Praise for Ransom Canyon
“Once again a delightful entry into a new series by a favorite of mine. Jodi Thomas has the ability to reel me in every time with her enterprising, intelligent and caring cast of characters and RANSOM CANYON has some of the best yet. ” – Fresh Fiction
Did you always want to be a writer?
No. I didn’t read until the 4th grade and English was my worst subject. But, I loved listening to stories and once I learned to read I felt like I lived in libraries for years. I think we never know what is best in life. Maybe my not reading all those years helped my imagination grow.
What were some of your favorite childhood stories/books?
I skipped most of the children’s books in the library. The books I loved reading to by boys started with the Berenstein Bears,(the Spooky old Tree) Charlotte’s Web, The Giving Tree, Where the Wild Things Are, Goodnight Moon.
Texas plays a big part of much of your work. Some people even say that Texas is so big that it is, itself, a character. What’s your response to this?
Never ask a Texan about their state. They’ll never stop talking.
Cowboys and romance go together so perfectly. What is it about cowboys?
For me it’s a way of life. I set of rules a cowboy lives by. A quirky sense of humor. A work ethic. Who doesn’t love a man in a Stetson.
As Writer in Residence at West Texas A&M, what is the most common question asked of you from students?
Most common question when I lecture: Where do your ideas come from? I tell them I really don’t know. I’ve had stories dancing in my head as long as I can remember. I maintain a loose grip on reality.
Writing students ask: Can you make a living as a writer? My answer: I’ve been doing it for over twenty years. If you work at it half as hard as you would an 8 to 5 job you can get rich writing.
Who would you say is your biggest influence in your writing?
I’ve always loved romance starting with Barbara Cartland when I borrowed my mother’s books. She always read the Harlequins that came every month in the mail and I never missed one. My father read Louis L’Amour and so did I. I guess I was meant to write western romance from the beginning.
What has been your favorite part about being an author?
I love it when I get so lost in the writing that I don’t know or care what time it is. I love writing late into the night because I have to see what will happen.
I also love working with beginning writers. This week I had lunch with a woman who had a degree in English, had written articles and started several books, each in a different genre.
I saw the lights come on when I told her the secret: Pick a line! If you want to publish pick the kind of book you love to read and write in that genre.
What advice would you give to your 12 year old self?
Believe in yourself. All those days you’re daydreaming in classes from grade school to grad school remember you’re working on your future career.
Also, find that kid named Thomas and marry him. It’ll be the best think you ever do and he’ll help you follow your dream of writing.
If you could time travel, where would you go first?
I already time travel all the time. Where would I go? Texas of course.
What was the last book that was recommended to you?
Katherine Anderson’s NEW LEAF. I always love curling up with one of her books.
What is your writing process like? Do you have any interesting writing rituals?
Most of my days are spent fighting my way to my computer hidden in a little place out back of my house. We call it the bunkhouse. The walls are covered with whiteboards and pictures of Ransom Canyon, Palo Duro Canyon, wild horses running across open country, sunsets, snakes and blue bonnets. There are family trees and how I see the brands of each ranch in my story. There is a board full of notes on what will come next and calendars from each book’s time period. When I step into the Bunkhouse—-I step into RANSOM CANYON.
I’ve never felt alone out there. My characters surround me.
Are you working on any other projects besides the Ransom Canyon series?
Not right now. Ransom Canyon keeps me busy. I’m promoting Book 1,(traveling to give talks and lectures) I’m copy-editing book 2, and writing book 3 every night I’m home.
On planes and long drives another series is simmering in the back of my brain but it will have to wait along with a dozen others. I’ll write as many as I can, then maybe I’ll just sit back and daydream the others.
Being a writer is not what I do—-It’s who I am.
Blog Tour Schedule
Sept 21 – Books and Broomsticks promo
Because This is My Life, Y’all review
Sept 23 – TexasBookLover (guest post or Author Q&A)
Sept 25 – Hall Ways (Author Q&A or guest post)
Sept 26 – Blogging for the Love of Authors and Their Books promo
Sept 28 – The Crazy Bookseller promo
Sept 30 – Missus Gonzo review
Oct 2 – Texas Book-aholic review
Oct 5 – My Book Fix review
Oct 7 – The Page Unbound (Author Q&A or guest post)
Oct 9 – Texas Book-aholic Review