Hi my name is Jodie Finney, and 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. 

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This website and blog is a chance to connect with people, offer "mom" tidbits to anyone that will listen, share my love of pictures 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

My Favorite Picture Books

{ the short list and in no particular order }

THE GIFT OF NOTHING

Patrick McDonnell

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THE BAD SEED

Jory John, Art: Pete Oswald

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AVA AND THE RAINBOW (WHO STAYED)

 Ged Adamson

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THE STORY OF FERDINAND

Munro Leaf

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THE GIVING TREE

Shel Silverstein

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THIS IS HOW WE DO IT

Matt Lamothe

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THIS IS NOT MY HAT

Jon Klassen

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AFTER THE FALL

Dan Santat​

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SYLVIA AND BIRD

Catherine Rayner

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ONE​

Kathryn Otoshi

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BLUEBERRIES FOR SAL

Robert McCloskey

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THE MITTEN

Jan Brett 

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A BUS CALLED HEAVEN

Bob Graham 

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DUCK

Randy Cecil

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THIS IS NOT MY HAT

Jon Klassen

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BE QUIET!

Ryan T. Higgins

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THE BOOK OF MISTAKES

Corinna Luyken

SHE PERSISTED

Chelsea Clinton

Art: Alexandra Bolger

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​HUG TIME

Patrick McDonnell

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EXTRA YARN

Mac Barnett

Art: Jon Klassen

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THE QUIET BOOK

Deborah Underwood

Art: Renata Liwska

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ALL THE WORLD

Liz Garton Scanlon

Art: Marla Frazee

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DEAR GIRL

Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal

Art: Holly Hatam

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My Favorite Mom Things

{ a list of things that make my life easier, and keep me going }

Still Standing

Foot Spray

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Quick Tease 15

Hairspray by Redken

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Scamps

Toffee

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Coffee:

All kinds, All Day

Laptop & Coffee

FRESH

Raspberries

Raspberries

Titos

Vodka 

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Love

Notes

Goodnight Kiss 2

Buxom Plumming Lip Polish

Full-On, Color: Gabby 

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Alba Botanica

Very Emollient Body Lotion

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Kitchfix

Grain-Free Granola

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Califia Almond Milk Creamer:

All varieties 

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Source Naturals

Wellness Formula Herbal Defense Complex

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Clase Azul

Tequila

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MY BED

Zzzzzzz!

Bedroom Interior

Triple Sec 3-in-1

by Drybar

Sun Bum

Sunscreen

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Banner Road Baking Company

Original Granola 

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Traditional Medicinals Tea:

Gypsy Cold and Everyday Detox

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TRADER JOE'S

For groceries, and more!

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Corner Creek

Bourbon

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Contact Me

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