longer, the songs are better, and the friends you make are forever. For Jordan, Brandon, Ethan, and Dominic, that summer is now. This pack of self-proclaimed nerds set out on an adventure that defines every young man’s life—the search for love, or at least what they think love is. As with all great quests there are pitfalls and challenges ahead of them and they will have to overcome their greatest enemy, their own egos. But the power of true friendship could give them the strength they need to complete their quest and win their prize.











Book Details:

ebook, 1st edition, 180 pages
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by Harmony Ink Press