Jo had her first story published when she was in primary school where she won a writing competition with her winning entry being placed into a time capsule.
She became very ill in high school and was admitted to hospital for several months. This sparked her interest in studying medicine. Writing took a back seat for a long time with study, work and having a family taking precedence. The urge to write persisted like an itch and finally, in 2018 she signed up to do her first writing course with Sydney Writers Studio and loved it so much, she signed up for several more with the Australian Writers Centre and Queensland Writers Centre. Once she found the courage to submit her work, she began to place in competitions and her non-fiction pieces are regularly published in medical journals and popular magazines.
Her great love is writing contemporary women's fiction. In August 2023, she was delighted to get a phone call from Carolyn Martinez of Hawkeye Publishing advising she had a contract for her novel, 'The Truth about My Daughter.'