My name is Joe Dodridge and I live in Fishers, Indiana. My full-time job is a high school teacher. I’m also the pastor of a small, new church. I’m married and we have two children.
I write both travel books and Christian devotionals.
My writing “career” really started in eleventh grade when I wrote that year’s first essay for English. My teacher gave me my rough draft back with over half of it crossed out and told me what I wrote was useless. I went on to get a C on that first paper and it was the beginning of a brutal boot camp experience of learning how to properly write. (split infinitive – it’s OK!)
After countless papers in college and graduate school, my graduate thesis advisor was the daughter of an English professor and a journal editor. So, I went through boot camp 2.0.
In 2007, I started writing a daily devotional online. I bought a website and wrote over 150 devotionals.
Since then, I’ve written a lot of things that haven’t made it out of my computer until July 2017 when I wrote my first book, “A Short and Sweet Introduction to Walt Disney World Resort.” That book came out of my love for Disney World, my love for travel, and my desire to finally get a book written.
Then, I added my second book “Our Kids – Our Responsibility, Months 1-3 ‘Jesus’s Teaching'” in January 2018. I actually wrote most of this book in 2015 and based the devotionals on things we did with our kids when we first moved to plant a new church.
And, on the heels of book 2, my third book is “250 Tips and Tricks for Walt Disney World Resort” also released in January 2018.
In March 2018, I updated my original Disney World introduction book, added months 4-6 to the “Our Kids” book, and released “A Short and Sweet Introduction to Indianapolis.”
I have big ambitions for 2018:
As for Short and Sweet Introductions, I also plan to write an introduction to Washington DC and create a Disney World combo book of my other two books.
As for Our Kids – Our Responsibilities, I plan to complete months 7-12 throughout the rest of the year.