I was born in Southern California, moving to Midland, Texas at the age of five. It was a small town environment full of dreamers and doers and the friendliest people on the planet. After high school graduation, I began a career in the banking industry moving to public relations executive recruiting until the explosion of the Internet changed how employers searched for employees. Upon retirement we moved to a golf course/lake community where my lifelong dream of writing a novel became a reality.
At the urging of my book club members and a burning desire to write a novel, I've completed my dream. Five years in the making LIFE in a BOX is a reality. People have asked why now? I'm not sure but I think you have to have the courage to fail before you tackle the unknown. I hope everyone who reads the book will take something away from it and know my heart is embedded deep inside the words.
And, now another Ta Da moment when I typed The End to my new literary novel, A Kind of Hush, a mystery and family drama set in Buffalo, New York and in the Big Bend area of West Texas. It examines how life is seldom a tidy affair exploring if there is a gray area between right and wrong. The first few sentences were written in the dark of night shortly after Life in a Box was published with the young boy's profile scratched out on the ever-present notepad beside my bed. I didn't know the whole story but I knew Gabriel Edward Mackie had to be in whatever I wrote next.
If I could offer a piece of advice to anyone who is thinking they are too old or too young to broaden your horizons, I would say... don't be defined by the limitations others put on you.
Every author wants to know if what they have written resonates with the reader. It's important to reach out to those who have taken the time to read the words. Did you connect with any of the characters? Would love to hear your thoughts! My contact information is on this site and I look forward to hearing from you.
A new literary novel, Dust in the Wind, is in the development stages. partially set in Paris with a brief stop in Germany then on the a fictional town in the Hill Country of Texas. To the casual observer Gretchen and Andrew were in love - a match made in heaven - his wife disagreed.
July 3, 2017 Amazon began offering Life in a Box in both paperback and e-book. Follow this link for direct access, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B073PF7D7V.
After over a year of the COVID-19 pandemic and lock down orders, on April 24, 2021 I was the featured author for a meet and greet and book signing of Life in a Box at Bookish, our Malakoff, Texas independent bookstore. I also previewed A Kind of Hush with a short reading and a little information on a very special character, young/old soul, Gabriel Edward Mackie.
A Kind of Hush is available on this website which comes with an autograph and free shipping! Paperback, e-book, and Hardback are available through IngramSpark, Amazon.com, and Smashwords and their affiliates (Apple Books, Kobo, Barnes & Noble,) Walmart and Target also offer the title.
The PrairieBookReview posted an editorial review on their site that I'll add to my Amazon page. Here's the direct link:
December 2021 KIRKUS REVIEW said, "This family drama is steeped in suspense but its likable cast of characters is its main draw." ..."over the course of this book, Neathery immerses the reader in her world with lush metaphors and vivid descriptions...." Read the whole review at https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/jodee-neathery/a-kind-of-hush/
A Kind of Hush has won the silver medal in the 2022 Readers' Favorite Annual Book Awards, Literary Fiction
A Kind of Hush is the winner of the 2022 International Firebird Book Awards in Literary Fiction.
Perks include a two-month radio promotion on nationally syndicated Speak Up Talk Radio which airs on iHeart, Sirius, Pandora, Spotify, Apple and Google Podcasts, and fifty more online radio stations.
A Kind of Hush has been recognized as one of only five finalists in the 2022 mystery category by the 16th annual National Indie Excellence Awards.
Winners and Finalists are determined on the basis of superior written content coupled with excellent presentation in each and every facet of the final published product from cover to cover.
"Now in our 16th year The National Indie Excellence® Awards (NIEA) has evaluated thousands of books across a wide range of diverse genres produced by self-published authors and independent imprints. From this position, we find that our current selection of NIEA award recipients represent the best and brightest talents to be found in contemporary indie publishing and self-published authors today."
President National Indie Excellence® Awards
Writers League of Texas posted "Meet the Members" article August 2021 with a series of insightful interview questions. It lead with this quote "My future is full of more dreams and challenges and I cherish every moment of the process." Follow this link for the full article:
I was asked to contribute to an ongoing blog post commenting on Inside the Emotion of Fiction. It was submitted in an interview type format giving a peek inside my writing process, habits, and setting along with an emotional excerpt featuring young Gabe and his father guaranteed to make you grab a tissue. Novels without emotion are not novels. Follow this link for the entire piece.
I'm participating in a series of You Tube videos hosted by Diverse TV where the narrator reads works contributed by a variety of creative artists. "Summer Camp" and the "Emotion of Fiction" have been submitted. https://www.youtube.com/c/diversetv1
The month long Goodreads Giveaway Program concluded with 50 copies of the e-book going to the lucky winners. Close to 300 readers requested the title. 50 positive reviews would be lovely!!
I was interviewed live on GMAP broadcast network with the recorded version airing on Comcast cable network. Follow this link to listen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6bm04i7RjE
August 17 2021 A Kind of Hush was one of four books featured on Book Bites, a syndicated column sponsored by BookTrib reaching 10,000 local newspapers across the country and included in 2,000 online versions.
A Kind of Hush was offered on NetGalley from July 8-October 8 for free downloads via the Independent Book Publishers Association promotion. One reader from the UK has already read and published a review on the Amazon UK website and another 4 star review offered by an Australian reviewer.
Novel # 3 with a working title, Dust in the Wind, is in the incubator. It is partially set in Paris before moving setting to a fictional German town in Texas' Hill Country.
ADVANCED PRAISE FOR A KIND OF HUSH
D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review says, "A Kind of Hush is about a moment in time that changes a family forever, surrounding it in tragedy, mystery and unspoken challenges. Its special brand of intrigue and soul-searching engages readers from the beginning witch opens with four-year-old Gabriel Mackie's discovery of the mysterious 'whisper room', which is brimming with daydreams, obscured from reality. His brother is gone, leaving heartbreak, division, and silence in the family that once reverberated with laughter and closeness."
"JoDee Neathery's literary novel embraces psychological and spiritual elements...she also adds moral and ethical dilemmas exploring the "kind of hush" that represents the gray area between right and wrong...with compelling notes of crisis, hidden pain, and discovery...bringing with it a breath of fresh air as it follows each character's journey towards a different life even as they hunger to return to the life they once had. Readers of stories of growth and recovery will find A Kind of Hush inviting, intriguing, and enlightening."
AMAZON CUSTOMER REVIEWERS
agree this novel is "unputdownable" with memorable characters each adding a dynamic to the story full of twists and turns that will leave the reader thirsty for one more chapter....move it to the top of your to be read pile!
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT JODEE NEATHERY'S WRITING....
JoDee Neathery is “a writer who understands how we should embrace the wisdom of generations of those who have come before us.”
Joslyn Wolfe, Focus on Women Magazine
"Ms. Neathery's detailed and vivid descriptions have the reader feeling as if they're in the midst of every conversation and setting. Thrilling."
Carole Fowkes, author of The Terrified Detective Mystery series.
“Beautiful prose creates detailed images. I like her writing style." Sarah Marlowe, OnlineBookClub
“JoDee Neathery is a gifted storyteller who weaves her characters like a fine linen and expertly tailors their relationships into a tale you cannot put down. Clever dialogue adds spice to her beautiful prose that makes it a joy to read.”
Connie Roan, Dauphin Island Welcome Center & Library
“A unique voice that resounds on every page…" Chick Lit Café
“JoDee Neathery was a contributing columnist for our newspaper for several years. Her ability to combine humor and keen observations on ordinary things made her a favorite amongst our readers. She weaves a story that is both delightful and insightful.”
Denise York, retired editor, The Monitor newspaper
“JoDee Neathery can paint a family dynamic so vividly, you would swear you were a member of the clan. I love reading books about smart women written by even smarter ones!”
Joann Mancuso Pond, Founder and President, Craig Ranch Women’s Book Club
Chair, McKinney Public Library Advisory Board
“Author’s measured rich prose – tempered and subtle.”
Writer’s League of Texas contest submission feedback
WHAT REVIEWERS SAID ABOUT AWARD-WINNING NOVEL
LIFE IN A BOX
"One of those all too rare literary gems...a roller coaster ride from first page to last...a novel that will linger in the mind and memory long after the book itself has been finished. Unreservedly recommended" - Midwest Book Review
"The author ha a very smart way of writing...recommended for readers who like to live life with the characters and not just read about them." - Readers' Favorite
"An expressive and dramatic work of literature...she has a way with words that draws the reader in and won't let go." - Artisan Books
"Reading (the author's book) creates a hunger for more...sparkling prose...an auspicious debut...drama touched with tenderness and laughter." - Grady Harp, Hall of Fame Amazon top 50 Reviewer.
"A wonderful introduction to the literary prowess of JoDee Neathery. There's an understated audacity to her style of writing which I find quite spellbinding."- Amazon UK Reviewer
"The book is a literary masterpiece. There is a large group of precisely crafted and fascinating characters, some weak, some mean, some strong and some vulnerable..all memorable and not stereotypical." -Goodreads Contributor
"Rich, vivid descriptions of the people, places, and things...bring readers into the story as active participants." - Rox Burkey, Goodreads Author
Elizabeth Strout lit the fire that started this journey with her positive comments of a book review I wrote on Olive Kitteridge. Sometimes you just need a kick in the pants. I hope someday she realizes how grateful I am.