Monday, July 16, 2007

Jodi Thomas - RITA award winner talks to the RNA

One of the highlights of the RNA conference was the talk by Jodi Thomas. Jodi’s a bestselling novelist from Texas and a RITA award winner, so we were very lucky to have her as a speaker. Her lively session encompassed her history as a marriage and family counsellor - no wonder she writes about family dynamics with such perception and skill! - and her present career as Writer In Residence at Texas A & M University.

“When I was a child, being a writer wasn’t an option,’ she told us. “All the people I knew had regular jobs. I’m hoping that students will see that being a writer is a possibility. This is particularly important in these days when programs in the arts are being cut in the public schools."

I'm sure that sentiment will be shared by a lot of our blog readers.

Talking of her feelings about being a writer she 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."

She certainly is! Jodi writes a variety of books, both historical and contemporary, but they share a Texas setting. Some of her books are:

Two Texas Hearts
Kora Adams did not believe in curses, but she had known nothing but bad luck all her life. Then, one night, there was a knock on her door. It was a handsome but solemn stranger with a story to tell.

Winter McQuillen had inherited a sprawling Texas ranch not far from the one room cabin Kora called home. But the only way he could claim it was if he found a wife that night. Winter had but one question for Kora: Would she marry him?

The thought of wedding a man she did not know scared Kora to death. But the security of marriage - - and even the faintest hope of love - - was like a dream come true. Kora knew she needed every bit of comfort marriage would provide. What she didn't know was that Winter needed her even more. . . .

Jodi won the Holt Medallion Award (awarded by Virginia Romance Writers) with TWO TEXAS HEARTS and Romantic Times Magazine gave Jodi Thomas a Career Achievement Award for Western Historical Romance.

It's available from Amazon by clicking here

The Texan and The Lady
Jennie Munday left her sleepy Iowa home to become a Harvey Girl. On a train bound for Kansas and her exciting new life, she met Austin McCormick, a gruff, abrasive Texas marshal who seemed to be everything she disliked in a man. But when their train is held up by gun slinging outlaws, Jennie is thrown together with the stubborn Texan - - and learns that the law can be deadly and dangerously filled with desire . . .

It's available from Amazon by clicking here

Jodi's 2007 release is Texas Princess. If you've ever dreamt of being swept off your feet by a cowboy, this is the book for you!

To learn more about Jodi's books, visit her website at by clicking

Our thanks to Jodi for such an inspiring and interesting talk.

1 comment:

Melinda said...

I, too met Jodi at the conference. Not only is she a very entertaining speaker, but she is very generous in sharing her experiences with others.