Hi Jodi, Thanks for joining us readers here on Night Owl Reviews. What's your latest book and what is it about?
In RUSTLER'S MOON I wanted to tell a story about a woman who is all alone and afraid to trust.
She meets a man who has given up on believing in love.
As she fights for her life and he protects her, they both learn to trust in each other.
When I write a story it's always about a group of people because others always play a part in our lives. Good or bad. Past or present, the people around us have a strong influence on who we are and who we become.
My settings are always Texas and RUSTLER'S MOON is set in a tiny town called Crossroads. Where everyone knows everyone, talks about everyone, and cares about each other.
Step into my world. You'll love the visit and the view of Ransom Canyon.
What should readers expect from you titles?
A story that will stay with them even after the close the book.
What's your writing process like?
After forty books you'd think I'd have a writing process down, but every book is different. The best way I can describe it is that a character steps into my office, pulls up a chair and begins to tell me his or her story. I write my first impression, then I get to know them better. They come alive page by page.
Like I always tell writing classes, 'I meet a lot of great people in my work. Some are real and some just live in my head.
What's next for you as an author?
I'm in the middle of writing the RANSOM CANYON series and loving it.
Ideas are already jumping in my mind for next year. Something new, different, and very much Jodi Thomas style
Getting a book to market often takes a village. Who has helped you on the way?
All my friends and family help me procrastinate! :)
I must admit that not one English teacher ever told me I had talent and should be a writer. They always said, 'Pay attention.'
I wish I could go back and tell them I was busy dreaming up stories in my head.
Do you have a favorite or interesting reader meet moment?
A few years back I went to Tulsa, Oklahoma to speak and sign books. A group of writers took me out to eat then we went to my signing. We were early. I noticed a woman standing at the table waiting. I went over and introduced myself. She said I was her favorite author and was so excited she started crying. So, I started crying. Then all the writers I went to dinner with started crying. When the bookstore manager ran over panicked, we all laughed until we started crying again.
What's your day job like?
I'm the writer in residence for West Texas A&M in Canyon, Texas. I try to show up to my office on the second floor of the university library by nine. I usually answer e-mail until students begin to come in. Some just want to ask a questions. Some want to read what they are working on. I love this one on one teaching. By noon I'm usually booked for a lunch with someone in the community who writes or wants to start. We talk writing. Then, it's back to the office where I usually close my door and work for a few hours before heading home where the real writing begins.
Thanks so much for joining us Jodi. It has been a pleasure having you. Do you have anything else to share with our readers?
A rustler's moon is a sliver of silver light that allows one lover to steal another's heart away.
Enjoy RUSTLER'S MOON. The stories will stay with you long after you close the book.