Born into a family of gospel/bluegrass musicians, Joni grew up on stage, opening for huge-haired country music legends of the 60s and 70s. She continued performing until 1994, when she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She used the chemo downtime to complete her first two novels, both of which made regional bestseller lists and were short-listed for awards. Joni’s memoir, Bald in the Land of Big Hair (Harper Collins 2001), garnered glowing reviews around the world, was excerpted in Good Housekeeping, condensed by Reader’s Digest, and is now in its severalth printing. It also launched Joni’s public speaking career and brought her to the attention of celebrities and others who began asking her to help them tell their stories. Film rights for the first book Joni collaborated on were optioned by Columbia, another project is currently being adapted for Broadway.
Between novels and ghostwriting projects, Joni volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and does peer counseling with other cancer survivors. She also mentors young writers through her blog, “Boxing the Octopus”. Married to jet plane mechanic/wine maker Gary Rodgers since 1983, Joni is the proud mother of two fine young adults. She lives in Houston, Texas and happily commutes to both New York and LA.
A mix of Molly Ivins, blowsy wit and Anna Quindlen’s suburban logic, [Rodgers] manages the rare literary feat of being funny and painful in one urgent breath. – Entertainment Weekly
Candid and amusing – People
Gutsy and impressive – New York Times
Every character resonates with life. This talented author knows how to bring pen-and-ink people to flesh and blood fulfillment.
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