It’s Picnic Time with Jodi Thomas


Jodi Thomas

                                                      Check below to see what Jodi is giving away!

Everyone knows writers live in other worlds inside their minds. Characters chatter, people get shot, couples fall in love, all surrounded in a make-believe world.

Then the doorbell rings or your cell chimes and the writer has to step out of one world and step into reality. The only way I can explain the fast change is it’s like changing trains while both are going 100 miles an hour.

So, as a writer for thirty years, I’ve become accustomed to jumping from racing trains. Only lately, I’ve been writing more because I’m staying home. More books, more fiction, more worlds to live in.

Right now I’m promoting one book, PICNIC IN SOMEDAY VALLEY.  I’m doing edits on DINNER ON PRIMROSE HILL and writing Book 4 in the series.

Since I have about twenty-five characters in each book, that is 75 people running around in my brain.

People ask me if I’m lonely during this time. How could I be?  There is a party going on in my study.

When a writer’s brain begins to shatter, what happens?  Nothing. It’s just part of the job. I don’t need TV. I’ve already got too many channels in my head.

And, I love it. I never get my characters mixed up but I wouldn’t be surprised if one day I don’t call my son by a character’s name.

Last week my agent called and asked if I had an idea for the next series. I smiled and opened another channel.

I hope you’ll grab your favorite food and drink and enjoy a picnic with your family and friends. Let me know which character from any book you would love to have a picnic with. I would love to give away a copy of PICNIC IN SOMEDAY VALLEY to one lucky winner. Giveaway rules apply.

Enjoy,  Jodi









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43 thoughts on “It’s Picnic Time with Jodi Thomas”

  1. A picnic with Hamlet would be my choice. I’d ask about his mental condition in a polite, subtle, yet sincere way. I believe he needs help.

  2. What a perfect description of what goes on in a writer’s head, Jodi. 🙂 Often when I’m driving, I realize that for miles, I haven’t actually “seen” the road even though my eyes were engaged. I can get lost in the scenes in my head. Congrats on the new releases and this sounds like a wonderful series!

    • Thanks, Jan. I have often driven somewhere and wondered what I was thinking when I hadn’t “seen” the road. I am loving “living” in Honey Creek.

  3. I’d like to have a picnic with you and all the wonderful people you write about in your books. All of you have given me a lot of romance and happy reding times in my life so having you all at my picnic would really be the picnic of my dreams

  4. I’d love to have a picnic with Marcie Latimer. She sounds like a very interesting, intriguing person who when she sets her sites on something she goes for it no matter what. I wish Marci Latimer the best of luck.
    Love books like this, love book cover, love to read and review book in print format.
    Love picnics.
    Hope I Win
    Crystal in PA

    • I’m really glad you liked Marcie. She just walked in and started telling me her story. I would love to hear her sing too! Glad you enjoyed the book and hope you’ll read the rest of the series.

  5. What a great blog, Jodi. We’re always happy to have you as our guest. I love all of your characters and would enjoy a picnic with any one of them. But I’m going way back in time with one. I love the characters in Twisted Creek. I think it was a time in my life that caused me to love these multi-generational women. I’d like to picnic with them and see where they are now. Hint, hint! Thanks again for being our guest blogger. A big Amarillo hug to you, P

    • Thanks to P&P for hosting me and being a faithful follower on my crazy journey of writing! You know I love Twisted Creek too and it would be fun to see where those women are today. I hope your readers will enjoy following the characters in Honey Creek. Hugs to all!!

  6. I would enjoy the experience of a picnic with Anne from Anne of Green Gables. Just her entire personality and outlook would be so wonderful.

  7. I have not been on a picnic since I was a very young girl so a picnic is long overdue. So simple and relaxing but also unique. If possible I would pick Nancy Drew, because of her fearlessness and the era which is my favorite.

  8. Hello Sweet Jodi- I’m down in Texas visiting my mom for Mother’s Day and I have ooor reception. But I was finally able to get in.
    I would love to have a picnic with Lucas and Lauren. Those 2 I just love love.
    Happy Mother’s Day to you. Love & Hugs.

    • What a great Mother’s Day for you both! So happy for you and I agree that Lucas and Lauren would be great to visit with during a picnic.

  9. Hello Jodi I Love picnic’s and I would love to have a picnic with any of you wonderful Authors That would be so much fun Thank you for this amazing giveaway and I Love the cover of your book!

  10. Hi Jodi. I would love to have a picnic with Hannah Swenson and Mike Kingston from the Hannah Swenson mysteries by Joanne Fluke. Thank you for the opportunity.

  11. Too many fascinating characters from which to choose! My hubby and dog are good picnic partners, as we always enjoy picnicking in the state parks and love the Hill Country area, particularly during wildflower time. Palo Duro is particularly nice, too.

  12. I know they aren’t from one of your full length books, but Michael Hughes and Cozette Camanez from your novella THE OUTLAW in GIVE ME A TEXAS OUTLAW would be my choice. They are two characters who were dealt a bad hand at birth and had a hard life. Michael is such a good person in spite of all that has happened to him and his circumstances. Cozette has turned to lies to try and make her life tolerable. They save each other and would be well worth getting to know.

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