Hi there! My name is Jodi. It's good to meet you. *virtual handshake* I'm a seventh grade Language Arts teacher who has a bad habit of staying up too late trying to scrap together stories. I live with my hubby, two kids, and a handful of pets in the deserts of Southern California. I have a twin sister, Shannon, who used to blog here too. She's the mountain twin and I'm the desert twin. I think she's going to live longer, because I'm slowly roasting down here.

In addition to writing, I love painting/drawing, shooting stuff, camping, sunbathing, and (as mentioned above) I'm a total insomniac, though I don't think that counts as a "love" (it's more of a vice). I also have a huge soft spot for animals and can't seem to say no when my kids bring home that stray kitten, hungry rabbit, or injured bird.

Painting and drawing is sort of my way of twiddling my thumbs between episodes of writer's block. It beats staring at a mocking, blinking cursor (which I'm pretty sure is called a "cursor" because it's secretly cursing at me. Or I'm cursing at it. Probably the latter).

I have one published novel out, Chasing Echoes. For more info about that, visit my author's website: www.jodiperkins.com, or follow my author's page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorJodiPerkins.

My 'lottery' fantasy is to live in a cottage in the mountains someday where I can write full-time and take care of all of the critters in my imaginary animal rescue. Pipe dreams. Sigh....