Thursday, January 3, 2013

Get Lost in Harmony, Texas!

Folks, please help me welcome Jodi Thomas to our blog! I have to tell you that Jodi is a new-to-me author, and WOW! I can't believe it's taken me this long to realize how awesome she is! I love her style, her complicated characters and...just everything about the town of Harmony. So naturally I was THRILLED when she offered to join us here.

But enough about me..... 


 Jodi Thomas is the NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of 36 novels and 11 short story collections. In June 2011, WELCOME TO HARMONY, the first book in the Harmony series, won a RITA, the highest award for womens fiction. Jodi currently serves as the Writer in Residence at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas.








Emily, the local librarian, has started a writing group, but as the group stumbles through both the fiction and reality of their lives, they’re learning much more than how to write. But Emily suddenly has other things on her mind when a friend from her past shows up in Hamony's library. Now she must deal with a secret she’s kept for fifteen years—a secret that changed her life and threatens to shatter her future.
Meanwhile, new lawyer Rick Matheson thinks he’s in charge of his world until accidents start happening all around him. Just when he realizes someone is trying to kill him, he meets a beautiful U.S. Marshal named Trace Adam. Now that the marshal has given him an even stronger reason to go on living, he must learn to take a chance on life to dream bigger—and love better—than he ever has before...


ALEXA: How often to you get lost in a story?
JODI: I’ve always gotten lost in my stories.  I usually climb the stairs to my little study about 8 pm.  I think of it as going to work.  I take a few minutes to build my nest—get diet Coke, turn on my little heater, get all my papers like time-line and character facts together, log in date and word count.  Then, I read what I wrote the day before so I can step back into the story and by the time I start writing I’m lost in another world.  It’s no longer work.  It’s pure fun and it’s midnight before I look up again.

ALEXA: Can you tell us about a real-life hero you've met?
JODI: I think my husband is a real-life hero.  When I had a dream to be a writer and was fighting for time to write, he said, “I’ll get the kids to bed.  I’ll do the dishes.  You go take an hour every night to write.”  In a very real way, he gave me my dream.  There were times I didn’t have anything to write, but I worked because I didn’t want to do the dishes.

Best side effect of his promise:  My sons think it’s a man’s job to do the dishes.

 ALEXA: What sound or noise do you love? 
JODI: I love to hear people giggle.  I’ve even been known to stand in the stores and push toys just to hear them giggle.

ALEXA: Is writing or story-telling easier for you?
JODI: Writing is easier, some nights I get so into the story that I keep writing just to see what will happen next.  I think of my characters as people and often I’ll be talking about them and a friend will think I’m talking about a real person.  I guess they are real to me.

 ALEXA: What’s something you'd like to tell your fans?
JODI: That sometimes I write longer because I know they are out there waiting for me to finish.  They are very special to me.  I feel like we’re friends who communicate between the pages of a book.

ALEXA: What’s your favorite kind of story to get lost in? 
JODI: A love story.  I don’t like sex stories about couples who meet and five minutes later are going wild.  I like love stories between two people growing together.  It doesn’t matter if it’s YA or hot, if it is a love story, I’m a sucker for it.

ALEXA: If you couldn't be a writer anymore, what profession would you take up?
JODI: I think I’d be a teacher. 

ALEXA: I can tell you from experience teaching is a lot like writing. In both cases, there's ALWAYS something you could be doing! What’s the first thing you do when you finish writing a book?
JODI: I usually take a few days off and watch all the movies I missed while finishing a book.  I love movies.  I also find it a great break to travel.  I can’t tell you how many times my husband has poured me on a plane all tired and brain dead and we’ve gone on an adventure.

 ALEXA: What do you do to unwind and relax? 
JODI: If it’s a cold day I’ll unwind with a movie and popcorn but if it’s nice, I like to walk in the cemetery.  We have a great old cemetery in Amarillo called Llano.  They have a pond with ducks and headstones with poems.  I found a statue there one day that said ‘Triumph comes there Perseverance.’  I had been walking around thinking I should stop writing because I could never sell.  Those words changed my life that day.

ALEXA: What's up next for you?
JODI: CANT STOP BELIEVINGrelease June 4, 2013

Thanks so much for joining us today, Jodi!

Folks, if you leave a comment you'll be in the running for a prize from Jodi! Be sure to leave your email address so I can get in touch with you. As for me, I'm going back to finish Jodi's book!

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Angi Morgan said...

Welcome to GLIAS, Jodi. I was in Walmart last night and saw a boxed set of your books. How cool !!

JODI...Where abouts in Texas is HARMONY located?


Ingeborg said...

Great interview. I love the book covers.


Na said...

Harmony sounds like such a warm place! These are characters I'd want to have in my community. I'm definitely curious about Emily's secret :)


Quilt Lady said...

Great interview! I love your books. I love your Harmony series but haven't read them all. Can't wait to read this one.

Quilt Lady said...

Sorry I forgot my email.
quiltlady110 AT gmail DOT com

bn100 said...

I enjoyed the interview. Have you ever written in the cemetery?


Shari said...

Great interview! Harmony is one of most favorite series (But I'm a big fan, so I can't pick just one!). I just re-read Rewriting Monday. I'm ready for the next Harmony adventure.

sharistraight (at) gmail (dot) com

Donnell Ann Bell said...

Lovely interview. Welcome to Get Lost in a Story, Jodi!

girlygirlhoosier52 said...

I have always loved Jodi Thomas' work... glad to see it being shared!

girlygirlhoosier52 at yahoo dot com

May said...

Sounds like a great series.... Never read it but will look for it in the store next time!

maybe31 at

chey said...

Sounds like a book I want to read!
chey127 at hotmail dot com

Alexa Bourne said...

And the winner of Jodi's prize is.....


Shari, I'll be contacting you shortly. Thank you to everyone for visiting and leaving comments.

LilMissMolly said...

Hi Jodi! I have a few of your books and really enjoyed them. Can't wait to read a few more of them!

Angi Morgan said...

You won Jodi's prize.