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I've loved writing since I was a child when my beloved crippled beagle Bell kept me company as I daydreamed on paper. Each of us is imperfect. Bell had backward knees, but a calm disposition and sweet nature made her an all-time favorite pet.

Each of us is imperfect, but each of us has a story to tell, whether it's a well-written essay, persuasive speech, eulogy, novel, memoir, or legacy. I welcome the opportunity to help you communicate your unique message in a powerful way.

With my own work, I write and speak to enlighten, encourage, and entertain. In my speaking engagements, stories, blog, and books, I use laughter and compassion to help people "think outside the barn" and SEE MORE. When speaking, ​​I customize messages to match audience demographics and each organization's needs/purposes. I work with groups of all sizes including book clubs, church groups, civic clubs, high school classes, faculties, senior centers, small business owners, teacher in-service sessions, sororities, professional practices, corporations, and fundraising event audiences. While many topics are of a serious nature, I'm a humorist at heart. No matter the topic, I work hard to bring insight and inspiration through candid talk and engaging anecdotes.

Books by Jody Cantrell Dyer

Interview with Author

How would you define your “author’s voice"?

I am direct, but tender-hearted toward the suffering of others. I think we all have lessons to learn and teach each other, so I write to encourage, enlighten, and entertain others, but I am self-deprecating. I come from a family of minstrels and teachers, where humor is honored and practiced as part of everyday life. I grew up listening to Bill Cosby records (yes, records) and reading Lewis Grizzard. I think readers relate to my writing style because I’m direct, approachable, friendly, and honest. I’ve been compared to Fannie Flagg and Tina Fey, but I just think I sound like my mama!

What are your goals with The Eye of Adoption?

My husband, Jeff, was adopted in 1963. I gave birth to our first son, Houston, in 2002. I suffer from secondary infertility. After an eight year ordeal through infertility treatments and the domestic adoption process, we welcomed our second son, Scotty, in 2010. All these personal elements give me a unique vantage point from which to compare and contrast infertility, pregnancy, and Jeff’s adoption in 1963 (closed) and Scotty’s modern day adoption (open). The exhaustive, expensive, heartbreak of infertility and the arduous process of adoption gave me the spiritual and academic education of a lifetime. I felt compelled to help other families facing similar circumstances. My goal is to inspire and validate others as they navigate infertility, crisis pregnancy, or adoption. I hope readers find a part of themselves and a new, supportive friend (me) on every page.

How is your blog, “Theories: Go on and get mad, but you know you agree”, unique?

My blog is different from others in a few ways. First, I don’t conform to typical blogging rules (word count, backlinks, photos, monetization, and commentary on current events). Second, I write from my core so that my voice and content are unique and—hopefully—timeless and relatable. Each Friday, I offer readers a personal “theory” and then elaborate, tongue-in-cheek, upon that theory. Some of my post popular posts are “Tailgate etiquette is not an oxymoron,” “As people get old, they morph into the opposite gender,” and “In youth sports, parents are the true performers.” Finally, I provide consistent reader interaction. I often post questions on social media pages and ask readers for ideas. Then, I write their ideas into the posts. I give all my “characters” nicknames. Theories: Size 12 is basically a rough draft of humorist essays for my next book(s). Basically, I’m writing a chapter each week. Sometime in the next year or so, I’ll flesh out and ramp up each Theory and publish either one book or two to three small books.

What do you love most about writing and publishing?

I desperately need to write and express myself. I’ve written as hobby all my life, but never thought I would actually hold my own published work in my hands. The eight-year experience that brought me Scotty taught me to open my mind, open my heart, and open myself up to new adventures. I love being part of the writing and publishing industry. I love learning from and collaborating with bright, creative professionals like the talented members of the Authors Guild of Tennessee. I love self-publishing because I quickly reach readers and I maintain control of my works’ content and soul. Most of all, as a writer, I love hearing from appreciative readers who say that The Eye of Adoption ministered to them or that my latest Theory made them laugh out loud. I love that my work affects others in a meaningful way.

Praise for The Eye of Adoption

  • A must-read for all parents who wish to adopt a child

    This book is a must-read for all parents who wish to adopt a child. With a clear explanation of the complexities involved in the process of adoption, Jody Dyer tells of her anxieties as she waits for a baby. The author’s interjection of humor keeps the story on a positive note and makes the book a joy to read. It is an informative story of triumph and compassion, I enjoyed reading about the author’s anticipation and hopeful dreams.

    Don Pardue ~ Author

    This is a domestic adoption book unlike any other

    I LOVE this book – and I read it in 2 days! Folks- this is one you have to read, no matter where you are in the adoption process. Jody shares her heart and soooo much detail in her story. I love the “Suffer Club”, the letters to their yet-to-be-born child, and the powerful quotes. Jody even includes an interview with her [child's] birthmother. This is a domestic adoption book unlike any other. Get it, read it, and ENJOY!

    –Tim Elder, Founder of InfantAdoptionGuide.com, August 2013

    Witty and hilarious

    Witty and hilarious at times, this book is as entertaining as it is informative.

    -C.K., April 2013

    Every woman should read this book

    -LeaAnne (struggled with infertility), June 2013

    This truly provides a REAL view of what adoption is

    I’m a birthmother and this book was just amazing for me! I have a renewed compassion for what my son’s adoptive parents must have gone through before adopting their children. I cried through this entire book. Obviously, adoption is very close to my heart, but more because I was just in AWE of how God’s hand is all over every single adoption that happens. He choses the perfect parents to adopt our babies not only for the baby, but for the birthmother as well. It’s adoptive moms like Jody and mine that make the adoption process peaceful for birthmothers who are wanting the absolute best for a child they simply cannot provide for. Emotionally, mentally, physically and financially. Thank you so much Jody for your stark honesty and willingness to share your story with others. A must read for ALL parties involved with adoption. This truly provides a REAL view of what adoption is.

    — A Birthmother, January, 2014


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