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Jodi Rath

Jodi Rath
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Moving into her second decade working in education, Jodi Rath has decided to begin a life of crime in her The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series. Her passion for both mysteries and education led her to combine the two to create her business MYS ED, where she splits her time between working as an adjunct for Ohio teachers and creating mischief in her fictional writing. She currently resides in a small, cozy village in Ohio with her husband and her nine cats.

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Yuletide Cast of the Iron Skillet (The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series Holiday Book 5.5)by Jodi RathPublish: Dec 18, 2020Series: The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery SeriesMysteries
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Pineapple Upside Down Murder (The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series Book 1)by Jodi RathPublish: Nov 23, 2018Series: The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery SeriesMysteries
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Cast Iron Stake Through the Heart (The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series Book 4)by Jodi RathPublish: May 29, 2020Series: The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery SeriesMysteries
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Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread Murder (The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series Book 2)by Jodi RathPublish: Jun 21, 2019Series: The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery SeriesMysteries
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Turkey Basted to Death (The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series A Holiday Novella 2.5)by Jodi RathPublish: Nov 15, 2019Series: The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery SeriesMysteries
Sweet Retreat (The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series Short Story 1.5)
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Sweet Retreat (The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series Short Story 1.5)by Jodi RathPublish: Dec 09, 2019Series: The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery SeriesMysteries
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Blueberry Cobbler Blackmail (The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series Book 3)by Jodi RathPublish: Feb 28, 2020Series: The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery SeriesMysteries
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Deep Dish Pizza Disaster (The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series Book 5)by Jodi RathPublish: Sep 04, 2020Series: The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery SeriesMysteries

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Jodi Rath interview On 27, Apr 2020

"Jodi Rath loved the Choose Your Own Adventure books, Seasame Street books when she was younger. Mysteries were her favorite genre to read. Jodi Rath pens fun little mysteries and take her characters and readers on a trip. Jodi and her husband are both homebodies and they are both clean and organized freaks. The author delivers up plenty of twists and turns and action."
Where were you born, and what was your childhood like?

Columbus, OH—I was an only child and experienced abuse from my biological father. I channeled that into escape through reading and writing. My step-father was my real father, but he did not come into my life until I was in the fifth grade. After that, I had a pretty standard childhood playing sports, going to school, but I've always been more of an introvert, reader, and writer and still prefer to be home.

What genre of books did you like to read while growing up? Which is your favorite book?

I loved the Choose Your Own Adventure books, Seasame Street books when I was younger, Sweet Valley High, Judy Blume. Then I got into poetry and biographies; next was literature—I became an English Literature major for my undergraduate degree in college.

Since how long have you been residing in a small, cozy village in Ohio?

Since I was in fifth grade.

What developed your passion for both mysteries and education?

My past demons. My step-dad used to say I was an enigma because he knew everything I'd been through and was shocked that I worked through it all on my own. I was the first in my family to get a college degree, and I obtained an undergrad degree in English Literature and an M.A. in education. Mysteries were my favorite genre to read because it allowed me to figure things out and provided a fun escape while learning and reflecting on characters. Education was a way for me to work with teens that were at-risk to show them that education was a way out of their situation.

What made you decide to begin a life of crime in her The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series?

This series focuses on themes of a dysfunctional family, urban sprawl, gentrification, effective communication, diversity in race, religion, culture, and growing up. I see a lot of myself in the protagonist, Jolie Tucker—her best friend Ava is a combination of all of my best friends—which aren't many since I'm such a private person.

What is your business MYS ED about?

The name is a pun on Miss or Mrs. or Ms. Education—Mysteries and Education is the forefront of my industry. What I do is I teach five online courses to teachers in the state of Ohio through universities in Ohio that I contract with through my business. Secondly, I write on deadline for educational blogs, affiliations, and publishers. Third, I write the Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series and do all of my marketing—I minored in marketing in college. Leading me to fourth, I am a part-time marketing consultant for indie authors and small publishing companies. Lastly, I have written a psychological thriller that was pitched (by me) and picked up and bought by a streaming service—so, I'm now delving into screenwriting.

What inspired you to start writing The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series?

My life, my family, my students, my readers—wanting to provide an escape for others while focusing on universal themes that many can relate to.

What is the significance of writing a novella numbered 2.5 in The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series?

The (.5) are the holiday books—book 2.5 was Turkey Basted to Death—a thanksgiving murder mystery. This year, book 5.5 is Yuletide Cast of the Iron Skillet, which is a Christmas book.

Who inspired the character of Jolie Tucker, an introverted yet passionate restaurant co-owner of Cast Iron Creations?

While I am A LOT like Jolie—she's got a much more interesting and exciting life that I do.

How did you come up with the idea for your book, Cast Iron Stake Through the Heart?

I was an online teacher and still am—but I taught HS students online and now teach educators online—so Jolie and Ava take on creating an online cast iron cooking class—but it's never as easy as they want it to be!

When you're running low on ideas, what do you do, or who do you talk to for inspiration?

Honestly, that hasn't happened to me yet. I planned all 14 books in the series, came up with the titles, came up the themes, came up with the map of Leavensport—all the places in it (I created a PowerPoint and found Google images to help me always look at the same picture when describing the places—plus I have a chart with character details, setting details, and plot arc details for books and the series), etc. before I ever wrote book one.

If you could describe your journey as an author in one word, what would it be?

Exhilarating.

What are the names of your nine cats? How do manage them all?

Lucky Lou Rath, Stewart Michael Rath, Sammy JR Rath, Murray Kinz Rath, Murray McGuillicutty Rath, Slinky Marie Rath, Lily-Rose Rath, Luna Belle Rath, and Lulu Bean Rath. My husband and I are both homebodies and we are both clean and organized freaks—so we have a system—it started 18-years ago with four and grew to nine over the years.

What are you currently working on?

Deep Dish Pizza Disaster that comes out Labor Day weekend 2020—but I'm also working on a psychological thriller called Monday Sessions that is partly based on a true story about my first husband, who is now in prison for life.

How has your experience of association with AllAuthor been?

Excellent. I love it so much—I paid up for two to three years in advance and plan to keep it.

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    • If you could choose three people to invite for a dinner party, who would they be and why?
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      • Ralph Waldo Emerson, Hunter S Thompson, and Tom Waits for sure. But I'd want my hubby and our nine cats there too! These three men have shaped me throughout the years. Emerson's stance on self-reliance has been paramount in my ability to follow my dream of being a writer. Thompson was unique, creative, and his own person and Waits is the same. I love people who walk to the beat of their own drum.
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      • DONE--married to my soul mate--with our cat family--own my business--be a full time writer--all complete. I can die a happy woman!
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    • How do you think concepts such as Kindle, and e-books have changed the present or future of reading?
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      • The more opportunities readers have available, the better! I love that there are so many promos available for free books and sales now as well.
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      • This is difficult to answer. I was a high school English teacher for 20 years and part of my current business is an adjunct for Ohio teachers. I think the look of literary art is very different than the past with more audiobooks, youtube readings and visuals, and literature and art is everywhere--TV, videogames, movies, music, podcasts, radio, artwork, social media, jewelry, crafts, etc--there is more out there today than ever before. So, based on that I'd say more.
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      • All. Every student is different and they need to be exposed to all genres and nonfiction as well. The most important thing is to engage all students.
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      • I write cozy mysteries and psychological thrillers. I'd love to write a really great piece of literature like some of the greats back in the day like Emerson or James or Dickinson or Flannery O'Connor.
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      • Wow, I've never thought about that. I try to be unique. My series is a culinary cozy series but it has running themes of MS, LGBTQ homeless teens, urban sprawl, and gentrification--which makes it different than other culinary cozies. So, it's hard to compare to another author. Also, a lot of family dysfunction and solutions using effective communication.
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      • SO easy to answer--the first in my series--Pineapple Upside Down Murder. I believe MOST authors would say this about their first in series--we are learning so much when writing our first book. While I do believe it is a good story, the plot is linear--I had so much to learn about subplots when I was writing that book.
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