Jodie Fleming is a native Victorian and passionate devotee of experiential living. She has danced salsa in Cuba and had many a siesta in España. She works as a clinical and health psychologist in a variety of settings and dedicates her free time to swimming in the ocean, following her nephews around to their various sporting endeavours, running with her beloved staffy Mortimer and watching foreign films.
Always on the lookout for ways to work more effectively, Jodie's first international wellness retreat, Conscious Living, in Bali, May 2019, was developed in conjunction with Mindful Tribes. ‘A Hole in My Genes’ is her first book.
Jodie Fleming is a Doctor of Clinical and Health Psychology and a Member of the Australian Psychological Society.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Ah wow, great question. Writing has always had to 'come out of me', sort of like breathing. I remember as an eight-year-old, writing 'scripts' for my neighbour in our self-recorded radio show. I've always kept journals and been a prolific letter writer too, so when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, I of coursed turned to writing as my main creative and cathartic outlet. Psychologists also write. A lot. So, I blended my two skill sets in order to survive my own cancer battle. At the end of it all, I realised I might have documented some things that might be useful to other people in a similar situation and I found a wonderful agent, almost overnight. Sadly, despite gaining wonderful reviews from the major publishing houses, they didn't have a home for my book. It sad, alone on a shelf for three years, until now when I discovered the amazing team at Indie Mosh who have helped me evolve into a published indie author!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has provided me with a platform from which to launch A Hole in My Genes. It's given my book exposure to so many people who might never have stumbled across my words and has also opened so many doors of opportunities for me as a first time author, teaching me the ropes as it were. Thank you Smashwords. You have made the transition from weekend keyboard fanatic to indie author a literal dream come true.
In 2010, exactly one month after the end of her marriage, a thirty-seven-year-old psychologist is diagnosed with two primary breast cancers. Determined to help herself, she develops her own toolkit to conquer cancer's psychological minefield of grief & loss, infertility, surgeries & survival.