People often ask me which character is me in a book. I always say, “Them all.” In MORNINGS ON MAIN, I was a young woman driving through town looking for a place to stop for a few months. Looking for a piece of her life that was missing. She traveled light from town to town,… Read More
With millions of books in print, Jodi Thomas is both a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 40 novels and 13 short story collections. Her stories travel through the past and present days of Texas and draw readers from around the world.
In July 2006, Jodi was the 11th writer to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. With five RITA's to her credit, along with National Readers' Choice Awards and Booksellers' Best Awards, Thomas has proven her skill as a master storyteller.
Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, Thomas enjoys interacting with students at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, where she currently serves as Writer in Residence.
When not working on a novel or inspiring students to pursue a writing career, Thomas enjoys traveling with her husband, renovating a historic home, and "checking up" on their grown sons and four grandchildren.
Often when I write a book there is a story that I didn’t have time to tell. A person who didn’t get their happy ever after ending. Maria, Dakota’s sister in INDIGO LAKE, was that person. I wanted to see her with her own story. The fact that Maria is blind is only a part… Read More
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
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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Rise of the Firestarter: What Makes a Hero?
The romance and superhero genres have one major element in common: they’re about hope. That means Alec Farley, the star of my first superhero romance, Rise of the Firestarter, had to be heroic as a romance hero and as a “super” hero. Since this is the first book in my Phoenix Institute series, Alec also… Read More