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Susan Moore Jordan

????????After growing up in the unique town of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Susan Moore Jordan attended the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati as a vocal performance major. She also served on the administrative staff of the Edgecliff Academy of Fine Arts and the Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival. In 1971 she moved with her late husband, a tenor, and three small children to the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Several years later, she established a private voice studio that has sent its students on to leading schools of music and opera or musical theater companies around the world. In 1984 Jordan began directing musical productions for community and high school theater, and has directed over eighty shows. In October 2013, she published her first novel, How I Grew Up, followed by Eli’s Heart in June 2014. You Are My Song, January 2015, is her third novel. All of her novels are drawn from her life experiences as a voice teacher and stage director and are inspired by real people she has encountered.

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Memories of Jake (Contemporary Fiction)

One brother can’t remember. The other can’t forget.

Andrew and Jacob Cameron are tied together by a bond more powerful than blood. As young children, they experience a horrific event that tears their family apart. Then just as they complete their high school years, the Vietnam War intensifies. Both young men serve in the military: Andrew in the Marine Corps, Jake as a Green Beret.

Each brother is damaged by his service in Vietnam, Jake in a way that will change his life forever. Andrew, always protective of his rakish younger brother, is determined to restore Jake and their relationship to normalcy. But when Jake disappears, Andrew’s life is left in shambles.

His loving parents, his always supportive wife Mary, even his burgeoning career as an artist seem not to be enough to alleviate the pain of Andrew’s frantic question:

Where is my brother?


Jamie’s Children (Coming-Of-Age)

jamies children“It’s more than music: it’s light. It’s love. It’s life.”

Laura and Niall Logan, children of a brilliant musician, have gifts of their own. Laura, first-born, child prodigy violinist suffers from emotional problems that haunt her well into adulthood. Niall, talented singer-song writer, is demonized by bouts of bipolar disorder. Supported by the people they love and the power of music, they seek to overcome these daunting challenges as they strive to claim their own place in the spotlight.

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.


“More Fog, Please”: 31 Years Directing Community and High School Musicals (Non-Fiction)

More Fog Please“More Fog, Please” – 31 Years Directing Community and High School Musicals — is exactly that, memories of over thirty of the eighty musical theater shows Susan Moore Jordan directed from 1984 to 2015. “There’s no question where the buck stops in a theater production,” Jordan says, but she adds, “There are many people mentioned in these pages, because none of these shows could have happened without them.” Each chapter begins with the “Director’s Note” that appeared in the printed program for the show, and Jordan informally discusses the productions. She highlights the events – some exciting, some stressful, some humorous, some anxious, some frightening, some sad – that confirmed the old saying “the show must go on.” Woven throughout the book are “adventures” with stage fog, which the author loved to use. An intriguing look into the world of amateur theater and the people who make it happen, from one director’s point of view.


How I Grew Up: The Carousel Trilogy, Book One (Literary Fiction)

How I Grew Up“You’ll Never Walk Alone.” The words from that song in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel held an especially poignant meaning for Melanie Stewart, who went on stage in the leading role of Julie Jordan mere weeks after her parents were the victims of a senseless murder, perpetrated by her own sister’s troubled husband.

She was just eighteen, a high school senior who dreamed of Hollywood stardom and her first real kiss.

With the support of her two older sisters — who had problems of their own to deal with in the lingering aftermath of the horror — and her good friends, Mel auditioned for her high school’s spring musical the week after her parents’ funeral. Rehearsals for the production began almost immediately.

In the weeks leading up to the performance, Melanie learned she was stronger than she knew, and being involved in the show helped her begin to heal.

The story took place in small-town America in the mid-twentieth century, and is based on an actual event.


Eli’s Heart: The Carousel Trilogy, Book Two (Literary Fiction)

Eli's Heart“Once upon a time, there was a beautiful boy who was born with two things: a damaged heart and a heart full of music.”
─ Krissy Levin

In the nineteen fifties, ELI LEVIN, a brilliant teenage pianist born with a serious heart defect and not expected to live past the age of thirty, meets KRISSY PORTER on a visit to a small town in the Southeast. They play piano duets, talk about baseball, eat banana splits. A budding romance is ended by interference from Eli’s family, but they find their way back to each other three years later.

They marry on Krissy’s twentieth birthday while they are both college students. The music they share is a vital part of their life together. Once he begins his career, Eli’s rise in the music world is meteoric.

Although they are devoted—and intensely passionate—from the beginning, the couple must struggle with never knowing when the various repairs to Eli’s heart might give out.


You Are My Song: The Carousel Trilogy, Book Three (Literary Fiction)

you are my songThe nineteen-fifties. Elvis is wearing Blue Suede Shoes. The Grand Old Opry reigns supreme in Nashville.
But in a small Tennessee town Jamie Logan ─ a good-hearted young man with a superb tenor voice ─ stars in his high school’s musical theater production and begins an unlikely, almost magical journey that could take him to the pinnacle of the opera world.

The path is far from simple. Jamie just wants to sing. He is ill-prepared for the jealousy, rivalry and politics he encounters on his way. Personal tragedy, family crises, even a hate crime sidetrack him and threaten to undermine his journey.
There are far more aspiring singers than there are roles available, and young singers quickly learn that simply having a remarkable voice is rarely enough on which to build and sustain a career. Politics, jealousy, vindictiveness, even cruelty can be a part of what a singer has to deal with. And very often, a career can be launched or ended by luck. There has to be more than a desire to sing. There must be an overwhelming, undeniable feeling that this is the singer’s reason for being.

Jamie has the desire, but he also seeks to understand who he is, not only as an artist but as a man. The people he loves are vital to him and he strives to find a way to balance his professional life and his personal life. Jamie has a voice beautiful beyond belief ─ and the love of a woman who inspires him to believe in himself. Will that be enough?

You Are My Song is about Jamie Logan’s journey in “opera world” and the choices he has to make along the way.