"Rodgers' strength is her knack for realistic characters and a womanly wise, laugh-through-tears appreciation of life."
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, consuming books like a woodchipper. I dabbled in writing and entered the publishing trade in 8th grade, selling stories for a dollar in the girls’ bathroom at a local roller rink. I majored in theatre and spent the next ten years doing plays, music, and voiceovers. My voice was featured on over 3,000 radio and TV commercials and special programs, many of which I also wrote and produced.
At age 32, when my kids were 5 and 7 years old, I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a virulent blood cancer. That sucked.
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 theatre roots. I use my classical Stanislavski training to capture the unique voices of my clients, structure compelling stories, and deliver powerful, on-brand messaging. I've worked on an amazing range of fascinating projects including more than two dozen high profile books and an Oscar-nominated screenplay.
BETWEEN THE LINES:
I’ve been married to multimedia artist Gary Rodgers since 1983. We live 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.