By Samantha Rose Evensen
Writer and illustrator of several children’s books, Jodi Stone has certainly kept her inner child alive.
Growing up with a family that instilled a love of literature and nurtured an active imagination, it was only natural for her to start writing.
Inspiration came with a growing family. Her own three daughters have not only inspired Stone, but have become the main characters in all her books thus far.
The first children’s story she wrote was for her oldest daughter on her third birthday, “They loved it so much that a love of writing children’s stories bloomed,” said Stone.
After years of tuning her skills as a writer and a number of rejection letters, Stone was published with Solstice Publishing in 2010 with her story, A Louse of a Mouse.
“You would think having a book published would appease a writer, but for me, writing is like breathing; necessary,” she said.
Today she is published with two different publishing companies, Solstice and Anchor Group, and is anticipating the release of two more books this year.
Her newest book will be released with Anchor Group Publishing on Sunday, July 21 and is entitled “My Little Cheerleader”.
As a young girl, Stone was actively involved in cheerleading herself, so when her oldest daughter, Brooke, and more recently her youngest daughter, Savannah, took an interest in cheering, what better motivation could there be to write a book about it.
“My ultimate inspiration for this book comes from watching Brooke her first year of cheer. It was amazing to watch her conquer her fears and the story holds much truth within its pages,” said Stone.
She will also be releasing a book for the upcoming holiday season called, The Stone Sister Witches due out in October.
Stone is pleased to announce having her first book signing at Barnes and Noble in Brandon on Saturday, November 30 from 2-4 p.m.
For more information about Stone and her upcoming books, please visit her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jodistone.childrensbookauthor.