We had the good fortune of connecting with Jodi Bowersox and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jodi, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I’m not sure I had a choice. Creativity is in my bones. And the type of creativity I enjoy most these days is building up and “sculpting” a story from a tiny spark of any idea into something that runs away with you, full of rich characters overcoming their circumstances and sometimes, themselves. While I sometimes have to whisper “patience,” to my characters, I love being surprised by them and where they end up. As an artist with a pretty narrow niche (watercolor animals), I’m often painting for the one who just lost their precious pet, and I get to give them a lasting memorial treasure. Sometimes, however, I go a bit wild. I painted a big three panel tiger last fall for myself, and I’m currently working on a children’s picture book that will require twenty cat portraits. I also sew some unique items that I have for sale in my Etsy shop, Pikes Peak Unique. I have shipped women’s vests made entirely out of men’s ties to more than six countries, and last fall I created “monster scarves,” which look just like an ordinary fur scarf, until you rub the fur the wrong way to find hidden eyes and fangs. They’ll be back in my shop in September along with cozy, tied fleece blankets.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My motto for writing is “Real Life. Real Love.” I don’t write in tropes. Why write what others have written a million times? The billionaire romance, the marriage of convenience, the navy seal body guard, the Pride and Prejudice redo… Come on. The world does not need one more of these formula romances. Instead, I give my readers deep, rich characters that usually find themselves in some trouble they need to get out of. How will they do it? I don’t know, but it won’t be a formula plot. I guarantee you that. I also have a couple of unique children’s picture books under the name J.B. Stockings.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Colorado Springs is a mecca for tourism, so there’s so much one could do. I’m looking forward to the new Pikes Peak summit house being completed this summer, as well as the return of the cog rail. No one comes to the area without walking/driving Garden of the Gods, and there’s the Cave of the Winds. Seven Falls, Helen Hunt Falls, Manitou Cave Dwellings, and on and on. For shopping, there’s not just unique shops in downtown Colorado Springs, but also Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs. I’m sure I’ve only scratched the surface. As far as eating, there are lots of great places. Some that are close to where I live that we frequent often are Jade Dragon, Heart of Jerusalem Cafe and Travelli’s Hoagies.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I grew up with parents who weren’t particularly creative themselves, but always encouraged and supported creativity in their kids. My mom, in particular, encouraged me to try my hand at writing romance. I grew up with parents who weren’t particularly creative themselves, but always encouraged and supported creativity in their kids. My mom, in particular, encouraged me to try my hand at writing romance, but long before that I was in 4-H clubs who elected me to be their news reporter over and over. I also have to give art kudos to Jan Smolik as my high school art teacher and Dr. Sarah MacDonald from Sterling College in Sterling KS, who encouraged me in writing. And then there was Grace EPC in Lawrence KS, who let me create stage productions and skits for them for nearly two decades.