About Me

squareheadshotHello! I am an author, too. So I know the challenges involved in getting a book into readers’ hands – from coming up with an idea, to publication, to marketing. A lot of first time authors, including me back in 2008 when my first book Crush and Other Love Poems for Girls came out, think that once the book is in the world, the work is done. Unfortunately, that’s usually not the case. Getting sales is hard work! So let me help you. Contact me or comment and let me know what’s troubling you. I’ll respond ASAP.

I’d also love to hear about your writer journey and what led you to where you are today. Feel free to email me at jodie@wordsywoman.com or get in touch via my Contact form. You can also connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, or Linked In. That said, it’s only fair that I share my story, too. Here’s how I got to this point in my journey:

I was born and grew up in eastern Iowa in towns along the Mississippi River, Clinton and Camanche, respectively. My parents divorced when I was seven; along with my younger brother, I was raised by my mother. We lived in a mobile home below the poverty level but my queen-of-budgeting mother made sure we had clothes to wear, food to eat, and special birthdays and holidays.

I wanted to be writing ever since I can remember. When I was three, my mom told me the letters to write so I could send a letter to my grandma. When I was five, I started writing a song with the lyrics, “I’m on top of the world looking down on creation…” Imagine my disappointment when I heard this song (Top of the World) by the Carpenters playing on the radio.

At ten years old, I caught the writing bug after a school assignment. From that moment, I was either writing or thinking I should be writing. Upon graduating from high school, I had amassed enough scholarship awards to pay for half of my college education and started the following fall at Iowa State University.

During college, I worked as a summer intern for the Van Allen Foundation in Clinton, Iowa; summer intern for the Scott County Department of Planning and Development Department in Davenport, Iowa; and as a Research Assistant for Iowa State University Extension in Ames, Iowa. I graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Community and Regional Planning with Honors and Distinction in May 1996. As part of my honors program, I took creative writing classes to fulfill my humanities requirements.

In April 2001, I moved to Davenport, Iowa and began working as a Paralegal for a prominent local law firm. I enjoyed the position, learned a lot, and got to work with numerous quality attorneys, assistants, and staff members; however, after several years my job satisfaction declined. When I looked closely at my job, I found the parts from which I gained the most satisfaction were those tasks involving writing.

When a friend from work was diagnosed with breast cancer, I asked myself if something happened to me where I was removed from living or at least prohibited from participating in life for a long period of time, “What would I leave undone?” That answer and my experience with my growing preteen daughter and the friends in her scout troop led me to publish Crush and Other Love Poems for Girls in 2008.

My interest in writing as a profession grew. I completed a young adult novel manuscript, started another, and began thinking about how I could earn a living from writing. When another friend at work died from colon cancer twenty years to the day after I’d lost my almost two-year-old cousin to a car accident, I decided it was time to jump in.

Since then I’ve experienced a lot of starts and stops. In 2012, I rebranded myself into the Wordsy Woman and discovered my purpose in addition to creating my own writing, is to help people say what they want to say. I completed a marketing certificate and earned my MBA from the University of Iowa focusing on marketing and strategy in December 2014.

I won the Bettendorf Public Library’s Love Poem Contest in early 2012; my full-length poetry collection, The Other Side of Crazy, was released by 918studio in September 2013. I published my novel Missing Emily: Croatian Life Letters in the fall of 2012. Melody Madson – May It Please the Court? came out in the summer of 2014. I released a second edition of Crush with four new poems in January 2015, mostly to test out using CreateSpace. My latest novel, Taming the Twisted was released in August 2015.

My husband and I have always enjoyed hiking; on one hike I started to think about my thoughts and thought it might be a cool idea to record them and write poems. So I made a list of area state parks and started hiking them, recording notes in May 2015. I made it through my list late summer, 2016, and published Versed in Nature: Hiking Northeast Illinois and East Iowa State Parks spring, 2017.

When I’m not writing or running my business, I enjoy walking my beagle, Maizey, and hiking. I also like to travel when I can away from my home in Davenport, Iowa, where I live with my husband, daughter, son, cat, and said beagle.

Your turn. I’m looking forward to hearing your story. Email me at jodie@wordsywoman.com or use the Contact Form.

and everywhere in between.