I’ve loved words as long as I can remember. My earliest memories involve  reading, and writing stories at the kitchen table on my first typewriter when I was around 10 years old. 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.

Researching and preserving history, writing non-fiction books and self-publishing are my absolute passions and I’m proud to be the author of four books, with many more at the ‘concept’ stage.

My background in print and publishing dates back to the mid 1980s, when I started as a ‘free’ junior sports reporter at a community newspaper. Since then I have written literally thousands of stories, and have been privileged to interview some incredible people from all walks of life. My feature articles have appeared in many national and niche publications.

Other writing and publishing ventures includes Sports Focus, a monthly sports newspaper with a circulation of 17,000 copies which I created and published from 1999-2000. In 2001, I was the co-writer, co-producer and an actor in a musical black comedy, Robin Hood, A Twisted Sherwood Tale. 

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

I’m a former member of the New Zealand Military Historical Society, and served for several years as a committee member of the New Zealand Society of Authors, Canterbury branch.

After the terror attack in Christchurch on 15 March 2019, I founded a group called Uniting Canterbury Women, which unites women of all cultures, ethnicities and religions in Canterbury at various events, and through the Uniting Canterbury Women Facebook page.

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