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 and her novel, A World of Silence has been long listed with the Hawkeye Manuscript Development Program in 2022. 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.
Her 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.
56 and counting...
My Five Latest Marathons -
2022- Tokyo Virtual Marathon
2022 - Brisbane Marathon
2022 - Run Sweat Inspire marathon for NAIDOC week
2022 - River 100 Marathon
2022 - Indigenous Marathon Foundation November challenge 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 has been 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.
Jo has completed the first draft of a fourth novel, The Truth About My Daughter, a contemporary women's fiction novel featuring two sisters navigating their love/hate relationship within a dysfunctional family.
She is exploring publishing options.