Jody worked as a television news journalist and nonprofit public relations and fundraising professional before dedicating herself to fulfilling her dream of becoming a published author. She had always wanted to write fiction, but didn’t know what she wanted to write until she learned about Diamond Bessie. Historical fiction is her passion, but she considers herself an eclectic reader and reads anything–fiction or nonfiction–that keeps her attention.
Along the path to publication, Jody has been chosen as a finalist in The Pirate’s Alley Society’s William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, a finalist in the Tucson Festival of Books Literary Competition, a semi-finalist in Ruminate magazine’s William Van Dyke Short Story Contest, and she won second place in the San Antonio Writers’ Guild’s “First Chapter” contest. Jody has been published in The New Guard literary review and Pilcrow & Dagger. She attended the Writer’s Hotel Master Class in Fiction and the prestigious and highly competitive Aspen Words juried conference, Summer Words.
Jody’s other passion is advocating for people with special needs. She met her son, Marius, while reporting on Romania’s orphanages post-communism and saw first-hand the effects of the lack of nurturing and nutrition on the young orphans. For several years Jody served on the board of directors of North Texas Special Needs Assistance Partners (SNAP), a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities live the fullest lives possible in their communities. Her son is an active member and lives on his own with the help of SNAP’s Independent Living Program. Jody lives near Fort Worth, Texas with her husband.