Jo KnowGet to know Jo…

I live in Vermont with my husband and son. I’m a freelance writer, and I work on my fiction whenever I can find the time. And I read. I try to read at least one novel a week. If you want to be a writer, I suggest you try to read a book a week, too. Reading makes us better writers. I’m a firm believer in that. To learn more about me and my books, visit my website.

Let the conversation begin! 

Do you begin with character or plot? 

So far, always character. Usually a character in some sort of predicament comes to me, and the process of writing the novel involves figuring out how to get the person through it all and on to the other side. 

Best thing that happened this weekend? 

My son (12) and I volunteered at a fundraising dinner together. We worked our butts off but it was so great to do something for a good cause, and do it together. 

Who inspires you and how are you a bit like them? 

Lauren Myracle. I love that she writes what her heart tells her to, not the market. And I love how she handled the recent NBA debacle. I aspire to be like Lauren in how she approaches challenges: with humor and grace. She’s my hero. 

Advice to new writers? 

Remember why you started writing in the first place. 

Best writing advice you’ve ever received?

Jennifer Richard Jacobson says to ask yourself “Is it true yet?” whenever you think you’re done. If you can answer that question honestly, you probably are. If not, it’s time to go deeper.

The work is done. How do you recharge? 

I watch a lot of movies, read a lot of books, and hang out with my family. Sometimes, there is champagne.