Hello there. I'm a writer based in New York City. Over the years, I have contributed digital content for many National Geographic Channel shows, including Alpha Dogs, Inside Combat Rescue, Are You Tougher Than A Boy Scout?, The 80's: The Decade that Made Us and Untamed Americas. Notable achievements include writing content for the National Geographic Channel's Locked Up Abroad series iPad/iPhone app for three seasons and the Nat Geo Wild's Big Cat Week iPad app, and the publication of my article Researching Wild Whale Sharks on the Webby Award-nominated Great Migrations website.
As a freelance writer on assignment, some of my international adventures have included tracking wild elephants through the rainforest, photographing orangutans in Malaysia, snorkeling with manatees in Florida, and swimming with whale sharks in Isla Mujeres.
Once I followed an eight-hour, overnight secret transport of a manta ray across state lines. On another trip, I was harnessed into an open-door airplane so I could snap photos of the largest whale shark aggregation on the planet. I faced my fear of sharks by swimming with seven species in an aquarium tank, got up close and personal with venomous snakes along the Kinabatangan River, and motored through a known saltwater crocodile breeding ground.
I hold an MFA in Writing from the University of Arizona and am an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrator's (SCBWI). In early 2016, I landed a two-book deal with HarperCollins Children's Books, which sold at auction. My middle grade debut novel, THE UNLIKELY STORY OF A PIG IN THE CITY, will publish on 10/3/17 with a sequel to follow in Fall, 2018. Read the official announcement on Publisher's Weekly here.
My book projects are represented by literary agent Alexander Slater at Trident Media Group. If my schedule permits, I enjoy speaking and Skyping with classrooms around the globe. Educators can email me about potential visits.
You can follow my travel and writing adventures on Instagram @Jodi_Kendall.