We had the good fortune of connecting with Jodi Burnett and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jodi, how do you think about risk?
We are all capable of so much more that we believe. Often, we fear taking steps toward our dreams. We fear failure and judgment along with more tangible concerns, such as income. Unfortunately, we must face our fears and take calculated risks to realize our best goals and dreams.
Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Do one thing every day that scares you.” Dreams live on the other side of fear. I am an indie-published author. Pushing the final button to publish my first novel was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done. What if the book was awful? What if it fell flat on its face? What if people laughed at me? What if I failed? None of those fears was realized, and instead, I’ve built a successful author career. Now, I wonder, what if I never took that risk? I would have missed out on a wonderful career and life experience. I believe the things most worth having take a certain amount of risk. Take a deep breath and go for it!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I write suspense thrillers with a K9 focus. I am proud of the hard work and perseverance it took to build my author career, and I’m most excited about the friendships I’ve made along the way. The learning curve was, and continues to be, extremely steep, but it is worth every step of the climb. I’ve learned that scary things are worth the risk, and that I can accomplish my dreams.
I’m a Colorado native, and I love writing Mystery and Suspense Thrillers from my small ranch southeast of Denver where I also enjoy my horses, complain about my cows, and write to create a home for my imaginings. Inspired by life in the country, I foster my creative side by writing, watercolor painting, quilting, and crafting stained-glass.
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.
First, we would have high-tea at the Brown Palace in Denver. We would drive through the breath-taking scenery of the nearby Rocky Mountains. I would be sure to take my best friend to the Garden of the Gods and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs. We’d visit the museums in Denver and then after we saw the many gorgeous natural sights my state has to offer, we would end up back at home to enjoy the peaceful quiet of the countryside while sitting by the fire and drinking one of the many locally brewed beers.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have had amazing teaching and mentorship from several writing organizations including Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, Sisters in Crime, Novelists Inc., and 20Booksto50k. I’ve also been blessed by the loving support and encouragement of my husband, Chris, and my family, and mentored personally by Corinne O’Flynn and Lisa Manifold and my critique group.