Jody is having a hard time writing her biography. Just between you and me, I donít think sheíll ever finish it. Iím going to have to take over.
      Let me introduce myself. My name is Anna Karenina, and Jody says Iím the most beautiful Australian Shepherd in the world. You can call me Annie. My sidekick, Jane Austen, was a Katrina orphan, and we think she's some kind of a Terrier because she's loaded with personality. We call her Janie.
      Iím in charge of security on John and Jodyís ranch, and Iím teaching Janie the ropes. Our duties include riding in the truck to the feed store and acting as the welcome committee to anyone who turns onto our little private road. A dogís work on a ranch is never done, but we love our humans and help them all we can.  
      But you didnít come here to hear about me. Let me tell you about Jody. She's living her dream. She says the first childhood you pretty much have to take what your parents give you. The second one is your responsibility, and it would be your own fault if you didnít enjoy it. She swears her birthplace was a mistakeóGod meant her to raise Warmblood horses on a ranch in Texas. 
          Romance Writers of America (RWAģ) is just around the corner from us, and Jody belongs to two great chapters, West Houston and Northwest Houston. This way she can attend every conference, every meeting and has a supportive, but extremely firm, critique group.
          Jodyís manuscripts have won awards even though she doesnít have a Ph.D. in creative writing. We wish she did, because sheís destroyed one dictionary, two thesauruses, and three synonym finders in the past three years. We think she might be a tiny bit over-the-top looking for just the right word.
          All of Jody's heroes resemble her husband, John. Itís not surprising; heís the love of her life. Trying to keep up with him, sheís traveled the world, met interesting and exciting people, and raised two great kids in hotels and hovels. Retired now from the Air Force, John teaches American history to college students, and we admit heís our greatest asset when we judge historical contest entries for RWAģ chapters.
          Jody writes book reviews, nonfiction articles, and even had a newspaper column for a while, but sheís always been a storyteller. She believes everyone has a book inside, and she encourages us to just let go and share it.
          Some people call Jodyís books womenís fiction, because she writes about relationships. She just shrugs and claims she canít answer for men. After forty-four years of marriage, she can safely say she still hasnít a clue what goes on in a manís brain, but she does so enjoy trying to find out.
         See what I mean about Jody being a Texan? If she just had bigger hair, everyone would believe she had been born here.