Jody Shee has been writing and editing for more than 25 years. She previously worked for a book publisher and a trade-press publisher. In 2006, she left the corporate world to satisfy her creative writing passion from home. As a freelancer, she writes and edits for foodservice trade publications.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first fiction (Joan and Jerry stories), before I was barely old enough to spell. I snuck to the basement and sat in the den at our old Royal typewriter hunting and pecking as I made up stories, then promptly threw them away so no one would see what I was doing.
Writing remained in my blood. At the age of 15, I decided I wanted to be a writer when I grew up, with the encouragement of a creative writing teacher and a "careers" unit in one of my classes. We had to select, research, and interview someone in a career, then write a paper about it. I interviewed a freelance writer.
What's the story behind this first book?
More than a decade ago, I became aware of women previously married to abusive men, and these unfit fathers gained legal custody of their children, continuing to abuse them. These mothers had no choice but to kidnap their children to keep them away from their abusive fathers. I saw talk television programs that focused on that theme. The women interviewed by the TV hosts were in agony as they described the horrible injustice. Today, we would say that sexual predator fathers got legal custody of thier children so they would always have a subject to abuse. Since then, laws have changed, particularly in the reporting and criminal investigation of abuse. My suspense fiction novel takes the reader through what life could have been like for one of these mothers and her daughter.
A mother kidnaps her daughter—the only way to protect her from her abusive father. She narrowly escapes, as law-enforcement nips at her heels. Will her primitive motherly instincts be enough to match the will of the enemy? Three things keep her grounded: her journal, a Psalm, and her daughter. One thing is certain; they will never live ordinary lives.