Jody is having a hard time writing her biography. Just
between you and me, I donít think sheíll ever finish it.
Iím going to have to take over.
Let me introduce myself. My
name is Anna Karenina, and Jody says Iím the most beautiful
Australian Shepherd in the world. You can call me Annie. My
sidekick, Jane Austen, was a Katrina orphan, and we think
she's some kind of a Terrier because she's loaded with
personality. We call her Janie.
Iím in charge of security on
John and Jodyís ranch, and Iím teaching Janie the ropes.
Our duties include riding in the truck to the feed store and
acting as the welcome committee to anyone who turns onto our
little private road. A dogís work on a ranch is never done,
but we love our humans and help them all we can.
Romance Writers of
America (RWAģ) is just around the corner from us, and Jody
belongs to two great chapters, West Houston and Northwest
Houston. This way she can attend every conference, every
meeting and has a supportive, but extremely firm, critique
But you didnít come here to
hear about me. Let me tell you about Jody. She's living her
dream. She says the first childhood you pretty much have to
take what your parents give you. The second one is your
responsibility, and it would be your own fault if you
didnít enjoy it. She swears her birthplace was a
mistakeóGod meant her to raise Warmblood horses on a ranch
have won awards even though she doesnít have a Ph.D. in
creative writing. We wish she did, because sheís destroyed
one dictionary, two thesauruses, and three synonym finders in
the past three years. We think she might be a tiny bit
over-the-top looking for just the right word.
All of Jody's heroes
resemble her husband, John. Itís not surprising; heís the
love of her life. Trying to keep up with him, sheís
traveled the world, met interesting and exciting people, and
raised two great kids in hotels and hovels. Retired now from
the Air Force, John teaches American history to college
students, and we admit heís our greatest asset when we
judge historical contest entries for RWAģ chapters.
Jody writes book
reviews, nonfiction articles, and even had a newspaper column
for a while, but sheís always been a storyteller. She
believes everyone has a book inside, and she encourages us to
just let go and share it.
Some people call
Jodyís books womenís fiction, because she writes about
relationships. She just shrugs and claims she canít answer
for men. After forty-four years of marriage, she can safely
say she still hasnít a clue what goes on in a manís
brain, but she does so
enjoy trying to find out.
what I mean about Jody being a Texan? If she just had bigger
hair, everyone would believe she had been born here.