When her kindergarten bookmark design beat out first and second graders--earning her a hardbound Complete Winnie The Pooh--Jody was hooked on drawing. She began freelancing in junior high school and supported herself while attending University of Nevada with single and multi panel comics and illustrations for various local publications. Jody became the first female artist ever to receive the Charles M. Shultz Award from Scripps Howard--presented to her giddy delight by Snoopy himself. After her first novel earned her a Masters degree, Jody left teaching at the university to enter the production program at USC’s School of Cinema where she became particularly adept at the technical and creative aspects of sound design. Writing and drawing remained her true calling, and she left sound to pursue her goal of professionally wedding word and (sometimes moving) image.
Jody has worked on all sides of feature films and television, even pulling an agency stint to better grasp the business side of “the business.” Jody lives with her husband Christian and their twin daughters, who enjoy bedtime readings from the Pooh book mommy won when she was just about their age.