Biography

I’ve loved words as long as I can remember. My earliest memories involve books, reading and writing, and being a writer is all I have ever wanted to do.

Words can have a profound impact with the ability to move, inspire, delight, inform and challenge.  Even after 30-plus years as a writer, I still get great enjoyment from crafting a story to the best of my ability and seeing a publication or project through from conception to completion. It is incredibly satisfying to open a box of newly printed books, magazines and clients’ material or hop online to see the results of all that hard work.

My background in print and publishing goes back to the late 1980s, when I started as a junior sports reporter. Since then I have written literally thousands of stories, with my news and feature articles appearing in many national and niche publications including Next, NZ Woman’s Weekly, New Idea, NZ Herald, The Press, Otago Daily Times, Avenues, NZ Horse & Pony, NZ Dairy, Business South, Mining NZ, Pink and Her to name a few.

These days my focus is on helping clients with content creation for a range of media including their website, in-house publications, e-books, marketing material, blogs, e-newsletters and social media.

I also enjoy working on my own self-publishing ventures. I am currently working on my fourth book, and in 2001, co-wrote, co-produced and acted in a musical black comedy, Robin Hood, A Twisted Sherwood Tale. 

Outside work and creative writing/self publishing, I am interested in reading, the arts, sports, movies, music, theatre, travel and spending time with family and friends. I’m a  keen advocate of a whole food diet and natural health practices. A yoga session is an essential part of my daily routine.

One of my heroes is British writer Diana Athill, and like her I hope to be still creating work well into my 90s!

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Contact Jo
Tel: +64 3 313 0466
Mob: +64 21 718 035
Email: jo@jobailey.com