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Writer To Reader
Guest Post 
March 2015

Jodi ThomasJodi Thomas
Author of One True Heart
Harmony Series

The magic of creativity . . .

 Running through the stories of Harmony I’ve always had a bookstore on the main street. One night, while I was writing, I noticed a sign in the corner between two over-crowded shelves that advertised palm readings the only night the bookstore was open. As the stories went along the sign would change. Once it read: Fortunes, two hands for the price of one.

Sooo, in the corners of my mind I knew that one day I’d have to put a fortune teller in Harmony. Two years ago I was in a delightful little second hand store in Denison. I noticed a beautiful hand-made doll, a fortune teller complete with cards in her hand and dice in her box tied to her waist. The doll traveled all over Texas with me while I was signing and finally made it home to my desk.

As I began work on One True Heart, I knew my hero would be a very intelligent man living in a little cabin in Twisted Creek, a lake community near Harmony in the map in my head. Wouldn’t it be interesting if this man had a nutty sister who believed she could see the future?

You know the type: Sweet, but not in the mainstream of anything. We’ve all got one in our family. I looked around and didn’t see one in my family so I must be it.

While my hero, Drew, is trying to live his normal life, maybe even get a date with a fascinating woman who has returned to Harmony to recover, his little sister is making his life impossible. You see, she was reading a man’s fortune when the sheriff arrested him for killing his wife. She’s the only one who believes Johnny Wheeler is innocent, because she didn’t see murder in his past. Kare defends Johnny and drives him insane while she drags her quiet, reluctant brother into a mystery that might get them all killed.

You’ll have to read to find out . . . unless you are a fortune teller, of course.

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I’ll tell readers a secret. Even after over 40 books, I often feel like I step into a story as if it’s already a place in my mind. I meet the people just like my readers do and some nights I stay up writing late because I want to know what is going to happen.

I don’t know if I’d believe a fortune teller, but I do believe in the magic of creativity.



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