Jody Lynn Nye was born in Chicago, and except for brief forays to summer camp and college has always lived in the area. She was graduated from Maine Township High School East and Loyola University of Chicago, where she majored in Communications and English, and was an active member of the theater groups, the student radio stations, and the speech team (original comedy and oratorical declamation).
Before breaking away to write full time, Jody worked as a file clerk, book-keeper at a small publishing house, freelance journalist and photographer, accounting assistant and costume maker.
For four years, she was on the technical operations staff of a local Chicago television station, WFBN (WGBO), serving the last year as Technical Operations Manager. During her time at WFBN, she was part of the engineering team that built the station, acted as Technical Director during live sports broadcasts, and worked to produce in-house spots and public service announcements.
Since 1985 she has published over 40 books and 100 short stories. She has written epic fantasy (The Dreamlands series), contemporary humorous fantasy, medical science fiction, military science fiction, and nonfiction (The Dragonlover’s Guide to Pern). In addition to collaborating with Robert Asprin, Jody has collaborated with such acclaimed SF/F writes as the late Anne McCaffrey (The Death of Sleep, Crisis On Doona, Treaty At Doona and The Ship Who Won) and Piers Anthony (Visual Guide to Xanth). You can browse through select titles and series at: http://www.sff.net/people/jodynye/books.htm.
Over the last twenty years, Jody has taught in numerous writing workshops and participated on hundreds of panels covering the subjects of writing and being published at science-fiction conventions. She has also spoken in schools and libraries around the north and northwest suburbs. Recently, she consulted on an animated feature script for D7 Productions.
Jody lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, with her husband Bill Fawcett, a writer, game designer and book packager, and two cats, Jeremy and Miles.
Jody was kind enough to take some time out of her busy schedule to answer a few of my questions about her newest book, Myth-Quoted!
Kristin Centorcelli: Thanks so much for joining us! Will you tell us a bit about yourself and your background?
Jody Lynn Nye: Thanks for having me! I’m very pleased to join you. I’m the eldest of four children. I’ve always been a keen reader, my nose in a book at mealtimes and under the covers at night. I read to my brothers, as well. I was also a storyteller from way back. When I went away to summer camp, I’d tell stories in our cabin after lights out. My friends remind me that my room and my Volkswagen beetle were full of manuscript pages of stories I was writing. (Sometimes they would have to shove them over to get into the back seat.) With the movie of The Hobbit just coming out, I might also mention that though I read lots of mysteries, history, fantasy and science fiction growing up, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings cemented my interests firmly in the literature of the fantastic. I was lucky enough to find a husband who is as fanatic a reader as I am. When we got together, we merged our libraries, and found a surprising number of volumes that overlapped (and a delightful quantity of ones that didn’t – more to explore and enjoy!) Our house is furnished in Early Book. There’s something good to read in every room, including the bathrooms. I started writing full time in 1985, and my first book hit the streets in 1987 the same month that Bill and I were married.