“Since this took place at the time I attended CCM, it gave me a wonderful opportunity to visit that time in my life in a place I loved,” Jordan said. “And the faculty members described in the book are actually portraits of some remarkable people I remember from the school.”
You are my Song, the third in Jordan’s series, brings readers back to the life of character Melanie Stewart. In the novel, Stewart’s close friend Jamie Logan, a promising young tenor, decides to pursue his career in music at CCM in voice. Jordan’s own husband was, in part, the inspiration for the character and life events that unfold in the novel.
“Jamie’s challenges are not so dramatic as Eli’s, but they reflect the challenges, both professional and personal, a young singer encounters as he strives for a career in opera,” Jordan said. “Having known a number of people who set out on this journey — including some of my own voice students — and the time I spent as a director and working backstage, were greatly helpful in developing this book.”
This summer Jordan released her fourth installment in the series, titled Jamie's Children, which tells the troubled tales of You are my Song character Jamie Logan's musical children.
Laura, daughter of Jamie and Meredith, suffers the burden of being born a musical prodigy. She feels the pressure to exceed the highest of expectations, and her friends' bitter resentment of her ultimate success.
Niall, a singer-songwriter and Jamie's second child, suffers internal strife that his psychologist mother suspects might be bipolar disorder.
More information about Jordan’s novels and her life in the performing arts is available on her website, susanmoorejordan.com.