“Every woman should read this book."

About me, Jody, a.k.a., "Bug"

Friends, I simply feel compelled to write. And, at age 40, I feel quite free, particularly free to write in any genre and take creative risks in my work. As a writer, my overall goals are to encourage, enlighten, and entertain readers. If you read my stories, blog, or books, I hope you find a friend on every page.

Just for Fun

A poem, based off George Ella Lyon's original,
"Where I'm From."



​Where I’m From
Jody Dyer


I am from hand-tied trout-luring flies and Little Debbie Swiss Cake Rolls, from masculine creativity and feminine, abundant love.

I am from the farmhouse at the end of the holler of The Crippled Beagle Farm.  Slanted floors, a crooked chimney, and frosted paneling bedroom walls in East Tennessee winters.

It felt fragile in build and strong in character.
It tasted like homemade beef jerky, chicken and dumplings, fried okra, and cornbread.
It smelled like hops and barley, fermenting in a one-hundred year old hallway.
It sounded like The University of Georgia’s Larry Munson and grownups talking and popping popcorn. After I went to bed.

I'm from Nellie's puppies. Velvet paws and downy Beagle fur, a rolling pile of wet-nosed innocence.

I am from the cedar forest and Kellum Creek.
From Irises and Tawny Day Lilies.
Pale grape lavender and bright orange, intricately designed, dancing against barn wood, into water, and up steep banks.

I’m from opening presents youngest to oldest, rooting for the SEC, gambling at Thanksgiving.
From interrupters and storytellers. From athletes and educators. From strong opinions and attitudes.

From Donna and Scott and Wimmie and Grandmama Freddy.
I’m from the romantic and respectful, the resolute and resourceful.

From raw intelligence.

I’m from picnicking at Metcalf Bottoms and tubing the Little River.

From, “Always anticipate the incompetence of others,” and “You could never do anything in this world to make us not love you, Bug.”

I’m from the preschool, playground, and baptismal of First Baptist Church on the parkway in Pigeon Forge.
Soulful and sweet.

I’m from Sequoyah Presbyterian Church. Pews filled with academics and grace.

I’m from Columbus, Georgia and Sevier County, Tennessee. Celtic, Scots-Irish, English.

A daughter of Appalachia.

I’m from a Division I athlete who won the Bronze star in World War II and his bride, who rode buses to Atlanta every weekend to dance with soldiers.
From a Naval Carpenter long at sea and his bride, a hospital pastry cook who sent him pictures of herself in long, lacy nightgowns because she missed him and wanted him to miss her.

I am my nieces’ Crazy Aunt Jody. 
I am writer Jody Cantrell Dyer. 
I am teacher, Mrs. "Um?"
I am wife Baby. 
I am Mama!

Really, I’m just Bug.

Genres: Narrative
non-fiction, fiction, and humor.

"I love this author's humorous approach to things in life. This is an entertaining story with a surprise ending."

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"[Dyer] is a fine writer with that rarest of qualities—a sense of intelligent humor."

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Honeysuckle Rose Boutique
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Sevierville,TN 
865-428-1599

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Knoxville, TN
865-690-3357

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865-588-0581

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Maryville, TN 
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Nashville, TN
615-953-2243

Montreat Store, NC
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828-669-6016

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Woodmont Christian Church
Nashville, TN
615-297-8563

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Lenoir City, TN
865-816-3519

Allen County Library, Fort Wayne, IN

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865-525-1541

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Knoxville, TN

Sevier County (TN) Library
865-453-3532

Hot Springs Public Library
Hot Springs, NC
828-622-3584