Meet the Members: JoDee Neathery

“My future is full of more dreams and challenges and I cherish every moment of the process.“

— JoDee Neathery

A member of the Writers’ League since 2014, JoDee lives in Mabank, TX.

Scribe: Welcome, writer! Tell us — what do you write?

JoDee Neathery: Literary Fiction.

Scribe: If you could choose one author to blurb your book, who would it be, and what would you want it to say?

JN: We’d have to get him from Heaven, but Pat Conroy would be my choice. I would love for him to say that “This author’s style of writing with vivid imagery and poetic verse reminds me of myself.”

Scribe: You have one book you’re allowed to push onto all of your friends, and they’re forced to read it to remain your friend — which one would you choose?

JN: LITTLE BEE by Chris Cleave.

Scribe: Tell us your WLT story.

JN: As a debut author I was told that this organization was a “must membership” in order to guide me through all the ins and outs of publishing and was user friendly to authors of all levels of expertise. And they were right. It’s become a valuable tool. I enjoy the writing critiques offered as well. They are very insightful and helpful to back to my love of writing.

Scribe: Where do you see your writing taking you (or you taking it) in the future?

JN: To be honest, I’m enjoying every moment of my writing journey. I began later in life and I have already realized my dream of being a published author. I’ve written a second novel which will be published this month and in the middle of the night another title came to me. My future is full of more dreams and challenges and I cherish every moment of the process.

Scribe: Here at the WLT, we love sharing book recommendations. What’s one book that has come out within the past year that you couldn’t put down? (Bonus points if the book is Texas related!)

JN: AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins, a combination of tender, terrifying, brutal, poignant, current, suspenseful, deeply human, revengeful, loyalty, with rich characterizations. Impossible to put down.

Scribe: Is there anything else about you that you would like to share with the world? An opportunity for blatant self-promotion!

JN: I’ve been told that I have a wonderful way with words with the ability to find humor in the ordinary, evoke emotion from both tragedy and love, and lead characters on a path to philosophical and social awareness. I love creating images that readers can embrace and feel as though they are part of the story rather than just reading about it. I love what I do.

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