For over a decade I’ve had fragments of a fantasy novel floating around in my head. There were always reasons why I couldn’t sit down and work on it, college, jobs, boyfriends, marriage, children, to name a few. The real reason was fear, fear of committing to something that I might not be able to finish, fear of total failure, fear of success. Now that my demon has a name it can be conquered as chapter by chapter I prove it wrong.
About me, I was born and currently live in Utah. I have traveled more than my fair share and lived in Argentina. I’m a full-time mom and a writer at dawn and dark. Before parenthood I finished a BS in Animal Science and worked as a Veterinary Nurse. I’ve also studied karate, violin performance, and operatic soprano. When I’m not being attacked by children or writing I like to work in my garden or get in some exercise.
Once upon a time I used the pseudonym Tsuchigari, before I was brave enough to be honest about my identity. The real Japanese term “tsujigiri” is translated to randomly kill with one’s sword, possibly to test its sharpness. The similar term “tameshigiri” is used figuratively meaning to try something you have just created or obtained. And so here I am, testing my writing skills on chance passersby. The pen is mightier than the sword.
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