I’ve always wanted to write that line. I think all writers do. So on my 46th book I decided to give it a try. I loved the idea of starting a book with a hundred-year-old feud between two families. And of course, my hero is from one and my heroine is from the other. This… Read More
A fifth-generation Texan, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jodi Thomas chooses to set the majority of her novels in her home state, where her grandmother was born in a covered wagon. A former teacher, Thomas traces the beginning of her storytelling career to the days when her twin sisters were young and impressionable.
With a degree in family studies, Thomas is a marriage and family counselor by education, a background that enables her to write about family dynamics. Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Thomas enjoys interacting with students on the West Texas A&M University campus, where she currently serves as Writer in Residence.
Commenting on her contribution to the arts, Thomas said, "When I was teaching classes full-time, I thought I was making the world a better place. Now I think of a teacher or nurse or mother settling back and relaxing with one of my books. I want to take her away on an adventure that will entertain her. Maybe, in a small way, I'm still making the world a better place."
When not working on a novel or inspiring students to pursue a writing career, Thomas enjoys traveling with her husband, renovating a historic home they bought in Amarillo and "checking up" on their two grown sons.
For more information, please visit Jodi's website at jodithomas.com.
Stories come to me in pieces, kind of like a puzzle I find in a box without a picture on the outside of what the finished product will look like. WILD HORSE SPRINGS came to me like that. I wasn’t writing one story, but several that would merge at a crossroads that would change all… Read More
When I began the Ransom Canyon series, I knew SUNRISE CROSSING would be Yancy’s story. So when I started writing, he was already whispering his story in my ear. Yancy Grey was little more than a kid when he went to prison for a robbery and five years later, when he’s free, he heads to… Read More
by Jodi Thomas I love setting my stories in the world where I live. Modern day small towns. I understand the people and how they think. They talk and dress the way they do because of how they work and the weather, and the styles handed down. So when people ask if I write… Read More
When I began ONE TRUE HEART I knew I wanted to write a story about a man, Drew Cunningham, who was afraid to live because he believed a terrible tragedy was he fault. One night in the Amarillo airport he meets a woman, Millanie McAllen, who has never been afraid of anything in her life. … Read More
By Jodi Thomas I’m excited about the release of A PLACE CALLED HARMONY. The story has been in the back of my mind since I started writing the Harmony Series. Often I thought about what how my people in the present were affected by the past. To have a town where people care about each… Read More
In my new book BETTING THE RAINBOW released April 1, 2014, I first walked into a place I’d never been in my mind. A little lake, too small to be a community, just three houses tucked away in the trees. One a cabin leased by Ronny Logan who simply wants to be alone to grieve…. Read More
Callie has done a lot of crazy things, but it’ll take one more to prove she isn’t nuts: find a husband, fast! I wanted to open my story with a girl, Callie, who is desperate to marry, so desperate that she’ll do anything to find a husband. So the story opens with Callie and her… Read More
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