Jodie gives us a little background on her creative journey.
“I’ve always had a vivid imagination. In fact, when I was very young, I had an imaginary friend called Wolfie. Wolfie was a great friend, we’d swim together, play ‘jungle kids’ together (it involved lots of tree climbing and making of leafy potions), we’d even steal the dog biscuits and gobble them up while hiding in the garage (yes, that one was a bit strange, I admit). However, one unfortunate afternoon, Wolfie misbehaved and I was forced to discipline him. When my big sister came out to find me crying my eyes out, she asked me, “What’s wrong, Joe?” Continuing to blubber, I managed to tell her what had happened and how terribly naughty Wolfie had been. “Are you crying because you are sad then?” she wondered. “No, I’m crying because Wolfie can’t cry, so I have to do it for him!”
”Yep, I was definitely odd, I’ll give you that much. However, my unique attributes have been the catalyst to lots of creative endeavours over my thirty-seven-year lifetime. So far, I’ve been a dancer; dance teacher; cake baker; wedding invitation designer and maker; and now an author. And I most certainly wouldn’t have written this wonderfully engaging (own trumpet blown) children’s book, if it weren’t for my quirky way of thinking. Different isn’t always bad. In fact, most of the time, different is great. I think everyone should channel their inner odd-ball, you never know what you might discover…”