Jodie Renner, a former English teacher with a master’s degree, is a sought-after freelance fiction editor, blogger, speaker, and award-winning author of three craft-of-writing guides.
Fire up Your Fiction, which offers valuable tips for any writer to take their writing skills up several levels and reach more readers, has won 3 awards (2 silver medals, Readers’ Favorite Awards, 2014, FAPA President’s Book Awards, 2013, and an Honorable Mention in Writer’s Digest E-Book Awards for 2013). Jodie’s Writing a Killer Thriller is also valued by fiction writers of all genres who want to engage readers by adding tension, suspense, and intrigue to their novel. Jodie’s third book in the series, Captivate Your Readers, just out, is all about engaging readers through techniques such as using deep point of view, showing instead of telling, avoiding author intrusions, writing riveting dialogue, and basically stepping back and letting the characters tell the story.
Also check out Jodie’s handy, time-saving, clickable writers’ e-resources, Quick Clicks: Word Usage – Precise Word Choices at Your Fingertips, and Quick Clicks: Spelling – Commonly Misspelled Words at Your Fingertips, both of which you can also read on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Quick Clicks: Grammar Tips will be out soon.
Jodie is also a well-known blogger, and her craft-of-writing articles and other resources for writers appear on various blogs, including her award-winning group blog, The Kill Zone (alternate Mondays), Janice Hardy’s Fiction University (1st Thurs. of the month), and occasionally on her own blog, Resources for Writers.
Jodie presents workshops at writers’ conferences and to writers’ groups across North America. See www.JodieRenner.com / workshops for more details. She also judges novels and short stories for various organizations, including several times for Writer’s Digest. magazine.
Jodie has had a lifelong passion for reading, especially fiction. She worked at a variety of jobs before she became an English and French teacher, received her master’s degree in literature, and became a school librarian. Somewhere in there, she raised two sons, traveled to a lot of different countries and cities, and moved thousands of miles – twice.
As a freelance fiction manuscript editor, Jodie specializes in thrillers, romantic suspense, mysteries, and other fast-paced, suspenseful fiction. She is a member of International Thriller Writers (ITW), Sisters in Crime (SinC), The Federation of BC Writers, and the Penticton Writers and Publishers (PWAP).
Jodie’s favorite authors include Robert Crais, Sandra Brown, Lee Child, Karin Slaughter, Michael Connelly, Nora Roberts, Harlan Coben, Janet Evanovich, Dean Koontz, Lisa Scottoline, John Grisham, Lisa Gardner, and many more.
When she’s not editing, writing, or reading novels or books on writing compelling fiction, Jodie loves to pursue her two other passions, photography and traveling. She has traveled extensively throughout North America, Europe and the Middle East, and continues to sneak away whenever she gets the chance.
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