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Word Weavers Presidents
11/7/2019 9:00:00 AM by: Tammy Karasek

Getting to Know Your Presidents?

Today we meet Jennifer Odom


1. Where do you live?  I’m a native of central Florida, where my dad’s grandparents migrated from South Carolina right
after the Civil War. I love the beauty of central Florida and the most places in the South.


2. How long have you been a Word Weaver? I’ve been a Word Weaver since 2013 when
Delores Kight and I started the Ocala chapter as co-presidents.

a) What chapter are you President of? Ocala


3. How long have you been writing—or when did you feel God was calling you to be a writer?
About 15 years ago. That’s when the idea for Summer On the Black Suwannee came to me early
one morning. I was still teaching elementary school, and it never occurred to me to write a book
myself. Being naive, I just thought the book idea would be a good one for a favorite author of
mine, Frank Peretti, to write about. But when I mentioned it to my pastor, he said God gave that
idea to me, not him, and I ought to write it. The light came on and though I enjoyed the task, I at
first tackled it out of simple obedience. The task was fun, but it took a long time before the drafts
were anything more than pathetic. Despite conferences, my self-help, and study, the education I
gained from two patient editors, Johnnie Donnelly Alexander and Fay Lamb, was my best
investment ever.


4. What do you like to read? I like to read a lot of things, historical novels, mysteries, thrillers,
but not horror.


5. What do you write? I write suspense for young adults in the Black Series; Then there is my
sweet book for middle graders, Peanut Man. One of my favorites, Peanut Man includes some
puppy love, and is the tale of a desperate young runaway, her survival adventures, and her
recognition of her true friends and helpers. It also contains a twist of mystery (but is not out yet).
For new adults I have my WIP, Under the Mango Trees, set in Fort Myers. A young neglected
girl is rescued by an elderly neighbor woman and an unexpected romance develops with the
woman’s relative.

a) If you are published:
1. First book? Summer on the Black Suwannee
2. How many written? I’ve written four, with one in the works. I also love
writing flash fiction and short stories with a punch. Along the way I did some correspondence
work for the local newspaper and have written some magazine articles.

3. Newest book? Summer on the Black Suwannee released in July of 2019, and
Secret of the Black Case is due out before Christmas, 2019.


6. Where’s your favorite place to write? At my desk.


7. If you have a dedicated writing space, describe it for us. I’ve adopted my grown son’s old
bedroom as an office. It’s sunny and bright. I keep my back to the palm tree at its southern
window so I’m not distracted. (I love working out in the yard and being outside). An array of
current files leans against its right corner, and though I try hard to get the stacks off my desk, I
have a series of “to do right now” piles arranged around the keyboard and monitor. Sticky notes
cling around the edges of its shelves. On the left corner sit the six copies of 1500 words from my
last Word Weavers meeting waiting for members’ comments to be evaluated for edits. A folded
list of ideas (in duplicate) lays in front of the monitor for me to study and weave into Secret of
the Black Case...today! And always, over there on the right corner where it stays out of trouble
stands my big styro-cup of unsweet iced tea!


8. What’s your ideal writing routine (time of day, with or without a beverage, snack to get to the
finish line, etc.) All times of the day. I try to turn off the computer by 8:00 pm or I won’t
ever get to sleep at night. I tend to work during the hot part of the day so I can save the cool part
of the day for any gardening. The tea keeps me alert. I don’t like to sit still very long, and I get
up and down a lot. I’ll go put something in the crock pot or throw in a load of laundry, but all the
time I’m thinking about that last edit. Then I hustle back and type some more. This editing, or
combing through material, is all very enjoyable. The challenge is new material, and I like to
work on it from a roadmap, not exactly an outline, but a series of notes or index cards revealing
main events, story arcs, etc. I bite the story off in chunks to write. One chunk a day or more.
These are very intense sessions. This is not a time to get up and down, it’s a time to really
visualize, to feel and to sense, and I don’t like to interrupt that thought process. It always amazes
me how time can simply disappear while I am writing.


9. We all have several authors we love to read so I won’t make you pick a favorite—but what has
been your favorite book this year and why? (Great story, impactful, educational, etc.) For
suspense, I’m very fond of many writers. On top of the list is Frank Peretti for great writing,
content and spiritual inspiration. Similarly, I appreciate Mark Mynheir. Other favorite authors
are not necessarily Christian, but are great writers and can teach me a lot. I enjoy plowing
through all of a writer’s books at one time in chronological order. But I do hate to have to wait
on that next book...from my favorite authors. In a different genre, my most recent favorite books
this year have been an old series I’ve just discovered. They are the My Folks books, full of
simple narrations from everyday people of stories their ancestors have passed down to them.
Examples are My Folks Rode The Rails, My Folks Back to the Basics, My Folks Came in a
Covered Wagon, etc. I’ve had to search the internet for each new title. I’ll be sorry when I am
finished with all of the books, it’s been quite a relaxing educational vacation reading them.


10. What’s one piece of writing advice you’d like to share with other Word Weaver members?
(Maybe something you wished you would have known as you began writing.)
Here’s my advice-cluster:
1. Get out of the house. GO PLACES, even small simple places. Learn about the places.
MEET PEOPLE. See and observe. You will always have material.
2. Study the craft of writing! (Read and go to conferences). You can always improve.
3. Read other things. Feed your imagination.
4. Don’t think you know it all or can write it once and edit it twice and be done. Comb,
comb, comb. Let it incubate for a few days or weeks. Read it again. Then read it aloud.
Comb some more.
5. Wait until you have polished it as much as you can, then get someone else to read it over.
You’ll probably still be surprised at what you missed, or what is not clear or completely
misunderstood by the other person. That’s one of the beauties of being part of a group
like Word Weavers. Iron sharpens iron.

 

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1/30/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Kristen Stieffel
1/28/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Bill Watkins
1/27/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Glimpses from the Writer’s Glossary
1/23/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Linda Gilden

Faculty Interview with Torry Martin
1/20/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Marti Pieper
1/18/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Shellie Arnold
1/16/2017 11:15:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Writing a Standout First Page and Blurb
1/11/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Shana Asaro

How to Evaluate Your Options
1/9/2017 2:15:00 PM  by: Cheri Cowell

Faculty Interview with Linda Glaz
1/6/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Continuous Critique Track?
1/4/2017 9:25:00 AM  by: Shellie Arnold

Faculty Interview with Lora Zill
1/2/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Laura Petherbridge
12/30/2016 10:05:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Interview with Katy Kauffman
12/28/2016 9:46:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Interview with Kristen Hogrefe
12/26/2016 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Ben Wolf
12/23/2016 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

5 Reasons to be a Word Weaver
12/21/2016 11:26:00 AM  by: Kristen Hogrefe

Finding Your Tribe
12/19/2016 10:28:00 AM  by: Katy Kauffman

Faculty interview with Angela Hunt
12/16/2016 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Alton Gansky
12/14/2016 9:10:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Cheri Cowell
12/13/2016 8:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

A Silent Retreat
12/12/2016 10:26:00 AM  by: Laura Petherbridge

How to Get More Readers Using Libraries and Magazines ( A Class Offered)
12/9/2016 10:39:00 AM  by: Susan Reichert

Platform is Not a Four Letter Word
12/7/2016 10:00:00 AM  by: Andy Lee

Writing for CBN.com
12/5/2016 11:07:00 AM  by: Beth Patch

Nonfiction A-Z
12/2/2016 9:00:00 AM  by: Edie Melson

Blogging for the Soul and Making a Difference
11/30/2016 5:44:00 PM  by: Andy Lee

Will I Ever Be Published?
11/28/2016 1:14:00 PM  by: Linda S. Glaz

Conquering Mountains
11/25/2016 11:19:00 AM  by: Erin Taylor Young

I've Written a Children's Book . . . Now What?
11/16/2016 3:35:00 PM  by: Hannah C. Hall

To Plot or Not
11/14/2016 10:27:00 AM  by: Nancy Lohr

Writing to Satisfy Our Insatiable Longing to Feel God's Pleasure
11/11/2016 3:30:00 PM  by: Lora Zill

The Problem with Procrastination
11/9/2016 12:00:00 PM  by: Andy Lee

Tips for Mastering Dialogue
11/7/2016 1:19:00 PM  by: Dr. Dennis Hensley

Self-Editing: The Key to Better Writing
11/4/2016 10:44:00 AM  by: Bill Watkins

Poetry: Cross-Training for Prose Writers
10/31/2016 9:48:00 AM  by: Lora Zill

Issues Writing That Matters
10/28/2016 10:06:00 AM  by: Bill Watkins

7 Trends in Book Publishing
10/24/2016 11:05:00 AM  by: Eddie Jones

Ethics for Christian Writers
10/21/2016 10:58:00 AM  by: Marti Pieper

Ministry Multiplied
10/17/2016 11:10:00 AM  by: Alton Gansky

Guidelines for Effective Networking
10/14/2016 10:44:00 AM  by: Deb Haggerty

Stay Current: Keep Italics Out of Your Fiction
10/7/2016 10:08:00 AM  by: Dr. Angela Hunt

To E-Book Or Not To E-Book: That is the question
9/30/2016 1:28:00 PM  by: Cheri Cowell

Is My Writing Good Enough?
9/23/2016 9:31:00 AM  by: Tina Yeager

Look Who Is Teaching the Fiction Continuing Class
9/16/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Eva Marie Everson

The Difference Between a Dream and a Call
9/2/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Andy Lee

Lose the Parts Readers Skip
8/26/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Dan Walsh

How to Let People Know Your Book Exists
8/19/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Natalie Gillespie

Advice from an Editor Regarding Your Manuscript
8/5/2016 3:38:17 PM  by: Fay Lamb

Through the eyes of an acquisition editor
7/29/2016 3:06:44 PM  by: Ramona Richards

Be a Book Influencer
7/15/2016 1:43:43 PM  by: Deborah Raney

Finding Value Through Faith
6/24/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Denae Haas

Never Discredit Anyone (Especially God)
6/17/2016 2:25:38 PM  by: Eva Marie Everson

The Quote for the Quarter Hour
6/3/2016 4:22:36 PM  by: Robert Benson

Thank a Military Family
5/27/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Andy Lee

The Benefits of a Small Press
5/20/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Eddie Jones

12 Steps to Prevent Writer Burnout and Nurture Balance
5/13/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: DiAnn Mills

Write Thoughtfully
5/6/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Diana Flegal

3 Keys to Writing Bible Studies that Sell
4/29/2016 3:11:19 PM  by: Andy Lee

The Benefits of Writing Devotions
4/15/2016 3:31:22 PM  by: Ava Pennington

A Different Perspective in Crafting Fiction
4/8/2016 10:02:31 AM  by: Steven James

Some Miracles Take Time
4/1/2016 12:10:16 PM  by: Andy Lee

A Tribute to Mary Sue Seymour
3/25/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Andy Lee

How to be an Influencer
3/18/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Deborah Raney

Why Platform is Important--Now I Know
3/11/2016 1:53:35 PM  by: Andy Lee

4 Resources to Help Writers Write Well
3/4/2016 3:34:42 PM  by: Andy Lee

What's in and What's Out in Publishing Workshop
2/24/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Blythe Daniel

How to Write for Children . . .
2/19/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Michelle Medlock Adams

Mistakes Made After Meeting with Agents & Editors
2/17/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Blythe Daniel

10 Secrets for a Great Writers Conference
2/15/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Bethany Jett

A More Than Enough Kind of God
2/12/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Michelle Medlock Adams

For Want of a Hook
2/10/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Dan Walsh

What Does a Writers Conference Chaplain Do?
2/8/2016 10:27:44 AM  by: Marti Pieper

Author Marketing
2/5/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Edie Melson

Move Over Clark: The Basics of Journalism
2/3/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Michael Ray Smith

Tips to Get the Most Out of the Critique Track
2/1/2016 10:10:24 AM  by: Shellie Arnold

Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Critique Track?
1/29/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Shellie Arnold

An Introvert's Best Friend (Live Streaming)
1/27/2016 4:27:39 PM  by: Bethany Jett

Who am I Writing For?
1/25/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: S. Kim Henson

The Day I Decided to Keep Writing
1/22/2016 10:24:06 AM  by: Lucinda Secrest McDowell

Invest in Your Writing
1/20/2016 3:52:24 PM  by: Lucinda Secrest McDowell

Your Writers Conference Checklist
1/18/2016 3:06:23 PM  by: Andy Lee

5 Reasons to Launch a Blog
1/16/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Andy Lee

Craft Fiction with Vivid Emotion
1/13/2016 7:15:06 PM  by: Tina Yeager

Thoughts on being a Submissive Writer
1/9/2016 8:23:46 AM  by: Edie Melson

How Fast Should Your Blog Grow?
1/6/2016 12:04:56 PM  by: Edie Melson

The ART of Exceptional Editing
1/4/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Deb Haggerty

Happy New Year
1/1/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Andy Lee

Finding Your Strengths and Weaknesses
12/28/2015 11:29:31 AM  by: Mary Keeley

Do Writers Need a Blog or Website?
12/22/2015 11:21:19 AM  by: Edie Melson

"Second-Fiddle" Characters Play an Important Role
12/16/2015 12:57:39 PM  by: Tom Morrisey

Let Them Eat Bread: An Editor's Thoughts on FCWC
12/14/2015 3:04:39 PM  by: Jesse Florea

Preparing for Promotion
12/10/2015 12:59:44 PM  by: Michelle Medlock Adams

Jesus Believed in the Power of Story
12/7/2015 10:02:07 AM  by: Dan Walsh

How to Use Hashtags in Social Media
12/4/2015 5:34:23 PM  by: Edie Melson

Where Writer Conference Connections Can Take You
12/2/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Lindsey Brackett

Why Should I Attend a Writers Conference?
11/30/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Andy Lee

How to Fight Discouragement... as a Writer
11/23/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Andy Lee

An Interview with Acclaimed Author, Robert Benson
11/18/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Eva Marie Everson

How to Write a Synopsis of Your Nonfiction Book
11/14/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Kristin Stieffel

How to Write a Synopsis of Your Novel
11/9/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Kristin Stieffel

Let God Define You
11/4/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Michelle Medlock Adams

10 Clues that You Are a Fiction Writer
10/31/2015 10:30:07 AM  by: Taryn Souders

The Basics of a Book Proposal
10/27/2015 3:12:39 PM  by: Kristin Stieffel

What To Wear at FCWC
10/23/2015 12:28:32 PM  by: Eva Marie Everson

The Skinny on Business Cards
10/15/2015 11:14:47 AM  by: Andy Lee

Just Do Your Part
10/12/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Michelle Medlock Adams

A Sneak Peek into a New Class at FCWC 2016
10/2/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Shellie Arnold

50 Reasons Why You Should Never Write
9/28/2015 3:14:22 PM  by: Pro Krasta Nation Publishers

The Best First Step on Your Journey to Published
9/21/2015 2:40:54 PM  by: Eva Marie Everson

10 "Not-So-Secret" Secrets for a Great Writers Conference
2/10/2015 11:40:12 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Go Where God Leads
2/1/2015 4:24:15 PM  by: Allison Bottke

Moving From Passion to Process
1/27/2015 7:08:31 PM  by: Ava Pennington

Your Last First Conference
1/19/2015 11:57:13 AM  by: Kristen Hogrefe

What Is Compel Training?
1/9/2015 12:36:27 PM  by: Suzie Eller

That Agent Meeting
1/3/2015 7:44:41 AM  by: Tamela Hancock Murray

Three Problems with Point of View
12/21/2014 9:21:59 PM  by: Kristen Stieffel

How to Evaluate Your Options
12/5/2014 3:23:10 PM  by: Cheri Cowell

Writing Effective Book Proposals
11/29/2014 9:37:42 AM  by: Jim Watkins

Do the Math
11/21/2014 7:49:46 AM  by: Marti Pieper

Becoming More Media Savvy
11/15/2014 11:12:20 AM  by: Natalie Gillespie

The Perfect Book Pitch
11/8/2014 6:04:14 PM  by: Dawn Anderson

Moved With Compassion
10/20/2014 8:26:14 PM  by: Diana Flegal

Splickety In A Flash
10/9/2014 1:30:56 PM  by: Ben Wolf

Look into Their Eyes: Why Editors Go to Writers Conferences
9/29/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Ramona Richards

A Writer's Life
2/21/2014 1:32:01 PM  by: Dan Walsh

The Good, The Bad, and The Gutless
2/20/2014 10:16:18 AM  by: DiAnn Mills

I Want 2 Write 4 Teens
2/13/2014 11:32:07 AM  by: Marti Pieper

6 Things Writers Should NOT Say to Editors or Agents
2/12/2014 9:03:54 AM  by: Jevon Bolden

Don't Be Labeled "Dead On Arrival"
1/30/2014 10:59:22 AM  by: Eddie Jones

Imagine. Create. For a More Confident Faith
1/28/2014 9:19:18 AM  by: Lora Zill

Burnout or Balance
1/21/2014 6:42:50 AM  by: DiAnn Mills

Money Workouts for Writers
1/18/2014 8:20:49 AM  by: Ellie Kay

The Tale of Three Authors
1/10/2014 9:27:11 AM  by: Cheri Cowell

Three Questions, Three Answers
1/7/2014 3:44:05 PM  by: B.J. Taylor

The Introvert's Guide to the Writers Conference
1/2/2014 8:11:05 PM  by: Marti Pieper

After Your Meeting with an Editor or Agent
2/23/2013 8:09:52 AM  by: Blythe Daniel

It's Headed Right Towards Us
2/16/2013 2:53:05 PM  by: Amber Weigand-Buckley

So, Tell Me About Your Platform
2/11/2013 8:44:17 AM  by: Cheri Cowell

How Will Readers Find Your Book...
2/1/2013 9:07:24 AM  by: Eddie Jones

Tips For Coming to the FCWC From a Floridian
1/26/2013 9:45:40 PM  by: Cheri Cowell

How to Write For Kids When ...
1/23/2013 4:06:57 PM  by: Michelle Medlock Adams

Why Take the Chance?
1/7/2013 8:43:58 AM  by: Fay Lamb

Having a Positive Influence
1/4/2013 11:55:00 AM  by: Deborah Raney

Managing Your Time
12/29/2012 10:20:26 AM  by: Rusty Wright

Are You Ready for the Conference?
12/26/2012 8:45:52 PM  by: W. Terry Whalin

Devoted to Devotions
12/21/2012 9:04:49 AM  by: Ava Pennington

A Different View of Story
12/18/2012 10:31:31 PM  by: Steven James