About

An award-winning author, Jordan McCollum can’t resist a story where good defeats evil and true love conquers all. My stories all seem to revolve around love, lies, secrets and spies.

My first series is about CIA operative Talia Reynolds and her boyfriend, who doesn’t know she’s a spy. I, Spy; Spy for a Spy; Tomorrow We Spy; and prequel novel Spy by Night were all named Whitney Award Finalists. In 2015, I started a new series with my long-awaited Saints & Spies. Keep up with my publication schedule by joining my readers group—and get a free novel!

In addition to fiction, I love teaching and writing about writing. I have nonfiction books out on Character Arcs, Character Sympathy, and Character Depth. I served as the inaugural Education Director for Authors Incognito (now Storymakers Tribe), an online writers’ community, coordinating and teaching monthly writing classes for our 400+ members, plus occasional workshops and insane-goal-achieving drives. At writers conferences, I’ve taught (packed, much to my surprise) classes on character arcs, gesture crutches, structural self-editing and more. In 2015, I began offering online writing courses through my site, so be sure to join my writers newsletter to hear about them before they fill up!

In my day job, I coerce people to do things they don’t want to, elicit information and generally manipulate the people I love most—I’m a mom. I was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina. A graduate of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, I earned a Bachelor’s in American Studies and Linguistics with minors in Spanish and English. (It’s not as hard as it sounds. 😉 ) When I catch a spare minute amidst being a wife, mother and writer, my hobbies include reading, blogging, knitting, and mysteries. I have three four five kids, play three instruments and know three languages, and hope to add more to all some of those counts—eventually.

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