THE OFFICIAL CV:
NYT bestselling author Joni Rodgers is a critically acclaimed novelist and sought-after ghostwriter who specializes in compelling memoirs, message-driven nonfiction, and screenplay-to-novel adaptations. She's a publishing industry pro known for her top-drawer craft skills, dedication to deadline, and nurturing collaborative style.
I grew up performing in a family bluegrass band with my parents (aka The Dakota Ramblers) and five siblings. Between gigs, I lived at the library, and like many voracious readers, I dabbled in writing. I majored in theater at Viterbo College of Fine Arts and spent the next several years doing plays, music, and radio. My voice was featured on over 3,000 radio and TV commercials and other projects, many of which I also wrote and produced. At age 32, when my kids were 5 and 7 years old, I was diagnosed with blood cancer. That sucked.
SILVER LINING ALERT:
I used the chemo downtime to finish my first two novels, both of which were published to critical acclaim. Bald in the Land of Big Hair (HarperCollins 2001), my memoir about surviving cancer as a young mom, became an international bestseller and perennial book club favorite. (Spoiler alert: I lived!) Celebrities and other extraordinary people began asking me to help them tell their stories, and a ghostwriter was born.
INVISIBILITY IS MY SUPERPOWER:
Ghostwriting combines the craft skills I’ve gained as a writer with the collaborative spirit of my theater roots. I use my classical Stanislavski training to capture the unique voices of my clients, structure compelling stories, and focus powerful messaging. I've worked on an amazing range of fascinating projects including dozens of high profile books and an Oscar-nominated screenplay.
BETWEEN THE LINES:
I’ve been married to multimedia artist Gary Rodgers since 1983. Our kids are grown up and awesome. They live in Denver and Germany. We live in a small town on the beach in Washington State with our Cavalier King Charles spaniels, Dexter Weasley and Phillip Fudge. Life is good, and I am profoundly grateful.