I’m so excited to be a part of the book tour for Jordie & Joey Fell from the Sky that is hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. I was really excited to also be able to interview the author for this book!
Welcome Judi! Thank you for allowing me to interview you! Can you start off by introducing yourself?
Thank you! It’s a pleasure to talk to you! I worked at a romance publishing company for six years before going into freelance editing. I also work as an editor at Radish Fiction. I write both middle grade and YA, and I’m really excited my debut is a middle grade! During my downtime, I like binge watching good TV shows, crocheting, and working outside.
How would you describe Jordie & Joey Fell from the Sky in one sentence?
A book about siblings who are looking to find where they truly belong, even if it’s not on this planet.
Can you introduce us to the main character(s) of Jordie & Joey Fell from the Sky?
Absolutely! Jordie and Joey are 12-year-old twins who managed to stay together despite being in the foster system all their lives. Jordie is quiet and introverted and has been longing to find his birth family. His older-by-three-minutes twin is more extroverted and very protective of Jordie. They’ve been best friends since they were born and tend to do everything together, even though they have very different interests.
Do you know from the beginning how your books will end or do you let your characters decide their journey?
I typically don’t know the end of a book when I start writing it. The first scene that always comes to me is the black moment—when everything seems darkest for the character. And then I start writing from there. I’m a serious pantser so the ending’s usually a surprise for me too!
Do you have a favorite scene, moment, or quote from the book?
One of my favorite quotes from the book is when Jordie asks Joey why he’s going along on the search for aliens if Joey doesn’t believe in them the way Jordie does. Joey responds by saying, “We weren’t built to be apart.”
What are three books you would recommend if someone enjoyed Jordie & Joey Fell from the Sky?
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin, See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng, and The Changling by William Ritter
What’s next for you? Anything you can share?
I currently have my second contemporary MG out on submission with my agent about a boy who’s trying to meet expectations his father put on him, discovering in the process that he’d rather be his own person. And by the time this interview goes live, I’ll be neck-deep in Camp NaNo in April, writing a 50k word middle grade in those 30 days!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Twin brothers Jordie and Joey have never met their parents. Maybe it’s because they aren’t from this planet?
When another kid at school tried to force Jordie to show him the “crop circles” on his back that prove he’s an alien, it was Joey who took the kid to the ground. And when the twins got kicked out of their foster home because Joey kissed the other boy who lived there, it was Jordie who told him everything would be okay. And as long as Jordie and Joey are together, it will be. But when the principal calls their current foster mother about a fight at school, the boys know she’ll be done with them. And, from spying in their file, they also know they’re going to be separated.
Determined to face the world side by side rather than without one another, Jordie and Joey set off to find their birth parents. From Arizona to Roswell to Area 51 in the Nevada desert, the twins begin a search for where they truly belong. But Jordie’s about to discover that family isn’t always about the ones who bring you into the world, but the ones who help you survive it.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Judi Lauren was born in the Midwest and misses those winters. She now resides in an area where the bugs are way too large. She has an unnatural obsession with Chicago, Dean Winchester, and Friends (the TV show.)
Judi is represented by Heather Cashman of Storm Literary Agency, where she writes books for kids and teens about family, friendship, and surviving impossible things.
In her spare time, she also works as an editor at Radish Fiction. You can connect with her on Instagram @judilauren.