Since I began writing books while entering "advanced youth" (at the age of 75), once I learned about Createspace I opted to investigate self-publishing. Computer skills learned as a long time independent notesetter/typesetter in the music publishing industry made this work for me. I like that I have control over my books and that I can make changes whenever I choose.
Careful review by a friend with editorial skills who acted as my copy editor, followed by six Beta readers who made valuable suggestions (and were kind enough to comment on errors they spotted!). Final edits, reading aloud, formatting and reading carefully both the e-book and a print copy from CreateSpace. Considerable and careful research for this novel into bipolar disorder and also the specific musical requirements for a successful violinist, with assistance from experts in both areas.
While a stand-alone read, this book continues the story of the Logans. Laura was first introduced in You Are My Song, and at the end of the book we knew Jamie and Meredith were expecting a second child and were hoping for a boy. Jamie's career has blossomed and he is now a world-famous opera singer with two gifted ... although troubled ... children. Jamie's high school friend Kristina Levin (Eli's Heart) is also present in this novel. Eli is also part of the story, appearing in flashbacks.
“It’s more than music: it’s light. It’s love. It’s life.”
Jamie’s Children takes place in the 1980s, and the story introduces the children of world-famous operatic tenor Jamie Logan. Just as his son Niall understands that his musical gift is as a singer-songwriter, he begins to manifest symptoms of bipolar disorder. His disease leads him down a dark and difficult path.
Niall’s older sister Laura has her own challenges: discovered to be a violin prodigy at the age of four, she has to find a balance in her life in order to grow as an artist and a woman.
Both of Jamie’s children find their way through difficult and sometimes daunting trials with the power of music, and the love of family, friends, and lovers sustaining them.
Author of How I Grew Up, Eli’s Heart, and You Are My Song (“The Carousel Trilogy”), Jordan draws from her life experiences as a voice teacher and stage director while seamlessly weaving together stories that explore the power music has to inspire and heal.
Laura and Niall Logan, children of an opera singer, have their own musical gifts. But brother and sister struggle with serious problems in their personal lives. The people they love and the power of music help them overcome these challenges and claim their own place in the spotlight.