Hi! I'm Jodie,

I wear many hats, as do most women. My wonderful husband and I live in St. Louis, MO. We have four very different, challenging and remarkable young girls. I graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in communications and was a member of the field hockey team.  I started a career in event planning, but after 9/11 my path changed. I now hold a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis and work as a physical therapist in acute care and neurological rehabilitation. Helping people have a better quality of life brings me great joy and satisfaction.

I have been a closet writer since I was a teenager, writing in my journals at night. I adore picture books and love creating stories in my head and for my girls.

Any free time is spent with my family, exercising, cooking, reading and writing. 

This website and blog is a chance to connect with people, offer "mom" tidbits to anyone that will listen, share my love of picture books, and hopefully find representation for my numerous picture book manuscripts. Most of all I want to be real and honest, because being a mom is not easy, and it's ok to be perfectly, imperfect.

 
 

Literary Involvement

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Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

I have been a member of SCBWI since 2013 and attended the 2017 and 2018 Middle of the Map conferences.

I actively participate in a local SCBWI critique group and activities.  ​

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12x12 Challenge and Rate Your Story

I have been in 12x12 since 2019 and a Rate Your Story member since 2018.

I thoroughly enjoy the community and support these groups offer.

I continue to learn and grow as a writer through these opportunities. 

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ReFoReMo and Writing With the Stars

I participated in my first ReFoReMo Challenge in 2019.

I applied for the WWTS contest this year and will continue to pursue this and other fantastic opportunities. 

FAVORITES

Here are just a few of my favorite picture books...

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Kathryn Otoshi

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THE BOOK OF MISTAKES

Corinna Luyken

BE QUIET!

Ryan T. Higgins

Here are just a few of my favorite mom things...
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Still Standing

Foot Spray

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Banner Road

Baking Company

Original Granola 

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ROTHY

Shoes

 

Contact Me

LET'S BE FRIENDS!

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