About Jody: I have been a keen reader since as long as I could remember. I was a late bloomer when it came to learning to read. Once I did, I ate books for breakfast. I spent the first thirteen years of my life on a tiny island in the Shetland Islands, so our school only had about ten students and that was across all year levels for primary school. We had a very limited book collection there, no actual library, but I would regularly borrow from there and I spent all my pocket money on books. I am also a keen artist of many mediums and I began to illustrate from my dreams and imagination, and from there stemmed a vast collection of books I have written that has only grown with time.
I am hoping in the future to publish all the books I have written, but I expect it to be a few years before these can hit the shelves as my kids are still young and I need the time to be able to write long into the small hours of the night otherwise I lose my mojo!
I currently live in a remote area of Western Australia, which is in the middle of a desert. I live next to the biggest open pit mine in the world (I think!), and in summer temperatures can reach over 50C and winter, you can see frost on the grass!
1. Name 5-10 of your most favourite books
This is a tough one! my fav books are in no particular order
2 The Way We Fall
3 A Year of Marvelous Ways
4 Shamsuddins Grave
5 Mango Girl
6 The Bone Collector
7 Einstein’s Beach
8 The Immortal Empire (it’s a trilogy)
9 Priests of Mars
10 The Lovely Bones
2. A book that you have re-read the most
Earthsong would have to be the most re-read book I have, I read it when I was very young, and I read it again recently.
3.Favourite authors and why
It’s hard to pick my fav authors, there are so many! Kate Locke, Kylie Chan, Jacob M. Apple are some of my favs though.
4. Genre you dislike
I haven’t yet found a genre that I haven’t enjoyed, it really depends on the author. There is always the potential for even the best genre to be awful if it isn’t written well.
5. Character crush
Character crush? It has to be Vex from the immortal empire trilogy.
6. Character you strongly identify with
I think most of the main characters in books I have read, I have been able to identify with in some shape or form. The older I get the more life experience I collect, so I always find a piece of myself in characters.
7.One character you want to bring to the real world
Too many to be able to pick a single character.
8. What is your ideal reading space/environment
Best reading space is the hammock on a nice spring day after dosing myself up with coffee.
9. Must-have books in a collection
All my favs I’ve listed, and then some 😀
10.Earliest memory of books and reading
I remember being the only kid at my school of 10 kids (I was raised on a small island in Scotland) that liked reading as much as I did. I was always borrowing from our limited collection, and would spend all my pocket money on books, Animal Farm was my fav series. I used to record all the books I read, and today, we have goodreads to do it for us! I wish I still had that list!
11. Weirdest book or reading experience
Forty Bibles and Forty Dictionaries. Absolutely bizarre, made no sense and I never finished reading it.