Although I have a master’s degree and was a teacher for many years and a school librarian for two years, I’ve also had a variety of other life experiences and worked at a number of other jobs over the years. I’ve lived in a lot of different places, ranging from a small town in the mountains to several large cities, and have traveled to many more, all of which have broadened my horizons and enhance my contributions when editing fiction.
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Through the years, I’ve traveled extensively throughout North America, Europe and the Middle East. (See down for a list.) In the past four years or so, I’ve combined heading off to writers’ conferences as an attendee or presenter, with sightseeing in new places. In fact, I love traveling so much, I’m thinking of changing my tagline from “Let’s work together to enhance and empower your writing” to “Have laptop, will travel.”
As for books and fiction, I’ve loved reading fiction since I was a little kid, and my tastes have varied over the years. For the last four or five years, I’ve been choosing mainly thrillers and other crime fiction to read, and that’s also what I enjoy editing the most. Among my favorite authors are Lee Child, Sandra Brown, Robert Crais, Michael Connelly, Janet Evanovich, Harlan Coben, Lisa Gardner, John Grisham, Nora Roberts, and Dean Koontz.
When I’m not editing or reading fiction, I’m poring over craft-of-fiction books by writing gurus, and writing blog posts and books on various techniques for writing compelling fiction. I have dog-eared, marked-up copies of over forty how-to books on writing compelling fiction, by experts in the field like James Scott Bell, Donald Maass, James N. Frey, Sol Stein, Jack M. Bickham, Jessica Page Morrell, and many more.
See the Resources page for a list of books I’ve read and recommend, as well as my own e-books, both in the series An Editor’s Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction: Writing a Killer Thriller and the multi-award-winning Fire up Your Fiction. Both titles are available in both e-book and paperback on Amazon. Both of these books are reader-friendly, highly skimmable, and chock-full of excellent advice for writing a riveting page-turner that sells. For more info on my books, please visit my Amazon Author Page and my author website.
Besides my two group blogs, The Kill Zone and Crime Fiction Collective, and my own blog, Resources for Writers, my craft-of-writing articles appear on The Writer’s Forensics Blog, Mystery Writing is Murder, The Bookshelf Muse, The Thrill Begins, Blood-Red Pencil, and various other blogs.
I also present workshops for writers to groups or at writers conferences. For a list of topics and reviews by attendees of my workshops and panels, as well as a list of conferences and my workshops and panels, please go to the Workshops page on this website or to: www.JodieRenner.com/workshops.
I’m a past member of The Editors’ Association of Canada (EAC) and Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA), and a current member of the Federation of BC Writers, International Thriller Writers (ITW – Associate), Sisters in Crime (SinC), and other author/fiction sites and organizations.
My writing clients are all across North America, especially on the west coast of the U.S. and the Eastern Seaboard, and I’ve also had clients in Australia, the U.K., Paris, Rome, and Brazil.
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PLACES JODIE HAS VISITED OR LIVED IN:
COUNTRIES: Europe: England, Scotland, Ireland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Denmark, France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Serbo-Croatia, Italy, Greece.
The Middle East: Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Cyprus, Israel.
North America: Canada, the U.S., Mexico. Also, the Caribbean.
Europe: Amsterdam, Paris, London, Edinburgh, Dublin, Oslo, Copenhagen, Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna, Milan, Rome, Florence, Venice, Naples, Athens, Prague, Zagreb, Budapest, Hungary; and more.
North America: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Cancun, Mexico; Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, & Berkeley, CA; Las Vegas & Reno, NV; New York, NY; Chicago, IL, Austin, TX; Nashville & Memphis, TN, Albuquerque, NM; Santa Fe, NM; Savannah, GA; Charleston, SC; Myrtle Beach, SC; Tallahassee, FL; New Orleans, LA, Grand Canyon & Tucson, AZ; Portland, OR, Seattle, WN, Boston, MA, Vancouver, BC; Victoria, BC; Toronto, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec City; and many more cities and towns in Canada.
Also: Petra, Jordan; the Dead Sea, the Grand Canyon, the Rocky Mountains; Whistler-Blackcomb Ski Resort; the Okanagan; Long Beach, Vancouver Island; The Queen Charlotte Islands; and many more towns and cities in British Columbia.