Jo Skinner has completed writing courses with Queensland Writer’s Centre, Australian Writer’s Centre, Sydney Writer’s Studio and Kill Your Darlings. Two of her manuscripts have had editorial input by Lauren Elise Daniels from Brisbane Writers Workshop.
Jo is a long-standing member of the Queensland Writer’s Centre. Her flash fiction and short stories have been long listed, short listed, won a range of competitions and been published in anthologies. She was selected for Queensland Writer’s Centre Printable, her novel, A World of Silence long listed in the 2022 Hawkeye Manuscript Development Prize and her novel, The Truth About My Daughter placed second in 2023 with the Hawkeye Manuscript Development Prize. Her essays have been published by MiNDFOOD, The Big Issue and Medicine Today. She is the founding member of a local writer’s group, Brisbane Scribes and part of a second writing group, Wolfson run by Lori-Jay Ellis, the CEO of the Queensland Writers Centre.
Jo's other passion is distance running. She recently completed her fifty-sixth marathon. She works as a GP in Brisbane and is married with three teenagers, a cat and a dog.
57 and counting...
My Five Latest Marathons -
2022 Brisbane Marathon
2022 - Run Sweat Inspire marathon for NAIDOC week
2022 - River 100 Marathon
2022 - Indigenous Marathon Foundation November challenge marathon
2023 - Rome Virtual Pacer Marathon
Her first book Blood is Thicker Than Water, is a story about identity, family and finding the courage to not only stand up for who you are but to challenge long held prejudices.
Jo's second novel, A World of Silence, deals with the secrecy that often protects perpetrators of domestic violence. It long listed in the 2022 Hawkeye Manuscript Development Prize.
Her third novel The Family, focuses on the resilience of a mother and daughter whose bond is deeply damaged by toxic religious and cultural agendas until, through courageous determination, they reclaim the truths stolen from them.
Her fourth novel, The Truth About My Daughter, a contemporary women's novel featuring two sisters navigating their love/hate relationship within a dysfunctional family placed second in the Hawkeye Manuscript Development Prize.
She has just completed a fifth novel, 'A Good Woman,' featuring three generations of women who find themselves at a cross roads in their lives. A grandmother, a mother and a daughter are each forced to make difficult decisions that will complicate not only their own lives but the lives of loved ones.
She is exploring publishing options.