To Jodé, life is a mystery and that is why she loves to write them. Developing unique and interesting character and characters over the arc of a story is a challenge she relishes. For example, what events, experiences, goals and influences cause people to act the way they do? It’s not only who did it, but why? What’s behind the conflict that affects the lives of everyone involved?
The search for answers certainly motivated Jodé to practice law, obtain a Masters in English Literature, and write mysteries and crime fiction. As an attorney, she’s witnessed human nature at its best and worst, and so as a writer, she’s able to delve deep into the psyche of her characters to explore their motivation. In both situations, she guides her clients/characters to solve the problems that are foisted upon them, often self-imposed.
Jodé is fortunate to have been born and live in Poughkeepsie, New York. For some strange reason, her hometown is a hot bed of gruesome, bizarre crimes that stimulate amazing plot ideas for her stories.
On the lighter side, Jodé is particularly fond of Rumpole of the Old Bailey, a barrister who always captures the villain with a particularly wry sense of humor. On the darker side, give her Hinterland, Sherlock, Broadchurch or Luther on Netflix and she’ll be happy for days.
Besides writing her novels, Jodé blogs about the legal aspects of writing, paints and exhibits her watercolors and photographs, and is the co-host of a podcast, Backstage with the Bardavon. The podcast features interviews with performers at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie and is a blast from her past as a rock’n roll DJ on WPDH before “video killed the radio star”.