Friday, August 21, 2020

*Book Tour & Giveaway* Goshen A Memoir by Jordan Gerdes-GUEST POST

Goshen: A Memoir 
by Jordan Gerdes 
Genre: YA Fiction Memoir 

Goshen is a collection that chronicles a battle with depression, heartbreak, and moving forward.

Written first as a collection of notes in a phone, this became the only thing that kept me alive over those few years. It is my hope that you find hope within these pages, a kindred spirit, solidarity, and know that you are not alone. 

Jordan Gerdes is an English teacher in Central Oregon, where he lives with his fiancée, Justy and their two goldendoodles, Huck and Finn. He is the owner and editor of Features of Fright, a horror website focused on genre analysis. He is currently working on a collection of short horror stories. 


When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I think I was first told I was a writer in high school, by one of the most fantastic educators to ever exist. I wrote a short story, fictionalized but very much memoir rooted. I thought it was decent enough to pass the assignment, but my teacher harped on me to edit repeatedly, which I was sure was a bad thing. He told me after class that he wanted my permission to submit it for a literary contest. I was pretty blown away by that. I think that was really the spark for me to begin to write more. After that, I would say I was a writer, even if only to make myself feel a little more important during those years. The real answer is the day that my copy of my debut novel arrived. Just getting to hold something I wrote, bound and printed, in my hands is a feeling I don’t think I will ever forget.

Do you have a favorite movie?

I have a million favorite movies depending on the day and mood. All time favorite is a hard one to really nail down. If I am really being honest, I would have to go with Stand By Me(1986), because of the comfort I have for that film. It was something I watched repeatedly growing up, and honestly, may have been the first exposure I had to Stephen King material.

It has humor, heart, and heaviness, all while giving me so much comfort at the same time.

What inspired you to write this book?

When I was in my undergrad at Portland State, I was going through a tough time. I know that sounds really cliche and all, but I had been diagnosed with depression and anxiety a couple years prior. Those following years became a blur of burying myself in relationships, self medicating, and going on and off my medications repeatedly. If I am being honest, it started as suicide note, but it sat collecting dust in my iPhone notes folder for a few days. I added another entry, then another, and so on. Over a few months, it became therapeutic for me to write down what was going through my mind, reminiscing on what had gotten me to the broken place I was in, or thinking about all that I feared about living for another day.

This is where Goshen was born.

What can we expect from you in the future?

I have two projects I am working on currently. I am in the process of writing a collection of short stories based in the horror genre. I am also working diligently on a comprehensive history of Oregon and its foundations as a “whites only” state, cataloging the injustices and often forgotten histories of marginalized populations in this state. I am hoping to have the short story collection out in time for Halloween, and the history of Oregon project out within the year. 

$50 Amazon – 1 winner, Character Named after you in my next book- 5 winners! 

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