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A wealth of story ideas

December 8, 2012
By Cindy Votruba , Marshall Independent

As a kid, Jody Isaackson said she read a lot of Mary C. Jane mysteries.

"I'm an avid reader but especially mysteries," she said.

So a couple of years ago, she decided to write her own mystery.

Since 2010, Isaackson, of Cottonwood, has published a few books under the pen name of J.J. Luepke, and she said she's currently working on one to come out soon.

Isaackson said she's been writing in one way or another for most of her life.

"I've been on the paper staff at every school I've ever been at," Isaackson said, referring to writing for her school newspapers from high school to college. She was also on the Tri-County News staff in Cottonwood for nine years and wrote for the Messenger in Wood Lake for more than a year.

Isaackson said the idea for her first book, "On the Cutting Edge: Redemption," after hearing a conversation that was high intensity. In the book, main character Josie Buchannon is a young advertising agent in upstate New York.

"She's forced out of her job and hometown at knifepoint," she said.

Josie starts a new life for herself, but then the FBI seeks her out to help solve the murder of her former boss.

Isaackson continues Josie's story with "On the Cutting Edge: Retribution," where Josie is asked to delve into another crime.

"One of her grandma's best friends gets killed in her Victorian home," Isaackson said. "It's kind of a freak accident and she helps the FBI solve that as well."

Isaackson said she's got ideas for at least a dozen more books, which includes another series about four girls in a high school band. She plans for that series to contain five books, with the fifth one having the girls come together to perform for their high school reunion.

"I've got a romance going, I've got a couple of spiritual ones going," Isaackson said.

After being in the newspaper business for several years, Isaackson said she usually was assigned quite a few stories on a weekly basis, so she's used to coming up with book ideas. She said she turned to writing book in 2010 and used some inheritance money to get them published. She said she's been thinking about finding a regular publisher for her books.

Isaackson said her pen name stemmed from her mother's maiden name - Luepke.

And the nice thing about writing is using literary license to "mold your fiction," she said, to have the story the way you want it.

For example, Isaackson chose to set her "On the Cutting Edge" books to be set in New York so Josie had a place to escape to - New York City.

"It was just one of those 'muse things' that popped into my head," Isaackson said.

Isaackson describes her books as "compact," not having a lot of pages. She is soon to release the third book in the Josie Buchannon trilogy - "On the Cutting Edge: Resolution," and she also has the book "Rich By Accident" out.

Her books are available at Amazon, the Barnes and Noble website, the Marshall Area Fine Arts Council's arts center and Village Court in Cottonwood.



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