My name’s Jo. I’m a writer from Brighton and I want to live on your bookshelf.

I have, at one time or another, been: a till-monkey in a book shop, a circus performer, a childminder, a cleaner of expensive Hovian houses, a baby massage teacher, a graveyard-shift hotel waitress, an antenatal yoga teacher, a musician, a social media swearsmith for rude cartoonists, a copywriter and an editor. Right now I'm one half of Writers' HQ - a procrastination-busting writing organisation for 'badass writers with no time or money'; I'm half way through an MA in Shakespeare and Theatre, and elbows-deep into the second draft of my next novel. 

My first book, White Lies, was published by Legend Press in July 2014. White Lies won the 2013 Luke Bitmead bursary and was longlisted for the 2013 Tibor Jones Pageturner Prize (under the title Piecemeal).

My flash fiction and short stories have been published in various UK and US literary magazines, including LitroPANK, and SmokeLong Quarterly  – read them here.  I’ve also been interviewed about my writing by PANK (on bathtimes and breasts), SmokeLong Quarterly (on Mozart and Sesame Street puppets) and Pure Slush (on the colour green and escaping civilisation).

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